Book Review - Nothing Left to Lose by Kirsty Moseley | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Nothing Left To Lose by Kirsty Moseley

Nothing Left To Lose by Kirsty Moseley | Blushing Geek

Nothing Left to Lose by Kirsty Moseley
Series: Guarded Hearts, #1
First published on 2013
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 525
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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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’.


It is a romantic love story of a President’s wrecked daughter and a newly graduated SWAT hottie. It all started almost 3 years ago when at that time a 16-year old Annabelle together with her boyfriend Jack went to a bar for her birthday request. It was supposed to be a perfect day but it started her nightmare and ruined her life. Her boyfriend was killed by Carter, a big time drug dealer who at that time was in his late 20’s. She was then held captive for almost ten months. Carter was then put to jail leaving Annabelle a wrecked life. She changed a lot and became a bitch and a badass for 3 years until she met the hottie SWAT guy who would be her near guard and would act as her so-called boyfriend for 9 months until Carter’s trial. She has been acting a bit difficult for him to make him leave his job and request for a reassignment. Slowly, Annabelle and Ashton became friends and got so close until they realized that they were both in love..with each other!

The story line was so interesting. It is a suspense/romance novel which is the first one in my reading list. Its teaser is really a teaser, so the idea of not reading the whole story sounds like hell to me. As I read the story, I realize how corny it is. The guy was so sweet which is really unbelievable to picture out. But it never made me stop to make him be added on my list of book crushes haha.

It was supposed to be a suspense/romance but the suspense part was only visible in its last few chapters. It wasn’t even convincing how Ashton got to that place where they held Anna captive so easily without putting too much effort. Some of the parts were not convincingly executed but it’s still a pretty good story. I found out that it was the first written story of the author so any small blemishes were justifiable enough. 

Annabelle’s character is a bit annoying to me. Her guilty feeling about the death of her boyfriend sticks out but her bitchy side sometimes is really annoying. And she’s really difficult to deal with. Ashton is a perfect gentleman, matured in his young age and too romantic that’s why it’s too hard to believe he exists.

It’s the very first book that I’ve read from the author and I would say that I am quite impressed. I am even checking out all her books and adding them on my reading list. All her story plots are so interesting that I can’t wait to read them all. She also uses very easy to grasp words that would keep you reading the book without any complications.

I am not really a super choosy reader. Every story that has a happy ending makes me decide that the book is good. With all due honesty, the story is quite good. I really like it. If you are looking for a story that could make you believe that love exists, then this book is really a great choice. But beware, it’s rated PG!

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Braine TS
7 years ago

I prefer my romantic suspense more… suspenseful? lol But if it worked for you then I’m all for it! I have yet to try her though…

Happy holidays to you and yours!

7 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

Yay! Can’t wait for you to try it 🙂

Happy Holidays to you too and to your family and friends!

7 years ago

I love a HEA as well but despite that, it does need to have substance as well and great characters. Glad this was more than just a HEA. 😉

7 years ago
Reply to  kindlemom1

Absolutely! This book I think is one of the best from the author 🙂

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