January 20, 2015

Title: Hero
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW
Published: February 3, 2015
Genre: Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: 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…

**I received an advance copy from the publisher,
but that did not influence the review**

2.5-3 stars A story with potential and plenty of depth, but at times it seemed contrived so I felt like I ended up skimming. The book did grab me right away, and right off the bat had me laughing out loud at Alexa’s internal dialogue on several occasions…I liked her immediately. I actually really liked Caine as well from the first time I met him because he was cold, but seemed like he had cracks that needed to be healed. I needed more.

Caine and Alexa have a common thread in their pasts that intertwined them for reasons that are not pleasant. While neither were to blame for the events that had transpired there was still plenty of hurt.  Alexa’s goal was to make things right, at least a little bit. Caine, while he tried to resist helping Alexa, was drawn to her and instead of slamming a door in her face actually opened it and invited her into his life.

The chemistry was totally hot…until it started happening…then it just felt forced to me. Staged, I don’t know, but something about it didn’t work. I liked the build up, that was so well done, but the actually sexy times were so cheesy. Then the hot and cold of Caine on top of Alexa being a doormat…those two elements made me want to strangle them both.

By about 40% I felt the novel deflate for me. I kept reading but it just wasn’t drawing me in.

Lastly, while Effie was a nice old lady, she too seemed so contrived just for the sake of the story, and I had a hard time believing she actually lived in that apartment. It was just too convenient for me, the reader, that she was there and existed. I know, I’m a big complainer.

Would I rec it? Well, maybe look at all your friends’ reviews and see who else likes it.

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