Hero by Samantha Young

February 3rd, 2015 Kimberly Review 70 Comments

3rd Feb
Hero by Samantha Young
by Samantha Young
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Alexa 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....

If you follow my blog, you already know I am a huge fan of Samantha Young and I was excited to devour Hero. Filled with feels and flawed characters Hero kept me up all night and gave me that book high I so desperately chase. Consider yourself warned Hero is a one sitting, just “one more chapter” romance.

Secrets, redemption, forgiveness and taking a risk are all ingredients of Hero. Young gives us two flawed characters, forever damaged who take a risk and well, spoilers darling.

My ride with Hero found me hooked from the start. We have Alex Holland a successful PA, who is just coming back to work after suffering a loss. Her first day back she comes face to face with Caine Carraway. Alexa sees a chance at redemption and a kindred spirit. Caine wants nothing to do with the past or Alex. Right away, I could feel the character’s raw emotions and admired their success and tenacious personalities.

Alexa is stubborn but so is Caine and thus beings their delicious banter and wicked game of advance and retreat. I laughed at their tango and was in awe of Alexa’s strength and patience. Caine did an excellent job of hiding his own emotions and seeing Alexa chip away at his carefully crafted façade had me fully engaged. Their interaction was a joy to observe and something everyone in the room could feel. Alex matched him step for step and caught him off guard. I love a strong woman and she does not take crap from anyone while still being sensitive and observant. An ornery, meddling old woman who I would like to be when I grow up added to the mix and stirred the pot, as did Caine’s best friend. These two had me giggling aloud. We get a little side romance and it is one I would have liked a full book of. *hint I am thinking companion book with overlapping timeline *

Young weaved some angst into Hero with some clever twists and a dash of danger to keep me singing the “just one more chapter” mantra. I love how she makes me fully connect to her characters. I experienced all the feels from wanting to hold them and just flat out wanting to slap them in the back of the head. It was perfectly orchestrated and skillfully pulled at my heartstrings. I was chasing my HEA, and although I felt certain it was just around the corner, Young did not make it easy. Sometimes a story can be so overwrought with angst that I do not enjoy it but such was not the case with Hero. It felt genuine and raw. Gads I fell in love with Caine Carraway. The man made me swoon one moment and want to hug him the next. The romance brings heat and passion. It was sinfully delicious from raw primal need to earth shattering sweetness.

Hero by Samantha Young…Own it, read it, love it and fall in love with your new book boyfriend.

About Samantha Young

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 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-seven countries.

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70 Responses to “Hero by Samantha Young”

  1. Faye

    Geez, Kimberly, your enthusiasm for this book and for this author is so contagious! I love how you’re pretty much gushing and flailing here 😉 I’ll try Samantha Young even if Contemporary Romance isn’t the genre I usually read. I’ve always wanted to explore it, might as well start with an author and series you absolutely endorse!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      *fist pump* YES, I cannot wait to see what you think Faye.

  2. Nick

    Kim, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book because it sounded so angsty, but when I saw that you had rated it 5 stars I knew that I would HAVE to read it, so I downloaded it OMG I loved it so much!! I love Samantha’s stories and couples.
    Caine was the kind of guy who simultaneous made me want to punch him in the face and make out with him! Haha! I loved how Lexie pushed his buttons though!
    ” *hint I am thinking companion book with overlapping timeline *”
    YESSSS! I need this to happen!
    Lovely review, Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I am so glad you saw my rating at snagged it Nick..*happy dance*

  3. Jenny

    WOO HOO!!!! I couldn’t agree more Kim! LOVED this book:) Caine and Alexa were absolutely amazing together and I fell as much in love with them as I have all Samantha’s couples. She just writes the best characters:) And now the wait begins for whatever she’s going to write next!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you give it a go Sarah..the characters were fantastic.

  4. Sharlene Wegner

    I was lucky enough to win this on GR! Hope to get to it next wk-end. Glad you loved it!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I haven’t tried contemporary romances, well beside Ugly Love but I bet this will be hot on audio..enjoy!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you like it, I love her characters and this was such a good read

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Despite the setting, it has a small group feel, and it is always nice to step out and try new genres/authors

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It’s coming in the last 1/4. 🙂 Hope you are loving it as much as I did

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy, maybe her next one I will try on audio. I adore her characters

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Isn’t that nice, although I would like the other couples full story…but as a companion novel

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, see ya after the last page..I couldn’t set this one down

  5. Rashika

    A lot of my friends adore Samantha Young as well but my experience with her books hasn’t been as awesome. I cannot help but be tempted though because even if I didn’t fall in love with her books, they made for such brain candy!

    It’s been a while since I’ve read books by her so maybe going in with a fresh outlook will help me enjoy her books more! 🙂

    Anyway, I am glad you enjoyed this book, Kimba!

    Lovely review! 😀

    Rashika recently posted: Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Cannot help you there, although this couple is slightly older than Dublin folks. I hope you give this one a go.

  6. Teddyree

    Holy cow .. I want! My friend who guest reviews on my blog loves her On Dublin Street series and lent it to me but I haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet. Is this a stand-alone? Got time for a stand-alone lol or getting in at the start of a new series is always fun 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      True, but then I do like a man in a suit just as much as I do blue jeans and cowboy boots

  7. Ramona

    Well, I don’t know if hubby would appreciate much me falling in love a new boyfriend, but since you recommend this so warmly, I’ll risk it and read it 😀 Excellent review, Kimba, thanks for sharing!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Book boyfriends don’t count Ramona and you can collect them like candy!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have too, some more then others but always a solid read:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet Lorna I am all kinds of excited to see what you think!