✭Book Review✭ Hero by Samantha Young

 Title: Hero
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher:  NAL
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Page Count: 404 pages
 The emotional and unforgettable new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.
Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that her mother and she 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….
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I’ve only read one other book by Samantha Young and that was a while ago, so reading Hero reminded me just how amazingly talented she is. Her stories are beautifully detailed and structured to give the reader something to connect with the whole read through. 

Alexa Holland and Caine Carraway’s relationship is an intricately weaved bundle of tragedy. The mere idea of the two of them is absurd and simply screams “bad idea” from the start.

One single event changed the lives of these two people. That sole moment shaped them into the individuals they’ve grown up to become. Her family is responsible for ruining his.
When Alexa and Caine meet face to face for the first time, her good intentions take a turn for the worst leaving her jobless and quite unsettled. 
Somehow she finds herself with the offer of being Mr. Carraway’s personal assistant. Needing the job and wanting to make amends with him, she takes the challenge of being his PA. Hiring Alexa is the first of many of Caine’s walls being torn down, but it doesn’t keep him from going well out of his way to make her job difficult. 

A wonderful mixture of suspense and romance,  I was pleasantly surprised by the humor included throughout the story. Effie, Caine’s elderly neighbor, really was a breath a fresh air and a great addition to the storyline. Taking on a grandmotherly role in Caine’s life, she kept him from becoming a shell of a man emotionally. Seeing him around her, reminded us that he did in fact have a heart under that sexy suit and godly physique. 
Alexa had a spicy wit to her that never failed to put Caine in his place. She handled Caine’s temper and cold attitude with finesse. A memorable heroine that has now been added to my list of favorites.  

I’m happy to say that Caine was not a character I fell in love with from the start. For this reason, I felt a deeper connection with the book. I felt as if I was  truly falling in love with him right alongside Alexa. It was something that took time and didn’t just occur out of the blue.

The banter between these two characters was electrifying. The sexual tension emanating from them is high enough to make the reader’s own body vibrate. The chemistry Alexa and Caine share was so amazing it could’ve easily carried the story all on its own.

Hero is a complex story that incorporates elements of angst and sensuality and lets the reader experience emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other. I recommend this wonderfully written novel to any reader looking for a bit of romance and suspense.
5 "Hero" Kisses
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET and Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-eight countries.
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