Author: Kristen Ashley
Book Name: Sebring
Series: Unfinished Hero
Rating: Really Good
Blurb: 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.
Review: This was definitely one of KA’s sweeter books, which seems odd as this entire series falls on the darker side as far as her characters go. I enjoyed it mostly because it was a sweeter romance than many of the other KA books I’ve read recently.
Livvie isn’t one of my favorite characters, but she isn’t a cotton candy character that melts in light drizzle. She has something of a quiet strength, but she isn’t bold and does tend towards doormat status, at least within her family.
I really enjoyed Nick’s character in that he isn’t over the top bossy and the softer side he does have is pretty awesome. He still had his quirks, but nothing that was overt enough to take away from the rest.
It was nice seeing the other characters from this series pop up, and I was overjoyed with the fact that they were just sort of pop up notes rather than whole additions that weren’t necessary. There was just enough page time with most of them to get that taste, but we weren’t forced to overindulge in them as this was Nick and Livvie’s story, not theirs. It was a nice, clean finish to this series.