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… (Goodreads)
The On Dublin Street series is one of my favourite contemporary romance series on the market. So when I heard that Samantha had released a stand-alone novel, set in Seattle, I was excited to see what she had in store for us. Once again, Samantha doesn’t let her readers down and once again demonstrates that for me, she is THE author that I compare all others to. Before starting this book, make sure you clear your calendar and have an ample supply of caffeine to see you through the night because once you start this book, you won’t be able to put it down. Young once again grips hold of her reader and doesn’t let go till the very last page only to still leave you wanting more.
The plot of the book centres on Alexia Holland, who through a simple twist of fate, is thrust into the path of the enigmatic Caine Carraway, a very successful businessman. From here, the normal course in these tales is for the male in the book to pursue and seduce the heroine of the tale. Here, is where Young once again flexes her literary muscles and throws in a bit of curve ball. The fact that Alexia’s father is responsible for the destruction of Caine’s family, presents a massive hurdle for these two to actually get together.
Even though I am familiar with Young’s work, I really didn’t know where this story would go. The fact that Caine clearly shows that he is attracted to Alexia at their first meeting; it still took me by surprise when he made his move on Alexia. This was due to the fact that he was giving Miranda Priestly from the Devil Wears Prada a run for her money on “Difficult Boss of The Year”. Each task he set Alexia seemed designed to push her buttons and you could see it beginning to wear her down. So much so, that she ends up giving him her notice when it all gets too much.
It is this love/hate, push/pull to their relationship that kept me on the edge of my seat. Neither party wanted to back down, yet the more that they spend time together, the more that you see that they both have more in common than first thought, through Alexia’s fathers sins. I ended up cheering them in the corner, hoping that despite the sins of Alexia’s father, they could be together. I was all set for settling down for a happy ending till Samantha once again throws a huge curve ball that puts a cannonball through all the progress they had managed to achieve.
Like her characters in the On Dublin Street Series, Alexia and Caine are two characters I really became invested in. They come across as living, breathing people, each with flaws. It is these imperfections that make them interesting. They have a chemistry that sizzles and sparks on the page. Whether it’s in the workplace or between the sheets, they just seem so right for each other. It is refreshing to have characters that are not these perfect specimens. If makes them more relatable and as always, I finished the book with the biggest grin (and the biggest bags under my eyes due to the lack of sleep.)
While Alexia and Caine are the main focus of the book, I feel I have to mention Effie, the older woman who lives next to Caine and Harry, Caine’s best friend. Both of these characters are pivotal in getting Caine and Alexia together by any means necessary, whether it’s through friendly advice or less than honest means. I really liked these characters and felt they added an extra dimension to our elusive hero. They know how to help Alexia break down those carefully constructed walls. These two better not attempt to take over the world because they would more than succeed.
By the end of the book, I was emotionally exhausted yet totally satisfied. Young likes to make sure she wrings out ever last bit of emotion from you, right up to very last page. She truly is a brilliant writer that shows no signs of waning.
For fans of really great contemporary romance with some of the best sexual chemistry between characters, you can’t go wrong with Samantha Young. She is truly a force to be reckoned with. Hero proves that she is constantly looking to push the boundries of her talent and more than meets the challenge.
Hero is an excellent jumping board for those new to Samantha Young, with its easy access to her fantastic writing talents. Yet, it still holds enough fresh ideas for vetrans of Young.
OTHER BOOKS BY SAMANTHA YOUNG
1 On Dublin Street (ViaBookChickCity)
1.5 Until Fountain Bridge
2 Down London Street (Via BookChickCity)
2.5 Castle Street
3 Before Jamaica Lane
4 Fall From India Place
5 Echoes of Scotland Street
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