This Chick Read: Sebring by Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley is one of my favorite romance writers because her heroines are always kick ass and her men are always alpha males.  Can that get a little predictable?  Yes.  However, these men in The Unfinished Hero series are not your typical hero’s.  These men are lawless, have unsavory businesses and past lives.  Not very predictable at all.  Despite their tarnished characters,  when they find the woman they love, that woman becomes the very air they breathe.  Food for their souls.  Now, I could do without murder and mayhem in my life, but I don’t know any woman who would reject being the absolute center of an Alpha man’s life!  In fact, this is probably most women’s fantasy, which is what makes these books so fun to read.

Sebring is the last book, #5, in the Unfinished Hero series.  Nick was a pretty major character in the first book, Knight, which was about his brother.  He was not a good guy.  He has shown up on the peripheral in the other books in the series, so the author has kept his character alive in our minds.  His character does seem to grow up each time we see him pop up, but I still wasn’t sure I wanted to read his story.  I’ll repeat again, he wasn’t a very nice guy!  But, I like this author too much to not trust that she would be able to sway my feelings toward him.  She did exactly that.  In Sebring, we saw a different Nick.  A man who had fallen in love and lost, a man whose family was now appreciated for more than their net worth or what they could give him.  He had grown up!

The following synopsis is taken directly from the author’s website

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. Then she meets Nick Sebring, and even as she fights it, the hope that died years ago starts to blossom. 

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. 

One of Kristen Ashley’s talents is writing a female protagonist who seems flawed, but has reasons for showing that hard persona.  A woman who has secrets and hidden depths.  In Olivia’s case, these secrets are released to the reader in a slow trickle.  Kind of like pricking a water bottle with a needle.  The information drips out slowly until you grip that water bottle too hard and it bursts, and the information gushes out, usually followed by a hot and heavy sex scene.  Olivia was an ice princess who has learned, from abuse, that it’s better not to dream.  As she comes to believe in Nick and her emotions bloom, you can’t help fall in love with her. The reader roots for Olivia, as she shows us she is a kind hearted, hard working, beautiful woman, whose family has used her as a pawn.  Nick is at first a very reluctant Prince Charming, but by the end of the story, he wants to slip that glass slipper on her foot and take her away from her horrible life.

If you are going to give this book a try, start with the first in the series, Knight.  As with most of her books, she has a continuous storyline, and you need Nicks backstory to see how much he has changed and to truly appreciate him.  I will also give a warning.  The sex scenes are very explicit.  And there are a lot of them!


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