Series : Book 1 in Guarded Heart
Brief Summary from Goodreads :
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 ten 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 Point of View :
I came about this book when I was searching for a story similar to The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window, which is also by Kirsty Mosely. Nothing Left to Lose hold quite a few similarities to The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window. For instance, the “smell-his-scent-and-calm-down” part, the hero being overly protective of the heroine…etc. That was parts of The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window that I enjoyed but it’s weird reading it all over again with different characters in Nothing Left to Lose.
Sixteen year old Annabelle and her boyfriend, Jack was queuing to get into a bar. There she bump into Carter, who then kills Jack in front of Annabelle and kidnap her – that’s only the prologue. Chapter one begins from Ashton’s, the hired SWAT bodyguard for Anna, POV. Ashton graduated top in his academy and found himself a not-so-prestigious task but he took it anyway as he got to guard the possible future President‘s daughter with the hopes that the possible future President would pull some strings and get him a job with the Front Lines after Ashton’s done guarding the future President’s daughter. So when Ashton finally met Annabelle and she, they’re somehow instantly attracted to each other.
Honestly, I find it a little ridiculous. I know I said that perfect stories are fine but that was when they’re childhood friends (ahem…The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window). In this case, they have only JUST met. How did the paranoid, bitchy Anna gives in – almost immediately I’d say, to Ashton’s charm?! It makes me wonder what kind near guards she had previously. Did those near guards ignored her, never tried to communicate with her or never tried to care for her at all? I guess not (*rolled my eyes*) since Ashton somehow got through her barrier with just one day with her and got to have sex with her after three.
The story is a little too long and unnecessary. I keep waiting for Carter to pop up, which didn’t happen until the end of the story. It’s still a good story though….since I really like protective heroes such as Ashton, it’s just that the story just began too fast, took too long to end and there are strings left untied in the story. For instance, I was waiting for Anna to tell her parents everything or maybe get a therapist, Ashton can’t really be the all-things cure…can he? And also Anna’s sketch of her daughter, which I thought was an indication that she will have a daughter with Ashton. To my surprise, she got son and the sketch was never mentioned again. (*sigh*)
I hope Nate’s story (the second book in the series) would be better.
Favorite Quote : None from this book.