I’ve only read one book from Samantha Young (On Dublin Street) and I really enjoyed it. Hero is the next newly released book from Samantha that I finally got around to reading.
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…
This book was good. It had everything that I expected: a dominating alpha male and a resistant but compliant female lead. Unfortunately, it was a little too formulaic for my tastes. Maybe it was just my reading mood at the time, but I felt like I could skim through the novel and still get the gist. I wasn’t enjoying the prose or falling into the story. It was just there.
The characters were interesting but overdone. Alexa and Caine were too predictable. Their initial relationship was filled with mean comments and insults, usually this can add to the dynamics of the relationship once they realize they like each other, but I found that I couldn’t let go of how much of an asshole Caine was and how stupid Alexa was for putting up with it.
My biggest issue was the title: Hero. I sort of got what the author was trying to do with the “hero” thing, but the issues didn’t add up to me. It was almost like the part with Alexa’s father was added on just so the title would make sense. It didn’t add anything to Alexa and Caine’s story.
I’m mad at myself that I didn’t like this book more, but I just didn’t. I’ll still give Samantha Young another chance with her books but I felt Hero was too predictable for me to enjoy it.
STARS: 2 out of 5