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…
Don't know if it's because I'm a total book geek or the story was that good, though probably both, but I've only finished this story a couple of hours ago and all I want to do is start reading it again. Seriously in awe of Samantha Young for creating such a story, that at first sight seems to be done before, but really is something else.
The thoughts that keep going on in my mind are that it was so good, I freaking loved the characters, they are so real and genuine, the plot took some unexpected twists and turns, and I get excited when that happens. It's not a real fluffy read, as it deals with a lot of angst, extreme emotions and troubled pasts.
I have no clue how she does it, but with each and every book Samantha Young manages to create unique characters. Caine and Alexa are different from the other characters she has created so far. Each time their personality is different, their background is different and their progress is different. I never have that feeling of reading the same story twice, which can happen with romance authors. But to be clear, this is absolutely not the case here.
To me, this was a near perfect contemporary romance standalone novel. Two clear main characters that you will fall in love with.. Alexa is confident, strong, while at the same time there is a certain vulnerability about her and a grade A smart ass. She was simply amazing. Her motivation towards Caine was so clear, and very interesting to see how that changes throughout the story. She has this guilt inside her for what her father did to Caine's family, but she's trying to move past that and show him that she's not her father. Thus creating a lot of tension and drama, but the buildup was done so well, you were happy when it finally exploded.
Caine was quite different. He's sexy, determined, and at times even cold, but that has more to do with how he sees himself. A true businessman he knows how to work hard for something he wants and while in the beginning he might not have liked what Alexa represented, in the end he couldn't deny what was going on between them. I do believe it's the first time I read a book, where the male protagonist actually really just means sex and his behaviour toward the woman doesn't change. Meaning it is strictly physical for him and he shows no softer side or rarely. This was extremely interesting to see develop and surprised me, but I liked it very much.
The way the story is written, it'll keep you guessing 'till the end how things might turn out between Caine and Alexa. Samantha Young has done it once again, a tale I will never get sick of and can keep reading over and over again.