Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Hero by Samantha Young
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…
This was actually my first Samantha Young book. I've heard lots of good things and seen lots of good reviews for some of her other books, so I may have to give them a try.
When I started reading Hero I was in love with it. The story kept a good pace and smart alec Alexa was fun to read when she was putting Caine in his place. I was really into it...until the end.
In the beginning, I questioned why Alexa felt she HAD to get through to Caine. She was seemingly irrationally driven to show him how similar they both were, and I know a lot of it was guilt for what her father did and loneliness because of how her life turned out. So I went with it. But by the end? I understand, too, why Caine turned out the way he did. But NO ONE should get a free pass to be a jerk. He was a jerk to Alexa REPEATEDLY and she kept taking it because she was going to get through to him dagnabbit! People are emotional and get hurt and make mistakes. I understand that. And I understand second chances. And maaaaybe third and fourth chances, based on the situation. But this was like 57 chances. (I made up that number, but you know what I mean.) I don't care anymore that his family life was bad. Use that, rise above it, be better. I know that's a tall order and not everyone can do it. I guess I'm just saying that I, personally, could not have kept giving Caine chance and chance and chance again to be a jerk to me and break my heart. I don't care who he is.
I do want to take the folks at Penguin/NAL for sending me this ARC. Hero comes out today and I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it. If you read it, let me know how you liked it!
You think this is harsh? Here's my review of 50 Shades of Grey: http://www.booknerdsacrossamerica.com/2012/06/50-shades-of-venting-50-shades-of-grey.html