Kristen Ashley – Unfinished Heroes Series Reading Order

by Maryse on February 17, 2013 · 36 comments

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These are more along the lines of our “guilty-pleasure-y” anti-hero romance reads. A bit more erotica in nature than Kristen Ashley’s norm and these guys are true bad-boys. Knight and I had a few “issues”, but I did enjoy it, and sooooo many LOVED him. He was right up their alley, and I’m thinking perhaps “Raid” will be more my speed. ;)

Here’s what our fellow readers are saying about #1 & 2:

Lee Ann: I loved “Knight”, would like to see continuation of this series, and Kristen books with this little bit extra works for me.  Keep up the most excellent writing!!!

Kathy:  ”Knight” by Kristen Ashley had me hooked from the very first page with the story line and the anti-hero.  *BIG WARNING on that one for graphic content (not as much BDSM, but the imagery…wow) and language (Oh! WOW).*  But…..what now????

Julie:  I absolutely loved Knight – he truly was an “anti-hero” and it was fascinating to see how Anya struggled internally with the kind of guy he was; despite being attracted to him.  The romance fascinated me.

Krystal: Knight was amazing !!!!!!! he is soooo my DADDY !!! **blush** i devoured the book !!!

Devi: I loved Creed!!!!!! maybe even better than Tate (gasp!!!) I said it Creed is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! maryse, you gotta read this book and Sylvie is just BADASS!!!! this book is sooooooooooooooo good ….and STEAMY!!!!!!

About book #1 (and an idea of the more grittier nature of the series)

Anya Gage has learned that to get anything good in life, you have to work for it. She has no expectations, no dreams. Then she finds herself at a party where she doesn’t want to be and she meets Knight.

Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone. Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves of white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays – good, normal and clean. But when Anya comes to his nightclub and finds herself in a situation, he knows someone has to look after her, he can’t fight it anymore and he decides that man will be him.

Knight teaches Anya that, just as with the bad, in life you should also expect the good. And he teaches her this by giving it to her. But Knight has a dark past and just as he desires Anya for exactly who she is, he fears when she finds out exactly the man he has become and always intends to be, she’ll leave him for good, normal and clean.

A little note from Kristen Ashley (on her website) about Raid:

“Raiden Miller came to me like a shot. Sometimes, this happens. It happened with Tatum Jackson from Sweet Dreams too. So obviously, since Tate was so effing great, I paid attention when Raid hit my consciousness like a shooting star… I knew everything about him, what he looked like, sounded like, his back story, everything.

And he took hold in a way that I knew he would not let go.

This was not good. See, I had fallen for Raid in that moment and was desperate to spend time with him but I had also promised a bevy of books to my readers in the beginning of 2013 and one of them was not the next in The Unfinished Heroes Series. I worried that my girls would lose their minds if I went off target.

I tried not to let Raid take hold but I couldn’t fight him. Furthermore, when his girl Hana Boudreaux came to me, I had to give him his happiness with Hanna. I had no choice. I threw myself into this story and wrote, wrote, wrote pretty much every waking moment.”

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen Greyson February 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM

This one sounds interesting. I’ve really liked her other books.

Teresa H. February 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Kristen Ashley can go off target whenever she wants as long as she is writing something. I have read almost all of her books, and I’ve loved them all. Whenever I’m in a book funk, I just download one of her books because her writing never disappoints. I can’t wait to read the next book in her Unfinished Heroes series. Bring on Raid!

Angie H. February 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Knight and Creed are SUPER-HOT Alpha characters and I’m a new fan of Kristen Ashley! Creed is in my top THREE on the ol’ book boyfriend list, and Kristen’s female characters are strong, smart and introspective. Plus, her ability to draw out the detail of each character is amazing. Unfortunately, I judged these books by their covers early on and didn’t care for the samples/excerpts offered on Amazon either. BIG MISTAKE. I cannot wait to read Raid’s story! :)

Rose February 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Knight is in my top favorite’s and definitely has parts that I love coming back to occasionally. This was also my first KA book so it will always be special to me- I’m still reading the rest of her books and plan to finish them all at some point:)

T. Alexa February 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

These books definitely have a different “feel” to them, but I loved reading them and I fell deeply in love with these two stories. These men are not perfect and their stories are somewhat dark, but I love that they exist. And I love that their women still love them regardless. I also enjoyed that much like Ms. Ashley’s other books, the characters from one book show up in another book. These men are deep and intense in a real way – faults and all. I so loved Knight…and I fell so deep for Creed. I can’t wait to see how Raid will affect my heart :) …digging these!

