Monday, January 11, 2016

SEBRING by Kristen Ashley

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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.

In the hotel room, Nick heard the knock at the door.
He moved to it, looked out the peephole and felt the corners of his mouth hitch up when he saw her.
Fuck, those big green eyes, perfectly arched dark brows, the olive tint to her skin, the expert way she shaded under her cheekbones…
She was a coldhearted criminal but she was one that was very easy to look at.
And even easier to fuck.
He opened the door.
He was going to say something but he didn’t get the chance when her hand darted out and she caught him under his jaw, using it to push him in and around until his back hit wall.
She stared up at him, her hand wrapped around his jaw, her expression holding an emptiness that was so extreme it was almost like a void he could fall into and get lost forever.
He heard the door swish closed and latch.
Then she was up on her toes, her head moving toward his, those green eyes dropping to his mouth.
She didn’t get her lips to his before his tongue was out, as was hers, both of them colliding and tangling before her mouth slammed to his just as her body pushed in, pressing hard, forcing him tighter to the wall.
He shoved out. Gripping her wrist at his jaw, he yanked it down, twisting and slamming her against the wall, slanting his head to deepen an already deep kiss. Their tongues again clashing before he actually took her mouth.
But he took her mouth.
And like she’d done to his, he consumed it.
His fingers still around her wrist, he yanked it around his back, using his body to shove her tight to the wall, pressing his hardening cock against her stomach.
She arched, and moving quickly, whipped him around so his back was to the wall and she took over the kiss. Tearing her wrist from his hold, she curled her fingers around his throat just as she cupped his hardening crotch with her other hand.
Fucking hell, this woman was hot.
But he was done playing.
And he was done kissing.
Her mouth, that was.
He pushed her away. She struggled to regain control.
She lost this struggle when he caught her hand and dragged her down the short hall into the room.
She lost her footing when he gave her hand a strong tug and she fell into him with a soft gasp.
He let her hand go, caught her hips and threw her four feet onto the bed.
That got him another soft gasp which took his cock from hardening to rock-solid and throbbing.
He bent over her, holding her now intense green gaze, spanning her hips with his hands. Shoving backwards, he found the hook of her skirt, released it and pulled down the zipper.
He moved his fingers to curl them into the sides of her skirt’s waistband. With a vicious tug that took her hips and panties with it, he yanked off the skirt.
Chest to the bed, eyes to her cunt, the black curls neatly groomed with a precision that meant her wax technician was a master with possible OCD issues, they were also glistening with wet.
Having the tussle at the door, seeing the utter perfection of her pussy, smelling her, watching her legs part in invitation, her knees shifting up, Nick couldn’t have gone gentle if he’d wanted to.
Luckily he didn’t want to.
He bent his neck and devoured her.
Fuck, she tasted just as perfect as she looked.
As he fed, he felt her excitement ramp. Tasted it. Ate it. Gave her more. Consumed the result. Drove her to the edge.
And when he had her there, he stopped and moved over her.
Not surprisingly, she used both the pump she already had planted into the bed and the calf she had wrapped around him to flip him and then she was straddling him, pushing up, her hands already to his fly.
Normally, he would not allow this.
Her face flushed with need, her manner urgent, even desperate, all that surged through his blood, his gut, straight to his cock.
So he allowed this.
She tugged his pants down, grabbed his dick, guided it to her and took him home.
At the beauty of her sheathing him, he gritted his teeth against the urge to let go and release way too fucking early. Bucking his hips, he watched how much she liked taking him, her head thrown back, her shining, straight mass of silken black hair swaying.
Then she dropped forward into a hand in the bed by his side, locked eyes with him and rode him violently as he watched until she gave it to herself and she kept doing it until she forced it from him.
Fucking spectacular.
He came down buried inside her, his eyes opening to see her still resting in her hand in the bed, her body moving gently with her still-labored-but-evening breathing, her dark hair framing her oval face, her straight bangs brushing her lashes, her green eyes locked to his trying to brand him, make him hers.
No way in fuck that was happening.
But he’d take more of this.
A lot more.
That said, the woman was going to learn how to give up control.
Not surprisingly, without a word, she swung off his cock, moving immediately toward the side of the mattress.
Nick focused on pulling up his trousers, doing the fly and angling off the bed. By the time he was up and had turned his attention back to her, she was on her feet, facing him, arms twisted behind her to do up the skirt she’d put on.
He held her gaze.
“We got all night, Olivia,” he informed her.
Not even a hint of a response to him calling her the name she hadn’t given him.
Then again, he knew she knew him; she’d make it her business.
She also knew he’d do the same with her, even before he sat next to her the night before.
Her expression might not have changed but his words spurred her to action, this being walking his way.
She stopped. Her eyes still on his, she lifted a hand and touched his chest lightly with just the pad of her middle finger.
It lasted half a second.
Then she dropped her hand, turned and walked away.
He heard the door close behind her and he couldn’t stop his smile.
Fuck yes, a seriously cool customer.
And the hottest fuck he’d had in his life.

