Monday, January 05, 2015

review: WANTED by J. Kenner

WANTED by J. Kenner
Most Wanted #1
Random House: Dell
Released: January 7, 2014
Source: Library
Page Count: 352

Rating: Liked it

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 figur.

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

My Thoughts

All right, let's get the obvious out of the way: JUST BECAUSE IT'S EROTICA DOES NOT MEAN IT'S ANOTHER FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, FER JEEPER'S SAKE. Erotica existed before Fifty Shades, and let's be honest, most of it is better written. If I never see another Fifty Shades reference in cover copy, it'll be too soon. But I will, and I'll get all ranty again then, too.

Alas, rant over (for now).

The only other Julie Kenner title that I have read is Carpe Demon, which was okay but I never actually finished, so Wanted was a pleasant surprise. (Well, Evan is sexy and dominant, "the slow burn of sin and seduction," so duh.) The book opens on Angelina as she is attending her uncle's wake. She reconnects with a group of Uncle Jahn's former students, of course all sexy males, that he had befriended years ago. She's wanted him since she was sixteen but never thought he was interested. Alas, this is an erotica, so we all know what happens next.

The non-sexual action takes forever to get started, though, and when things finally start coming together, it feels rushed and shallow. Angie's ex, an FBI agent, keeps hinting at Evan's dark past but never really gives her the whole story. Angie is surrounded by people who withhold information from her to keep her safe - from others or herself, it's not entirely clear. I feel that the book could have benefited from fleshing out the non-sexy storyline.

Wanted may not be the best erotica ever, but it was a solid, quick, steamy read. Hopefully the rest of the series follows suit!

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