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, The Impossible Vastness of Us

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

Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the Amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017.

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

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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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