Villain (Hero, #1.5)
The sexy and emotional companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance Hero. Nadia Ray is not just a broadcast meteorologist. She’s Boston’s morning television It Girl. Successful and independent, she’s put a past she’s ashamed of behind her and is forging a future she can be proud of. However, when her new boss discovers her secret he blackmails her, intent on using Nadia’s popularity to make them the number one morning show in Massachusetts. He wants her to be part of uncovering the city’s biggest scandal - a secret billionaire Caine Carraway is hiding.Soon Nadia is thrown into the path of Caine’s best friend: sexy, wealthy bachelor Henry Lexington. But she doesn’t encounter the dashing high society gentleman Henry is purported to be. Instead she’s faced with an insulting and defensive villain who misjudges her at every turn.When Henry finally realizes the truth, and decides to make amends, Nadia wants nothing to do with him. But she underestimates his determination and charm and soon they find themselves embroiled in an intense, passionate affair.An affair Nadia knows must come to an end before their feelings grow any deeper and he discovers her secrets.After all, Henry Lexington isn’t the only one who played the part of a villain once…

Villain (Hero, #1.5) Details

TitleVillain (Hero, #1.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance

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Villain (Hero, #1.5) Review

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars!! “I acted like my story deserved a hero. But only a heroine deserves a hero. And I wasn’t a heroine. I couldn’t be. The truth was in someone else’s story… I was a villain.” Villain is the story of Nadia, a broadcast meteorologist. When her boss blackmail’s her into doing some deep digging into a wealthy man, his best friend Henry decides to fight back. Sparks fly, and hatred of each other evolves when Nadia and Henry realize they are both not what they seem. But Nadia has a past tha 4 stars!! “I acted like my story deserved a hero. But only a heroine deserves a hero. And I wasn’t a heroine. I couldn’t be. The truth was in someone else’s story… I was a villain.” Villain is the story of Nadia, a broadcast meteorologist. When her boss blackmail’s her into doing some deep digging into a wealthy man, his best friend Henry decides to fight back. Sparks fly, and hatred of each other evolves when Nadia and Henry realize they are both not what they seem. But Nadia has a past that can threaten any relationship before it starts. That combined with severe trust issues promises an emotional and bumpy ride for these two. “Grand gestures and fireworks are part of our lives; they’re not extraordinary to us. But when we get home and we close the door behind us and it’s just you and me…. that’s our extraordinary, right?” I love romances where the guy chases the girl. There’s just something so amazing about a man who knows what he wants and goes after it. Nadia was so unsure things would work and he never wavered. There were moment when this story seemed as if it would be cliché and predictable, but it had just enough angst and humor to push it over the edge and make it something a little bit more than the usual. I read Samantha Young because she never fails to deliver me a satisfying story, and I will read her books as long as she keeps writing them because of this. A truly talented writer, I hope she never stops. “I was born into a life of privilege… but I never knew true wealth until I met you.” ARC provided by the author. All/any quotes in this review came from an advance unedited copy and may be subject to change in the final product. Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARS I acted like my story deserved a hero. But only a heroine deserves a hero. And I wasn’t a heroine. I couldn’t be. The truth was in someone else’s story … I was a villain. Now it's been a hot minute since I read Hero, but it took me no time at all to dive right back into this world. As the fun-loving, easy going, and quick with a smile best friend and business partner to the growly and grumpy Caine, I wasn't sure how Henry would follow. I live for the enemies to lovers trope, and it was 4 STARS I acted like my story deserved a hero. But only a heroine deserves a hero. And I wasn’t a heroine. I couldn’t be. The truth was in someone else’s story … I was a villain. Now it's been a hot minute since I read Hero, but it took me no time at all to dive right back into this world. As the fun-loving, easy going, and quick with a smile best friend and business partner to the growly and grumpy Caine, I wasn't sure how Henry would follow. I live for the enemies to lovers trope, and it was hard to imagine someone that smiley pulling off the a-hole vibe. But I shouldn't have worried, because Samantha Young really gave me the best of both worlds with him; the a-hole at first and then the endearing. I absolutely adored the man. What?” I shook my head in confusion. “No. We don’t need to have lunch or go to a ball together.” “No lunch dates, no date to the ball, no penis for you. And you don’t want miss out on my penis. It’s a good one.” Nadia is not a stranger to unwanted male attention. As Boston's morning television It Girl and broadcast meteorologist, it wasn't her smarts that got the viewership. She's tried to make peace with the fact that her curvy figure will always make men undermine and misjudge her. Or perhaps its just her recent history with them. So when an assignment from her smarmy boss lands her in the cross hairs of a very pissed off Henry Lexington, she doesn't back down from putting him in his place. What she doesn't anticipate is Henry's interest as soon as he realizes his colossal screw up with her.I loved the way that Henry pursued Nadia and wouldn't take no for an answer. She was determined to keep him in the sex only box and he was having none of it. Nadia was such an incredibly endearing heroine as well. For all that she's been through, this is a chick with balls of steel and a spine that's even stronger. She's not about to back down or bow down to anyone, and I respected that so much in her.Villain was this perfect combination of a delicious slow burn, with a splash of enemies to lovers, all wrapped up in a story that kept me glued to the pages until the end. It was entertaining, quick paced, and entirely satisfying. I absolutely loved these two together. I wanted more. Everything. Now. I wanted to come. I didn’t want seduction. I wanted him to shatter me. Immediately. There was a bit of drama that was thrown in at the end, but it wrapped things up quite nicely. If you're looking for a sexy, short, but totally satisfying novella, Villain will do the trick quite nicely. The perfect read to spend the afternoon with.ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    ❤4.5 lovely stars ❤Such a beautiful, emotional , fun and fast paced story.I enjoyed Villain so much.I adored Nadia and Henry, they were perfect for each other!Intense,passionate and raw.The character development was perfect even though it was a short story, but Samantha managed to make me love it so much and make me have feelings throughout the story.I devoured it and even though I knew it was a novella I wish we had more.If you are a fan of Samantha Young you are going to love it!!     ❤️4.5 lovely stars ❤️Such a beautiful, emotional , fun and fast paced story.I enjoyed Villain so much.I adored Nadia and Henry, they were perfect for each other!Intense,passionate and raw.The character development was perfect even though it was a short story, but Samantha managed to make me love it so much and make me have feelings throughout the story.I devoured it and even though I knew it was a novella I wish we had more.If you are a fan of Samantha Young you are going to love it!!    
