Sebring (Unfinished Heroes 5) by Kristen Ashley
Contemporary Romance. Related Standalone. Last in the Series.
HOW DOES SHE DO IT??? Seriously, with close to 50 books under her belt, Kristen Ashley has never failed to give me a book I love. Sure, some I love more than others, but they all have the magic. That special something that only a Kristen Ashley book can bring. Sebring is no exception. What a way to bring in the new year, but sadly, it also ended a great series.
The Unfinished Hero Series is supposed to be about anti-heroes. Basically bad guys you love. But in Sebring, Kristen has taken it a step further. The heroine is a bad guy (well, girl) as well! Well, she didn’t want to be, but she still was. But wait. First, lets talk Nick Sebring.
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… But now, in our world, he was respected and even feared.
Nick Sebring was Knight’s good-for-nothing brother. He was an asshole in Knight’s book, but throughout the next few books, the few glimpses we had started to redeem him. Honestly, I didn’t remember him all that well, so it is not really so necessary to read all the other books before this. But why wouldn’t you? It’s important to note here that Nick doesn’t take after Knight in one way…he’s not ‘Daddy’ thank God.
Nick spent the first few years becoming an undercover informant for the FBI. He was on a case with his girlfriend, Hettie, when she was exposed, and brutally murdered. The last few years were spent planning revenge for her sake, against the crime boss Vincent Shade. He’s the third player in a town that includes Marcus Sloan and Benito Valenzuela (as well as Chaos!). But Vincent Shade is a crazy monster who wants his people to bow down to him as King. Nick’s plan is to get to Vincent through his daughter.
Shade’s two daughters work for him, running his badly crumbling empire. Olivia “Livvie” Shade runs only the legal parts. She does the books. She was trapped and miserable. And she quickly and brutally learned from her own father that there was no escaping this life. And there would be no life for her unless her father deemed it.
Her only escape was her sneak visits to the private sex club. She went alone and liked to watch from a private room. But the room was accidentally (or not) double booked. Holy first meeting! Can you say H-O-T?
The instant I caught sight of him, I froze.
He was tall.
His eyes were the color of the ocean.
And he made me believe that I could want something, take it and have it.
Something precious would be mine.
Even if that belief only lasted seconds, I’d waited all my life to feel that feeling.
To really, really believe.
Olivia was a shell. Known as the “Ice Princess”, she was very uptight and closed off, for good reason.
“I’d learned that I didn’t allow myself to show emotion.
But Nick Sebring was quickly an addiction she didn’t want to give up. They’d meet for just some super hot, who’s-the-alpha sex (turns out it’s Nick), but that’s it.
Sebring,” I gasped.
“Come,” he ordered.
My entire body started trembling.
“Fucking COME,” he growled.
Shuddering under him, I came.
You see, she knew there never be more. With anyone, but especially not Nick Sebring.
“I’d made a huge mistake fucking a man who existed in my world…A man my father could hurt if the whim struck him.
And it would.
This I knew with absolute certainty I could not have. I’d learned that.”
Sebring was a bit of a slow burn. There was no instalove, no real connection at first. But as they get to know each other, it all changes. But can Nick give up his 3 years of careful revenge planning? Can Olivia ever be free of her crazy-ass family? Of a dad who murders people in cold blood in front of her like it’s nothing?
- It’s Kristen Ashley. Her writing grabs and doesn’t let go.
- Kristen was able to turn Nick around.
- The sex was HOT!
- Glimpses of all of the Unfinished hero characters (Knight and Anya were amazing!)
- Glimpses of many characters and places from other series (Tex’s coffee!)
- A slow build up, but the burn started right away.
- All the feels! My heart absolutely broke for Olivia. She was so alone.
- People you love to hate.
- Another awesome series epilogue.
- A gazillion of the amazing Kristen Ashley quotes we love.
- Sebring was more of the Unfinished Heroine. While we really delved into Olivia, I would have liked to have gotten to know Nick a little more.
- The sex club was a bit of a tease, I thought we’d see more of that stuff 😉 Don’t get me wrong though, this was plenty sexy.
The Down and Dirty:
Rating: 4.5 Stars, 4.75 Heat
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In the hotel room, Nick heard the knock at the door.He moved to it, looked out the peephole and felt the corners of his mouth hitch up when he saw her.
Fuck, those big green eyes, perfectly arched dark brows, the olive tint to her skin, the expert way she shaded under her cheekbones…
She was a coldhearted criminal but she was one that was very easy to look at.
And even easier to fuck.
He opened the door.
