REVIEW: Hero by Samantha Young


Release Date: February 3, 2015

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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 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….



Alexa and Caine haven’t had easy lives. They’ve both suffered loss and less than perfect circumstances. And what doesn’t help them is that the worst circumstances in their lives are both related. So when they meet at the very beginning of the book, it is not a happy time. Far from it, actually.

“Growing up, I’d watched my mother succumb to tears in every spat she ever had, and I’d hated that. When she was angry she cried, when all she really wanted to do was be angry. So I never cried when I was angry.”

Alexa has never really felt like she was a part of something her whole life. She’s always felt cast out or left out in a lot of things. And with the death of her mother, she’s even more adrift than she ever has. It’s because of this feeling of being adrift that she gets into a predicament with Caine…a bad one. I really admired Alexa’s will to try to repent the sins of her family. She wasn’t dong it for herself, but for Caine. While she has never felt fully whole, she goes out of her way to make others feel whole. She was brave, willing to be hurt emotionally, and strong. She may be warring internally, but she never showed it physically. She just kept picking herself back up and carrying on.

“His eyes blazed up at me. ‘You want me?’

He even had to ask?

‘From the moment I saw you,’ I admitted.”

Caine…a damaged childhood, a morbid need to be successful, and a cold exterior. He had that alpha appeal to him, but also that angry attitude too. He and Alexa had a lot of foreplay but not in the sexual manner–in the argumentative fashion. He made her life hell, and he did it to avoid his feelings. But he didn’t realize the openings he allowed for her to sneak in. He was vulnerable, but tough. Caring, yet aloof. He was hot in all the ways needed, but completely lovable.

“‘Say you’re mine. Right here, right now, you’re mine,’ he growled.”

I love when a woman can bring a man to his knees. But I also love when a man can still be a man. He became susceptible to who Alexa was, but he was still him. He was still bossy and she was still a smart-ass. It worked for them. They were what each other needed to be able to be happy. Sure, their pasts and childhoods could never be fixed, but the bandaid of love can sure make those wounds heal, even if they leave behind a scar. Because no one wants to fully forget what makes them who they are, and a scar makes sure of that, but a scar is always better than a painful wound.




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 for Best Author and Best Romance 2012 for her international bestselling novel 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.

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