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  • ~ Stéphanie ~ Tied up in Romance ~
    January 1, 1970
    Villain was a delicious, fast pace and sexy story between Henry Lexington & Nadia Ray. I enjoyed their banter, the way they act when they are together was genuine and the attraction is very much present.I always need to be in a certain state of mind when I read a novella. I know that the story and thus the love story will be more insta-love than detailed. Here, as this story is very much linked to Hero and what's happening, I failed to remember some important information throughout my read. Villain was a delicious, fast pace and sexy story between Henry Lexington & Nadia Ray. I enjoyed their banter, the way they act when they are together was genuine and the attraction is very much present.I always need to be in a certain state of mind when I read a novella. I know that the story and thus the love story will be more insta-love than detailed. Here, as this story is very much linked to Hero and what's happening, I failed to remember some important information throughout my read. I don't know if it would be useful to read or re-read Hero before Villain but it might help to be fully on board with everything taking place. Nonetheless, Henry charmed me with his flirtatious ways. He mastered the way he talks to women and knows the effect he has without being cocky about it.Nadia was blunt and knew what she wanted. Resisting to a man like Henry was futile and even if it took her long to see it, at the end she let her guard down.Villain can be read in a matter of hours and it will be a pity to not consider reading it, especially when you have glimpse of Caine & Alexa as a cherry on top.~I voluntarty read a copy of this book provided by the author ~
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  • Betul
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**"There was something deeply wrong with me that I could be attracted to a man I didn't even like."I usually don't read a lot of novellas, because it's too short for me to really enjoy it. However Samantha Young did such a great job in telling a complete story in a limited amount of pages. I enjoyed Hero a lot, so I was pretty excited to get my hands on Villain. I think the title does great justice to the story. Because the two main characters don't **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**"There was something deeply wrong with me that I could be attracted to a man I didn't even like."I usually don't read a lot of novellas, because it's too short for me to really enjoy it. However Samantha Young did such a great job in telling a complete story in a limited amount of pages. I enjoyed Hero a lot, so I was pretty excited to get my hands on Villain. I think the title does great justice to the story. Because the two main characters don't start off on the right foot. I loved how everything progressed and how things developed between Nadia and Henry. I liked that Nadia has an unusual job in this book (broadcast meteorologist), and I also thought she had a great personality. In the beginning, I didn't really like Henry because he was very rude, but he grew on me pretty quickly. What I loved the most was their banter and how fun their interactions were. I am glad that there were some mystery to the story as well, Nadia was keeping a secret that she didn't want revealed. The sex scenes were hot and just enough to satisfy me. The writing was great, I was able to connect to the characters and everything fit perfectly together. I think Villain was a great contemporary romance, and I wouldn't have minded it being a full-length novel.
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  • Shayna
    January 1, 1970
    Samantha Young continues to blow me away! VILLAIN was an ADDICTIVE, SEXY, and EMOTIONAL romance that left me with a HUGE SMILE on my face! This enemies-to-lovers type romance gave me ALL THE FEELS and had me swooning, laughing, and blushing from head to toe! I absolutely LOVED this delicious and entertaining novella! “What? No. We don’t need to have lunch or go to a ball together.”“No lunch dates, no date to the ball, no penis for you. And you don’t want to miss out on my penis. It’s a good on Samantha Young continues to blow me away! VILLAIN was an ADDICTIVE, SEXY, and EMOTIONAL romance that left me with a HUGE SMILE on my face! This enemies-to-lovers type romance gave me ALL THE FEELS and had me swooning, laughing, and blushing from head to toe! I absolutely LOVED this delicious and entertaining novella! “What? No. We don’t need to have lunch or go to a ball together.”“No lunch dates, no date to the ball, no penis for you. And you don’t want to miss out on my penis. It’s a good one.” I almost forgot how freaking charming Henry Lexington really is! I freaking LOVE that man. And then Nadia Ray? She is such a firecracker! She’s sassy, strong, and independent. I absolutely adored her. Together, these two blow the roof off with their intense and heavy chemistry. These two go from REALLY antagonistic to smart-witted banter to flirtatious and sexy all in the span of this wonderful novella. This may be a shorter read, but there is so much going on that it reads like an actual novel. Ms. Young holds nothing back with this companion novella to her bestselling romance and ABSOLUTE FAVORITE of mine, HERO.This delightful, emotional, and beautiful read has so much heart and soul, I wanted to read it all over again. A woman still battling with insecurities and a past that just won’t go away. A man whose flirtatious manner might just lose him the best thing that’s ever happen to him. They might not want the other to change for them, but in loving one another, change is imminent. They make each other better in every way, and when they finally discover this, it makes their hard-fought romance that much sweeter.
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  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    HERO was one of my favorite reads a few years ago, and I remember wanting Nadia and Henry's story so bad, and now we finally have it! Samantha Young doesn't disappoint – I adored their novella. Full review to come!Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.
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  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARSSo full disclosure here, it's been a while since the release of Hero, so I couldn't remember a whole lot of detail from that book or the side characters who'd inevitably be the central characters in this novella. So rather than backtracking and trying to refresh my memory, I went into Villain as if it were a standalone. As Villain evolved, the details of Hero did come back to me. But moral of the story, you can totally read Villain by itself. It's an entertaining little romance full of 3.5 STARSSo full disclosure here, it's been a while since the release of Hero, so I couldn't remember a whole lot of detail from that book or the side characters who'd inevitably be the central characters in this novella. So rather than backtracking and trying to refresh my memory, I went into Villain as if it were a standalone. As Villain evolved, the details of Hero did come back to me. But moral of the story, you can totally read Villain by itself. It's an entertaining little romance full of angst and sexual tension and verbal sparring and you're not in the dark of you haven't read Hero. Truth be told, I actually enjoyed Villain even more than I did Hero!Villain is an enemies to lovers romance full of drama and push and pull. These characters are so hot and cold for each other, their attraction constantly warring with obstacle upon obstacle to make for a romance that is far from easy. Yes, there's some OTT drama in this storyline but overall it's a fun, fast paced, sexy storyline that I devoured in one sitting. As a whole, Villain is a yummy read, intense and uncertain and full of drama. You really can't go wrong with Samantha Young and her beautiful writing.
