Publication Date: 01/11/2016
Nick Sebring has issues. Born feeling like an outsider in his own family, growing up under the shadow of a brother who could do anything, Nick isn’t that great of a guy. But when this culminates with Nick lashing out to hurt his brother through the woman he loves, Nick turns inward and makes some decisions about the man he intends to be.
And as he does this, he falls in love and truly learns the man that he’s grown to be.
When his love is murdered right before Nick’s eyes, Nick knows he has to avenge her. He knows how he’s going to avenge her. And he has no qualms using Olivia Shade to exact that vengeance.
Olivia Shade has grown up on the outside of her family too. Her problem is that they don’t want her outside. They want her all the way in, right under their thumbs. She pays the price for seeking escape and learns her lesson—she’ll never see a dawn where she wakes up free.
Then she meets Nick Sebring, and even as she fights it, the hope that died years ago starts to blossom. She can find love. She can have a man of her own. She can be happy. She can be free.
Olivia hopes while Nick schemes.
However, as Nick peels back the layers of all that is Olivia Shade, he finds something surprising. He understands its fragility. He falls in love with its beauty. He seeks to protect it.
But he forgets to protect his Livvie from one thing: Nick Sebring.
I looked forward to and dreaded this book. I almost didn't pick it up because of how much I hated Nick in the "Knight" story. But like all things Kristen Ashley, I had to own it and read it.
It is an intense book. Nick going through a rather devastating experience losing the girl he loves that way. Livvie coming from her background and current lifestyle is brutal. And, as time goes on you get the intensity in a different way, their sexual relationship is probably the most intense out of all the Unfinished Hero Series books.
Nick was someone I detested in the "Knight" novel. And to be honest, I didn't fall in love with him here. I forgave him, but there was always something about him that just made me hold off on liking him. It is going to take me a few days I'm sure to figure out why I just couldn't like him. Don't get me wrong, I felt bad for him and I even wanted him to get his HEA....just wasn't crazy about him like everyone else seemed to be. But I was this way with "Creed" as well. Everyone loved him and I didn't.
Olivia, on the other hand, I liked a great deal. This poor girl has been put through the ringer and is still standing strong. I don't usually love the Heroines of KA's novels, but this time I really really did! She has long since given up the hope that she will ever be out of the family, but when Nick enters the picture we see her open up a bit more. It was actually a really nice progression of who she is and how far she came. That was the thing that made me forgive Nick, his ability to open Livvie up to happiness.
The novel itself is well written, as is almost everything I have ever read from Kristen Ashley. The sex scenes are insane, this is not a book you want to read in public if those scenes get you hot and bothered! And I loved seeing characters come back. Anytime I get to see Knight, I am instantly in my happy place!
I absolutely recommend this book and this series to anyone who hasn't read it yet!
I give it 4 lipsticks!