Author: Samantha Young
Published by: NAL
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
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…
Oh boy, Hero was so much more than I expected and I couldn’t be happier. On the surface this book sounds similar to so many out there. Which is why I didn’t go in expecting much. Ha! This was my first Samantha Young experience, and now I am a fan after reading this gem.
I notice this book has been labeled NA quite a bit, but that isn’t accurate. These are adults out in the adult world with adult careers. Caine is the CEO of a prominent company, and Lexi is an established personal assistant. Their adultness isn’t all that new. So there.
Honestly, I was a little worried in the very beginning of Hero. When it first started, I groaned a little thinking it was going to be this whole cliché with the woman struck dumb by the handsome, powerful man. Whew! Not the case. Lexi is a tenacious, stubborn and patient woman. And such a smartass. Definitely can’t forget that. I didn’t really understand her drive to help Caine at first, why she was so determined. But it all became clear as the story unfolded, peeling away Lexi’s own layers. Caine wasn’t always easy to deal with, so Lexi certainly had her work cut out. It was so worth it, though!
Their chemistry was off the charts! Antagonistic romances are my absolute favorite, and oh, did I ever love this one. Caine pushed Lexi’s buttons and would act like such a jerk, but it was so much fun, because she was a total smart ass and held her own. Plus, even when he was in jerk mode, you could feel the attraction and sparks flying.
Hero is a lot more than Caine and Lexi hooking up, though. It’s also an emotional story about healing, forgiveness and love. My heart was aching at times, but I damn, do I love it when a book makes me feel so much. Plus there’s danger and family drama, which adds a whole other layer to what what went down.
One of my favorite secondary character types are those like Henry. He’s Caine’s funny, flirtatious playboy of a best friend. I love how he was more insightful than they thought, and enjoyed pushing Caine’s buttons when it came to Lexi. And I adore Effie, Caine’s 70-something year old neighbor. She’s so much more than that, though, and plays a significant roll in their lives. Seriously, we all need an Effie!
I’m just super happy that I gave Hero a chance, because I loved it! Now I need to go grab more of Samantha Young’s books …