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  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    January 1, 1970
    I had to do a little re-read of HERO before I started VILLAIN. I couldn't remember much (#Booksalzheimers!) - but don't worry, you don't need to know HERO to understand this novella. BUT, Henry was already mucho adorable in HERO! So you might want to read it first ;) It's a really great love story. Caine and Alexa are soo adorable!VILLAIN starts with our heroine Nadia at work. She's a broadcast meterologist and now finally happy in a good job at WCVB. But of course it was too good to be true - t I had to do a little re-read of HERO before I started VILLAIN. I couldn't remember much (#Booksalzheimers!) - but don't worry, you don't need to know HERO to understand this novella. BUT, Henry was already mucho adorable in HERO! So you might want to read it first ;) It's a really great love story. Caine and Alexa are soo adorable!VILLAIN starts with our heroine Nadia at work. She's a broadcast meterologist and now finally happy in a good job at WCVB. But of course it was too good to be true - they just got a new boss, and he's horrible!! And he knows things about Nadia's past. Things she needs to keep hidden. That's why she starts looking into the 'Scandal of the Year' - just like her boss wants it.But of course she can't look into famous billionaire Caine Carraway's life without his best buddy Henry finding out about it and wanting to stop her .... but of course what starts out as a STOP DOING THAT - I HATE YOU - I DON'T TRUST YOU thing, quickly turns into something different ... Mega Sparkage!What will happen with Nadia & Henry??Will we get a Happily Ever After??READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT! ☺══════════════════════════FINALLY HENRY'S BOOK!I loved him in HERO - well, I loved him again after my re-read - once I could remember him! ☺He's this completely happy person. All mega-charming and sweet and kind and flirty and just happy in his job and life. But maybe not really happy with all his non-serious relationships. It might be time for The One!And then he hears about that stupid gossip reporter slash weather girl who is snooping into his best friend's history! Not gonna happen.But once Nadia and Henry meet ... he puts his über-charm and flirt-hat on.He's mega attracted and intrigued by this beautiful curvy girl.And she's equally attracted, but she tries to tell herself it's only sexual - but it's SO not!But trusting someone isn't easy for Nadia ....I really adored Nadia and Henry's story!He's such a flirt! Too cute!And of course I loved the little Caine and Alexa moments too!Great sexy romance! Nothing more to say - READ IT!If you've loved Caine and Alexa, you will SO love these two too! VILLAIN was such an adorable & sexy Love Story! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Henry - this one is MINE!!! ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
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  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    January 1, 1970
    I had to do a little re-read of HERO before I started VILLAIN. I couldn't remember much (#Booksalzheimers!) - but don't worry, you don't need to know HERO to understand this novella. BUT, Henry was already mucho adorable in HERO! So you might want to read it first ;) It's a really great love story. Caine and Alexa are soo adorable!VILLAIN starts with our heroine Nadia at work. She's a broadcast meterologist and now finally happy in a good job at WCVB. But of course it was too good to be true - t I had to do a little re-read of HERO before I started VILLAIN. I couldn't remember much (#Booksalzheimers!) - but don't worry, you don't need to know HERO to understand this novella. BUT, Henry was already mucho adorable in HERO! So you might want to read it first ;) It's a really great love story. Caine and Alexa are soo adorable!VILLAIN starts with our heroine Nadia at work. She's a broadcast meterologist and now finally happy in a good job at WCVB. But of course it was too good to be true - they just got a new boss, and he's horrible!! And he knows things about Nadia's past. Things she needs to keep hidden. That's why she starts looking into the 'Scandal of the Year' - just like her boss wants it.But of course she can't look into famous billionaire Caine Carraway's life without his best buddy Henry finding out about it and wanting to stop her .... but of course what starts out as a STOP DOING THAT - I HATE YOU - I DON'T TRUST YOU thing, quickly turns into something different ... Mega Sparkage!What will happen with Nadia & Henry??Will we get a Happily Ever After??READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT! ☺══════════════════════════FINALLY HENRY'S BOOK!I loved him in HERO - well, I loved him again after my re-read - once I could remember him! ☺He's this completely happy person. All mega-charming and sweet and kind and flirty and just happy in his job and life. But maybe not really happy with all his non-serious relationships. It might be time for The One!And then he hears about that stupid gossip reporter slash weather girl who is snooping into his best friend's history! Not gonna happen.But once Nadia and Henry meet ... he puts his über-charm and flirt-hat on.He's mega attracted and intrigued by this beautiful curvy girl.And she's equally attracted, but she tries to tell herself it's only sexual - but it's SO not!But trusting someone isn't easy for Nadia ....I really adored Nadia and Henry's story!He's such a flirt! Too cute!And of course I loved the little Caine and Alexa moments too!Great sexy romance! Nothing more to say - READ IT!If you've loved Caine and Alexa, you will SO love these two too! VILLAIN was such an adorable & sexy Love Story! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Henry - this one is MINE!!! ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
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  • Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
    January 1, 1970
    I went into this novella with no expectations and holy shite, I had no idea how freaking sexy this story would be - talk about lady boner! Henry Lexington is very lush indeed!Nadia is a broadcast meteorologist (weather presenter) on breakfast television and has quite the following. In an effort to lift the ratings even more, her slimey boss wants to cash in on her popularity but Nadia is not willing to agree with his proposal so he pulls out the old blackmail trump card.She finds herself between I went into this novella with no expectations and holy shite, I had no idea how freaking sexy this story would be - talk about lady boner! Henry Lexington is very lush indeed!Nadia is a broadcast meteorologist (weather presenter) on breakfast television and has quite the following. In an effort to lift the ratings even more, her slimey boss wants to cash in on her popularity but Nadia is not willing to agree with his proposal so he pulls out the old blackmail trump card.She finds herself between a rock and a hard place. She has made a life for herself in Boston, escaping a past she has manage to leave behind her now. Everything is going right for her until her boss threw her secret back in her face. Now she is facing the prospect of doing something she is not comfortable about and it becomes even harder when she crosses paths with Henry Lexington.Henry is a very well know, successful businessman and best friend of Caine Calloway, the man she is being asked to look into for an exclusive story for her boss. Naturally, Henry wants to put a stop to anything that could potentially harm his friend's reputation so his first impression of Nadia is not a pleasant one.Henry has a presence about him and apart from being incredibly handsome, he is a very intriguing person. For some reason, that Nadia cannot fathom, he wants to get to know her. She is used to attention from men but why is someone like Henry Lexington interested in her. He is very flirtatious and has the whole modesty thing going on to.... “No lunch dates, no date to the ball, no penis for you. And you don’t want miss out on my penis. It’s a good one.” Henry has Nadia feelings things she has no right to be feeling, there is so much about her life that she hides from everyone and he deserves to be with someone without the baggage she has been carrying around with her. Her past will only drag him down if it is made public. 'I acted like my story deserved a hero. But only a heroine deserves a hero. And I wasn't a heroine. I couldn't be. The truth was in someone else's story... I was a villain.' Henry has never been interested in settling down with any woman until Nadia came along and nothing will come between what he has found with her, even his dreadful mother... (she was truly awful!) As these two navigate their way through something neither of them have ever experienced before, Nadia is still in two minds about what to do, she has one foot in the door and foot out. Henry is definitely all in and he just needs to show Nadia how to step through the entrance with him, closing the door on her past.Samantha has done a brilliant job at fitting so much fantastic storyline into this novella, it felt like a full length novel. She also managed to challenge my love for Braden Carmichael with the sexy Henry Lexington, well played Miss Young!