He was going to say something but he didn’t get the chance when her hand darted out and she caught him under his jaw, using it to push him in and around until his back hit wall.
She stared up at him, her hand wrapped around his jaw, her expression holding an emptiness that was so extreme it was almost like a void he could fall into and get lost forever.
He heard the door swish closed and latch.
Then she was up on her toes, her head moving toward his, those green eyes dropping to his mouth.
She didn’t get her lips to his before his tongue was out, as was hers, both of them colliding and tangling before her mouth slammed to his just as her body pushed in, pressing hard, forcing him tighter to the wall.
He shoved out. Gripping her wrist at his jaw, he yanked it down, twisting and slamming her against the wall, slanting his head to deepen an already deep kiss. Their tongues again clashing before he actually took her mouth.
But he took her mouth.
And like she’d done to his, he consumed it.
His fingers still around her wrist, he yanked it around his back, using his body to shove her tight to the wall, pressing his hardening cock against her stomach.
She arched, and moving quickly, whipped him around so his back was to the wall and she took over the kiss. Tearing her wrist from his hold, she curled her fingers around his throat just as she cupped his hardening crotch with her other hand.
Fucking hell, this woman was hot.
But he was done playing.
And he was done kissing.
Her mouth, that was.
He pushed her away. She struggled to regain control.
She lost this struggle when he caught her hand and dragged her down the short hall into the room.
She lost her footing when he gave her hand a strong tug and she fell into him with a soft gasp.
He let her hand go, caught her hips and threw her four feet onto the bed.
That got him another soft gasp which took his cock from hardening to rock-solid and throbbing.
He bent over her, holding her now intense green gaze, spanning her hips with his hands. Shoving backwards, he found the hook of her skirt, released it and pulled down the zipper.
He moved his fingers to curl them into the sides of her skirt’s waistband. With a vicious tug that took her hips and panties with it, he yanked off the skirt.
Chest to the bed, eyes to her cunt, the black curls neatly groomed with a precision that meant her wax technician was a master with possible OCD issues, they were also glistening with wet.
Having the tussle at the door, seeing the utter perfection of her pussy, smelling her, watching her legs part in invitation, her knees shifting up, Nick couldn’t have gone gentle if he’d wanted to.
Luckily he didn’t want to.
He bent his neck and devoured her.
Fuck, she tasted just as perfect as she looked.
As he fed, he felt her excitement ramp. Tasted it. Ate it. Gave her more. Consumed the result. Drove her to the edge.
And when he had her there, he stopped and moved over her.
Not surprisingly, she used both the pump she already had planted into the bed and the calf she had wrapped around him to flip him and then she was straddling him, pushing up, her hands already to his fly.
Normally, he would not allow this.
Her face flushed with need, her manner urgent, even desperate, all that surged through his blood, his gut, straight to his cock.
So he allowed this.
She tugged his pants down, grabbed his dick, guided it to her and took him home.
At the beauty of her sheathing him, he gritted his teeth against the urge to let go and release way too fucking early. Bucking his hips, he watched how much she liked taking him, her head thrown back, her shining, straight mass of silken black hair swaying.
Then she dropped forward into a hand in the bed by his side, locked eyes with him and rode him violently as he watched until she gave it to herself and she kept doing it until she forced it from him.
He came down buried inside her, his eyes opening to see her still resting in her hand in the bed, her body moving gently with her still-labored-but-evening breathing, her dark hair framing her oval face, her straight bangs brushing her lashes, her green eyes locked to his trying to brand him, make him hers.
No way in fuck that was happening.
But he’d take more of this.
A lot more.
That said, the woman was going to learn how to give up control.
Not surprisingly, without a word, she swung off his cock, moving immediately toward the side of the mattress.
Nick focused on pulling up his trousers, doing the fly and angling off the bed. By the time he was up and had turned his attention back to her, she was on her feet, facing him, arms twisted behind her to do up the skirt she’d put on.
He held her gaze.
“We got all night, Olivia,” he informed her.
Not even a hint of a response to him calling her the name she hadn’t given him.
Then again, he knew she knew him; she’d make it her business.
She also knew he’d do the same with her, even before he sat next to her the night before.
Her expression might not have changed but his words spurred her to action, this being walking his way.
She stopped. Her eyes still on his, she lifted a hand and touched his chest lightly with just the pad of her middle finger.
It lasted half a second.
Then she dropped her hand, turned and walked away.
He heard the door close behind her and he couldn’t stop his smile.
Fuck yes, a seriously cool customer.
And the hottest fuck he’d had in his life.
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