What they say: 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'.
***Due to heavy subject matter and sexual content, this book is recommended for ages 18+***
What I say: Anna is a survivor, she survived seeing her boyfriend being murdered and then being held prisoner for 10 months. Anna faced a horrifying ordeal at the hands of psychotic gangster Carter, so when Ashton is sent to be her new bodyguard she's pretty much closed off from everybody.
Like most of Kirsty Moseley's male leads, Ashton seems to come with endless patience, caring and dedication. Anna doesn't make it easy for him to like/love her but he puts in the effort and risks everything for her.
Anna has almost immeasurable strength and although she finds everything a struggle, she continues to battles against her demons (and herself) to find a way through her issues. The parts where she remembered Jack were both charming yet heartbreaking for her and Ashton.
I'm in two minds about Nothing Left to Lose because although I enjoyed Anna and Ashton's story I felt a certain disconnect between the character voices. In particular I felt the male voice (Ashton's) didn't really seem like a guy. I think this was a similar concern when I read Always You and The Boy Who Sneaks (also by Kirsty Moseley). The problem with this is the dialogue sometimes seems a bit immature and I found Ashton too good to be true (maybe it's just me be cynical). BUT for me this was only small thing and I actually liked Ashton for his uber niceness wrapped up in his badass agent body.
3.5 Stars in my Sky!