Book review: Hero by Samantha Young

9 Mar

9780349408781Alexa 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 . . .

Move aside Mr Grey, make way for Caine Carraway! The ‘hero’ of this new standalone novel from Samantha Young is an incredibly successful and wealthy Boston business man and certainly used to getting what he wants in life but that’s where the comparisons with dominating business men from other well known novels should end – Caine Carraway is far and away one of the most complex and interesting male leads I’ve had the pleasure to meet in recent reads and Hero is set to be another huge hit for Samantha Young.

I’ve been a fan of Samantha’s books for a while now and have enjoyed all of the novels that make up her best selling On Dublin Street series so I was intrigued when I heard that she was bringing out a new standalone novel set not in her native Scotland as all of her previous books have been but in America. Boston and its wealthy society elite makes the perfect setting for this book which focuses not just on the city’s business elite but also on its ‘ruling’ society families where the right or wrong surname can make or break you and family politics are rife.

As with all of Samantha’s novels, she gives her leading characters complicated pasts and a whole series of emotional problems to overcome. Right from the start, I was rooting for leading lady Alexa Holland and I loved her strength and realism. Alexa’s father is not only the cause of major upheaval in her own life but as she has recently discovered in Caine’s too. When the two are thrown together unexpectedly, Alexa tries to make amends triggering a shocking reaction from Mr Carraway that marks the start of a rollercoaster ride of a novel that had me turning the pages as fast as I could!

Alexa and Caine’s relationship sparked off the page right from the start and I loved that she didn’t take any nonsense from him even when she finds herself working for him! Samantha Young expertly builds the tension between the two and there are some seriously hot scenes as passions rise! This is one of the hottest romance books I’ve read in a long time and I was completely caught up in the will they/won’t they relationship between Caine and Alexa.

With a great supporting cast including Caine’s mischievous best friend Henry and elderly (but extremely sassy) neighbour Effie, wonderful well-described settings from a city I’d love to visit and plenty of surprises including some shocking turns of events, Hero has everything I look for in a romance novel and is my favorite of Samantha Young’s books to date.  I really hope Samantha visits Boston and Caine and Lexy again in her future writing!


Hero by Samantha Young is published by Piatkus in paperback and eBook. You can find of all Samantha Young’s titles in the Kobo website here:

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