I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hero by Samantha Young
Narrator: Angelica Lee
Published by Penguin Audio on February 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 12 hours, 16 minutes
Audio | Goodreads
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 her mother and she 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....
Alexa Holland, photographer’s assistant, has a meltdown on a shoot when she discovers the subject for the day is none other than Caine Carraway, investment management wonderboy and the man her family almost destroyed years ago. When he discovers who she is, he strikes back and tough.
There are quite a lot of them in this story, which only made it more interesting as they unfolded gradually, adding layers to the characters and providing intrigue.
Caine and Alexa make an unlikely couple, until she gets under his skin. Her attempts at destroying his “walls” were admirable and I really liked her spirit. Each time he disappointed her, though, I felt her despair. There were times I wanted her to just run in the opposite direction but once I learned his history, it had me hang in there with him.
I liked the narrator as she clearly injected the emotion and angst of Alexa throughout the story. There were times, however, that she just projected immaturity, especially when Alexa was being snarky. Otherwise, I enjoyed the performance.
The bottom line
This is a well-told, fast-paced story with interesting characters and a pretty compelling romance. And, there was a bit of intrigue and suspense that cropped up about midway through the book.The ending came too soon for me as I wasn’t ready to let these people go. Just wish this was the beginning of a series (like I need another one!).