Sunday, June 29, 2014

REVIEW: WANTED BY J.KENNER

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Bared to You, and Release Me comes an all-new erotic series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees.

He is everything I crave, all I desperately want—and he is everything I can’t have.

Evan Black embodies my every fantasy. He is brilliant, fierce, and devastatingly handsome. But he is also headstrong, dangerous, and burdened with secrets.

My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan’s dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened. Maybe I should have run. But our desire is undeniable, and some temptations you just can’t fight.

And from the moment we touch—the passion between us consuming us both—I know that I will never be the same.

Wanted is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Bantam
Source: received from Publisher via Netgalley
Purchase: Goodreads | Amazon

Wanted is super easy to read; it has a lot of the elements J.Kenner's Stark trilogy had: alpha males, conflicted female, intrigue, and some hot sex scenes. 

Our focus in this new series appears to be on three men: Evan, Cole, and Tyler and the women that ensnare their hearts. You'd think that since the men are the connection between the series that the writing would come from their perspectives...not so (at least in the case of Wanted). Our protagonist (Angelina ..aka Angie or Lina) is our storyteller here. Without recapping the synopsis too much, here's the gist: Angie has had a major crush on Evan for about 6-7 years but he's always been unattainable and appears to be uninterested. Through a series of events we discover that Evan is in fact very interested in Angie but has considered her off limits (for reasons you will find out later in the novel). This novel, then, tells the story of how they work through his reticence and her fears.

Not having finished the Stark trilogy unfortunately, I didn't know that they were connected through the Knights! But that is AWESOME! I liked too, that they did know each other, though it was disappointing that Evan took a vow he made so very seriously. I loved the dangerous, dark, sexy, and even uncontrollable way that Evan made even me feel...and so I could only imagine Angelina resisting him for a short time...You'll have to read to see though! 

Here are some things I liked about this novel:

Angie's ability to take risks/opportunities, even when she's scared shitless. Hence the dangerous, dark, sexy and uncontrollable feelings! 

Her friends being honest, supportive, and yet pushy when need be. Sisters before misters.

Her parents not being douchey (there were plenty of opportunities and they never were). You know, I thought they were going to be too! But no. Unfortunately her grief was what pushed her away from them, not their money. 

Evan's sense of loyalty and protectiveness for those he cared for. Especially for Jahn, Angie, Cole and Tyler. 

Evan's desire for Angie to be honest with herself. I wanted that too....for many, many pages. It was like she was trying to be a hologram, and that is the worst type of life to live. 

BOTH Evan and Angie's simple acceptance of the good and bad traits of the other. *nods* awesome. 

..and of course the sexy scenes were....sexy. I may have swooned a little when Evan would start up with his filthy mouth. Right. Talk dirty to me, may have been playing in the background as my soundtrack. Love that. 

There were a few things that I saw as areas of improvement...

Sometimes words or phrases were repeated within paragraphs of each other and it distracted me. Uh oh. 

I felt as though this storyline could've gone way deeper, with more development and more time spent in certain places (the ending especially felt rushed). I KNOW! The ending was seriously, ridiculously awesome...and I wish that whole climatic moment had lasted much longer! 

Perhaps more information about the secondary characters and sometimes, I even wanted more from our primary ones..we were told things about them and I guess I wanted those things a little more explored. Was it possibly because there were soooo many people to set up? Maybe? 

All in all, it was a fun and easy read and I'm definitely interested in seeing what happens with Cole and Tyler's stories. We already have Heated, so I cannot wait for it to heat up my pages. (Sorry, I have got to stop with the puns). 

Shelley: 3 1/2 stars
Courtney: 4 Stars

--About the Author--
J. Kenner spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and Central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge her passion for writing. California born, she now lives—and writes—in Texas, with her husband and daughters.

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