The Unfinished Heroes Series by Kristen Ashley
The Unfinished Heroes Series is a series about anti-heroes, or, more accurately, heroes who don’t know that they are heroes to someone/anyone. There is a lot of dark stuff in this series, chief amongst it all is the unconventional sex. Because of that all of the books have an XXX rating from me, although they vary in intensity. Currently the series is on sale ($1.99 each instead of $3.99 each book) in anticipation of the fifth and final book, Sebring, being released January 11, 2016. I am reviewing the books in order so the stories can be fresh in our minds when Nick’s is available. If you haven’t picked up these books, now is a great time to do so!
Overall Rating: 4.5 (XXX)
Quick & Dirty summary: Raiden Miller is a hometown hero, especially if your hometown happens to be Willow, CO, where Hannah Boudreaux has lived her whole life. Hannah didn’t fall in love with Raiden the hero, though; she fell in love with Raiden the 10-year-old boy at her grandma’s annual BBQ during a game of tug-of-war. Raiden doesn’t notice she exists, until suddenly, he does and sweeps her off her feet. But Hannah knows that what you see isn’t all that you get with Raiden, not after surviving a war. Hannah knows she’s got her work cut out for her, and despite her Suzie Homemaker appearance and lifestyle, she knows she’s got what it takes to walk through the fire for her man.
This is my favorite book out of the four books released in the series. Deacon comes a close second, but this one takes the cake. Typical of me, it’s probably because Hannah is the slightly dorky, super cute heroine who isn’t ashamed of herself that I totally relate to. She knits, makes homemade preserves and takes her grandma to church every Sunday. Not a lot of that screams sexy, but she is, and I love Kristen Ashley for that. The relationship between Hannah and Raiden isn’t easy, but it is straightforward. There are a few bumps in the road, but nothing that seems like artificial drama. The book is mostly about how two totally different people settle into each other. How they learn to take each other the way they are, with no intentions of changing them. I like that.
Plus, one of my favorite quotes from any book, any genre is from this one. The first time I read it, I knew it was the truth put in a way I’d never heard of before. “…To be a mother,” Mrs. Miller says, “you get to create these tiny little living, breathing dreams that grow up to be splendid things” and every time I look at my kids, I think that’s the truth (223). There are tons of other quotes that I love from this book, which is yet another reason to savor this one. The wisdom of Grams, Spot the cat’s hilarious antics, and Raiden’s words of love all make the novel delightful.
This is the sweetest of the Unfinished Heroes books, and from what I’ve seen of the Sebring reviews the fifth book isn’t going to change that. It’s still dark, it’s still thrilling, but Hannah gives it a coziness that tempers Raiden’s struggles. The book is kind of like Hannah’s front porch, and after you read the novel, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $1.99 sale; $3.99 regular)
Something else you might enjoy:
Okay, you’ve already seen that you need to read the other books in this series. If you’re interested in a book about a war hero struggling with his demons, then you might also enjoy Heaven and Hell, written by Kristen Ashley (if you click on the link it takes you to my review of the book), or you can try Making Faces by Amy Harmon, a young adult novel that is so gripping and powerful, you won’t notice the absence of sex (again, if you click on the link from the title, it will take you to my review of the book).
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