Anya Gage has learned that to get anything good in life, you have to work for it. She has no expectations, no dreams. Then she finds herself at a party where she doesn’t want to be, and she meets Knight. Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants, and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone. Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves, with white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays - good, normal, and clean. But when Anya comes to his nightclub and finds herself in a situation, he knows someone has to look after her. He can’t fight it anymore and decides that someone will be him. Knight teaches Anya that just as with the bad, in life you should also expect the good. And he teaches her this by giving it to her. But Knight has a dark past, and just as he desires Anya for exactly who she is, he fears that when she finds out exactly the man he has become and always intends to be, she’ll leave him for good, normal, and clean.
©2013 Kristen Ashley (P)2015 Audible Inc.
I have really enjoyed other stories by Kristen Ashley (my favorite is Motorcycle Man) but I am only warm on the Unfinished Hero books. They are missing something...likable characters I think. The relationships happen real fast for the guy (Knight in this story) and the love interest is left to catch up (Anya), like being caught in a tidal wave. Such swift passion, and the "ah-ha I found the woman of my dreams after fucking hundreds of women" story line doesn't come off as believable. And, to emphasize emotion, the hero swears a lot, over and over. Now, I like to swear myself, so this doesn't offend, but saying "fuck me" three times, albeit with feeling, does not impart loving emotion to me. I felt it was empty. Hence, the story lacks believability.
The whole book was just crude. Lose the crudeness. Many, many authors write this type of book but I don't find myself cringing from the dialogue. Knight liked the "c**t" word a little too much. He'd used it derogatorily, then uses it with Anya. Yuck! Knight not calling Anya "Babe", wanting her to call him "Daddy", letting his boy greet Anya with "Yo" and telling her to prepare herself for him to plunder. I don't know why but Anya calling him "Honey" drove me up the wall. Lose the forced sounding slang. Lose all the useless descriptions (took the canvas bag of groceries out of the cheap car trunk and placed on the concrete sidewalk or something along those lines, build scenes not entire movies) and not having three pages of character thinking to answer the question asked three pages ago. Cut out some of the "Oh Gods" and "Oh My Gods". Anya is an educated woman, she should be able to come up with a better expletive every once in awhile. I even got tired of the word "strappy". Cut out going on and on how poor Anya is: the chipped furniture, the second hand clothes, the ripped couch, the cheap shoes, yard sales, etc... We get it, we get it! No nice woman, like Anya is supposed to be, would say, ****SPOILER**** "Do you sell pussy?" Even though Knight was ****SPOILER**** an upper class pimp and club owner, he was a likeable guy who protected women. That was acceptable. Anya was written a little too shallow and I find that unacceptable. She was supposed to be this awesome, nice, unaware of her beauty, make-it-on-her-own-modern-day woman who happened to be a submissive. This book made her sound like an empty headed follower. Ms. Ashley should have used some of that scene description effort on character building and a backbone for Anya. The idea is to be submissive not a doormat.Find a different narrator that doesn't sound like "Golly Gee" is about to pop out of her mouth any minute.
It missed on so many levels I would not consider it part of any genre, it is in a class by itself (very crude) which I don't care to explore again. As far as rich guy, poor girl, dominate and submissive relationships, BDSM, romantica, erotica, no, I will keep reading.
Sounds too young and has too much enthusiasm in the wrong places. She would probably be an excellent narrator for a different type of book, maybe something lighter with no sex scenes. She separates her characters well and does a good job on male voices.
The final scene or****SPOILER**** whole baby scenario. Also, what happened to Sandrine? She kind of got left hanging out there didn't she. Maybe she's got her own book coming up but I won't be reading/listening to it.
I want my money back.
struggled to finish. not sure about the flow of dialog. Somehow no one in the story was able to use complete sentences. While this is something I can deal with usually, it seemed unnecessary this time.....
I like K. Ashley books in that she normally has mature characters that I like. They tend to have a little too much of the f...k word but I can cope, I am not a prude. That line "...I did what I was told ..." is overused usually by the female. Okay, all of that I can overlook. However, what turns me off completely is in the scene of lovemaking Knight commands Anya to call him 'Daddy'. It is a serious turn-off and I hope I don't see or hear it in any of Ashley's other books. I doubt I will bother with the rest of this series. There were other things about the characters that was just not appealing like Anya's meekness and Knight's side business to name couple of them but I will stop there.
