Wanted by J. Kenner
Released: January 7, 2014
Genre: Erotic romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: 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.
We meet the heroine Angelina AKA Angie AKA Lina at her Uncle Howard Jahn’s wake. She is the daughter of a California congressman who’s had enough adversity by being in the public eye but that has been exacerbated by the brutal death of her sister when they were teenagers. Spending the years since trying to be the perfect daughter for her parents, she has a wild side that is always trying to surface. Evan has been the center of her infatuation since she first met him at 16 at one of her uncle’s notorious parties.
Evan Black is one of Chicago’s most eligible bachelors. A millionaire who’s made his money by buying and selling businesses which he learned the tricks of the trade from Jahn during his college days. Rounding out his traits, he’s an alpha male and bad boy with penchant for controlling everything.
I wanted to love this book but I just couldn’t. The writing is pretty enough but in most places is too verbose. It felt like it just kept dragging on…and in particular on specifics that didn’t matter to the theme of the story. One example is the wake lasts for the first four chapters. While some of it was necessary, there was no need for 15% of the book to be about the death of the uncle.
Throughout the book we see multiple deficiencies. The main character lacked consistency; Angie is mostly whiney and bratty with a predilection for shoplifting and mental breakdowns based on contrived survivor’s guilt then she would flip on a dime and be like an alpha female trying to dominate situations. She does not have any redeemable qualities and is difficult to relate. During the entity of the book, we’re repeatable told Evan is a bad boy with rumblings of rumors as to why but nothing solidifies until the end. By the time the action starts to pick up (which is a small portion of the conclusion), items which I would think were important and would have made it more entertaining and intriguing were simply glossed over.
The ideals and themes of the book have so much potential but unfortunately it wasn’t well executed. This is the first of a trilogy, presumably with the following two focused on the two other males in the group.
Rating: 3 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.