I have a book review for you all today. Kinda different because it was one book – that was then split into two books and I’ve read it in both ways so it’s a bit of a mess of a review but I think I get my main points across. I also want to know if you guys prefer shorter reviews, or if you like my super long ones more? I swap between loving the long reviews and hating them – I guess it just depends on my mood. Anyway, let’s get on with things because this is definitely a long one.
Title: Nothing Left to Lose (Guarded Hearts # 1&2)
Author: Kirsty Moseley
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Abuse
Publication Date: November 2013
Pages: 612 pages (or two books of 333 and 279 pages respectively)
When I Read It: September 2017 – Reread May 3rd 2020
Goodreads Rating: 4.27 Stars
I was broken, numb to want and desire, but then he came along…Three years after the tragic events of Anna’s sixteenth birthday which saw her boyfriend killed and her kidnapped by his sadistic murderer, she’s no longer the happy-go-lucky girl that everyone used to know and love; she’s now cold, hard and suffers from night terrors. Carter is currently serving time for the murder of Jack–a conviction that Anna helped secure–but his retrial is coming up because some key evidence appears to have been tampered with. Needing to ensure his daughter’s safety, presidential candidate, Senator Spencer, tasks in Ashton Taylor, a newly qualified SWAT agent, to guard the broken girl and keep her safe until the end of the trial. For three years Anna has refused to feel emotion or pain. Can Ashton help her rebuild her life and finally deal with the grief of losing her childhood sweetheart? Will he be the one to make her see that life is, in fact, worth living and that not all men will hurt her?
Author’s note: Part 1 and 2 were previously published in 2013 as one novel of epic proportion. Nothing Left to Lose was a runaway bestseller that had people all over the world falling in love with Agent Ashton Taylor. Now split into two full-length, more manageable novels and with beautiful new covers, you can fall in love with Anna and Ashton all over again or witness their heart wrenching journey for the first time. Part 2 (Blurring the Lines) is a direct continuation of this novel.
My Goodreads Review:
I loved this, it was adorable while mixed with a sad side and I just fell in love with their story.
I am excited to read part 2 as that’s why I marked it down to only 4 stars because it was such a long build up, it was mainly subplot and background to really develop everything for the next part.
I love Kirsty Moseley and have read quite a bit of hers before and I enjoyed it just a much.[Re-read] – this was just as amazing as before. I forgot how much I adored Ashton ❤ ❤
I can’t believe it’s over!
I absolutely adored this series and now its gone. The relationship between Anna and Ashton was so heartfelt and emotional and Moseley made me hate carter with such a strong passion.
Jack wasn’t nearly mentioned as much in this book but he is still an integral part so I’ll mentioned him anyway. Anna’s love and guilt for jack was so realistic (something I often say about a lot of Moseley’s writing)
This series brought both tears if sadness and joy to my eyes, beautiful story.
Easy 5/5 stars.
I will post an indepth review on my blog soon.
[Reread] – My thoughts haven’t changed! I was just as gripped and enthralled by this read as I was the first time round. I adore Ashton and I want him for myself. I can’t recommend this enough!
My Favourite Quotes:
- Ashton Taylor, easily the most handsome man I had seen in a long time, snored. And not just a little, quiet snore either; it was a loud chainsaw-type sound. For a long time I’d laid there, giggling to myself, as I watched him with his head propped against his hand, his legs folded under him and the book abandoned on his lap. It was actually a cute sight.
- It was pretty good thing that we didn’t agree to play for drinks because my lack of skills would have put a serious dent in Daddy’s credit card.
- The alcohol in my system told me that what I was about to do was a terrific idea.
- “I have an appointment,” I lied, shrugging and looking longingly at the door. He frowned; his body tensing. “Your legs don’t look that hairy to me,” he joked, looking me over in my cropped jeans. I laughed weakly. “Well, maybe I’m not having my legs done.”
- [Said by Ashton] “you cursed angrily because my belt buckle wouldn’t unfasten and, therefore, must have been made by ugly goblins that didn’t agree with sex”
- I was totally, utterly, and devastatingly in love with him.
