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 missin..Show More »g 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.
This was a very good story. I liked Sylvie and Creed, their past is painful but I'm so glad they finally ended up together after gett..Show More »ing years stolen from them.
I really liked Sylvie. She had a tough life but made her way and still managed to be a good, kind woman....even with her being a bad ass. Sylvie grew up in a home with an abusive father and a drunk step-mother. She was 6 years old when she sneakily leaves the house to avoid hearing the fighting and ends up meeting Creed. He's 5 years older than her but he has a bad home life too and they become friends. She finally has someone that understands and will be there for her and that makes all the difference for Sylvie.
Through the years Sylvie & Creed grow up and there's a special connection between them. They finally become involved when she's 17 (although he wont go all the way physically until she's 18) and make plans to run away together when she turns 18. Unfortunately things don't work out as planned. Creed doesn't meet Sylvie when they're supposed to leave town and her life becomes hell.
Creed didn't want to disappoint Sylvie and loved her a lot. Sylvie was everything to him and Creed was a man of his word...even that young he was a good man. I can't say why he didn't show up for Sylvie but I will say it wasn't his choice and I felt so bad for him and Sylvie.
Fast forward 16 years and Creed and Sylvie meet back up. He has certain ideas of what her life was after their "split" years before that end up not to be true. She has no clue why he never showed and is very hurt (even after all these years although she tries to bury it). She's very resistant to talking to him but she's been brought in to work with him on a job. She's unwilling to look affected by Creed so she pretends it doesn't affect her and works with him. Fortunately this gives Creed an in and he's able to talk to her (eventually).
Once Sylvie & Creed start sharing what happened with their pasts, things get better between them. They work on re-establishing their relationship and bonding again. While all this is going on they're working the job and dealing with life. I really was happy to see them grow together again. What they lost and went through was so sad it is great to see them building happy times and a future. There are multiple issues to work out but once their back together Sylvie & Creed are solid and I loved seeing it.
This was a very good book. I really enjoyed it and was very happy for Sylvie & Creed. They deserved a happy ending. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up! :D
This was a great book. Raid and Hanna are very good together and I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm hoping KA comes out with..Show More » more in this series.
Hanna is a very sweet, helpful person that everyone likes. She made a good business out of selling her afghans and preserves nationwide. She's very shy and wasn't very adventurous but certain things make her realize her life is wasting away and she makes changes. She has been crushing on Raid for years but he never noticed her. When he starts paying attention to her and asks her out she's surprised but gratified so she says yes.
Raid is a good but damaged man. He was in the marines and barely survived something that killed most of the rest of his squad. He came back home pretending everything is fine but not happy and suffering from nightmares. He has an interesting but not very legitimate job that brings Hanna to his attention. This causes some problems with them in the beginning but Raid knew Hanna was for him as soon as he saw her and he was determined to get her.
I really loved seeing them getting together. She's so shy at first and he brings out the wild in her. To be honest there's not much true BDSM...I'd definitely call it BDSM lite and it's nothing to get stressed about if you don't like that stuff (view spoiler) Regardless, I liked the sex scenes and thought they were hot.
Another thing I really liked was that Raid liked that Hanna was a little dorky and cute. He fell for her lock, stock and barrel just as she was. Not that he wasn't a typical alpha male and being bossy but I also liked that she learned how to handle him (to a certain extent) as their relationship grew. There are some issues when Hanna finds out what Raid does for a living and has to come to terms with it. There are also a few other issues to deal with, including some danger that strikes unexpectedly. Raid and Hanna make it through and Raid takes measures to ensure wont happen again. There were a few secondary characters I really likes (Rachelle, K.C. & Hanna's Great Grandma Mildred). There are also a few cameos of the couples from the previous 2 books which was cool. The ending was great although there's a bit of sadness with the happiness.
This was a great book. I ended reading it was a warm happy feeling. And really hoping KA continues this series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up! :D
I liked these characters. This book is more like the Kristen Ashley I enjoy! The other books in this series were disappointing. I liked John Priest ak..Show More »a Deacon, and I like Cassidy - two believable characters. I liked the storyline as well. Hot sex scenes, fun dialogue, and interesting characters. The only downer was the reader. I just don't like her style. To me it's like fingernails scraping a chalkboard. The female voices for the secondary characters she used were horrible. Here are these buff, hot guys...I do not think their wife's would have those screeching loud voices. Yikes! Just not in to her reading /performing style.
One of the things that you know a Kristen Ashley book will give you is a loveable, sexy Alpha Hero who, once he's made you his, he'd lie, cheat, steal..Show More », kill or die to protect you. They have clipped speech, are hard, possessive, jealous, demanding lovers, often dirty talkers, cryptic, intelligent, loving, protective, very sexual and, as Knight declared to his woman in book 1 "wars fought over a face like this, a man would work himself into the ground for it, go down to his knees to beg to keep it, endure torture to protect it, take a bullet for it, poison his brother to possess a face like this"..... yup, they're not afraid to show that they love deeply, are vulnerable to the woman that holds his heart..... and the family he makes with her.
The second thing is a fantastic storyline, filled with suspense, angst, drama, bad guys, quick witted banter and dialogue, twists and a plot that includes well loved characters from the previous books. Finally, the third thing that KA gives you are mesmerizing romances that are passionate, filled with heartfelt declarations, unpredictable, very hot and they'll curl your toes, make your blood pressure rise, frustrate you, charm you, have you eager to get back to them and finally leave you sighing in pleasure, and on a book high, because you know you've just listened to something awesome.
Nick and Olivia's story was all this and much more.... they came from different worlds but somehow found each other.... but it wasn't going to be easy, it wasn't going to be without it's bloodshed and it wasn't going to go smoothly. Nick has wanted revenge for the death of his girlfriend for four years and his ticket to get it is Olivia - she's quiet, vulnerable yet strong and is the disillusioned Boss' Daughter.... but what he wasn't prepared for was for Olivia to stir up and ignite intense, possessive and protective feelings. Slowly she comes out of her shell, trusts and puts her faith in Nick but he has hidden his agenda and secrets from her and, when she eventually learns the truth (not, of course, from him) the sht hits the fan, hearts are broken and dreams crumble. The roller coaster ride does stop at some precarious situations but it left me with that 'feel good' feeling, wishing there was more but very grateful that I found this talented and gifted Author.
Dual POV's (with multiple POV's at the end) and a really good narrator who delivered very convincing male voices and injected the perfect emotional dialogue into well described and easily visualized scenes. Could be stand alone but it does refer to characters from the past 5 books and gives an Epilogue which wraps up all the characters HEA's from the entire series beautifully.
Worth a credit? Yes, not only is KA an auto download Author for me but her books are also worthy pre-orders too. Each and every one of her books in the Unfinished Hero series, IMO, are creditworthy and this story has made me want to listen to this wonderful series all over again.