Saturday, April 4, 2015

Mini Review: Hero by: Samantha Young

Release Date: February 3, 2015 from NAL
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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…"

My Thoughts:

Going into Hero I was pumped. I love Samantha Young and was so excited for this new stand alone from her. Sadly, Hero wasn’t everything I hoped for. Don’t get my wrong, I am so glad I read it and I did enjoy it, but I didn’t love it like I thought I would. I'm going to be brief here, Caine was a serious struggle for me. I love my alpha heroes with difficult pasts, but I draw the line at cruel. For me, Caine was cruel and some of the stunts he pulled did not sit well with me. I would not have put up with his antics and so I struggled with Alexa putting up with it. I love how Caine grew at the very end and the character he became, but I would have liked to see that growth sooner and see more of the new Caine. I enjoyed the mystery aspect towards the end and I also absolutely adored Effie and Henry. Those two characters were wonderful. All in all, I am so glad I read Hero because I did like the book and it is a good read, I just wish I had loved it more. Long story short, Caine is no Braden.


  1. sound like a good book but not really my type of books :D anyway hope your next read will be an AMAZING one :D

  2. That's too bad. I'm not into cruel either. I probably would need to book slap the boy. Thanks for the honest review.

  3. Aw, I'm sorry you didn't like this one! That was the one thing that was hard for me to swallow as well- I didn't like when he would be cruel to her. He did come a long way in the end, but I can understand your issues with him.

  4. Aw, sucks that you didn't love it as much as her other ones. I totally get you when it comes to Caine, altho I think I liked him a touch more than you did, lol. Agreed though, Braden is the best!

  5. I'm glad that you did enjoy it, despite the aspect you didn't I'm with you on it as well, when it comes to cruelty, there is a line. But I'm glad Caine did grow in the end!

    Lovely review :)

  6. I've never read anything by this author, but the description did catch my attention. I have a really hard time with asshole main characters even though everyone else seems to love them. I'm glad you ended up liking the book anyway!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

  7. Sigh. So I buddy-read this one with a friend and boy-oh-boy did it make us CRANKY. There may have been ranty texting going on. You summed it up perfectly: Caine is NO Braden. No way, no how! But... it's still Samantha Young which means the writing was addictive. I'm with you -- I'm glad I read it, too, but just thinking about some of the crap Caine pulled makes me all RAWR. Fantastic mini-review *squish*

    1. Thats so funny! Because I buddy read this book with someone too and DAMN did we have some cranky texts.... *snorts*

  8. Well, they can't all be Braden, can they? ;) I'm sorry Hero was all you were hoping for, Teresa. I'm a little worried since I have pretty high expectations for it, too. I understand your complaint about Caine though and am pretty sure I'd feel the same way. I am glad to know he does grow as a character though.

  9. I've only read two books by Samanthat Young and when I read them, I really enjoyed them. I'v been hearing good stuff about Hero, but I'm sorry to hear that it didn't turn out to be so great for you. I guess I could skip this one. Thanks for your great review, Teresa!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts


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