Hero by Samantha Young-Review and Giveaway
by Samantha Young
Genre: Adult, contemporary, erotic, romance
Release Date: February 3, 2015
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
REVIEW: HERO is a contemporary, erotic romance storyline from the pen of Samantha Young focusing on billionaire businessman Caine Carraway and professional assistant Alexa Holland.
An horrific incident years before would irrevocably connect our couple for eternity placing Alex at the mercy of Caine Carraway. Although neither one was personally involved, it is their familial connections that reap what the family’s have sown. The storyline focuses on the building relationship between Caine and Alexa-a strangers to enemies to friends with benefits relationship that began with Caine offering Alexa a job as his PA following her firing from her most recent position.
Caine and Alexa met during a shoot where Alexa revealed her connection to Caine sending Caine into turmoil and confusion. Caine is hoping to destroy Alexa and make miserable her life for the disintegration and shattering of his family years before. What follows are Caine’s attempts to break Alexa, and Alexa’s attempts to get closer to the man with whom she is falling in love.
Alexa is a feisty, bold, defiant and dynamic personality-a personality that attracts Caine like a moth to a flame. Alexa will stand up to Caine’s acerbic rhetoric and less than welcoming manner but Caine is still in control and Alexa knows that to push too hard could mean a push out the door.
Caine is a difficult and complicated man who is determined to make Alexa’s life miserable. Alexa knows going into her job that Caine plans to break her but Alexa is more than willing to push back when Caine intends to step up his attack.
The sexual relationship is passionate, provocative, emotional and heartbreaking. Samantha Young pours her heart and soul into a heartbreaking relationship that has an end date of indeterminate time. Caine doesn’t do relationships; his past is dark and his memories even darker-friends with benefits is what Caine has to offer but Alexa sees their relationship as an affair of the heart. Alexa will go into the affair knowing that Caine intends to walk away at some time in the future. There is plenty of back and forth; push and pull throughout the story.
The secondary characters are colorful, difficult and complicated including family, friends and Caine’s ex lovers who throw a wrench or two into the couple’s relationship. We are introduced to Caine’s BFF Henry who knows Caine’s deepest, darkest secrets, and Alexa’s friend Rachel who worries that her best friend is in over her head. Alexa’s grandfather plays a significant if not controversial role in her life-one that finds Alexa at odds with their current relationship- a relationship steeped in whispers and secrets.
The world building pulls the reader into the bedroom, the boardroom, the office, and the lives of the rich and infamous. We are privy to the background information about how two families were destroyed, and the lingering betrayal and fall out.
Samantha Young writes fast paced storylines with emotion driven characters; intense and powerful images of passionate love and heartbreaking sorrow. You are pulled into a provocative world where your imagination takes flight and the drama never ends. Prepare to be seduced!
Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley
Reviewed by Sandy
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