Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hero by Samantha Young: ARC Review

Blurb:

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…


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About the Author:

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 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty six countries.



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Review by Yvette:

Samantha Young is no stranger to wealthy Alpha-male heroes (See: Braden Carmichael of On Dublin Street), but she has managed to top herself with her latest swoon-worthy leading man, Caine Carraway. In Hero, Caine is an overwhelmingly powerful, inexorably mysterious, and demanding force of nature, stealing the focus of every scene in which he’s present. Such a standout male protagonist necessitates an equally memorable heroine and Alexa Holland perfectly fits the bill. Hero starts with what should be a perfect meet cute: cute young photography assistant catches the eye of Boston's most eligible bachelor. What follows, however, isn’t a run-of-the-mill rom-com, but is instead an emotionally-charged, highly erotic narrative that evokes equal parts satisfaction and frustration.

Hero is unlike any of Samantha Young’s previous books, serving up significantly more steam and an almost unbearable amount of angst. The source of said angst stems from the series of events that led to the inescapable intertwinement of Caine and Alexa’s lives, which I won’t go into detail about in order to avoid spoilers. Their past is like an invisible barrier between them, yet even that ever-present reminder is no match for their undeniable chemistry. If only Caine didn’t constantly feel the need to construct additional roadblocks with his hot-and-cold behavior towards Alexa. Caine is a complex character that successfully managed to infuriate me one moment, before winning me over the next.

If I didn’t love Caine so much, I’m quite certain I would severely dislike him, if only for putting Alexa through the emotional wringer. The author has a distinct ability to create a strong, independent and most importantly, likable, heroine, and Alexa earned my loyalty from the start with her spirited, no-nonsense persona. I realized the strength of my connection with Alexa when I felt my skin flush with humiliation on her behalf and when my eyes burned from unshed tears in sympathy with her feelings of pain and sadness; I mentally high-fived her brilliant comebacks and desperately wished for her unbridled happiness. I felt as though my emotions were directly tied to hers, which is perhaps why I was such a hot mess while reading this book.

Caine and Alexa are two characters that have the power to make each other both deliriously happy and abjectly miserable and commence doing so again and again throughout the book. Perhaps I’m being a bit melodramatic but then again, I read what I consider to be two particularly angsty books back to back and it apparently took its toll on me. Hero is a tumultuous roller coaster ride of extreme emotions that kept me glued to the narrative until the very last page. This book is the perfect read if you like your romances to be antagonistic with a heaping side of sexual tension.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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