Series: Unfinished Hero #1
Published by Self-Published on 4/7/2012
Anya Gage has learned that to get anything good in life, you have to work for it. She has no expectations, no dreams.
Then she finds herself at a party where she doesn’t want to be and she meets Knight.
Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone.
Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves of white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays – good, normal and clean. But when Anya comes to his nightclub and finds herself in a situation, he knows someone has to look after her, he can’t fight it anymore and he decides that man will be him.
Knight teaches Anya that, just as with the bad, in life you should also expect the good. And he teaches her this by giving it to her.
But Knight has a dark past and just as he desires Anya for exactly who she is, he fears when she finds out exactly the man he has become and always intends to be, she’ll leave him for good, normal and clean.
On one hand, I couldn’t put it down. I really liked Anya. She’s sweet and good and kind. She works hard, she’s determined and driven. The word “pure” comes to mind. Knight, however, is the polar opposite. He has a temper and is controlling, he has secrets and puts up red flags all over the place. And still I couldn’t help but like him.
It’s a very conflicting feeling, liking the “bad guy”. It’s sort of like how I remember feeling when I watched Dexter. Sure, he’s a serial killer but he’s nice and he only kills the bad guys, so it’s okay, right? Ehhh…. Depends on your moral compass. It’s kind of unsettling.
I really loved Knight and Anya together. And really even with most of his secrets included, Knight was fantastic. The story was engrossing and I was completely swept up.
However. BIG however. The D word made an appearance. Daddy. I had a very hard time with that. I know that’s a button for some people and to each their own, but reading this book and then hearing your four-year-old daughter say “daddy” is really kind of disturbing. It’s hard for me to mentally disconnect. Especially since Knight calls Anya “baby” and my husband and I call our daughter that frequently. It just had a very large ick factor for me and quite honestly, it’s probably the biggest reason why I didn’t love the book more.
But now that I’ve read it, I have to say that I’m 100% intrigued and interested in reading the rest of the series and I didn’t have nearly as much to be afraid of as I thought I would. I definitely don’t recommend starting with this series if you’ve never read Kristen Ashley before, but if you’re a fan and are interested in reading something just a bit darker, then this one should be a go for you.