Hero by Samantha YoungHero by Samantha Young
Published February 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Office Romance
Format: eBook
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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…

Alexa Holland always thought she had a perfect family, until her fathers dirty secrets were unveiled, as well as all the damage and hurt he caused. Distancing herself from her family, Alexa tries to make her own way as a PA for a renowned photographer. But the day her boss shoots no other than Caine Carraway, successfull self-made CEO and also one of the people his father did harm to, she feels extremely sorry and wants nothing more than to make amends for her father’s behaviour.

Caine, however, doesn’t want to hear her apologies, and wants nothing to do with anyone from the Holland family. His determination and hatred toward this family ultimately cost Lexie her job. But instead of cursing Caine to hell and back, Lexie is determined to have him hear her out. And against all odds, their mutual attraction wins over their mutual dislike of each other, leading them to give into an explosive relationship. But are there any possible hopes for more?

“I don’t know what it is that you’re trying to do, but you and I are not the same.”

What I loved about this book:

  • Great office romance/love-turns-to-hate story
  • 100% steam factor
  • Great characters (and a very tough heroine, too!)

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The storyline towards the end of the book stalls, then gets confusing, and finally builds up only to disappoint

Hero is one of the 2015 releases I was eagerly waiting for. I am a huge fan of Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street Series and couldn’t wait to read this standalone that would promise a more corporate environment. And by corporate, I mean a great hate turns-to-love relationship mixed with some hot office romance (and the much expected quality steamy scenes). So in that instance, Hero did not disappoint!

As is the case with most (all?) Samantha Young books, Hero was written in 1st Person, from Lexie’s POV, which is perfect so you get to experience the full extent of Caine brooding handsomeness (even though I would have welcomed being in his head for a chapter or two).

I really enjoyed the characters too, especially Lexie, who was not your usual naive heroine, but an actual tough-cookie demonstrating a great deal of patience, profesionnalism and perseverance toward the jerk that’s made it his mission to make her pay for things she didn’t do, and thus make her life a living hell (yes, we’re talking about Caine here).

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Now Caine is special. As in: peculiar. Yes, he’s hot, and well… he gets cold just as quickly. That can sometimes be a bit annoying, but it’s all part of the deal (and of the “secret” he’s hiding…). It annoyed me that he was nice to Lexie in one moment, then rude the next. Lexie kept getting her hopes up thining there could be “more”, only to have them crushed. It annoyed me that she became a bit naive because of that. And don’t quet me started on the jealousy bits coming from both ends. But hey, most of the time, it’s a lot of playful banter and some build-up that’s definitely akin to foreplay.

I also loved the side-characters, mainly Caine’s ex-broadway-star neighbor Effie and his friend and business partner Henry who loves getting a rise out of him. I wonder if we’ll get a sequel on Henry, the hopeless manwh-re who’d struggling to find the one.

As far as the storyline is concerned, it was great for the first part of the book, with an entertaining love-turn-to-hate/office-romance plot. But after that, a more suspenseful storyline takes over, where to focus is set on Alexa’s family. I liked the idea of it, but the execution wasn’t too great: the whole family feud was difficult to follow up with (I found it very confusing), until it came to a total stale and then launched back into a moment of suspense, albeit very shortlived. And I was also really dying to know about Caine’s “secret” – the anticipation here was great, but once it was unveiled, I felt like saying “So that’s it?

So all in all I would give Hero a solid 4 Star rating since the characters, the writing and all the feels are there, but maybe the storyline needed a bit more work when it launched from office romance into romantic suspense, since all felt quite rushed.

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Overall: four-stars