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

Tuesday, September 13
My rating:

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.



I am a huge Unfinished Hero fan. Love all of this KA series, and I've wanted to read Sebring for the last 6 months but unfortunately, I couldn't buy it in NZ. Until now. And it was so, so worth the wait.

Nick was the type of anti-hero I love... it took him time (a lot of time) to redeem himself, and I had to be patient with him. When he got his redemption, he got it good! I adored him.

Olivia, surprisingly, I liked from the very beginning. She was meant to be an ice queen, but for me she came across as just plain alone from the start. She was a sweetheart deep down, and not once did I see her do anything to protect herself - it was all to protect the people around her.

The sheer assholery of every single person in her life, until Nick. When you are lucky (and smart!) enough to read this book, you'll see what I mean. I've added this as a pro because it shows how emotionally invested KA had me in Olivia's life.

The 2nd to last chapter and the epilogue. If you've loved KA's Unfinished Hero series, you will love this part.

That Olivia couldn't catch a break. Not one person from her past was loyal to her. Not one. I kept waiting for a surprise hero (that wasn't Nick or his people) and there wasn't one.

Valenzuela. Ugh. I read KA's Chaos series first, so I already know what happens with this guy, so to know he wasn't going to get his beans in this book was frustrating. However, there is no way on God's green earth I'm taking a star off for that. If I didn't despise him, he wouldn't be a good baddie.

When KA is on fire, she is a force to be reckoned with. This book is pure fire, and a perfect finish to the series.
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