REVIEW: Sebring by Kristen Ashley

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Unfinished Heroes Book Five; Not a standalone

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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.



So let’s take it back a few steps. When I first read Knight in 2012, Nick Sebring was sort of the villain in a sense. And in the next three books he sort of remained in this dark light where us readers kept thinking, “He can’t possibly be redeemed,” and then we were like, “Well…can he?” I started to ponder different ways in which the things he was doing could be forgiven or accepted, and then I knew that KA could redeem anyone. Seriously, she can. She did. Because SEBRING will have you falling in love with Nick. It’ll have you sympathizing with him and wanting to be Olivia.

KA did a beautiful thing with this book (besides the obvious): she created a female who (and I’m totally not going to be able to explain what’s in my head correctly) straddles the wrong and right sides at the same time. She is essentially the female version of Nick. Bam. Yes. I won’t go into any details other than the obvious because the journey with which KA takes you on is one-of-a-kind. To see how Nick evolved, what he suffered, what his demons are, is a gratifying experience. It calms the soul getting closure on him. And then to be introduced to this strong but sheltered woman who has no sense of self or freedom, and to see Nick bring her into the light? Priceless.

Now, KA is known for making me sob. She has accomplished that feat in every dang book she’s written whether it be happy or sad or angry tears. In SEBRING, I sobbed. I sobbed for the beautiful, awe-inspiring journey that we’ve been on in five books and how it all came together. These Unfinished Heroes who aren’t the typical ‘good hero’ were all on paths to redemption, and each path was different. They weren’t the typical savior and they all had demons/scars. With each one we see their version of redemption come to fruition, and with SEBRING, it might have been the most satisfying. Maybe because we got to see Knight and Creed and Raid and Deacon, but mostly because Nick and Livvie finally got their happily-ever-after, both individually and as a duo. It was beautiful, it was soul-deep, and I highly recommend this series to everyone. It’ll rip you apart but it will sew you right back up.



First Four

#1 – Knight
#2 – Creed
#3 – Raid
#4 – Deacon



I was born a middle class white child in Gary, Indiana, USA. One of the last of a dying breed. I nearly killed my mother and myself making it into the world, seeing as I had the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck (already attempting to accessorize and I hadn’t taken my first breath!). Mom says they took me away, put her back in her room, she looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). She remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

All I’ve ever wanted to do was write (well, and be the Queen of the World, but you gotta start small) and I’ve published a gazillion books and counting (and a gazillion is a lot! shoo!).You can learn about my titles that have been released or that are soon to be released in the Titles section of the website.

Even though I jump genres, there is always a theme to my books…humor (hopefully), engaging characters (again, hopefully) and romance (definitely).

My loves are movies, music, food and fashion and I partake of all of them as often as I can (the middle two more than the others, the former, which takes time I don’t often have and the latter, which takes money I rarely have). In fact, I love food so much, I like to share my good fortune so I put my recipes on offer for you on this page (see top menu and don’t miss them, they’re awesome!).

I grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and have lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus I’m blessed to have friends and family around the globe. My family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write and growing up it was large and multi-generational. We all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. I grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as I keep growing up, it keeps getting better.

So here I am, thank goodness.

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