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  • Badass Bloggettes
    January 1, 1970
    Samantha Young I love you, no matter what you write you continually amaze me and make me fall in love with your charactersI was so delighted to be asked to read Villain for an honest review. Villain is such a great Novella, it is one of those books you can’t stop reading. It is not only sexy, emotional and drama filled but it is also full of sensual romance which just grounded me to the spot and I could not put this book down.I found myself just falling in love with Henry and Nadia all over agai Samantha Young I love you, no matter what you write you continually amaze me and make me fall in love with your charactersI was so delighted to be asked to read Villain for an honest review. Villain is such a great Novella, it is one of those books you can’t stop reading. It is not only sexy, emotional and drama filled but it is also full of sensual romance which just grounded me to the spot and I could not put this book down.I found myself just falling in love with Henry and Nadia all over again. I loved them in Hero so was so happy to know they were getting their own story and I knew it would be mind blowing and it was. There chemistry was of the charts, even if they tried so hard to ignore it.Henry was charming as ever and you can’t help but fall in love with him, he has such a good heart and is not the insensitive player people make him out to be. Yes he is sexy and I know I have said that before but images of his body danced through my mind while reading this, making me very hot at times. He is wealthy but he is also down to earth on things. Nadia is one spitfire; she is feisty, hard worker, loyal and so strong and likes to be as independent as she can be. She is a one in a million.I am sure lots of people reading this book will be the same as me with this quote; it was just Henry to a T. So funny but you could actually picture his face while he was saying it, it was laugh out loud humour. “No lunch dates, no date to the ball, no penis for you. And you don’t want to miss out on my penis. It’s a good one.” Although this is a Novella I did not feel as if it was too short a read, it flowed so well and was so insightful about these two people that it felt like a normal size novel. It is a book that you could read time and time again and not get bored with it. This book will make you go through all emotions and I love it.
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  • Three Chicks
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!Review by Lisa KaneI was a big fan of Samantha Young’s Hero, but always wondered if Henry Lexington, Caine Carraway’s best friend would ever get his own story. The wait is over!Nadia Ray is a broadcast meteorologist. But her curves and vivacious personality have somehow turned her into Boston’s Pin-Up Girl.But Boston liked my curves. I was “WCVB’s Weather Pin-Up Girl.” The attention was a little daunting at first, and truthfully I was at war with myself over it. Part of me got a huge c 4.5 Stars!Review by Lisa KaneI was a big fan of Samantha Young’s Hero, but always wondered if Henry Lexington, Caine Carraway’s best friend would ever get his own story. The wait is over!Nadia Ray is a broadcast meteorologist. But her curves and vivacious personality have somehow turned her into Boston’s Pin-Up Girl.But Boston liked my curves. I was “WCVB’s Weather Pin-Up Girl.” The attention was a little daunting at first, and truthfully I was at war with myself over it. Part of me got a huge confidence boost from it, and the other part of me was uneasy that they were focused on my appearance.Nadia has always had issues with her looks-although most men have appreciated her curvy body, she’s had her share of dates suggest she switch from burgers to salads. Her boss, Dick (this guy is aptly named!) is constantly throwing out lewd jokes about Nadia and disgusting suggestions about improving ratings while dressing her in a bikini for her weather forecast. “Fantastic. Let’s get you to the beach next week in a bikini for Monday’s weather report.”But Dick knows some things about Nadia and in an attempt to have her dig into Carraway’s past he doesn’t hesitate to use what he knows. Nadia pokes around into Caine’s history, discovers things that aren’t public knowledge yet and ends up poking a sleeping bear otherwise known as Henry Lexington.Henry may have the reputation of a charming, brilliant millionaire who attracts women like bees to honey, but he is as hard as nails and as ruthless when someone he cares about is threatened. His first encounter with Nadia leaves her furious and shaken.“Don’t think seduction will work here,” he bit out, starring at my mouth, surprising me because seduction was the last thing on my mind. “Contrary to popular belief, I’m not swayed by every pretty face I see.” He pushed off the wall and stepped back. “You will bury this story or I will bury your career.” Nadia’s real intentions soon come to light and Henry realizes his mistake. Nadia might be attracted to him, but she’s not about to let him into her heart. Her bed-now that’s a different story!“I don’t particularly like you. In fact, you have become one of the villains in my story so far. I don’t want to date you and I doubt very much that you are interested in dating me. However, I also doubt that you feel so guilty about your treatment of me that you merely want to turn around my opinion of you. No, sir. I’m here because you’re attracted to me. That’s okay because apparently, I’m attracted to you too. You’re hot and it’s obvious but I can’t deny it.”How can you not love this woman? Villain is a hot read with a heroine who has no problem expressing what desires she want fulfilled and how she likes it. Henry is a man almost confused as to how he has fallen so hard-the man who never gets serious about a woman finds himself totally smitten by her. But Nadia’s secrets are big ones and Henry’s world consists of high society money and powerful people who thrive on bringing others down. Will she be his downfall?“With you, it’s always making love.”
