Hanna Boudreaux has lived in the small town of Willow, Colorado all her life. The great-granddaughter of the town matriarch, she’s sweet, cute and quiet.
Hanna has a moment of epiphany when she realizes her crush for forever, Raiden Ulysses Miller, is not ever going to be hers. She sees her life as narrow and decides to do something about it.
Raiden Miller is the town of Willow’s local hero. An ex-marine with the medal to prove his hero status, he comes home, shrouded in mystery. It takes a while but, eventually, Hanna catches his eye.
But after all these years of Raid and Hanna living in the same town, the question is, why? Is Raid interested in Hanna because she’s sweet and cute? Or does Raid have something else going on?
Raid is the third book in KA’s Unfinished Hero series. And I’ll say this again: Kristen Ashley never disappoints me, I freaking love this book! Also, apparently Raid is Tamie’s favorite of the series. So, if you haven’t read this one yet, go ahead and get it. Every book in this series can be read as a standalone, but it would be much more fun if you read all of ‘em. This book follows the story of Hannah and Raid.
Hannah Boudreaux, in my opinion, is one of the most loveable girly-girl heroines KA ever created. She can act like a total dork but still pull off cute. She’s also kooky, clumsy, funny, very sweet and generous. Sometimes she can be naïve too. I adored everything about her, including her pimped up pink bicycle. She has secretly been crushing on Raid for a very long time (like, since childhood long time). Sadly, Raid has never noticed her existence. Hannah is now in her late twenties and decides that she needs a change; she begins to truly live her life and have some fun. And then the unexpected happens, Raid starts to notice and pursue her. It’s actually quite adorable and hilarious watching Hannah trying to act all cool and unaffected during all that.
Raiden Ulysses Miller (seriously kickass, hot and awesome name!), war hero and ex-marine, is sexy, possessive, domineering, protective and delicious alpha male (is there any other kind with Kristen Ashley, queen of alpha males?). Raid’s life hasn’t been easy since his childhood and it gets worst in his last deployment. All hot and badass, emotionally scarred war hero. Raid returns to his hometown, leaving the marines to assist Knight Sebring (yup, the same hottie from book #1) in some undercover business when he sets his eyes on Hannah. I love the fact that KA doesn’t make her characters perfect. Like so many other people in real life, Raid has his own demons. He’s dealing with a traumatic past and PTSD that sometimes can make him very scary and moody. I think all those imperfections make her characters more realistic.
Hannah and Raid definitely have chemistry, I love them together. When they finally got together, it’s like Raid has finally found light in his dark and cold world. Their relationship is sexy and can be fun and cute at times. They’re just a perfect fit. Sex scenes? Pft, KA can write sex scenes like no other, I promise you won’t be disappointed with Raid. Another thing that I love in this book is actually KA signature style, the supporting characters. They are phenomenal! Especially Ms. Mildred and Spot. My only complaint about Raid is that it was too “short”, you know, compared to KA other books. I want more Raiden Ulysses Miller! Can’t get enough of him. Luckily, I think KA hears my prayer, because we’ll get more of him in Deacon, the fourth book in Unfinished Heroes series. 4.5 Scorching Hot Romantic Stars! I worship you, Kristen Ashley. The End.
“You’re my reward, Hanna.”
“You, just like that, any man would fight and die for the privilege of comin’ home to that every day.”
“Cause all you gotta know is, it’s gonna be you and only you until the day I die… You’re not just enough for me. You’re everything I want.”
“If you’re the kind of woman who can withstand the blaze of hellfire he’s got burning inside, he battles that and wins, you will know nothing for the rest of your life, no taste, no experience, not even the birth of your children that will be sweeter than the love he’ll have for you.”
“Then how’s this? You ignite for me, but more, you make me ignite for you. And no woman, not in my whole goddamned life, has made me ignite the way you do.”