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…
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Hero is a highly enjoyable contemporary romance. I first got introduced to Samantha Young through her Young Adult novels but there is no denying she can also write a great adult romance. From start to finish Hero is emotionally charged and a truly intriguing read.
Our two main characters Alexa and Caine have some awkward history in their families and because of this Caine hates Alexa whilst she feels responsibility for his unfortunate past. Added to this is an instant attraction between them both which leads to some delicious sexual tension.
Alexa is a great character, she is mouthy, snarky and stands up to herself when needed. Whilst some romance heroines can be a bit wimpy and boring, Alexa is one to go full steam ahead after what she wants. Caine has the whole brooding, mysterious millionaire thing going for him which I'm sure most readers will love. Together they are a little bit dysfunctional but only because they are both lying to themselves about what they want and feel.
Whilst Hero does have a few steamy scenes to me the focus of the story was about the growth and romantic development of Alexa and Caine. It is about them both finding a kindred spirit in one another and through that being able to overcome their pasts.
The storyline isn't particularly unique but it is done in a really great way that makes it stand out. Oh and Hero is a standalone which is refreshing to see in a world of seemingly never ending series'! A definite recommend for romance fans.
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