Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nothing Left To Lose: A Book Review

Although it took me what feels like forever to finish this book, I really, really enjoyed it!  Moving across the country has been exhausting and time-consuming, but I finally got around to finishing this book!  I completely fell in love with the characters, and I found the plot so interesting and a great mix of romance and action!  I would definitely recommend this book as a contemporary novel with a bit of an edge!

Title: Nothing Left to Lose
Author: Kirsty Moseley
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: February 13, 2011
Pages: 524
Out in Paperback?: Yes; November 5, 2013
My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads Summary:

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’.


Our two main characters are Ashton and Anna, and can I just say how much I love these characters?!  Both of our main characters are very well developed, have intricate personalities, and are incredibly realistic.  Throughout the novel, you could almost predict (in a good way) how our 2 characters would react because they really felt like real people!  The author did an amazing job at describing their personalities as well as writing realistic dialogue.  There were a few minor characters, some of Anna’s friends at a new school, who were simply side characters and didn’t develop throughout the novel, but that didn’t bother me because I just wanted more of Ashton and Anna!


Ashton is in his early 20s and a member of the SWAT team, and Anna is the daughter of a presidential candidate, who back on her 16th birthday was kidnapped and held by a powerful drug lord.  A few years after her traumatic experience, Anna’s father is running for president and under the cover of the secret service, Ashton comes into the picture to protect Anna as her kidnapper is facing release.  Ashton is on Anna’s service for 8 months, while her kidnapper’s retrial is happening.  I felt that this book was definitely one of the longer contemporary novels that I have read, and it really detailed the day-to-day life of Ashton and Anna, which allowed us to really watch their relationship grow.  I did find some things to be a bit repetitive about halfway through the story causing me to put the book down for about a week, which is why I docked ½ a star.  However once I picked it back up, I was immediately drawn back into the story, as the second half continued with more action and suspense!

Writing Style:

I loved Kirsty’s writing style!  Like I mentioned before, I found the characters to act like real people and have intricate personalities.  I also appreciated the realistic dialogue.  I definitely want to check out more of her novels!

Have you read this book?  I can’t wait to check out the companion novel in this series that centers on Ashton’s best friend, Nate!

FTC Disclaimer:
All items mentioned were purchased by me.  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.  No affiliate links were used.

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