This book started off with a bang, Alexa Holland is working on the set of a photo shoot where her boss is photographing business magnate, Caine Carraway.
She recently discovered that her father had an affair with Caine’s mother, leading to unfortunate events that forever scarred Caine and changed the fate of his family, so when she sees him she immediately tries to put things right.
Unfortunately for her, Caine is not happy about being ambushed by a woman who brings back bad memories and she ends up not only with a mouthful of hate from Caine, but is also fired from her job for causing a scene.
Caine decides that he will torment Alexa by employing her as his PA and treating her like dirt. Now jobless and desperate to stay in her expensive apartment, Alexa agrees to put up with his bad moods and contempt and is eager to make amends with him for her father’s mistakes.
Caine hates that he is attracted to her but Alexa is determined to make him see her for who she really is and not just someone associated with all the pain that her father caused him.
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I really enjoyed the first half of the book, the Love/Hate theme and the sexual tension was delicious and you could feel the chemistry between them which further increased every time they failed to resist each other. The banter was particularly good and I loved that Alexa was a smart ass and didn’t hide her personality even though she was trying to please him.
There was lots of back and forth between the couple, Caine struggled with his growing feelings whilst Alexa embraced them and wanted to show Caine that they could be good together.
Alexa felt lonely and unloved because she was estranged from her father, her mother had died and her grandfather only spoke to her in secret. It’s almost as if she was so desperate to be loved that she was weak when it came to Caine. He never gave her any indication that he wanted more than sex but she seemed to think that he needed her even though it was plain to see that he wasn’t quite ready to commit to her.
The second half of the book waned a bit for me and I found myself getting bored with the push and pull. Also, I wasn’t a fan of the events that occurred near the end of the book, it seemed really random and it was though it was just thrown in there in order for Caine to realise that he couldn’t live without Alexa.
Overall, I really liked the characters and it was a great steamy read but not my favourite Samantha Young book.
ARC gratefully received from Little, Brown Book Group UK in exchange for an honest review
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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: https://store.kobobooks.com/
Samantha Young is the author of the runaway bestselling On Dublin Street, which sold over 150,000 copies within five weeks and has now been sold in more than 25 countries. Published by Penguin UK until recently, her first book with Little Brown (Castle Hill) was one of the top 10 Hachette ebooks for 2014. This year she has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance. She lives in Stirlingshire, Scotland and is available for publicity purposes, along with corresponding regularly with her 22,000 fans on FB and 15,000 Twitter followers.