5 Crown Read
Unfinished Hero series is the first books I read by Kristen Ashley, and I thoroughly loved every minute of it. She has an unparalleled gift for writing an alpha hero. For this particular series, she tells the stories of men who aren’t your traditional heroes, but they are all heroic and and honorable, even if they complete dishonorable actions. Nick Sebring, until he gets his own book, is the most unheroic character in the series. and, unlike the other characters, he doesn’t have a good reason for his behavior. He is selfish and seems to care only for himself. However, he is completely redeemed in the fifth and final book of the series. His redemption makes him worthy of the #MCM award.
Why do I love him?
I love a good redemption story, and Nick’s is one of the best. During the whole series, he is awful to everyone, but nobody more so than his own brother, Knight. He just does one awful thing after another, and I truly found it hard to believe how he would be redeemed. Kristen Ashley, however, pulled it off. He is now working tirelessly throughout the book to make his life better, reconnect with his family, and, when he meets Olivia, he begins to plan for a future he never saw himself having. His ability to improve himself for the woman he loves makes him a fantastic hero! He is truly my favorite character from the whole series!
My favorite memories…
- Nick expressing how much he is hurt by the loss of his previous love
- Seeking vengeance for Hettie
- The sex club encounter (fanning myself here)
- Reconnecting with Knight
- The epic way he got Olivia to be free
- The way he talks to Olivia, very alpha
- The surprise at the end of the story with all the characters
- The new life they plan to live
- The dog
- The final scene of the book
If you have not met Knight, Creed, Raid, Deacon and Sebring, you definitely need to plan to meet up with these dark heroes. You most certainly will not regret it.
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.
About the Author:
Kristen Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in Indiana, but has lived in Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she’s been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least), but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, living in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.