Hero, Samantha Young
Hero, Samantha Young
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I’ve read several of Samantha’s books now, and On Dublin Street is still one of my contemporary romance favourites. Hero is giving that a real run though, with Caine being a great male lead and Alexa sharing many characteristics with Joss.
Alexa is a strong lady, has worked hard to get where she is, and has no close family, only a kind of secret and distant relationship with her grandfather. Its complicated, but fortunately she’s got a couple of good friends. I really liked her, loved her sass, that she wouldn’t take any put downs, and that she was a worker. I hate the trust fund type wishy washy ladies, I need Alexa and Joss types and Samantha seems to excel at those. It means I know I’m going to like at least one of the main characters, and I need to be able to like and empathise with them to enjoy a novel. That’s really important to me. I wanted things to go well for Alexa, but she had a tough start in the book. I love that even though Caine is really rude, really horrible and loses her the job she so enjoys, she still makes excuses and tries to understand him, but also doesn’t let him get away with his rudeness, and faces up to him to try to get her job back.
Caine – he’s a complex character, and seems at first to be very cold, very uncaring and overbearing. There’s more to him though, and what he really hates is that Alexa knows much of his background. He’s left that behind he thinks, and yet he blames her just for being part of the family that wrecked his life and family. She wasn’t connected except by blood, had nothing to do with it and yet still he can’t let that go, even though he’s incredibly attracted to her. He must have some kind of guilt feelings or something, as he recognises he’s been unfair and he offers her a job – he needs a PA desperately, and her rep in that area is stellar. He warns her though he will be tough to work for, and he really puts her through a lot. I so felt for her, she was convinced she could get him to recognise she wasn’t her father, it wasn’t her fault what had happened, and yet at first that seemed overly optimistic. I loved her for trying though. I loved her wit and spark, even when he was being his worst.
When they do finally give in to their feelings, the lust that shimmers at every opportunity is trademark Samantha- sexy, hot and sensual. steamy and erotic, but never cringing and repetitive as happens in far too many novels I’ve read. I could feel the heat, loved them together and when it all went wrong – oh the drama and angst, and I do love to wallow in that. Perfect, just perfect. Its a great story full of twists and turns, full of highs and lows, surprises even when I thought I knew everything, and characters I could believe in. Effie, his elderly neighbour, brought out a different side to him, we saw another man, the person he could be underneath that cold shell. She was great – as was his friend and colleague Henry. Its a read that’s definitely a keeper for me, one to re read and savour.
Stars: Five, a fabulous read and one to re read.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.