Review: Sebring (Unfinished Heroes #5) by Kristen Ashley

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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.

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Disclaimer 1: This book is recommended only for mature (as in 18+) adults.

Disclaimer 2: While this book can be read as a standalone, I really wish you wouldn’t deprive yourself of the pleasure of meeting with the rest of the Unfinished Heroes 🙂

I took a chance with Kristen Ashley’s writing when another blog – Aestas Book Blog – kept recommending her book(s) on her Facebook Page {Seriously, check her blog and Facebook page out guys, especially if you love romances as much as I do!} – and that was it – that was the end of everything except the worlds that Ms. Ashley created for her readers.

The Unfinished Heroes is the first series by her that I read and the one that got me so hooked on to her writing and her characters that I literally forgot how to eat, work and/or sleep!

This series, is the one that takes everything that is bad about a man and turns it so that he becomes lovable. Don’t get me wrong, logically I know that if I met these men in reality, I would turn around and run like hell in the other direction, but that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t like reading about them and I did!

Back in the day, Nick Sebring had been known as the incompetent, unprincipled wastrel younger brother of a successful man.
He was no longer any of that.
What he was was a dark horse.

We first meet Nick Sebring in Knight‘s book – and I have to say I was less than impressed with him. He is a screw up and let’s not forget that he almost screwed up his big brother’s relationship with Anya – but I had believed, even then, he could be redeemed – how? That I left it for Ms. Ashley to figure it out 😀

Now Nick is far from perfect, but he definitely realized that every single one of his actions had consequences and set about making sure that those consequences would never ever hurt his family, ever again. It’s years since Kinight’s HEA and now Nick is a little bit more grown – up, a lot more understated yet a lot more lethal as well. He  is now on the path to vengeance – a vengeance that will lead him straight to the man who freaking destroyed his life and he will do whatever he takes, kill, maim or scar anyone in his way to get to his final destination – the downfall of the crime syndicate that took the life of the woman he loved – even use the daughter of the head of the family.

If you let whatever you got inside you loose, you’d make a man incredibly happy. You’d be a dream he couldn’t build. You’d be everything.

Olivia Shade is a woman in control – she keeps her emotions in check, keeps her head down and doesn’t live beyond breathing – because the one time she did, she got a lesson that scarred and terrified her enough to never stepping her toe out of the line.

So when she meets Nick, she does what she needs, for once and jumps him – she doesn’t speak to him, or talk to him or even have a normal relationship – just ends up taking pleasure the only way she knows how, but mostly the only way she would allow herself.

It’s not that she doesn’t know who Nick is, oh she has no illusions to the kind of man Nick is, but he is the only one in a long time who has come to making her hope and she desperately wants that, even if she is certain she can’t keep that or him.

Just so you don’t forget.. You mean more to me today than you did yesterday… and yesterday you meant a fuckuva lot me.

Olivia is different from the normal KA heroines – she is mysterious yes, but she is also sophisticated than others, mostly because her kind of sassy is more vernacular than other heroines that I have read about!

Nick is a hero, whose redemption shouldn’t have been possible but yet Ms. Ashley did it in a way that ended up being flawless and absolutely unmistakable.

And while I liked their story, the plot itself felt quite underwhelming. KA’s books are renowned for having lot a of angst-y drama and though this one did have it’s share, it just wasn’t “to the heart” kind of effect that other KA books have. This is a drawback, for me at least, because the undertated way that both Nick and Livvie are presented to the readers, it would have been brilliant move to have them loose control over their emotions (and not just once or twice like Livvie actually did.)

The reason why this installment gets 4 stars is because of the way KA ended this series – you finally get a glimpse of all the other couples in the series and the relationship they have with their better halves and with the whole group! It was not only nostalgic but bittersweet and that was a helluva way to end things – because Ms. Ashley got exactly how a series is supposed to be sent off with – a last goodbye to all it’s members!

And now, I leave you with a reason to understand why Knight, after all this time, still remains my favorite Unfinished Hero 🙂 ❤

“Jesus, you’re a bossy motherfucker,” Nick muttered. “Then again, you always were.”

“You don’t know the half of it,” Knight muttered back, but did it grinning.



“One thing you do still gotta learn is, when it’s family, Nick, there’s a limit to the shit I’ll eat. But there is no limit to the love I’ll give.”

Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26798372-beyond-repair?from_search=true&search_version=service

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