Review & Giveaway: Hero by Samantha Young

February 9, 2015 Adrienne's Reviews, Giveaways, New Release, Reviews 0 ★★★★

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Hero by Samantha Young
Published by Penguin on February 3, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Drama, Erotica, New Adult, Romance, Suspense, Women's Fiction
Pages: 404
Format: eBook
ISBN: 0451475607
ASIN: B00OQSF77S
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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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It’s been a while since I’ve read a Samantha Young book.  I really need to catch up on the On Dublin Street series!  When I saw Hero was coming out I jumped at the chance.   Let me tell you, I’m so glad I did.  I was hooked after the first chapter.  Normally it takes me a while to get in the mood.  I need to get a feel for the story.  I’m picky when it comes to stories.  I need lots of foreplay before I’m ready to commit.  That’s not needed with Hero.  The story just jumps right into the crazy, sexy, intrigue that is Alexa and Caine’s story.

This is not your run of the mill billionaire meets naive girl who refuses his money romance.  Nope.  On face value you might think so though.  Yes Caine is a self made billionaire.  Yes he comes from a shady family background.  Yes he’s broody, moody, and sexy as hell.  Yes Alexa has a shady family background, no she’s not a virgin, yes finds herself trying to “fix” him.  Absolutely none of this matters though because Hero is actually a very layered story about how our parents actions have on us as individuals in the future.  Hero is deep!  Caine wasn’t just born broody.  He’s actually quite justified.  Alexa is a fixer, she’s determined to amend the bad, bad stuff her father did.  We all know it’s never that easy.

I really appreciated that the author didn’t just throw this couple together.  I thought the timing within the plot was actually perfect.  Alexa’s character was intriguing to me.  She’s smart, independent, and sassy.  I found myself laughing quite a bit at both her internal dialogue and banter with just about everyone else in the book.  Alexa is actually very much like Caine, she’s experienced profound loss and disappointment from her family and I found it refreshing that she didn’t pout and stamp her feet and act like a child.  Caine’s character is easy to love and hate.  He’s one of those guys you want to crawl inside his head to know what he’s thinking.  He never went back on his word.  He never lied.  If he said no you know it meant no.  I loved that about him actually.  Yes there are secrets.  There are ALWAYS secrets.  But if you overlook the typical romance stuff that we always find in these stories you’ll see something much deeper.

Unfortunately, that’s where I felt the story fell short for me.  I thought that Caine’s storyline was so much stronger and when everything came to a head, well it just fizzled.  Alexa’s story seemed to wrap up and she found all the closure needed.  I thought her side was handled so much better. I needed that same closure for Caine and not getting it left me feeling unsettled. Overall I think you’ll love Alexa and Caine’s story.

*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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About Samantha Young

I’m a 27 year old Scottish book addict and I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. I studied ancient and medieval history at uni, and it was in my first year there, in the middle of a classical literature lecture, that I first came up with the idea for The Tale of Lunarmorte. I’ve been writing since as long as I can remember, and I write in a number of genres including romance, paranormal, urban fantasy, fantasy, and contemporary.
I love pulling pieces of historical fact (or mythology) and twisting it to fit my stories, and am more than thankful my degree is being put to good use in my writing. I began self-publishing in 2011 and now write full time.

Another huge part of my life is music and more often than not my music and writing come together.I’m a fan of many, many bands and artists; topping the list: The Airborne Toxic Event, Metric, White Lies, Biffy Clyro, the Killers, Muse, Paramore, Alex Winston, The Cardigans, Adele, We Are Scientists, the Kooks, Arcade Fire, Silverchair,Rihanna, Paolo Nutini,Kings of Leon, Florence and the Machine, and many, many more artists who can inspire the perfect scene.

As I said I’m also a massive book addict – my favourite writers: Chloe Neill, Stacia Kane, Laini Taylor, Taherah Mafi, Tammy Blackwell, Julie Kagawa, Patrick Ness, Orson Scott Card, Veronica Roth, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Michael Grant, Suzanne Collins, Rachel Vincent, Rachel Caine, Charlaine Harris, Maria V. Snyder, Melissa de la Cruz, Karen Marie Moning, Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, J.K. Rowling and again, many, many more incredible authors.

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