Wanted (Most Wanted #1)
By J. Kenner
Expected Publication January 7th, 2013
source: Received ARC from Bantam / Random House (via NetGalley) in exchange for an unbiased review.
About the Book:
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.
So that synopsis… I’ve read better. Sorry, but it just doesn’t sum up the book very well. It’s almost TOO vague. To me, the synopsis tells me the book is only about a girl who has the uncontrollable hots for a guy who is not good for her. But I’m here to tell you it’s not all about that. It’s about so much more. There’s a plot, I tell ya!! And it’s pretty good…
Disclaimer: I’m a fan of J. Kenner’s. I previously read her Stark Trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed her writing and the stories in all three of the books. But honestly, it took me some hemming and hawing before I hit the request button for this ARC. In the end, it was the author’s name that sold me and I’m so glad I gave this book a chance.
The story is told from Angie’s point of view. She’s the 22 year old daughter of a state senator. Eight years ago her sister died, the victim of a brutal kidnapping and murder. Angie has always blamed herself for her sister’s death. After the loss, Angie is sent to spend her summers with her uncle in Chicago and that’s where she meets three boys, one of them being Evan Black.
But because Angie has sort of grown-up with these three boys every summer, they see her as a little sister and her uncle has forbidden them from dating her. It’s not until her uncle’s funeral that Angie actually sees Evan as more than a crush.
What ensues is a tale of who will reveal their secrets first, family secrets come out of the closet, and Angie’s growth into who she really is and who she actually wants to be. She has a lot of get over and needs to find a way to do it. I think Evan and her uncle are the only two people on the earth who understand her and can help her. Got you wondering, huh?
Well, it was a good story that I really enjoyed. The only problem I personally had was that for the first 25% of the book, there was a lot of setting up the story, not much “heat” or anything much happening between Evan and Angie. It wasn’t until 50% that we really got going with the “fun” stuff. It was at 75% where the book had me and I could not put it down.
Tyler and Cole are Evan’s “partners in crime”. Tyler was pretty quiet in this book but Cole was very entertaining – I really liked him and his book is up third (Ignited, expected September 2014). Tyler’s book, Heated, is expected May 2014. I kind of wished that Kat and Flynn, Angie’s best buds, were used more in the story. I could have definitely used more Flynn!
Overall, I liked this book, it was definitely worth my time and I’m looking forward to the next two books in the series. Maybe Ms. Kenner could even be bribed into writing Flynn’s book, who knows? 😀 I’m not above such things…
About the Author:
Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.
Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.
J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.