Thursday, March 12, 2015

"Hero" by Samantha Young


SERIES: Stand-alone
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: NetGalley
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

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…


I've always heard lots of great things about Samantha Young's titles, but never tried one myself. I'm glad I remedied to that by grabbing the opportunity to read her stand-alone contemporary romance novel "Hero".

Let me tell you, Caine Carraway has a charm of his own. He definitely knows how to be the biggest asshole in the world, but you can't help and find yourself wanting to slap him hard in the face while also swooning over him. More than once I cheered for Alexa to walk away and, at the same time, I badly wanted her to put Caine in his place. There's lots of sexual tension that drives the characters (and the reader) crazy to the point of their chemistry being really explosive! I loved that and the development of their relationship: from friends to lovers. Or from lovers to friends? Wait, define friends... Speaking of, those they have are certainly a pleasure to read about and a great addition to the story, which has a special angst that makes the book a real page turner.

Although I think Caine's pov would have made a difference and his 'big secret' could have been, well, 'bigger', I found the read quite compelling. Passionate, emotional and intense, "Hero" is a book I would suggest.


"Hero" by Samantha Young is published by Piatkus in paperback and eBook.
*You can find all of Samantha Young’s titles in the Kobo website*

This review was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Piatkus.


  1. Got to read it, I want to be driven crazy too :)

  2. I've heard great things about this book.
    I like books with tons of sexual tension so count me in to read this one

    Ruty @Reading...Dreaming

  3. Oh wow your cover is so different. His POV would be nice. I enjoyed this one too. It was my first of hers as well :D

  4. One day I'll have to try a book by this author because I heard so much about her! One day!

  5. I adored this one, and yes I would totally have liked his POV. Young is an author whose books I totally enjoy.

  6. Hopefully, Caine Carraway will do the job for you, too ;)

  7. I like that a lot as well, Ruty! Enjoy the read :)

  8. Glad we had the same great experience, Anna! :D

  9. I know how you feel, Melliane. I waited a lot, but when the chance presented itself I couldn't resist any further. I will be curious to read your thoughts anytime!

  10. I can't compare this to any of her other works because this was my first Young's book, but I wouldn't mind reading more.

  11. Bookworm Brandee20 March 2015 at 23:24

    I've read Young's On Dublin Street and really enjoyed it. I've been reading good things about Hero and am eager to read it as well. I'm glad you liked your introduction to her writing, even if Caine's POV would have been a welcome addition. I'm getting spoiled to that lately - I really like the dual POVs. :)

  12. I'm in awe with the dual POV lately, so I'm totally with you on that! And I have Young's Fall From India Place, which I will read at some point :)


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