Author: Samantha Young
Genre: Romance (a bit on the steamy side)
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 loved Alexa (Lexie). She is a great heroine in this story! She is strong and pushes through all Caine’s crap because she cares. It was kind of nice to see a female character that wasn’t a push over but was willing push a little. I never felt like she was a whipped pup willing to take any affection Caine gave her either, which is a tough thing for an author to pull off.
I also felt the suspense in the book was great! There is the undercurrent of the family drama throughout the book but it really takes hold near the end and picks up! It really adds a lot of depth to the book because until that point I felt the book was focused on the push/pull of the relationship between Caine and Alexa. Just as it was starting to get old (and Alexa was verging on pathetic) BAM! family drama. It was a good ending for the story.
I hated Caine. I get why he was the way he was (his past was crap and all that). In the beginning, I totally understood why he treated Alexa so harshly. But, then he pretty much strings her along, uses her for sex, and says some really awful things. Even given his past, he treated her badly and unkindly when he was the one who brought her into his life. It was pretty annoying most of the time. He was so hot and cold.
This book was also a bit descriptive in the sex scenes. It wasn’t overly done and it wasn’t excessive, but if you aren’t into that, you will want to avoid this book. I don’t read erotica and this wasn’t too much for me. It does get pretty close to the line though, so consider yourself warned if you aren’t into that! (you could skip the overly descriptive scenes- I didn’t think they were so abundant that it would get annoying and its easy to skim over them!)