Sara February 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Knight was a bit uh… Much for me. The “Daddy” thing just totally turned me off BUT Creed?? OMG SWOON and drool and swoon some more!

Kim L February 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

I read Knight liked it however, the whole marriage thing bothered me. I haven’t read Creed as of yet but I have it on my Kindle. I get so caught up with my TBR list it gets pushed down, but really need to read it.

LibLo February 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM


V. February 18, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Counting the days until Raid. Can’t wait. I found Knight and Creed to be very different books. I’ve ready Knight 3 or 4 times now. Totally loved it. With Creed I loved he story and the way it was revealed. Don’t know what to expect from Raid except a totally awesome book.

sandy sciacca February 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

i loved both of these books, i’m hoping she adds another to the series, but then i love all her books:)

sandy sciacca February 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

opps jsut realized i didn’t read all the column lol missed the part about the next book:)

LISA February 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I have read the Unfinished Heroes series (loved Creed, still think about he and Sylvie’s story) and the Dream Man Series. So excited for the 3rd Unfinished Hero installment. Question though: Is the Sweet Dream series just as good?? Probably a dumb question as I’ve loved anything I’ve read of Kristen Ashley’s.

Maryse February 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Sweet Dreams is my FAVORITE!!!

day February 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

my favourite is the burg series specifically at peace (LOVED that book) and game of hearts (adored that one as well). I also liked sweet dreams & Law man also.

golden trail wasn’t bad as well neither was lady luck. going to read the sample of knight now hopefully i like it.

Lisa M February 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I’m reading Knight now!! Can’t put it down but my children all teenagers are starving so dinner is taking over!! Can’t wait to get back to Knight!!! Thank goodness we celebrated Family Day early this weekend, so I can read today guilt free!! Back to multi-tasking!!

Lisa February 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Thanks Maryse!!! I will be downloading Sweet Dreams.

Rocky February 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I’ve loved every single one of KA’s books so far and I’m counting the days until I can get my hands on Raid however as Heaven and Hell was the first book I read it will always be my favourite :)

Michelle M. February 18, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Thanks for this review Maryse. I had only read a couple of Kristen Ashley’s books (the first two in the Three Series), but I just finished Knight today. I loved this alpha-male anti- hero, Knight. He was hot and sexy, unapologetically dominant, and had a sense of honor (albeit a bit warped at times). The story had several “blush worthy” sexy scenes but also a few “swoon worthy” heart moments that really made for a nice connection with the characters. Gotta say the whole “daddy” thing didn’t really work for me, but it was easy to overlook that and just enjoy the read. This was a good one. I think I’m going to get Creed now. :-)

Lynne February 18, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Lisa, Sweet Dreams is the second book in the Colorado Series. I would recommend reading them in order. The Gamble, Sweet Dreams, Lady Luck & Breathe. I am currently reading Breathe. I Loved the first 3. I agree with Maryse, Sweet Dreams is Great, you will LOVE Tate!!! :)

Lynne February 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I have a question for all you Kristen Ashley fans. Her website says to read the Rock Chicks series before the rest of her stuff. Do you guys agree with that?? I am currently on book 4 of the Colorado Series (Breathe, Chase’s story). I really LOVE this series. Should I go back and read Rock Chicks Before I move on the the rest?? Thanks :)

sandy sciacca February 19, 2013 at 7:29 AM

yes i would read Rock Chick series first, i didn’t but i didnt’ realilze that until later,, it just helps of the understanding of the people in the books as they are all tied together in the same area, she makes references to different ones and if you have yet to read the rock chick books it want mean the same thing. but either way her books Rock!!!

