Author: Samantha Young
Publication Date: Feb 2015
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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…
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Boy oh boy you are going to LOVE Hero.
Told from Alexa’s (Lexie) point of view. She has one very messed up family situation that has encroached onto Caine’s. Tragedy draws them together while simultaneously creating impenetrable barriers to getting to know each other. I would have loved to have seen pivotal parts of the plot through Caine’s eyes (begs Samantha).
I loved Lexie, she is a wonderfully sassy character, genuinely caring and empathetic. While Caine, the powerful CEO with a dark past, has more security around his emotions than Fort Knox. Their attraction to each other is undeniable, yet there are too many obstacles in their path to form a real relationship. The roller-coaster of emotion emanates through the pages, I could literally feel my stomach flipping as I was reading.
The narrative explores family bonds and how parents are human and therefore, fallible. Family deception, past secrets, as well as the weight of guilt and regret add to the emotional distance between Caine and Lexie. The casual relationship they embark on, shows how emotionally shattering such an arrangement can be.
The plot examines the way in which people can not be held accountable for the actions of others. Everyone has to create their own path and be judged solely on their own actions. Learning from mistakes and letting the positive shape you rather than the negative. Ultimately, forgiveness is the key to moving forward in life.
There is a lot going on within the plot, it keeps you on your toes. Having read it twice already, I can honestly say I picked up new points each time.
I have to mention the wonderfully quirky character we have in Effie, she adds such humor to the narrative you can’t help but fall in love with her.
Hero is one of those books you know is going to be on your re-read pile.
Wonderful characters and depth of emotion make Hero a must read.