The narrator did a great job. That much I can say.
Say something about yourself!
Where do I begin... First off, there were so many "Oh God!" and "Oh My God!"'s that I didn't know what to do with my self. And what's with the "yes daddy" bit? I thought that was a bit corny. I can't even tell you how many times I rolled my eyes listening to this book. I need an eye exam to make sure they're ok. Throughout the book I kept asking myself, "Should I just call it quits now and end the torture or should I finish since I've gotten this far?" The story line was ok, but the dialogue was horrible. This book had definite potential. Too bad the dialogue and inner monologue of the heroine sucked so bad. Sigh...
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I do love fine, assertive, masculine men…the kind who know how to take charge and move forward in life. And, well, Knight most certainly is that…he's a take charge kind of man. And, when Knight fell in love with Anya, it was kind of like having a mystical beast such as a vampire or werewolf fall in love with her because of the way he CLAIMED her. He pretty much told her how it was going to be and gave her a bit of time to catch up and get adjusted to the idea, but a complete claiming it was!
There were a lot of things I liked about Knight and Anya together. I like how Knight made her happy and was so intensely interested in Anya. Anya, was a bit of a hollow character for me, but when you learn about her background, I suppose it makes sense. Yet, a woman blessed with stunning beauty and a humble, meek spirit is what would fit a man like Knight perfectly. I didn't mind how controlling Knight was in the bedroom. Their sex life is like liquid eroticism! But, I did mind how things ended….very unfinished for me.
I want to explain my reaction without giving anything major away. In the end, Knight is true to his word with Anya. When he began a relationship with her he was emphatic about what he would not give her, and well, he was true to his word. I didn't like that. For me, Anya submitted too much and found herself in a position where she had to forfeit her own desires for the relationship and yield to his choices. I don't like it when women have to forfeit their own desires in a relationship. So, even though the epilogue was sweet, it didn't leave me with a lasting feeling of comfort for the couple. Ultimately, I suppose I don't trust Knight simply because he holds all the control in every aspect of the couple's life. If in the future he decides he doesn't want Anya, it will be very easy to discard her without any repercussions to his life (since he has all of the control!!!). K.A. did a good job of establishing that his feelings were the "forever" kind, but I was still left with an uncomfortable feeling about how vulnerable Anya is, as a woman. Well, maybe not that vulnerable…she would have her spa if Knight broke off with her.
Knight was not a shining armor kind of hero….calling this series the "unfinished hero" is very fitting, because it didn't feel like a thorough HEA.
The narrator Savannah Richards was good, a bit exaggerative at times, but good.
I normally love Kristen Ashley but this book had a really weak storyline and was my least favorite of all of hers...and I've read most of them. The steamy scenes were of course steamy but "babe" and "honey" were used way too much and it kinda made me wanna scream. There was really no climax to the story and it just really made me want a lot more by dragging out. I doubt I read the other books but the narrator in this one did great.
Let me start by saying: I dont like women being called b*#ch, even as a term of endearment. In my opinion that is neither sexy or romantic. I tend to like a wide variety of romance and erotica though, so I thought i would give this a shot. but I had some fundamental issues with the world the author created, as well as the naivety of the heroine. These things pulled me out of the fantasy being created and left me frustrated.
I will also say, the writing itself isn't bad and I did finish the story, although reluctantly. I kept hoping the relationships between the characters, and the characters themselves, would get deeper. But what you see is pretty much what you get. Now if your into stories about gangsters or perhaps if you enjoy MC club books you might enjoy this. Also, this narrator isn't my favorite, which also impacted my review.
I do think there is an audience for this type of book. This one just wasn't for me.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Now there's Alphas, Uber Alphas........ and then there's Knight. He's handsome, sexy, rich, a Dom in the bedroom, talks like a biker with short cropped sentences, he likes things his way and he's decided Anya is his. Anya has had a tough life, she's a hard worker, she makes do with sale stuff, secondhand or damaged furniture and is scraping by. She's also studying and won't take handouts from anyone so when she tries to return something to Knight..... well that's when her life completely changes..... and when all the fun begins.
