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?
Each time I finish a book by Kristen Ashley I’m compelled to express just how much I love Kristen Ashley and her incredible stories. What do I say that I haven’t said before about Kristen Ashley? I’m a fan girl for life. Every single one of her books is one that sticks with me and that I look forward to reading again. The love for her books comes from a place where I know each time I sit down and start a KA story I’m going to enjoy it. It never ceases to amaze me how fully invested I get into the worlds Kristen Ashley flawlessly creates. I’m talking get the kid an after school snack, forget the laundry, leave the kitchen floor dirty, must finish this book, type of invested. It’s classic Kristen Ashley but darker. I love this series because it delves a little deeper into the dark. I might not like it as much as another or another might come along I like better but I will always enjoy the heroes and heroines Kristen Ashley writes. I can’t wait to sit down and re-read every single story from the Unfinished Heroes series seeing as there has not been one that I haven’t completely adored.
Raid is no exception. A beautiful, solid, powerful story like only Kristen Ashley can write. Raid is a hero. He’s a hero you want to save you, the kind of hero that swoops in and sweeps you off your feet – you know the one, you’ve been dreaming of him since you were a child. He finds Hanna, becomes her hero and gets the sweet reward he’s been waiting for through the grueling demands of his lifestyle. And even though he knew Hanna was his reward, what Raid didn’t expect was that Hanna would be his hero too. She’s everything he needs. Hanna, a strong, independent woman, really comes alive through Raid and Kristen Ashley does a phenomenal job making the reader feel that experience as she absorbs you in the events of Raid and Hannah’s lives.
As always with a KA novel, the importance of family shines not only through the development of Raid and Hanna but in the secondary characters too. Grams is definitely one of my favorite secondary characters that KA has wrote. This book expertly weaves together all of my favorite KA themes: love, humor, family, strength, acceptance, and change. I also loved seeing the glimpses of our previous Unfinished Heroes here.
Another testament to the power Kristen Ashley has over her readers: the ability to write a story so consuming that you feel the characters losses and gains in the pit of your stomach. If you’re
looking for an engaging, sweet love story then Raid will not disappoint you. Kristen Ashley is my go to for a good love story. And, I’ve come to realize after reading all three books in the series that Knight/Anya, Creed/Sylvie, and Raid/Hanna are all Unfinished Heroes albeit unconventional. The beauty of a Kristen Ashley book being when the right man comes along, an already good woman becomes an exquisite woman and her own kind of hero too.
I’ve said at least one million times it feels like but I’m saying it again:
Kristen Ashley takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. You should read her books.