Tracie Dickinson February 19, 2013 at 11:21 AM

So funny that you blog about these Monday morning! I read these over the weekend and fell IN LOVE! I like these better than the Mountain Men series. SOOOOOOO good. I hope she has another one out soon.

Lisa February 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Thank you Lynn!! It would be better to read in order. LOL!

april February 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

In just finished Knight. I didn’t mind the story so much but hated the way he talked!! I can’t decide if he’s trying to talk like a wanna- be thug or white trash. And the daddy thing was just creepy. I really don’t mind cussing in a book, sometimes it’s HOT but in Knight the cussing didn’t make any since. Is there a correct way to cuss??? Because this just wasn’t working.

Lisa M February 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I finished Knight this morning!!! Just loved it. What a bad boy!! Every one of KA’s books I have read so far do not disappoint!! I can’t wait to start reading Creed!!

Hannah February 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Knight is the ultimate smoking hot, alpha male, dominant, mac “daddy” of romantic hero’s…. Totally loved it! The whole “daddy” thing fit perfectly well with their relationship, and I thought it added even more swoon worthy hotness! Knight, Motorcycle Man and At Peace are my all time fav KA books

Michelle M. February 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Just finished reading Creed today and LOVED IT!!! I think I liked it better than Knight. I liked Creed’s character better than Knight, not that I didn’t totally love Knight! Creed did alpha male super-hot like nobody’s business, but he did super-sweet too that actually brought a little tear to my eye and sniffle. And Sylvie was kick-ass! I liked that there were several different story lines throughout the book (their work/job together, their back story, and their current relationship). Gonna have to seek out some more Kristen Ashley and definitely looking forward to Raid!

Anita February 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM

I had seen Kristen Ashley’s books in several of Maryse’s post but did not follow up on them because I wasn’t really into contemporary stories. Then by accident (literally a slip of the finger on my kindle) I bought one and thought…what they heck. The next month was spent reading everything Kristen had ever written. OMG…she is my girl-crush for 2013!! Anyways…when I read Knight, I thought “eh”. I really figured I would not read this series…then Creed kept popping up on every review site and I thought “go ahead”….THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER!!! My husband laughed because I was crying and punching and cheering him on the whole time! READ THIS SERIES – don’t let the “work” they do turn you off – these are characters you will love!

Nasheetah March 18, 2013 at 3:37 AM everyone’s comments..there’s nothing much left for me to say..have similar views on the whole ‘Daddy’ thing..but merely pushed that aside..& enjoyed it thoroughly…just finished Creed last night.. & wow.. i dreamt just like Sylvie..but the better parts of it! be starting Raid by tonight..that’s for sure…

Brenda Rogers February 27, 2014 at 9:45 PM

I am a fan of Kristen Ashley books. Having said that I hated Knight. Regardless of how well he treated his women he is a Pimp! I could never be ok with any one doing this. I will not read any of the other books in this particular series. I don’t understand the good reviews.

sandy February 28, 2014 at 10:01 AM

well the other books in the series are bout different people and knight is just mentioned so not reading them is your choice but i personally loved this book and knight’s character, but then i like the dark reads:) but they are not for everyone

Michelle August 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

I really liked her Unfinished Heroes series. They are a bit darker than her usual fare, grittier. Knight was my favorite of that series to date. The alphas are “you love to hate them” kind of guys – and they don’t get sweet (like Tate and Tack) – they stay that way – but you still end up liking them!

Barb August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I love Creed so so much!!

Tessa August 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM

I honestly loved Knight. This isn’t a defend post, just saying there was so much I loved about him. He was the bad guy who’s pure sweet.

Erin M August 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

So excited a new KA book is coming out. Loved this series….kind of wish I hadn’t read yet so I could read again…

Linda August 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM

KA just never disappoints!!! Love this series. Love every h/h!!! Every storyline!!! Creed was very stressful for me I must admit but I powered through!!! Cannot wait for Deacon. Let’s just tell it like it is. KA writes it and we read it!! No brainer.

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