Creed by Kristen Ashley
Series: Unfinished Hero #2
Also in this series: Knight, Raid, Deacon
Published by Self-published on September 14, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Way too young, eleven year old Tucker Creed and his six year old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he’s going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages.
They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them. Sylvie goes to their special place, Creed never shows and she doesn’t see him again until it’s too late.
With Creed gone, Sylvie is forced to endure a nightmare and do the unspeakable to end it. To deal, she develops a hard shell with sharp edges that very few can break through. So when Creed again finds his Sylvie, he discovers the girl he loved is locked away and he has to find his way back into her heart without getting shredded in the process.
Creed is the second book in Kristen Ashley’s Unfinished Hero Series. I have to warn you, for a KA book, this one is dark. It was hard for me to read at times, not because I didn’t like it, but because I was reading things that broke my heart. From the time Sylvie was 6 and Creed was 11, they relied on each other because they both came from homes that were not good places to be. The day Sylvie turned 18, a day that was supposed to be the beginning of a better life together, Creed disappeared and Sylvie went from a bad situation to living through a nightmare situation. At first, she waited for Creed to show up and rescue her. He never showed and she felt betrayed. Eventually, she rescues herself and swears she will never be a victim again.
Sixteen years after Creed disappears, Sylvie has become one tough woman. She’s a P.I. who also works for Knight as an independent contractor. At the beginning of this book, I wasn’t sure about Sylvie’s character at all. She’s a mixture of stone cold meanness but with a definite feminine side.
I liked that she was a badass who drove a corvette and became a protector of sorts to Knight’s female employees. I didn’t like her hard-drinking, men are only good for their cocks, no emotional attachments allowed rules that she seemed to operate under. Then you meet her neighbor Charlene and you meet Charlene’s kids, namely Adam who has Down’s Syndrome. As I read about Sylvie helping Charlene out with her kids since Charlene’s husband bailed on her I realized that there was a sweet, loving and caring Sylvie under all that hardness who was definitely worthy of being a KA heroine.
One morning Sylvie gets a rude awakening, literally, when she wakes up to find none other than Tucker Creed in her room. Creed has been hired by Knight to find a suspected mole and take care of a nagging problem by the name of Drake Nair, Knights former partner who he forced out. Sylvie understandably wants nothing to do with Creed. Creed sees this as a second chance at being with the love of his life. To say they had a rocky start is putting it mildly.
He crossed his arms again and requested, “You wanna stop aiming your weapon at me?”
Actually, no. I didn’t. I wanted to keep aiming my gun at him, and I might also want to pull the trigger.
I loved Creed’s character as an 11 year old, as a teenager, as a young adult in love with a teenager but absolutely bound and determined to do the right thing no matter how hard it is and I loved him as a fully mature adult man determined to get back with his woman and give her back all the pieces of her she had lost along the way.
“When I’m done, you will fear nothing. Never again. I’m gonna give that back to you. Now, what else did he take from you?”
Creed’s story is just as nightmarish as Sylvie’s plus he made some huge mistakes along the way. One of the reasons I loved his character was because he owned up to his mistakes and did his best to make things right.
In order to go forward, they have to work through the past and they had to get past Sylvie’s animosity. The story flips back and forth between the present and the past which isn’t my favorite way to read a story, but it’s needed here.
This book wasn’t just about Sylvie and Creed’s journey back to each other, there was a mystery to solve and some action along the way. You just knew there would be when you have two badasses for main characters. There was also some hot sexy times. These two like it rough and the sex scenes were scorching.
Again, this was a hard story to read, but it was worth it to get to the end. KA can write an awesome epilogue and she did not disappoint with this one.
Rating: 5 Heartbreakingly Good Stars
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