ARC Review: Hero by Samantha Young

Posted February 3, 2015 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Hero by Samantha Young

3.5 Stars


Released: Feb 3, 2015
Published by NAL
Pages: 384
Format: eARC


“So much of the focus is through Alexa’s eyes that we don’t really see how Caine is feeling and therefore, we lose the reasons for his actions.” ~ Under the Covers

In HERO, Samantha Young introduces a new contender that may or may not take the coveted spot as Young’s most hottest hero with Caine Carroway. With his stellar good looks and impressive resume, Caine has definitely got the rich man hotness down.

However, for me the problem lies in his attitude. I’m all up for hot rich guys with that sparkling confidence that gets him notice in the first place, but Caine came off as too strong in the beginning. The things he does and the things he says to Alexa make him a douche in my eyes and while I can totally understand the reasoning behind it, it doesn’t make it any easier to read.

The one thing I think the author forgot to do was give more insight into Caine’s character. So much of the focus is through Alexa’s eyes that we don’t really see how Caine is feeling and therefore, we lose the reasons for his actions. Yes, they are mentioned briefly at first and that’s what gets Alexa fired in the first place. However, every time Caine treats her badly, it grated on me and I couldn’t see past it.

I think my opinion would change entirely if we received more of Caine’s insight and his side of the struggle that’s between him, Alexa and their parents. Nevertheless, Samantha Young does infuse the book with a ton of fun, upbeat moments that bring these two enemies together in a believable romance.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Samantha Young

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. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has sold in twenty-five countries.


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Thanks for the review Annie

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’ve only read a few books by Samantha Young.


Oh man I was so looking forward to reading this only to find out he’s a d-bag?! I just found out blake in the hacker series is a d-bag too

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I didn’t like how he was with her unfortunately. ;/