Unfinished Hero Day (Book Review): Creed by Kristen Ashley

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Title: Creed (Unfinished Hero #2)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Erotica
Length:
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis
Way too young, eleven year old Tucker Creed and his six year old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he’s going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages.

They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them. Sylvie goes to their special place, Creed never shows and she doesn’t see him again until it’s too late.

With Creed gone, Sylvie is forced to endure a nightmare and do the unspeakable to end it. To deal, she develops a hard shell with sharp edges that very few can break through. So when Creed again finds his Sylvie, he discovers the girl he loved is locked away and he has to find his way back into her heart without getting shredded in the process.

Grace Review
In preparation for the release of Deacon, I decided to do a reread of Creed.  What can I say, other than I am even more in love with Creed and Sylvie the second time around!

When I first read Creed, about 1 year ago, it was only the second book I had read from KA, the first being Knight.  While I didn’t warm up to Knight, the book and the author got my attention, so I continued with Creed.  The rest is history.  I fell for Creed right away and immediately claimed ownership of him.

Why did I love this story so much?  It is the ultimate second chance story.  A story of two people, who despite their age difference, were always meant to be together.
“On a cold night, a long time ago, you put your hands almost exactly where they are right now and, I might have been six years old, but I fell hard.  So, yeah.  For over twenty-seven years, every day, every minute, every second, I’ve loved you, Tucker Creed.”

This story flips back and forth, from their reunion which isn’t exactly perfect, to the past, as the two grow up together.  What I loved about the flashbacks was how it was a countdown of sorts to Sylvie’s 18th birthday.  You can tell that Sylvie feels more for Creed that he does for her, at first.  But as she gets older, he begins to struggle with his feelings for her.  Due to the age difference, he is unable to act on those feelings.

Tucker Creed is perfection.  A BADASS sweetheart.  Yes, those exist.  Who knew?  The heart of Creed’s perfection is how he treats Sylvie.  She literally is his world.  Hell, she’s all over his back (with an elaborate tattoo in her honor).  The necklaces are just an example of how he shows her she means something to him, even when they were apart.

“It’s always you and me.”

Other than my strong feelings for Creed, I have a HUGE girl crush on Sylvie.  The author mentions on her website that you might not like her.  She’s right – I LOVE HER!  But not everyone will agree.  One of my friends thought she gave in to Creed too quickly when he returned.  But if you think back on it, she really only gives into him sexually.  It’s a while before she gives him back her heart.  And once you hear what Creed went thru during the first month of their separation, its a bit ridiculous to be mad at him.

I loved how, despite her size, Sylvie is a BADASS.  Her co-workers give her shit, but it seems like she can go toe-to-toe with anyone.  As Knight points out, given her six years of hell, she so easily could have been one of his women.  But her strength led her down a different path, where you could make a difference and protect others.

Sylvie also happens to be quite the little minx.

“Best get supplied, baby,” I warned. “That was just a teaser. I get in the mood, I can go all night. The emergency condom in your wallet isn’t gonna cut it.”

So now you should get that I love Creed.  And you get that I love Sylvie.  But what makes this book so special is how much I love Creed and Sylvie together.  Forming a bond through their childhood, they offer protection to each other from their home lives.  The necklaces are a symbol of the growing connection, which grows into something so strong, only the worst of events forces that bond to break.  The reason for the  break is hard and brutal.
Through their reunion, Creed works to rebuild that bond.  Sylvie is not the same girl he knew from the pier.  But he works to break down the walls she has formed around her heart.  He gets her to open up and trust a man in a way she never has before.
“You’re always safe with me.” 
I held him tight.  “I know.”
“I’ll erase him.”
“You already are.”

And I love how she and Creed interact.  The warehouse scene she ran the gamut of emotions in about 5 minutes, from sad and loving, to mad.  Too funny.

“Favor, Delgado, send a man after those shoes.  I’m gonna need them later.”

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As Creed reveals what he suffered thru during their separation, you are saddened by the years they lost.  But that almost makes it more special as they make up for lost time.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the epilogue.  It is beyond beautiful, especially how everything ends where it all began, on their childhood dock.

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“My Sylvie.” 
*sigh*

– Grace

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