Book Review: Hero by Samantha Young

January 30, 2015 Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Hero by Samantha YoungTitle: Hero by Samantha Young
Published by: NAL on February 3, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 384
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Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets,. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Fall From India Place, Echoes of Scotland Street, Moonlight on Nightingale Way

One Line: I could not put this one down! Young does it again!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

I don’t know what it is about Young, her writing, and her characters, but whatever it is, she’s got it! I simply could not put this book down. Something about the characters and their romance compelled me to keep reading, dying to know what would happen between them next, and how their story would unfold. Both Caine and Alexa’s personalities jumped off the page. Couple that with one heck of an electrifying romance filled with explosive chemistry, well, you’ve got yourself a winner right there. Sure, Caine can be considered your typical rich, alpha male and Alexa is your go-getter who tames the beast, but their story is so much more than that. Their relationship is so much more complicated, connecting on a deeper level, not to mention they were highly entertaining – I couldn’t get enough.

Like I said, Caine sounds like your typical billionaire Mr. Irresistible, complete with brooding moments and swoon-inducing sexual escapades, but he is also a guy with a troubled past and a soft spot for sweets and old-timer neighbors (who I also adored). It takes quite awhile to crack this guy’s shell and although I never cared for the back and forth jerkiness of most of the male characters out there, for Caine, it worked. For Caine and Alexa’s relationship, I understood it. Sure, he would work my nerves quite a bit, but Young made it so I never truly hated the guy, which I didn’t expect at all.

As for Alexa, I have to give that girl snaps. When she is determined, nothing and no one can stand in her way. Caine truly puts her through the ringer while she works for him, and I loved that she never felt intimidated by him. Her feisty, “take no crap” attitude made me love and respect her so much. Her relationship with Caine is so complicated and the tension between them was truly palpable, I loved it. She put up with all the crap that Caine makes her do, but she does it all with flair. I also liked how good she was at what she does. She may be just a PA, but she’s excellent at it and so much more. It was cool seeing her true skills come out and, through that, discover that she truly wants to do with her life.

Hero is one of those books that just grabs you right from the first page and has you flying through the pages, never letting you go until the very end. Even then, you’re seriously begging for more. Young has definitely outdone herself with this book and this might just go down as one of my favorite reads of 2015.

About Samantha Young

I’m a 28 year old contemporary and paranormal romance author with 21 titles to my name so far. I love anything that allows me to be creative which means I love my family a whole heck of a lot. They’ve put up with my stories, a number of forced bedroom redecorations, singing, artwork, messy art supplies, a failed attempt at learning guitar, whiny emo music, two house moves (and redecoration) that they should have let me get on with myself but are far too nice to have done so, and a level of sarcasm they only have themselves to blame for since they raised me that way …
As a young girl I never imagined in a million years I’d get to spend my hours day dreaming up stories for myself and other people to enjoy. Much to my delight and amazement there are readers out there who can relate to my dry humour, my mad worlds, and all my heroes and heroines who sometimes do the saving and sometimes just need to be saved. Moreover readers seem to love my home country as much as I do. If I didn’t already love my readers for supporting me, I’d love them for loving Scotland. I’m quite attached to the place.
I find my inspiration in many places but one of the most important is in the world of music. Artists such as The Killers, Amy Macdonald, Biffy Clyro, Birdy, MS MR, The Airborne Toxic Event, Alex Winston, Florence + the Machine, Imagine Dragons, Carolina liar, Arcade Fire, Bastille, The Black Keys, Ingrid Michaelson, Paolo Nutini, Metric, The Naked & the Famous, The National, We Are Scientists, White Lies, The Steeldrivers, Olin & the Moon, The Rumour Said Fire, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Pink, Lana Del Ray, Mumford & Sons, Matchbox Twenty, The Lumineers, La Rocca, Butterfly Boucher and many more inspire the heck out of me.

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One Response to “Book Review: Hero by Samantha Young”

  1. Teresa Mary Rose

    I am so happy to hear you loved this one! I meant to get to it sooner, but life got crazy but I should be reading it soon. I love Samantha Young and it is so good to hear that stuff outside her ODS series is a hit too. Great review!
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