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  • Karen Mc ~ Bookalicious Babes Blog
    January 1, 1970
    ”One moment of kindness can change everything.” Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve LOVED fairytales. Fairytales allow you to dare to dream as you’re thrust to a magical land of princes, princesses, and happily ever afters. Samantha Young’s latest love story, Villain, is UTTERLY UNPUTDOWNABLE!!! Villain is an ENCHANTING and EXPLOSIVE FAIRYTALE that SWEEPS YOU AWAY!!!This fairytale dared me to DREAM as my SOUL SOARED to the sky, feels flying HIGH!!! But this novella packs even more punch! Vil ”One moment of kindness can change everything.” Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve LOVED fairytales. Fairytales allow you to dare to dream as you’re thrust to a magical land of princes, princesses, and happily ever afters. Samantha Young’s latest love story, Villain, is UTTERLY UNPUTDOWNABLE!!! Villain is an ENCHANTING and EXPLOSIVE FAIRYTALE that SWEEPS YOU AWAY!!!This fairytale dared me to DREAM as my SOUL SOARED to the sky, feels flying HIGH!!! But this novella packs even more punch! Villain is not just a smoldering and swoony fairytale but a spellbinding suspense!!! I LOVED the mystery that instantly enfolded, drawing me in deeply to this story. A beautiful and bit of a broken heroine, Nadia, intrigued me from the very first page. The smart broadcast meteorologist has had a string of men let her down so much in life that she’s rather be her own hero after kissing so many villains. I ADMIRED this heroine’s strength!!! Until one villain becomes more...Until power meets powerless, a pendulum that swings fiercely throughout this tale... “If you’re not careful, that lack of fear could ruin you, Miss Ray.” Henry, oh Henry, where do I begin?!? Henry is a hot playboy billionaire who melts allwomen of all ages with merely a smile. He is as captivating as he is charismatic, a smart, sexy, and shrewd businessman. PURE ALPHA PERFECTION!!! I LOVED this Prince Charming hero!!! What starts out as an assignment to gain information from the enemy, turns into a raging inferno of electricity that ignites when Nadia is near the infuriating gorgeous and insanely wealthy, Henry. Lines are blurred between hero and villain... ”I’m growing on you.”“Like a wart.” Collision after collision has Nadia and Henry together again. It’s as if a force is pulling them, a strong tide. I FELT this force of fire and fate between the hero and heroine. ”I don’t want to never see you again.” I MELTED from these oh-so-romantic words. I SWOONED so hard! Sweet and sensual are a lethal combination, one that hit straight to my core. The sexual tension is high. The pull is too palpable, too strong to ignore. I loved this most delicious of angst in Villain! The passion is PALPABLE between the hero and heroine. Their union is UNSTOPPABLE!!! “I’m going to kiss and such and lick every inch of you.” Oh. My. HOT!!! Henry’s deliciously dirty mouth made me melt into molten lava!!! This hero and heroine EXPLODE TOGETHER!!! Their chemistry is COMBUSTIBLE. I felt their chemistry steam off the pages, a blaze of fire that burned me everywhere!!! ”You are all I truly see.” SWOOON!!! When you're still SMILING after a story is over, you know it's a GEM and oh is Villain so so BRILLIANT and BRIGHT. This story is SWEET and SEXY with strong characters that captivate from beginning to end. With a hot and rich hero who is one knight-in-shining armor and a beautiful but broken heroine, these characters are POTENT TOGETHER!!! Henry and Nadia made me FALL HARD IN LOVE with them and EVERYTHING VILLAIN!!! I could not help but become BESOTTED with this fierce and feel-worthy fairytale!!!Packed with humor, heat, and heart, Villain is the PERFECT ROMANCE. Samantha Young has written a FLAWLESS FAIRYTALE—one DREAMY READ—that will leave you not wanting but NEEDING MORE!!! With a SWEET SIGH and permanent smile etched on my face, I’m still floating on Cloud Nine where I feel like Cinderella swept away by Prince Charming, royally hitched to this fairytale forever. Villain is SIMPLY MAGICAL!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 sweet and steamy fairytale starsA MUST-READ ROMANCE!!!➡️ http://amzn.to/2jv9FymWebsite: http://www.bookaliciousbabes.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/bookaliciousb...Readers Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/BBBBoo... Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bookaliciousbbInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/bookaliciousbb
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  • Lau (Wine, Books N' Chill Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    English“I acted like my story deserved a hero. But only a heroine deserves a hero. And I wasn't a heroine.I couldn't be. The truth was in someone else's story...I was a villain.”Samantha Young’s books are always a yes for me, well written and with so much romanticism, without being cloyingly sweet, that they make the reading time the best of all.When I learned that Hero would have an accompanying novella about Henry Lexington I knew I needed to put my greedy hands on that baby and lucky me I got English“I acted like my story deserved a hero. But only a heroine deserves a hero. And I wasn't a heroine.I couldn't be. The truth was in someone else's story...I was a villain.”Samantha Young’s books are always a yes for me, well written and with so much romanticism, without being cloyingly sweet, that they make the reading time the best of all.When I learned that Hero would have an accompanying novella about Henry Lexington I knew I needed to put my greedy hands on that baby and lucky me I got an ARC. Yas!Besides, gave me the excellent excuse and opportunity to re-read Hero, which by the way is my favorite of the author.Nadia is a beautiful young woman, outside the parameters of conventional television beauty, but perfect to leave her mark as she becomes the IT girl of Boston. Her life has been a bit complicated for years so her professional success is the most important thing at that moment, being a meteorologist, they try to devalue her saying she is a "simple weather girl."In his work he runs into his new boss Dick (a well-placed name), and he tries even more to devalue her and puts her in a horrible situation, against the wall and his values. Taking her to go into things she did not think about.Our dear Henry Lexington, we remember him as the charming, womanizer and often savior of our beloved Lexie. Handsome man, well trained, loved by all and desired by many, what we call a privileged in first hand. We realize in this book that in addition to all those things, is a man you do not mess with, or those he love.The issue of abuse is dense in this story, but I think it’s well portrayed and it makes us think about how we should always take care of ourselves and defend ourselves from imbeciles who believe they have rights over the world.The path of these characters begins very rocky, but Samantha takes us on her journey of love and redemption, as always making us feel that we need her romances to breathe.The only thing that made me leave a star pending in this novella, is that I think it was for a complete book, developing more story and drama, (I know I'm the worst with the angst), but it's still an excellent read and highly recommended.Thank you for your art Samantha.Español“Actué como si mi historia mereciera un héroe.Pero solo una heroína merece un héroe.Y yo no era una heroína.No podría serLa verdad estaba en la historia de otra persona... Yo era una villana”.Los libros de Samantha Young siempre son un total sí para mí, bien escritos y con tanto romanticismo sin ser empalagosamente dulce, que hacen el rato de lectura el mejor de todos.Cuando supe que Hero tendría una novella acompañante sobre Henry Lexington tenía que poner mis avariciosas manos en ella, y afortunada yo, obtuve un ARC. Yeiii.Además que me dio la excelente excusa y oportunidad de re-leer Hero, que dicho sea de paso es mi favorito de la autora.Nadia es una joven hermosa, fuera de los parámetros de belleza televisivos convencionales, pero perfectas para dejar su marca ya que se convierte en la chica IT de Boston. Su vida ha sido un poco complicada de años para acá por lo cuál su éxito profesional es lo más importante en ese momento, siendo un meteoróloga, tratan de desvalorizarla diciendo es una “simple chica del clima.”En su trabajo se topa con su nuevo jefe Dick (que manera de llevar un nombre bien puesto), y el trata aún más de desvalorizarla y la pone en una situación horrible, contra la pared y sus valores. Llevándola a adentrarse a cosas que no pensó.Nuestro querido Henry Lexington, lo recordamos como el encantador, mujeriego y muchas veces salvador de nuestra amada Lexie. Hombre guapo, bien formado, amado por todos y deseado por muchas, lo que llamamos un privilegiado de primera mano. Nos damos cuenta en éste libro que además de todas esas cosas, es un hombre con el que no te metes ni mucho menos con los que ama.El tema del abuso es denso en la historia, pero creo que bien retratado y nos hace pensar en como debemos siempre cuidar de nosotras mismas y defendernos de los imbéciles que se creen con derechos sobre el mundo. El camino de estos personajes empieza muy rocoso, pero Samantha nos lleva en su viaje de amor y redención, como siempre haciéndonos sentir que necesitamos sus romances para respirar.Lo único que me hizo dejar una estrella pendiente de ésta novella, es que creo que daba para un libro completo, desarrollando más la historia y el drama, (lo sé soy lo peor con el angst), pero aún así es una excelente lectura y altamente recomendada. Gracias Samantha por tu arte.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love this book.. Nadia and Henry are two fabulous characters that kept me on the edge of my seat. A thrillingly sexy story that melts your heart. A quick read that you won’t put down..
