By Samantha Young
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Source: PublisherAlexa 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….
Review: HOW IS SAMANTHA YOUNG SO PERFECT. Okay, so I don't know anything about her as a person, but her writing is pure perfection. Her On Dublin Street series is one of my favorite series of all time, so I was definitely excited to read her new standalone that promised an unforgettable romance.
Alexa Holland's family came tumbling down when she discovered her father's horrible secret. Alexa has tried had to build a life to avoid his reputation, but when she's confronted with the man who was affected by her father's mistakes, Alexa is determined to help him. Caine Carraway wants absolutely nothing to do with a Holland, but Alexa is too stubborn and determined, so he hires her as his personal assistant to teach her a lesson. Instead of pushing her away, though, Alexa and Caine discover an immense attraction for one another and have a very hard time resisting…until they don't. But Caine knows he could never be enough for Alexa, no matter how hard Alexa tries to show him otherwise.
Oh. Em. Gee. This book. THIS BOOK. I mean, I knew it was going to be good, but I ended up devouring this book in one day because I just could not get enough of Alexa and Caine. The first thing I loved about this book was how honestly funny it was. I loved Alexa's snarky attitude towards Caine and how they constantly bantered with one another. I laughed out loud multiple times and think that the dialogue between those two was just spectacular. They drove each other crazy yet they couldn't ignore the super intense chemistry going on. And boy, did they have chemistry. Those two were on fire, but, of course, there were emotions that got in the way…
Normally I'm not a huge fan of books where one or both characters constantly push each other away, but Samantha Young did such a good job at making their relationship believable. Caine threw up his walls, but Alexa always knew when and why he was being distant and did everything in her power to try to bring him back to her again. Wow, though. That secret Caine was holding in was so sad and definitely not what I was expecting, which made this book an even more emotional ride than it already was. Alexa was dealing with very tough family issues and Caine was just dealing with his guilt and feeling of not being good enough for anyone…oh Caine! Even though he acted all stubborn, dangerous, and demanding, he definitely had his sweet side that just swept me off my feet. If anything, you MUST read this book to have Caine Carraway in you life.
Samantha Young is an author who not only understands romance, but knows how to create a romance that is utterly addicting, emotional, and just so freaking good! Caine was the perfect balance between dominating and sweet, and Alexa was the perfect woman to bring him to his knees. Not only did Alexa and Caine have to worry about themselves in their relationship, but they also had the real world to deal with as well. And there's even some suspense thrown in just case you weren't addicted enough to the story. Everyone HAS to read Hero and, if you haven't yet, go pick up every other story Samantha Young has ever written. Trust me, you'll thank me later.