Monday, January 6, 2014

ARC REVIEW ~Wanted by J. Kenner~

Title: Wanted
Author: J. Kenner
Series: Wanted #1
Release Date: January 7, 2014

My Rating: 5 Stars!
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.
All book boyfriends please move aside because we have a new sweet, sexy, and filthy-mouthed leader! Evan Black is the absolute complete package in Wanted. He's got mysterious, charming, funny, sweet and sexy to the nth degree. I really didn't think Ms. Kenner could outdo Damien Stark but, I think she has with Evan Black. Wanted opens up at Angelina Raine's uncle's funeral. Which is almost ironic because he was her only tie to the infamous Chicago Trio- Evan, Cole, and Tyler. They were once students of Jahn's, who he stayed close with even after their departure from his class. While, Lina favors Cole and Tyler as her brothers she has never attributed that relationship to Evan. He's also been so much more, but always out of her reach. It was always an understanding between Evan and Jahn that he wasn't to touch his niece. But, when her grief is too much and Evan is the only one there, she tempts Evan until he can't say no anymore. 

"He was ripping me apart with every thrust, shattering me, breaking me. He was utterly destroying me, and yet nothing had ever felt so perfect as the sensation of this man inside me. With each thrust he took me higher. With each soft moan he brought us closer."

Wanted has a lot of elements to it. There is Lina and Evan's relationship, the warnings Lina keeps receiving to stay away from Evan, and the restraint Lina must find to curb her reckless side. A side which Evan can satisfy unlike any other adrenaline rush she has experienced. Evan and Lina's heat meter was off the charts but, they also had a tenderness where you could see that they understand and support one another 100%. The absolute best part of this book though, was the fact that Evan may have been dark and twisty but, he could still have fun. He was still able to be there for Lina when her dark and twisty past would effect her. It never turned into a "who's past is worse" contest. It was him dealing with his problems and Lina supporting him. Then her dealing with her past and grief and Evan being right there talking her down off the ledge and giving her what she needed. But eventually secrets are unearthed that could jeopardize the future Lina was finally accepting and looking forward to. It was definitely not an easy ride for these two. And neither one is by any means perfect, but they're perfect for one another. They understand that life isn't always rainbows and butterflies. And despite the negative in their life, they choose to live for the positive, and make their own HEA. 

"I mean that there's never been another woman. It's always been you, Lina. Even before I realized it, you were always there inside me."

I promise you that Evan Black has just made it into my Top 5 Book Boyfriends of all time. He makes this book absolutely sublime! Okay, enough gushing over the hunk. This entire book is magnificent, and Julie does a fantastic job of setting us up for the rest of the series that will feature Cole and Tyler. Wanted is one of those books that made me think my reading time increased substantially, because I absolutely devoured it! All I kept thinking was: "What's going to happen next?, Why can't I find a man like Evan?, Am I still breathing?" I really, and I mean really really, LOVED this book! Just a little housekeeping: this is a standalone (although I wish it wasn't!), the next books in the Wanted series will feature Tyler (Heated), and Cole (Ignited). I will say, I was kinda bummed that Cole's book is last and slotted for September (*pouty face*) because I know where his love interest is coming from and I am SO pumped about it! Anywho, I know I'll love Tyler's story just as much so I can't wait for that one in May. But, Cole and Tyler have mighty big *ahem* shoes to fill :)

Happy Reading!!
*ARC provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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