Book Review: Nothing Left to Lose by Kirsty Moseley

Title: Nothing Left to Lose
Author: Kirsty Moseley
Publication Date: November 5th 2013
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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 five 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’.

I should inform you that the moment I read Kirsty Moseley’s The boy in my window, she had already made a great impression to me. So imagine my surprise when I found out that she has a new book released?!

Yeah, I squealed like a teenager! LOL!

Nothing To Lose is, in my opinion, better than The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window. Though both books have a swoon-worthy, panty-dropping and jaw dropping book boyfriend. The book has the ability to make you cry and laugh at the same time.

I sympathize over Anabelle Cooper’s character. Though she may have been broken several times in the span of a year when her childhood sweetheart was killed in front of her, and when she was taken by Carter, a man famous for his criminal activities, she gradually learned how to be strong and how to protect herself. She keeps to herself and has been through several universities around the country due to her reputation. She has beaten quite a lot of boy who has offended her. If not for his father, who is on the run on becoming the next president of United States, who pulled strings for her to be accepted in these universities, she may have been a lost cause already. She was a walking disaster and likes to be alone. Even her bodyguards don’t last. They give up within a month. With the continuous love letters and threats from Carter, whom she thought is miserably living his life in prison, her father decided to employ the best graduate of the police academy to be her bodyguard.

Then there’s the swoon worthy Agent Ashton Taylor. Well, he’s certainly one of the best book boyfriends whom I have the chance to meet this year. He’s just everything a girl could dream of meeting. Ana is lucky to have him. He’s the antidote to Anabelle’s anti-social behavior. And he may just be the right cure so she can move forward and forget her sordid past. 

I love the supporting characters, the love-hate relationship between Anna and Ashton, and Ashton’s over protectiveness (Who wouldn’t love an alpha male?). Can I just say I just love all of it? No explanations needed.

Just like Moseley’s novels before, Nothing to Lose is also long but I enjoyed all the twists in the story. I had a hard time accepting that it already ended when I came to the last page.

Kirsty Moseley
Kirsty Moseley has always been a passionate reader since she was a little girl, devouring books overnight, barely sleeping and paying for it at school the next day. Writing has come similarly to her and once she discovered Wattpad, she finally plucked up the courage to post one of her stories. Seven million reads later, she self-published her debut novel THE BOY WHO SNEAKS IN MY BEDROOM WINDOW, which later became one of 10 Finalists for the 2012 Goodreads' Choice Awards, Best YA Fiction. Shocked and overwhelmed by the response, she published her second novel ALWAYS YOU a few months later.
If she had to sum herself up in one word, it would probably be 'daydreamer' - but unlike most of her school teachers, she doesn't necessarily view that as a bad thing. After all, she read somewhere once that books are like waking dreams....

She lives in Norfolk, England with her husband and son.

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