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…
I am a fan of Samantha Young's writing, On Dublin Street being my favourite book of hers. Her books contains lot of hilarious situations, but even though there is humor in Hero, it is a bit darker than On Dublin Street series.
Alexa Holland aka Lexi works as a personal assistant for a very successful photographer and one day after returning to work she comes to find Caine Carraway for a shoot there. She is stunned to see him because it was her father's actions in the past that had affected Caine tremendously and she tells him who she really is. And a lot of things happen after that. And in the end she loses her job.
Now Lexi being the strong and independent woman goes to fight with Caine for her job and Caine being a jerk, he gives her the job as his assistant to punish her for her father's sins. The thing is, he was a jerk to her for major portion until he realized that she is not like her father. And then again, because he thought she didn't deserve a partner like him. Now for that, he had his reasons and maybe valid enough but that still that didn't excuse his behaviour. Lexi was strong and kept pushing even when he tried to give up but later I got frustrated with this push and pull.
I really liked Lexi. I understood why she did, what she did. And just when I started feeling like Lexi is the only one acting as the glue to their relationship, Caine used to do something sweet and prove he loves her just as much. In the end when he comes and rescues her from a situation and then he explains that he had actually come to beg her to take him back and the way he takes care of her when she is hospitalized and everything was sweet. I liked the banter between Lexi and Caine. I liked the secondary characters as well, Henry and Effie were really fun to have around.
Some of my favourite quotes:
“You’re the one real thing in my life right now … You should know I don’t want to let that go.”
“I am not your mother. I’m not looking for something else from life. I’m not looking for more. I’m not looking for a great adventure. I’m not looking, because I found it. You are my more. You are my great adventure.”
Caine stared at me in wonder. “I can’t believe that after everything I put you through you’re still here.”
“You came for me,” I whispered, trying not to get choked up again. “Even though it meant facing my father, you followed me to protect me. That meant everything to me. You saved my life.”
His own eyes were bright with emotion and his voice was hoarse when he vowed, “I will always protect you.”
“Is this real?” I grinned, causing tears to spill down my cheeks.
Caine hauled me to my feet and wrapped his arms around me. He kissed the tears away and held me tight. “Baby, it’s real.”
I would have given this book 5 stars but I had some minor issues and that is why,