  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed this one! Review to come :)*ARC generously provided by the author*
  • Gemma
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished this and I am processing my thoughts and feelings on the book.I can say that a)I read this over 4 commutes.b)I am once again torn on which of Young's leading men is my favouritec)I did really like the lead female character in this book
  • Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
    January 1, 1970
    Villain was easily devour-able and erotic, an enjoyable read from start to finish. Nadia's story was surprisingly current to the climate of the country, and Young easily captured her warring with resistance and willingness to be complicit to everything pushing in on her. The contemptuous attraction between her and Henry was bold and irresistible, and became a nice complement to the story and her growth as a character. His charm and caring heart were representative of the supporting character s Villain was easily devour-able and erotic, an enjoyable read from start to finish. Nadia's story was surprisingly current to the climate of the country, and Young easily captured her warring with resistance and willingness to be complicit to everything pushing in on her. The contemptuous attraction between her and Henry was bold and irresistible, and became a nice complement to the story and her growth as a character. His charm and caring heart were representative of the supporting character she needed to come into her own.More than just a love story, Villain highlighted the everyday struggles of a woman in a man's world, and how easily it can stifle you. Nadia may appear to have villain-like qualities, but every villain is redeemable. And though it's been awhile since Hero was released, there was no sense of being lost or needing to reread in order to understand. Young told Nadia's side of the story as a separate entity, one that simply added an another layer to the original story we've all read and loved. And in it, she lifted up a brave and ballsy woman to her expected place in society as a heroine. Sexy, raw, and sweetly romantic, this is a companion story not to be missed. **Received an early copy; this had no bearing on my opinions**
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  • Lin (From Chika With Love - Blog) Cohen
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Wow! Wow! Let me start by saying that I hardly ever read novellas. If I like a book, I need it long and thick like you know what... 😉 but, with this one, I just couldn't resist! Hero is by far my favorite of Sam's book, so I had to "taste" everything related to that book once again. Novella or not - it was amazing. It was a breath of sexy, romantic fresh air. I'm going to miss Nadia and Henry. Maybe Sam will write another book about them? A girl can hope, right? A little bit about the plot: Wow! Wow! Wow! Let me start by saying that I hardly ever read novellas. If I like a book, I need it long and thick like you know what... 😉 but, with this one, I just couldn't resist! Hero is by far my favorite of Sam's book, so I had to "taste" everything related to that book once again. Novella or not - it was amazing. It was a breath of sexy, romantic fresh air. I'm going to miss Nadia and Henry. Maybe Sam will write another book about them? A girl can hope, right? A little bit about the plot: Nadia is the weather girl of Boston. Working for a known morning TV show, she finally finds her place in this world. But there is one thing that disturbs her enjoyment in life - her boss, Dick. And he sure lives by his name. While being blackmailed by him, she meets Henry - one of the wealthiest men in Boston. And Caine's best friend. (Oh Caine, oh Henry, oh  both! 🔥🔥🔥). It is not love at first sight, not for Nadia anyway, but they sure are getting there by the second and third... I absolutely loved N & H‘s love story. Like I said, I'm going to miss them. Also, meeting Caine and Lexie again was definitely great put a very big smile on my face. I need more of those couples. Not sure it will ever be enough. ❤
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  • Quinn's Quippy Quotes
    January 1, 1970
    Here's a preview for my review to come!I acted like my story deserved a hero. But only a heroine deserves a hero. And I wasn't a heroine.I couldn't be. The truth was in someone else's story...I was a villain.Was anyone else expecting another book following Hero? Nope, me either, but one of the things that I love most about Samantha Young is that she makes irresistible side characters that we beg for her to create sequels for when she deems a book a standalone. Sorry, not sorry, Sam!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Also on Romances Ever After as part of the blog tour.I'm a huge fan of Samantha Young's On Dublin Street series. I always reread them every now and then. While Hero isn't my favourite, Henry made an impression on me and I was excited when I found out that Samantha's releasing a novella with him and Nadia as the main characters.Villain is set in Hero's timeline, but you don't need to read Hero to enjoy Villain. The story is told solely from Nadia's POV. I admire Nadia's character a lot for her st Also on Romances Ever After as part of the blog tour.I'm a huge fan of Samantha Young's On Dublin Street series. I always reread them every now and then. While Hero isn't my favourite, Henry made an impression on me and I was excited when I found out that Samantha's releasing a novella with him and Nadia as the main characters.Villain is set in Hero's timeline, but you don't need to read Hero to enjoy Villain. The story is told solely from Nadia's POV. I admire Nadia's character a lot for her strength and determination to prove that she's more than just her looks. The first couple of chapters were hard to read considering Nadia was being harassed and blackmailed by her good-for-nothing boss (trigger warning for attempted sexual assault). I was as frustrated as Nadia was with the treatment she received from her male superiors, but luckily it didn't last very long.Henry and Nadia didn't get off on the right foot the first time they met each other, since Nadia was supposed to write an exposé on Caine Carraway's sordid past, and Henry as Caine's best friend would do everything in his power to not let that happen. I enjoy seeing the overtly smooth Henry failing to charm the cynical Nadia, but kept trying anyway. There were some issues they need to overcome to be together--mainly Nadia's insecurities and Henry's flirtatious nature. I would have liked Villain to be full-length so that Henry and Nadia's relationship can be fleshed out a little more, but overall it was an entertaining read. I recommend it especially if you're a fan of Samantha's Hero; Lexie and Caine had quite a few scenes in Villain too.E-ARC is received thanks to the author.
