Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hero by Samantha Young

Publication: February 03, 2015
Publisher: NAL / Penguin Group
Source: Publisher /  Own

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…

The story was a little cliched at the beginning...Girl loses her her job, then goes to work for a hot guy, who dismisses her and treats her like crap, she takes it, and then because the sexual tension is so thick, they cave and have sex. Then afterwards he acts weird and distant, like nothing happened.  I wasn’t terribly surprised by anything that happened in this story. I didn’t see what the big draw was for Lexie. Caine was hot and damaged. That’s it. He didn’t seem to have any redeeming qualities, but that’s just me.

“I don’t know what this is you’re trying to do, but you and I are not the same.” He took another step back from me. “And I am not for you. I’m not your white knight. I’m just the guy who wanted to fuck you.”

Caine ends up judging Lexie without knowing her, based solely on the fact that her father was responsible for his mother’s death. He was rude and demeaning at times and she just takes it. His neighbor/friend kept telling her to keep fighting for him and don’t give up, but how long do you fight for someone when the other person doesn’t even know what they want or is just using you for sex? I think she fought too hard, and he didn’t even fight at all. Except maybe a little at the end, but to me it wasn’t enough.

I’m glad there was a happy ending, because I do love me some happy endings, but I wasn’t in love with the story unfortunately. I wish Caine was more fleshed out. It would have been nice to get his POV and maybe understand him more. It might have helped. Don’t get me wrong, I love Samantha Young’s writing. She has a way of making the characters feel real and the storylines are usually engaging and fun. But this book just didn’t do it for me. It was just only an okay read for me.

RATING: 3 out of 5.


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