Loved the hero, loved the heroine, loved the storyline which had instant lust, a bad news brother, two best friends - one's great but one's a disaster, lots of hot sex with a bit of spanking and dirty talk. There's angst and drama as Knight's secrets are spilled and a few revelations when he decides to 'put things right' in his own way with anybody who's caused Anya pain. They are both very protective of their blossoming relationship and try very hard to make time for as many booty calls and together time as they can.
Told from Anya's POV by a skilled narrator who gave a great performance of Knight's distinctive way of talking and his 'take no shit' alpha attitude. There's also a very sweet and tender Epilogue.
Worth a credit? I couldn't stop listening, it ticked ALL my boxes so YEAH, IMO, what's not to love and well worth a credit.
I love Kristen Ashley because she develops such well rounded characters, but although these characters are well fleshed out and generally compelling -- the focus on Knight's dom proclivities and an excessive number of sex scenes make this book tiresome to listen to.
I wanted to get to the story, but I had to listen to all the details of their sexual encounters first. I was afraid to fast forward past all the f___ing and c__k s___ing and other coarse and churlish material in case I might miss some detail that was important to the story. If I had been reading the book myself, I could have skimmed past the incessant, crude sex scenes, but with audiobooks you don't have as much choice.
I am as bored with the popular bandwagon of S & M "romance" novels as I am of vampires and teenage wizards. I just want a good story with well written characters. KA used to deliver that. I hope the rest of the series is not all about sexual domination.
"Very disappointing from a favourite author"
The two lead characters were unlikable in that Knight was beyond dominant, he was bossy and chauvinistic. The female lead had no backbone, no redeeming ability to stand up to Knight. Their pet names spoiled the story completely, they made me completely uncomfortable as they crossed the line of acceptability in my opinion.
"good but have read better"
i have never read the print version so can't comment
not sure really, he was so dominant and bossy which I can't agree with
the story is good and narration is good too but it just lacked something for me, I was waiting for something to happen that never did. The sex was steamy but it left me hanging
I found I really enjoyed the Rock Chick series by this author, so I thought I would give this a shot - something which I regret.
I didn't connect with the characters, or the story. In fact, I'm not entirely sure what the story really was!
Don't think I'll be listening to the rest of this book series if this is what it is. Disappointed.
"Oh my! my! my!"
Oh my word!!! What can I say, I really loved, loved this book. Kristen Ashleys books have lots of character and humour. It was my first time to listen to Savannah Richards narrative. She is magnifique. Totally loved it. Thank you Kristen Ashley, You are the best.
Yep, Knight is right up there with Deacon, Tac and all the other amazing K.A alpha males. I love everyone of them and I know I will listen to Knight more than once!
"KA kicks butt!"
I read all books produced by Kristen, and I love them. This books is the only one of all she has read where I cannot connect with the lead male, Knight himself. He is too cold and too disassociated for me to bond with him. That said another stonking good read, good story, hot lovin' and giggles where needed.
"OMG fantastic start to series"
Great book you will not be disappointed! Love Kristen Ashley and totally love this series. If you haven't yet defo read 'The Will' great book!
"Another Kristen Ashley Special..."
I enjoyed this book as it paves the way for the other three books in the series so a recommended read if you want to read more Kristin Ashley for you addicts out there! This book is good. A decisive breakaway from Ashley's normal book formula as her hero's (alpha males) are much darker and have suffered more difficult pasts. They also combat the new trend - touching into the fifty shades psyche but it is not a main component in the book. Whilst I love Ashley's books, I would not say this is her strongest story (although if you bare through it, the other three books get better and better...). I also found the nicknames for the characters annoying as halfway through the protagonists starts calling Knight (her man) "Daddy" which after saying it constantly becomes more and more cringe-able. Although overall it is a good performance and worth the time for the impact it has on the rest of the series... my favourite is Deacon.
"Ashley is amazing writer"
please audible get tack(motorcycle man) , hawk(mystery man) and chaos on here asap please then col mountain series the gamble etc
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