Welcome to the official Review & Excerpt Tour for Villain by Samantha Young! Don't forget to add it to your shelves and read my thoughts on it at the end of this post!
Author: Samantha Young
Publication Date: December 5th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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…
Out December 5th in digital edition.
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!
bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us was published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017. Play On is an adult contemporary romance and the first in a brand new series set in Scotland. Villain is a companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance HERO.
Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.
Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.