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 LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! It was simply elegant and amazing. I was wondering, and slightly worried, how Nick would avenge Hettie's death whilst falling in love and lying to Olivia. I was gearing myself up to heartbreak before reading it. But alas, Kristen Ashley did not disappoint; the whole plot was handled beautifully.
I really loved Livvie in this book. I could connect to her. She was so brave, but vulnerable. She was amazing. How she put up with her family, whilst they plotted and schemed and abused, I have no clue how she did it. She's so strong. Livvie is one of those kick-ass heroines that I wish was real so we could be friends.
Nick. Nicky. Sigh. I loved this redeemable asshole whole-heartedly. I felt his pain. His confusion regarding his mission and feelings for Olivia. His turmoil. Nick was so confident, he knew what and who he wanted and nothing, not even himself, would get in his way. I really admire Nick. How he was able to compartmentalise and separate Olivia from the Shades, and ultimately his goals of destruction. My heart literally swooned during the video clip of the mountains. (I want my own Nicky. No, correction, I need my own Nicky. Please Kristen Ashley? I'd be forever grateful ;) ).
This book was simply amazing. This whole series is amazing, and I am again sad to see another of Kristen Ashley's series ended. I can't wait to see what else is coming from her in the future.
(P.s. Deacon will always be my fave, not just out of KA's heroes, but he's my ultimate book-boyfriend <3).