Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review: Hero by Samantha Young

23355069Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date Published: February 3rd, 2015
Publisher: NAL
Synopsis: 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 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…

What I Thought:

Samantha Young has outdone herself.  Hero is a fabulous story of redemption, forgiveness, and passion that defies the odds that try to constrain its existence.  I haven't fallen in love this quickly with a female lead since On Dublin Street.   From start to end I was caught up in the story and satisfied when it ended.

I loved both Alexa and Caine.  I loved Alexa for her attitude and integrity.  Alexa could've easily turned a blind eye to everything she learned growing up and had somewhat of an easy life, but she stuck to her morals and tried to do the right thing even if it cost her.  I liked how she wanted to help Caine, even if her efforts were a little misguided.  I didn't like Caine's reaction, but then again Alexa sprung her identity on him without warning and he had an instinctive reaction.  It was interesting to see how he reacted to her before he found out who she was. I liked Caine too, once he calmed down and realized Alexa was being genuine.  I accepted his reasons for not wanting a relationship, but I didn't completely understand them. I will admit to swooning more than a little at his protective manner.

There are a number of things about this book that really made it click for me.  There was the animosity Caine had for Alexa, which really fueled the heat and chemistry between them.  I was counting down the pages until they gave into the attraction they felt for one another.  There was the care and concern they showed for each other and those around them.  Caine saw the tricky situation Alexa had with her family and even though he despised them, he gave her space to handle things on her own as much as she could.  I also liked how much of Alexa and Caine I felt like I got to know. the story is told through Alexa's frame of mind, but I felt like I was able to get a very good reading of Caine from it.

Caine and Alexa somehow found a way top be better versions of themselves with one another.  Their love for each other couldn't heal all of the slights and anger the other had, but it went a long way to easing the pain they felt.  I also enjoyed the slight bit of suspense and mystery.  It felt like a surprise but really helped tie the story together and pull in all the elements.  Samantha Young did a fabulous job and I love this book as much I do her others.  I would love to read more about Alexa and Caine, but then again, I'd love to read anything she wrote.

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About the Author
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.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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