 "I want more of that

Ok. This is one of my most favorite series' ever. I own all the books in ebook as well as paperback and audiobook. Overkill? Maybe. But I don't care because I love them. When I was offered the chance to read an ARC of Sebring, I was literally bouncing in my computer chair with a big dumb ass grin on my face. Normally this wouldn't be so bad, but I was also at work, A) checking my email when I wasn't supposed to and B) trying not to embarrass myself in front of my co-workers ;) Lol ...moving on.

My biggest worry about this book was: How the HELL is Kristen Ashley going to redeem Nick motherfucking Sebring?! He was a total ass in the previous books. To the point that, forever ago when she first added to her website that the final book in this series was going to be about him, I almost pre-decided I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. Ok, so we all know there's no way that would really happen... but still. I was determined I would hate him no matter what, such was my grudge. I was nervous about it. Let me go ahead and quell your fears- she SO TOTALLY redeems him! I was quite thrilled to be honest. :)

Ok, so after the ending in Deacon, I was more than a little anxious to read about Nick "MFing" Sebring. And in the beginning of the book, he won me over. Like by page 4 or something. That prologue, man. It hurt. I hurt for him. But really, it just made me that much more invested to see what was going to happen next.

Here's where I'm going to have a hard time. Anyone who knows me, knows I don't mind spoilers. But. I love this series so much and I feel that it shouldn't be spoiled, so my dilemma is how to write a worthy review and not spoil it?! I'll do my damnedest for you... But I make no promises.

From the blurb, we know that Nick falls in love, and has to watch her die. It broke my heart for him, but I feel like that had to happen for him to learn the man he needed to be. And it did. But it also put him on the path of vengeance, which led to his one true lady love. Olivia Shade. Cool name :)

Olivia is the daughter of a once big time crime dude, who is now not so big time, only he doesn't really see that. And that makes him dangerous. She's always been an outsider in her family, seeing as she doesn't really want to take part in the 'family business'. Unfortunately, she doesn't have much choice. Nick intends to use Olivia in his Plot 'O Revenge, so he instigates a meeting. And whooo boy, that first encounter! *fans self* I want more of that.

As Nick tries to get closer to Olivia without falling for her, he... well, falls for her. And she falls for him. They have clandestine hookups that scorch the pages. Nick's grand plan 'o vengeance ends up taking a turn he didn't see coming due to his feelings. And of course, there's the whole, 'she finds out he was using her' drama we'll have to deal with. Good times. Really! But, again, I can't say too much or it'll spoil all the fun in reading it for yourself! ;)

There's so much going on in this book. We learn about Nick in ways we haven't before. Why he was the way he was in Knight and the subsequent books. What it took to make him realize he didn't like the man he was and what made him want to change the course he was on to a better one. I really enjoyed learning those things. I really felt like KA did a great job in showing Nick in a different light. It didn't feel forced or fake. In fact, he may be one of my new faves! (And trust me, I have a lot of faves) So I give my kudos to Ms. Ashley because she really did a great job bringing Nick back from the dark side.

Olivia. I loved her and I also hurt for her. She was in a position that was not fun. Torn between family and herself. What do you do when you can't really make your own decisions about your life? I can't even imagine... Sucks. She did the best she could and despite everyone trying to hold her down, I felt she was a strong woman. I liked her a lot and I liked her for Nick. They were great together. During the 'big bad drama' I was on edge about how things would go down and end for them. I know how I wanted the book to end...

To be honest, while the ending wasn't exactly what I wanted it to be, I'm really not sure there was any other way it could end. That last chapter and the epilogue, they were pretty damn perfect. I really loved this book, and this whole series. I loved seeing the other characters from this series. ❤ I am so sad that it's over. But, lucky for us KA lovers, I'm sure some or all of these guys will pop up in other books of hers so I'm not too sad ;)    


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