Audiobook Review: Sebring by Kristen Ashley

Sebring by Kristen Ashley

Sebring by Kristen Ashley
Series: Unfinished Hero #5 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: February 16th 2016
Length: 12 hours and 10 minutes
Narrated by: Stella Bloom
Links: Audible • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

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 freaking LOVE Kristen Ashley’s audiobooks! They’re always super long and always worth the credit. Sebring is another winner from KA – the narration is fantastic, the story and characters are addicting, and best of all, KA made me fall in love with a character I always thought I’d hate. If you’re looking for the next audiobook to use your credit on, you definitely need to get Sebring!

Sebring is the final Unfinished Hero novel, featuring Nick Sebring, and though I’ve only read the first two books in the series, I had no problems going into this audiobook as a standalone. I would recommend, though, that you at least read the first book (or listen – the Knight audiobook is AMAZING as well), though it’s not entirely necessary. Nick is Knight’s brother and is first introduced in that book, but again, you don’t need to read Knight before getting into Sebring.

It’s been four years since Nick’s woman was murdered right in front of his eyes, and he’s on a plan of vengeance for his lost love. The Nick we know now is completely different than the one we knew back in Knight – he’s matured, taken responsibility for his actions, and become a MAN. He’s not exactly a good guy, but he’s much better than he was before. But his quest for vengeance is what fuels him now, and his target is Olivia Shade, the daughter of the man who ordered Nick’s woman to be killed. He plans to use her to get his revenge, but what happens when he starts to fall for his mark?

Olivia is an ice queen – she has to hide all her emotions to live the life she has as the daughter of a notorious criminal. She’s not the most likable heroine, but she’s understandable, and as I got to know her, I loved her character more and more. This woman has lived a hard life – her father physically burned her, the man she loved left her and married someone else – but she’s a survivor. And she doesn’t want anyone to get involved in her life at the risk of losing them to her father’s wrath. But the moment she meets Nick Sebring, a fiery-hot chemistry explodes between the two of them, and Olivia starts to believe that she can have a life she’s always imagined having.

I believed.
For one magnificent second, connected to Nick Sebring, I believed.
I believed in a better world.
I believed I could feel complete.
I believed I could have someone by my side.
I believed I could feel safe.
I believed I could be happy.
I believed I could be loved.
I believed in a dawn coming where I would open my eyes and have all of this only for it to lead to another day dawning where I’d have it and then another day…
And another…
And another…
And another…

What begins as a seduction and emotionless sex (which, between Olivia and Nick, is seriously hot) slowly turns into something more and something meaningful. Nick and Olivia open up to one another and start to care… but when Olivia doesn’t know that their growing relationship is built on lies, can they last? Or will these two be forever destined to life a life devoid of love and happiness?

“I live in dark. Dawn never comes for me. There will be no new day where I wake up complete. Happy. Loved. There is no other side to make my way to. There is no believe. It just isn’t for me.”

I loved Sebring. This story gutted me and healed me. I honestly couldn’t stop listening to this audiobook – Stella Bloom’s narration is so on point. Her voice is easy to listen to and she did a wonderful job of distinguishing the dialogues between different characters. The romance itself is captivating and heart-wrenching and beautiful – I fell in love with Olivia and Nick and rooted so hard for them to work. Sebring made me realize just how much I love KA’s books and missed reading them. All in all, Sebring is another brilliant story from KA and the narration made it all the more special. I seriously need to catch up on the series!

“I love you, Olivia. And I can make you safe. I can make you happy. I want a lifetime of nothing but that.”

5 hearts

Reading Order: Unfinished Hero series

Knight by Kristen Ashley Creed by Kristen Ashley
Raid by Kristen Ashley Deacon by Kristen Ashley Sebring by Kristen Ashley

#1 ~ Knight: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Creed: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Raid: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Deacon: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#5 ~ Sebring: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads

Here’s an audio excerpt from Sebring!


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