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…
Hero was my first book by Samantha Young and will most certainly not be my last. After I read the synopsis and saw the cover I couldn’t wait to dive into Alexa and Caine’s story. Within a couple of chapters I was positively hooked. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and let me tell you, there was absolutely no love lost between Alexa and Caine when this book starts. The anticipation of what was to come started very early and continued throughout the entire story. Between the mounting sexual tension and dramatic push and pull between the couple, I was reluctant to put the book down for even a minute until I finished.
Betrayed by the actions of the father she had considered her hero, Alexa Holland is looking to distance herself from his mistakes and find her own place in the world. As the talented assistant to a famous photographer, she is still reeling from the death of her mother when she comes face-to-face with Caine Carraway, a man whose life had also been turned upside by Alexa’s father. While she is interested in making amends for her father, Caine wants absolutely nothing to do with her. What Caine doesn’t count on is Alexa’s persistence and strength. Soon they are more involved than either would have ever expected.
I adored Alexa. While I felt badly for her after the events of the first few chapters, I soon realized that she was a strong woman who gave as good as she received. Her smart mouth and sassy behavior were just two of the reasons that I loved her. Even though she was not responsible for her father’s actions, I understood her need to make Caine see that she was nothing like him. She was not going to back down, no matter how poorly he treated her. There were quite a few times when I was so frustrated for Alexa that I wanted to jump into the book and strangle Caine. She had such good intentions, but he was simply not interested.
Caine was a complex hero. He was such an unbelievable jerk to Alexa, and his callous attitude and blatant desire to make her miserable were infuriating. At the same time, I had to wonder why he was being so cold to her. This was a man with secrets, and I needed to find out what they were. I was surprised at how fast I started to soften toward Caine as he slowly began to show a more compassionate, tender side. The chemistry between Caine and Alexa was incredibly hot, but I also loved their witty banter. I felt emotionally connected to both of them, especially Alexa. Hero was a fantastic combination of angst, sexiness, and intrigue that I greatly enjoyed
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 and Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-eight countries.