Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Release Day Review of Hero by Samantha Young

The bit on the back…

Alexa Holland's father was her hero-until her shocking discovery. 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 all-consuming 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 . . .

Firstly a massive thank you to Sam for sending me a signed copy of this novel! When you’re favourite author asks you if you’d like one you’d jump up and down a little too right?! Well I did. Samantha has been one of my very favourite authors since I read the eponymous first book in her On Dublin Street series. I fell in love with the hero and wanted to be best friends with her heroine. Hero is one of my most anticipated books of this year. Happy publication day Samantha!

Hero is all about MC and narrator Alexa Holland and her run in with Caine Carraway. Caine’s life has been monumentally affected by Alexa’s father and their difficult pasts and complicated presents intertwine in this beautiful novel about love and second chances.

One thing that marks this novel out straight away from the books in the On Dublin Street series is the setting. The book takes place mostly in Boston with a dalliance in Seattle and it was so refreshing to read one of Samantha’s romance novels set in somewhere I don’t know as well as Edinburgh which is less than 25 miles from where I stay! The setting was brought alive from the sky scrapers to the boutiques and I really loved that the different setting added an extra sensory benefit for me!

Alexa has just been through the ringer with her family and her life is in a state of upheaval after her first run in with Caine. To say that their first meeting was explosive would be putting it mildly and the second one wasn’t much friendlier. Instant attraction between the pair is obvious and palpable with Caine’s thunderous attitude towards Alexa and her almost tangible physical reaction. The blurb doesn’t give too much away of the story so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I enjoyed the turn that the story took and how that played out throughout the rest of the book.

Caine and Alexa embark on this pseudo relationship where the chemistry between them is almost smouldering. The first taste of their affair is consuming and electric. I loved the unrestrained way that Caine had with Alexa and how his demands affected her. There is a change in both characters throughout the story although there sexual and physical attraction is something that doesn’t change – it leaves you feeling that hot and bothered the whole way through. I need me a Caine!

One thing I love about Samantha’s writing is her distinct ability to make you feel like you’ve read the book with a dual POV but when you’ve only actually been reading from the female MC. Her heroes (no pun intended) are described in such a way that their body language and speech affect you so directly it feels as if you’ve been reading the story and feeling their feelings.

The story twists and turns and doubles back on itself a few times as Caine leads Alexa through this sort of relationship limbo where she’s not sure if she’s coming or going. With all of that going on I wasn’t expecting one more plot twist to be thrown into the mix but it really enforced both Caine’s feelings and the whole second chance thing this story has got going on.

If you’ve never tried any of Samantha Young’s books then where the hell have you been?! In all seriousness though Samantha is one of those epic story tellers who pull you in, sink their hooks into you and don’t let go until you’ve felt the story rather than read it. So good I’ve read it twice since I’ve had my copy!

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