For me, SEBRING felt like a much darker and more melancholy story than I am used to getting in a KA book. This is not in any way a bad thing, I found that I enjoyed the change in tone. Nick is single-minded in his pursuit of revenge and he isn't willing to let anyone or anything stand in his way. Nick is patient and willing to play a long game in order to get the justice he seeks. Nick is a harder, more focused, and much more mature than the Nick we were introduced to in KNIGHT. Life has given Nick rough and jagged edges that, though tragic, makes him sexy and enigmatic.
Olivia is also a very different heroine than I expected. Self assured when it comes to her sexual needs, she is still damaged and takes control in the only part of her life where she has choice and autonomy. Olivia is completely at the mercy of her maniacal father and a sister who is trying to not only follow in his footsteps, but surpass even his dreams. Olivia does take a bit to warm up to because she is very much written to hide behind a mask of coldness. She has learned in the most horrific of ways, to not grow attached to anyone. Yearning for love and any form of happily ever after are for people who aren't trapped in a life like the one that she is forced to endure.
The chemistry between Nick and Olivia is intense but cautious. The struggle for dominance between them was enough to keep me glued to the pages. I felt for Olivia and all that she had to endure just to survive her family. Nick's transformation was great and I couldn't have been happier to see who he grew into.
I enjoyed this final installment of the UNFINISHED HERO series. Ending the series with Nick's story was a nice full circle for all of the characters. Ashley is the queen of wonderful epilogues and she didn't disappoint in the conclusion of this very enjoyable series. We get a glimpse of all of the couples in the series, where they are, and how their lives have moved forward which was an awesome bonus!
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