Author: Kristen Ashley
Series: Unfinished Hero #1
Release Date: April 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.
If you love your heroes raw, gritty, and all alpha, then Knight is the book for you. Kristen Ashley delivers a romance that is unpolished and unapologetic with Knight and Anya’s story. This unlikely duo had my attention from the moment they met and I thoroughly enjoyed their sizzling chemistry and surprising connection. Their shared stubbornness and the resultant battle of wills leant itself to plenty of palpable tension and delicious friction, ensuring that this story was downright enthralling. Kristen Ashley perfectly captures the intense emotions and scorching hot attraction that drive this couple’s journey, and with the help of a very colorful group of secondary characters, brings Knight and Anya’s sexy story to life. Kristen Ashley writes with unparalleled passion, expertly building an intriguing world of dark secrets and mysterious personalities that left me wanting more of the Unfinished Hero series.
“I am not good. I am not normal. I am not clean.”
Knight was a complete enigma. For so much of this novel he boggled my mind, his fiercely alpha persona in direct contrast with the moments of sweet thoughtfulness and care he showed towards Anya. I enjoyed exploring this complicated man as the book progressed, carefully unraveling Knight’s past and delving into his business and many associates. Kristen Ashley did a great job at crafting the many layers of this character, ensuring that her readers got to experience the full depth of this man. There were times when his overbearing and demanding attitude irked me. While he was certainly an alpha male in all of the delightfully appealing ways, he also came across as controlling and cold at times, a negative to the intensity of his personality. For this reason, my relationship with Knight was very much a love/hate one and I honestly can’t say where I ended up on the scale of my feelings for this character.
“Seriously, how could one man be so awesome and so crazy all at the same time?”
Luckily, Anya was a bit easier to like. I enjoyed the sharp contrast of her character with both Knight and the women who frequented his world. She stood out as someone feisty, self-sufficient, and unafraid to be herself. I appreciated how hard working Anya was and her determination to make her life better had me investing in her immediately. She was loyal and protective of her friends, ready to go to battle to defend them, even from themselves. However, Anya wasn’t without a few annoying moments, particularly when she gave into Knight’s unreasonable behavior or allowed him to direct her life without much of a fight. Also, her lack of self-esteem felt like a constant loop of self-deprecation, which got to be a bit tedious after a while. In those moments I disconnected from the character a little as she began to feel inconsistent and meek. Overall, Kristen Ashley did a good job cultivating this smart, driven, and incredibly relatable character in a way that had readers rooting for Anya’s happily ever after.
“I had shit for a good while then I had good, Anya, and you’re still the most beautiful thing that’s touched my life.”
Admittedly, my biggest issue with this story was the pet names. The term “daddy” and the subsequent context this gave Knight calling Anya “baby” holds a certain ick factor that I had a difficult time getting past. While it wasn’t as prevalent as I’d feared, it was still fairly disconcerting when repeatedly used during an intimate moment. If this isn’t an issue for you, then you’ll probably totally love this story as is. Knight was my first novel by Kristen Ashley, and as I’ve been told, a darker side to this incredible author. While there were definitely aspects of this book that were a little too intense and domineering for my personal tastes, I can’t deny the fantastic writing and skilled story building that brought Knight to life. I would definitely read something from this author again because even when I was uncomfortable, Kristen Ashley had me utterly captivated. If you’re looking for a dark, filthy Knight to sweep you off your feet then you’ll definitely find it with this book.
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
Creed (Unfinished Hero #2)
Raid (Unfinished Hero #3)
Deacon (Unfinished Hero #4)
Sebring (Unfinished Hero #5)