Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sy reviews: KNIGHT by Kristen Ashley

Title: Knight
Series: Unfinished Hero #1
Author: Kristen Ashley

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.

WARNING: This book is an ADULT EROTIC romance featuring an anti-hero. This novel contains explicit sex scenes and language. The hero in this novel lives a life by his own code with no apologies. He is not your "normal" hero. If you do not enjoy the above, this novel may not be for you.

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I was a bad girl. A very very bad girl. I talked and judged this book too soon. Way too soon.

So I'm sure the whole universe knows by now how much I love and adore and love more KA's books and her alpha males. I was a little hesitant though to get started on Knight because I've been hearing more negative feedback over this than positive ones. Then one day, I decided to read it and guess what? I wasn't feeling it so I did not finish it. I guess that decision to not finish the book was also clouded by so many mixed reviews for that book.

As a KA fan and self-declared rock chick though, I feel some sort of an obligation to read all her books. So during one of those evil week-long book funk, I picked up Knight again and decided to give it another try. And I'm so glad I did.

Knight, I love Knight. He is utterly sweet and generous and controlling in a way that works for me. And if I'd usually get irritated at weak heroines, for some reason, Anya's submission to Knight almost immediately all the time works for me too. Now that is the the kind of opposites attract that I find beautiful and sweet.

So the "Daddy" thing maybe a little too much for me but I was willing to let that slide because there were other parts of the story that more than made up for it.

My favorite parts of the book? First was the end result of "Honey, you haven't even kissed me yet." I read that part a million times because it's just indescribably too swoon-worthy. Second, Knight's birthday. What he said was so touching I was in tears. Third, when Knight gave Anya a ring (it's not what you think) and he said some words that even if it's not what a girl wanted and have always dreamed of hearing from her man, it was so heartfelt that it's more than enough. Lastly, when Anya shared her "secret" on the last part of the book. That part right there, where not much words were said but how KA described the scene was too perfect again it left me in tears.

This is not just a Dominant-Submission kind of book. This is more of a story about love and accepting and loving a person for who they truly are and what they do and what they believed in even if it's against or opposite your beliefs. Knight may not be the conventional dream man every girl wishes to have. He may not be the ideal alpha male I was used to but when I got to know him, he has won me over. Knight may not be the kind of fairy tale I've always known but it's the kind of fairy tale that's real and for that I love it. So for those who rallied and almost bossed me to give Knight a second chance, thank you!


Here's my Knight playlist:
Matt Nathanson - Run
Jason Walker - You Fill My Heart
Ron Pope - Perfect For Me



About the Author

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
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