Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lost in You - Lori's Review of HERO by Samantha Young

Title: Hero
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: NAL
Publication Date: 2/3/2015
Source: ARC from publisher through Netgalley


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 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.

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET and Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-eight countries.

For more info on Samantha's adult fiction visit

For info on her young adult fiction visit

This was a fantastic office romance (think Fifty Shades without the spanking and Beautiful Bastard without the expensive lingerie).

Despite a rough childhood and the absolutely heartbreaking way that he lost both of his parents at a young age, Caine Calloway overcame it all to be one of the most successful businessmen in Boston. He's ruthless and sharp, and also incredibly handsome.

Alexa Holland had always idolized her father until his lies and manipulations caught up to him and ruined the lives of everyone around him, including a young man by the name of Caine Calloway.

Shortly after the death of her mother, Alexa runs into Caine at a photoshoot and her nervousness causes her to confess who she is and who her father is.  Caine, being the ruthless bastard that he is, ends the photoshoot and ruins Alexa's career all in one move.

Still determined to make amends for her father's mistakes, Alexa makes a visit to Calloway's office to offer an apology. Caine is still unable to forgive what was done to him, but he does make Alexa an offer.  She can come work in his company as his personal assistant.  Unfortunately, Alexa realizes too late that Caine sees it as an opportunity to take her father's sins out on her.

I am a HUGE fan of Samantha Young and her On Dublin Street series.  I was excited to see what she would do with new characters and a new world and I was NOT disappointed.  Caine and Alexa's relationship was explosive and vibrant.  They hated each other, but couldn't deny the powerful physical attraction between them.  The characters were well developed and the scenarios were just so perfect.  It was sewn together with an underpinning of repentance and forgiveness.  I was thoroughly entertained.

Why is it not 5 stars?  For me, the ended lasted a little longer than I felt it needed to.  But that is just me and sometimes I'm weird.

Recommended for any and all who love alpha males and romance.

4.25 out of 5 stars

Three Days Grace- Lost in You

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