Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: NetGalley
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, I did enjoy the hell out of this book! Hero was my first Samantha Young book, but I can guarantee it won’t be my last! I’m not sure where I have been, but Young is an author who hooks you from page one by giving you stories with meat and emotional angst.
All Alexa wanted to do was to apologize for the epic mistakes her father had made. Not that her apology would take away the hurt caused in business mogul, Caine Carroway’s family. Reacting poorly, Caine ends up getting Alexa fired and leaving her scrambling to figure out a plan. When Caine offers her a job she knows it’s just to make her pay for her father’s mistakes. Needing to prove she is nothing like her father she agrees to the job but finds their attraction to each other seemingly impossible to ignore. Entering into a no strings attached, office affair is about to change both their worlds forever.
Ok, so I have a weakness for dickhead heroes. I do. I love them. I love that moment when they realize that their dickheadedness has been a futile attempt to protect themselves and the groveling for forgiveness that is sure to follow. I love the heroines who believe that they can change these men since that never happens in real life, so the fantasy is there on the pages. I love the twisty turney way the characters get to their happily ever after and the angst along the way. That is why I loved this book. Caine tries so hard to make Alexa pay for the sins of her father. He is brusque and dominating while trying to intimidate her into quitting a job she knew up front would be difficult. Yet, he finds himself unable to completely try to break her, instead apologizing for his whip-like comebacks and merciless looks when he knows he’s hurt her feelings.
Alexa spends a great deal of time trying to control her patience but she gave free reign to her sassy attitude. Seriously, her comebacks were spot on and well timed. If a heroine is to deal with a jerky hero, she needs a good mouth in which to tell him off from. She was strong, independent and a female I’d love to hang with. She was real. Normal. Average. Not some over the top character written solely as eye candy. I loved her heart and determination to make up for something she didn’t even have a hand in.
The tenderness Caine shows her in the bedroom (heh or on a desk) is in direct opposition of the way he is with her elsewhere but Alexa just can’t give up on the notion that she can get through to him as no one else can. When she realizes that it’s only her that he is typically an asshole to, it ticks her off but also drives her forward in her quest. Along with his awesomely snarky elderly neighbor, Alexa slowly starts to wear him down and unthaw his ice. Of course no angsty dickhead hero book would be complete without one last ditch attempt to not admit what a jerk he has been.
I found myself riveted by this one. I’m a bit upset that one of the secondary characters isn’t getting his own book and that this won’t become a series (as of now) because I thought this could very easily continue on. I’d love to get a novella in the future at the very least with these two. I’m not ready to let them go yet!
I give Hero by Samantha Young 4 stars!