Thursday, 2 January 2014

Review: Kirsty Moseley's "Nothing Left to Lose".

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Review: Kirsty Moseley's "Nothing Left to Lose". 

~ 4.5 Hearts ~



Annabelle Spencer’s life is every girl’s dream. She has wonderful parents, great friends, and of course the perfect boyfriend, Jack Roberts. That all changes on her sixteenth birthday when her life comes crashing down around her. Her dream night turns into a nightmare when Jack is murdered right in front of her, and she’s kidnapped by his murderer, Carter Thomas, a big time drug and arms dealer.

After five months of being with Carter, she’s found, but the experience has totally changed her. 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. It appears that Carter broke not only her body, but her spirit too. A shadow of her former self, her slogan for life is now: ‘If you don’t care about anything, then you have nothing to lose’.

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. Unbeknown to Anna, death threats are being received by her father, the Senator. It appears that Carter is still interested in Anna and will stop at nothing to get her back.

Ashton Taylor is brought in to protect her. He’s a newly qualified SWAT agent, a bright spark, the agency’s new golden boy. He is assigned undercover, posing as her boyfriend. His job is to help her through college and keep her safe until the end of the trial in eight months’ time.

For three years she has been the broken, damaged girl, refusing to feel emotion or pain, but 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?

All the while, the shadow of the trial looms over the both of them, taunting them, reminding them that it isn’t over yet. After all, Carter Thomas will stop at nothing to be reunited with his ‘Princess’.

My Review: Jo Rushton

"Nothing Left to Lose" is yet another beautiful and emotional story by Kirsty Moseley. Each book I've read by Kirsty has pulled at my heart strings and this was no exception. I loved it.

The story began with Annabelle celebrating her sixteenth Birthday. Annabelle was a sweet, pretty girl who loved life and she had so much to look forward too. She was hopelessly in love with her childhood sweetheart "Jack" and for her Birthday, he took her to to a club for the first time. What girl wouldn't be excited.  They had the whole evening planned out, unfortunately things didn't go as they had hoped. Something so horrific happened that night that Annabelle's life was changed forever. Be warned, the first few pages are not easy reading and I was left with big fat tears streaming from my eyes. I was left heartbroken for Annabelle. Have the tissues ready!

"My sixteenth was anything but sweet; it was more like a passage into hell on earth. 
March 12 was the day my dreams died and my life was sent into a 
downward spiral of pain, grief and terror."

This very traumatic experience left Annabelle a total different person. She was grief-stricken and damaged and closed herself off from the world, refusing to get emotionally attached to anyone. Her life was now lived in fear. So where does Ashton fit into the equation?

Ashton was hired to be Annabelle's bodyguard. When the couple met for the first time there was an immediate connection. Annabelle felt safe with Ashton, something that she hadn't felt in such a long time.

"Ashton just had this strange ability to make me feel whole, like I wasn't broken anymore, 
like he was some sort of magical cure that I just couldn't get enough of. 
He made all the terrible things seem to fade away."

Ashton was strong, sexy and very sweet. He treated Annabelle with so much patience. He was immediately attracted to her and wanted to cherish her in every way. This was love at first sight on his part:
"As soon as I laid eyes on her, I knew I was in trouble."

Ashton was just perfect. Kirsty really does know how to come up with beautiful book boyfriends and Ashton definitely joins that club! I loved everything about Ashton especially how he called Annabelle "baby girl" and all the romantic things that he did for her. Ashton totally made me swoon!!

"She was everything that was good in my life, the most important and precious thing in my life, 
and I would always love her."

"Nothing Left to Lose" is an epic story, it seemed to last forever which I loved. I gobbled up every single page. This book is a beautiful and heart-warming story that once I started to read, I found it difficult to put down. I really liked that the book was written from both Aston and Annabelle's perspective, it was good to be able to get to know the couple's true feelings for each other. The only negative comment I have to make about that book is that it took so long before Annabelle and Ashton  (nicknamed Anneton!) to declare their true feelings for each other. They drove me crazy!! 

"Id fallen in love with Aston so hard that it actually hurt. It was like he was my everything, 
my sun, my air, my air, my whole life rolled up into one six foot package...
Aston completed me and I only just realised. "

During the story we also get to meet Ashton's friend Nate, who I immediately liked. Kirsty is writing Nate's story which I am looking forward to reading and hopefully catching up with Annaton too!

I rate this book 4.5 hearts.

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