I’m a fan of Young’s On Dublin Street series, so this was a no-brainer choice. The first in a new romance series, Samantha Young brings all of the good from the stories I know, and makes few missteps along the way.
Alexis is a successful PA with her own family issues. Determined to make her own mark in the world to atone for and separate from her father’s mistakes, she is tenacious in her career and personal moves, leaving little room for missteps. But, returning to work from a loss, she comes face to face with Caine, a young man who strikes a chord of potential for her, and gives her a chance to make amends to her father’s wrongs.
Caine wants little to do with Alexis or her offers of friendship and reconciliation, he’d rather move on and leave the past alone. And that past includes Alexis. These two have Pullman carloads of baggage between them, only possibly outsized by the attraction that is flaring with big flashing neon lights.
Their interactions are wonderful: full of banter as they jostle for supremacy. Cain keeps everything close to the chest: but Alexa’s stubborn determination and ceaseless prodding start to break away at his carefully constructed façade. Alexis is a take no prisoners sort of woman, while not lacking in the sensitivity to recognize wounds: as observant as she is determined, she sees a kindred spirit in Cain, and she just refuses to let him walk away. Poor Cain, he really doesn’t stand a chance with all of the pushing around him: his best friend and an obstreperous meddling woman add to the pressure, and add plenty of humor.
Like her earlier stories, Young’s secondary characters are well developed and help to push the plot forward, while providing plenty of interest and depth. I have always enjoyed her introductions of characters, setting and humor that build a complete picture for the reader, even as Alexis and Cain are truly the focus.
Some clever twists and a bit of danger gives readers more reasons to fly through the pages: needing to KNOW but not wanting the ride to end. Romance that runs from primal and raw to gentle and sweet, the connection between these two is not to be denied, even as we are struggling through the trials on the way to a happy ending. Emotionally palpable, balanced delicately with ‘aww” and “slap you” moments, just enough angst to not annoy and the development of Cain and Alexis alone and together – this is a winner.
Author: Samantha Young
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: NAL
Published on: 3 February 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 11 minutes
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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…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.