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  • Elena Love
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*I love Samantha Young's novels and when I was presented with the chance to participate in the official blog tour for Villain, I grabbed it without second thought! I haven't read Hero yes, which is something I definitely recommend you guys do before picking this novella up, but it's definitely on my list of books I want to read in the immediate future! I don't even know how it managed to *I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*I love Samantha Young's novels and when I was presented with the chance to participate in the official blog tour for Villain, I grabbed it without second thought! I haven't read Hero yes, which is something I definitely recommend you guys do before picking this novella up, but it's definitely on my list of books I want to read in the immediate future! I don't even know how it managed to escape my attention. It did spoil some things for me but, that definitely won't deter me from actually reading Hero so, keep that in mind if you're wondering whether it's better to read Hero first and Villain after. Villain was an immensely enjoyable novella that ended to abruptly for my liking because I do wish that this would've been an actual novel. Apart from that, I loved the characters and the chemistry they had with each other. Nadia was a very relatable heroine, who obviously struggled with her confidence and had some trouble accepting herself because of her past and everything she went through when she was younger. After what she went through, she decided to leave her old life behind and become a renewed and better version of herself. She manages to land a spot on TV as a broadcasting meteorologist in a breakfast show and become Boston's it girl for her funny and quick-witted demeanor. But when her boss finds out what actually happened in the past, he holds it against her and blackmails her to help him land a story that will set him at the top of the charts.This is where dear Henry comes in. I definitely would have fallen for him in case you were wondering because he's charming, kind, funny, loyal and of course, smoking hot. That was a lot to take in, I'm quite aware but, it's the truth. Nadia tries to resist the chemistry they obviously have and stay away from him but, nothing goes as planned and Henry manages to tear down her defenses and make her understand how much he actually cares for her. After some unfortunate circumstances, the two of them make amends and their relationship keeps getting challenged because of Henry's unconscious flirting nature and Nadia's inability to trust him with her past. I love Samantha Young's ability to create such complex, interesting and vulnerable characters! Also, her writing makes it so easy to follow the story and there's always this sort of fluidity in her novels that makes you want to keep reading until you reach the end! Which is never enough, by the way! You really get sucked into the plot and how it progresses is a matter of life and death to your sensitive little heart. Yes, that's right. And even though this was a novella, the character development was very impressive! I really enjoyed the way things happened and loved Nadia and Henry's relationship. They got off on a rocky start but, everything worked out in the end and I couldn't have been happier. They were perfect for each other and their moments together were explosive! And swoon worthy!Overall, I loved Villain and if you're a fan of Samantha Young, I'm 100% sure that you'll love it too! Even more so if you've already read Hero! It's definitely a novella worth reading and it won't take you more than a day. It was fun, quick and extremely enjoyable! I got so invested in it that I sat down and finished it in a couple of hours. Cannot wait to get my hands on Hero!
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  • Corrie
    January 1, 1970
    I am not sure if I am just always in the right emotional place when I read a piece by Samantha Young or she is just that dang good. Her work NEVER fails to bring me an emotional response and Villain was no different.Super pleased with this companion NOVELLA! It had everything I needed. Villain had me laughing and crying, both within minutes of each other.I think people are really going to LOVE Henry. Really he was what made this whole story for me. On the surface he is the entire package. A char I am not sure if I am just always in the right emotional place when I read a piece by Samantha Young or she is just that dang good. Her work NEVER fails to bring me an emotional response and Villain was no different.Super pleased with this companion NOVELLA! It had everything I needed. Villain had me laughing and crying, both within minutes of each other.I think people are really going to LOVE Henry. Really he was what made this whole story for me. On the surface he is the entire package. A charming aristocrat who embodies the entire phrase. Flirting with other women at every turn...I enjoyed watching him lean in to his feelings for Nadia. Deep down? He is romantic as hell..."That was when Henry Lexington proved to me he was someone special. He brushed his lips gently over mine and whispered, "I can wait, Sunshine. You take all the time you need."...that scene had my heart in my throat.And his talents don't stop there!"I sucked in a breath at the words, my heart racing at the sincerity behind them. "Henry." If anything he grew harder against me. "You have no idea what my name on your lips does to me."I don't know how Samantha Young does it every time but she is an expert around romantic gestures and hot bedroom scenes.You'd never know by my review but Nadia is a character in this book too! Things I like about her: she is strong...determined...straightforward. Funny. She is pretty much a girl you would friend and that made the fact that this was a Novella a little sad. I didn't get to spend enough time with her!PEOPLE: IT'S A NOVELLA. IT'S SHORTER THAN NORMAL. LET'S NOT GIVE BAD REVIEWS BASED ON ITS LENGTH! Seriously, even though it is a Novella...not ONCE did I feel like I wasn't getting a full story. I feel like everything was presented, explained and wrapped up without feeling rushed.The initial storyline has amazing timing as society is currently dealing with these same issues as well. I think that women will really recognize with Nadia in these scenes or they will find a new understanding of women who are sexually harassed in the workplace. Hopefully the takeaway will be positive and beneficial to women everywhere.I think Villain is a winner for Samantha Young. She continues to amaze me with her writing and I look forward to whatever comes next from her.I am giving Villain 5 stars.Corrie H.Lamplight Review and PromotionAnd he is MAGIC
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  • Bellereader
    January 1, 1970
    Nadia and Henry have Beantown a buzz with their fiery and passionate tale. Nadia knew since she was a little girl listening to a Meteorologist tell her all about her job that that was the job for her - it's just too bad that her slimy boss has her now cringing the very thought of going into work. His leery glances, inappropriate comments and touching, and sexist attitude have made her once beloved job a nightmare. When he corners her and threatens to release unsavory details about her youth unle Nadia and Henry have Beantown a buzz with their fiery and passionate tale. Nadia knew since she was a little girl listening to a Meteorologist tell her all about her job that that was the job for her - it's just too bad that her slimy boss has her now cringing the very thought of going into work. His leery glances, inappropriate comments and touching, and sexist attitude have made her once beloved job a nightmare. When he corners her and threatens to release unsavory details about her youth unless she jumps on a Tabloid-type story he has brewing has her caught between her journalist's integrity and her wish to never relive the pain of that indiscretion. Trying to placate him to buy time she starts investigating the story and discovers a very interesting but painful secret about The Carraway and Holland families she knows she cannot be a party in revealing. Apparently her digging alerts the Carraway watch dogs and when Henry Lexington shows on her doorstep to intimidate or buy her silence she is incensed. If these people think she is that cold and calculated, they don't know Nadia Ray. When Henry discovers that Nadia was never going to release the story and was actually being blackmailed in the first place, he is properly chastised. He wants Nadia to forgive, forget, and date - but Nadia is wise to his notorious playboys ways. She agrees to a night only to explore their undeniable attraction but she plans on guarding her heart against his promises for more. She knows what's it's like to to trust and be burned and refuses to let Henry reduce her back to that. But it seems Henry is playing the long game with Nadia and he will not be denied.