- “You get her back or, so help me, I will throw you out of this fucking ambulance while it’s still moving!”
- “You look so damn hot, and I look like a bag lady,”
Characters: Moseley’s characters are always incredible. Anna and Ashton are no exception! Ashton is one of my all time favoruite book boys. He’s badass and smart and funny and kind and literally just everything you could ever want – doesn’t exactly help that he’s beyond stunning ❤
Anna is also badass, after everything she goes through in her life she is so strong but also understandingly vulnerable and she’s just such a likable character. She’s pretty funny too. I love her loyalty. She’s just all round great.
That in turn only makes you detest Carter more. He is the perfect evil villian – I’ve never hated a villain more than him. He’s just pure evil and I loved that and by love I mean detest in a good way.
I adore Nate, Enjoying the Chase (Gaurded Hearts #3) focuses on him and I plan to read this soon but like always it just kept getting pushed down the pile – but I think rereading Anna and Ashton has finally pushed me to get into more of Nate because I love him and want more.
I love the characterisation of everyone and there are too many incredible people in this book to mention. Basically there wasn’t a single dud out of all of them and that’s super hard for a book to do.
Characters = 10/10
Humour: This book isn’t haha laugh out loud funny. But I definitely caught myself giggling a couple of times. I love sarcastic humour and Anna and Ashton definitely had that going for them.
Humour = 7/10
Atmosphere: I loved the setting of this book. You got so many different surroundings and yet all of them felt familiar and I liked that. Everything felt safe and secure even though so many things were happening in the plot that should have made me not feel safe and comfortable. It was just so well done.
Atmosphere = 10/10
Writing Style: I’ve talked about Moseley’s writing style before. I adore it. It’s always so believable and realistic. This was no different. The way she intertwines such intense and disturbing subject matter with humour and joy and hope it just amazing! Her writing is what makes you fall in love with her characters. I can’t put into words how incredible it is. Sometimes writer’s shy away from the harsh stuff as they don’t have the conviction and ability to covey it with sincerity and believability, but Moseley doesn’t. She confronts it head on and I love that about it.
Writing Style = 10/10
Plot: It was an intense plot. Hard to read at times, the first chapter literally made me feel physically sick. It’s definitely a 18+ read. Like I just said, it was so incredible despite the harshness of certain parts, you get the light joyful parts to ease the intensity of the early parts but also not ease it because it’s always in the back of your mind. I don’t know how to explain it exactly, it was just so well done.
Plot = 9/10
Intrigue: There’s not much intrigue to the book except right at the very very very end but up until that point it was pretty standard. I don’t mind that cause romances tend to be a little predictable. The end was truly gripping though, has you on the edge of your seat.
Intrigue = 7/10
Logic: I’ve said it a couple times now but I always enjoy Kirsty Moseley’s writing not just because they’re great but also because they are super believable. So a 10/10 for me.
Logic = 10/10
Enjoyment: If you couldn’t tell, I loved this book as I have with most of Kirsty Moseley’s reads. Although…I’d probably say this my all-time favourite.
Enjoyment = 9/10
Relationships: I cannot even put into words Anna a Ashton. They are just pure perfection. And you get so much of them!! It’s not much of a slow build…more like a slam in the face. That makes it sound more forced than it was. I only got the impression of unrealisticness in the way that she’s comfortable around only him from very early on. I’d have liked it if it had taken her momentarily longer – like only by a couple chapters. Other than that there relationship is gold. TBH I would ship Ashton with anyone he is just amazing!!!
Relationships = 10/10
Overall Score = 72/90 or 8/10
That’s the end of the review, no spoilers below because while there are definitely some I could write, I’ve been liking doing my spoiler free reviews recently. If you give it a try or have read this incredible book, tell me your opinions below or tell me on twitter cause I want to know what you think. I hope you enjoyed! I’ve had some great reading luck recently – so I hope it continues! Anyway, see you tomorrow!