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  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    Samantha Young is one of my favorite go to authors and with each new book that she writes, she still manages to delight and surprise me, from the quality of her storytelling to the attention to detail of the descriptive narrative, her talent for writing drama filled romance is amazing.Villain is fast paced and a fun filled story, but it's also is a very emotional read as it tells the story of Nadia Ray, Boston's breakfast TV's most popular weather girl and Henry Lexington, Blueblood and known we Samantha Young is one of my favorite go to authors and with each new book that she writes, she still manages to delight and surprise me, from the quality of her storytelling to the attention to detail of the descriptive narrative, her talent for writing drama filled romance is amazing.Villain is fast paced and a fun filled story, but it's also is a very emotional read as it tells the story of Nadia Ray, Boston's breakfast TV's most popular weather girl and Henry Lexington, Blueblood and known wealthy womanising bachelor. They cross paths due to a misunderstanding after Nadia is forced to dig into the lives of a wealthy socialite and a self made businessman by her TV station boss. Sparks fly between them physically and emotionally as they move from enemies to lovers. As they start getting to know the "real" each other they come to realise things aren't always what they first seem. Even though this is only a novella, this little book had everything that you would expect from a full sized novel. There is drama and angst in abundance and with plenty of hot and steamy sex between the two main characters there is enough action packed into this book to satisfy the most avid of romance readers. This is now one of my most favorite stories that Samantha has written, I read it in one sitting as I loved it so much and just couldn't put it down.Samantha Young never disappoints, she is a genius at captivating your imagination and taking you along for a diverting escape into her wonderful fictional worlds of fantasy. A brilliant 5 Star read!
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  • Wit & Wonder Books
    January 1, 1970
    ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Samantha Young finally gives us the story we’ve longed for since Hero. Villain is a deliciously sexy and captivating read.Henry Lexington will do anything for his best friend billionaire Caine Carraway, including confronting and dissuading a nosy television reporter by any means necessary. Nadia Ray has secrets, and her boss has found a way to use them against her. The sparks ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Samantha Young finally gives us the story we’ve longed for since Hero. Villain is a deliciously sexy and captivating read.Henry Lexington will do anything for his best friend billionaire Caine Carraway, including confronting and dissuading a nosy television reporter by any means necessary. Nadia Ray has secrets, and her boss has found a way to use them against her. The sparks fly between these two and an intense affair begins, but it can’t last. Secrets have a way of coming out and these secrets can ruin everything.Wow! I have been waiting on this story for a while. I love sexy, dark and bad Henry. Nadia is just what he needed, a woman to go toe to toe with him. I mean who suits a villain better than another villain. Villain though is such a harsh word and I feel that both characters had moved past this label by the time we meet them.A fabulous story and just what you expect from Samantha Young. Intense, passionate and extremely well written this novella will have you picking Hero up again and reacquainting yourself with these characters.I do have a complaint. It was too short! I know it’s a novella and therefore short by definition, but I feel that I wanted a full-length novel for Henry like we got with Caine. Ok, so that isn’t really a complaint more me begging for more of these characters and the wonderful Samantha Young’s words. FIVE villainous stars!!!
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  • Avid Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Villain (Hero #1.5) by Samantha Young4 starsM/F RomanceTriggers: BlackmailI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.Nadia is surrounded by men who only want to talk with her because of her appearance. Despite her brain, men don't see her. Her boss is a tool and gross - he's also trying to get her to do things that would morally corrupt her and even though she wants to tell him where to stick it, she can't lose her job. When push really comes to shove, she knows she'll have to st Villain (Hero #1.5) by Samantha Young4 starsM/F RomanceTriggers: BlackmailI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.Nadia is surrounded by men who only want to talk with her because of her appearance. Despite her brain, men don't see her. Her boss is a tool and gross - he's also trying to get her to do things that would morally corrupt her and even though she wants to tell him where to stick it, she can't lose her job. When push really comes to shove, she knows she'll have to stand up for herself.Then you have Henry. He is a lot like all of the men in Nadia's life - quick to judge her based on her looks. When he sees her with her boss, despite thinking there was something bad going on, he doesn't really step in - he wants to see what's going on and whether or not he can use it against her. Henry realizes that he's being unfair to Nadia - he realizes that he let bad things happen to her because he was being spiteful. He needs to make amends, but she will have nothing to do with him.When Nadia's truth comes out, Henry and Nadia have to navigate family and friends, jobs and society. Will their love be strong enough or will they both need to go their separate ways. I wish that Quentin's situation was more discussed - it felt very cut off.
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  • Garden Of REden
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEWED BY AMYYes, yes, yes!!  Samantha has done it again!  Samantha's writing always captures me, how could it not, with her rich storylines, well developed characters, and just the right amount of sexual tension to make you crazy.  What I liked most about this book was the witty back and forth banter between Nadia and Henry.  It was fun, it was flirty, and it kept the story fresh from start to finish.  I read this book in one sitting.  Not hard to do you might say, considering it's a novella. REVIEWED BY AMYYes, yes, yes!!  Samantha has done it again!  Samantha's writing always captures me, how could it not, with her rich storylines, well developed characters, and just the right amount of sexual tension to make you crazy.  What I liked most about this book was the witty back and forth banter between Nadia and Henry.  It was fun, it was flirty, and it kept the story fresh from start to finish.  I read this book in one sitting.  Not hard to do you might say, considering it's a novella.  But even if this had been a full length novel (which I wish it was I loved these characters!) I wouldn't have been able to put it down.  I was drawn into the story from page one and knew without a doubt I wouldn't be stopping until The End forced me to.Beyond the actual story this book held a message that was at times was  both subtle and in your face.  It work beautifully into the story as it pertained to not only both characters but the world we live in as a whole.   It was a message I think our society has kind of forgotten and that I hope finds it's way back."Kindness cost nothing and yet it's worth everything."
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  • Corey
    January 1, 1970
    A fun novella accompaniment to her novel Hero, Samantha Young’s Villain: Told in first person from Nadia’s point of view, this is a fast paced, sexy read that has angst, is sexy, funny & witty. Set in Boston, where the city has a romantic role of its own. Intriguing twists, both Nadia & Henry have secrets they are protecting. They share an attraction of “…base need.” “Affection and heat…”– while finding trust & a shared honesty – to something real. “This is happening between us and i A fun novella accompaniment to her novel Hero, Samantha Young’s Villain: Told in first person from Nadia’s point of view, this is a fast paced, sexy read that has angst, is sexy, funny & witty. Set in Boston, where the city has a romantic role of its own. Intriguing twists, both Nadia & Henry have secrets they are protecting. They share an attraction of “…base need.” “Affection and heat…”– while finding trust & a shared honesty – to something real. “This is happening between us and it’s real.” Family bonds are tested while friendships are made & only grow stronger. It was nice to read more of Caine & Lexi’s story while Henry & Nadia’s unfolded.I love how “…funny and down-to-earth. Real.” Nadia is & Henry’s sexy “…primal possessiveness.” I couldn’t get enough of the push-pull between she & “Henry, when he wasn’t being a villain, was naturally flirtatious and charming.” or the witty banter between these sexy & confident characters.ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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