ARC Review: Wanted (Most Wanted #1) by J Kenner


Title: Wanted
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year: Random House Publishing 1/7/14
Length:  352 pages
Series:  Most Wanted #1


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.

My Thoughts

Well, the first thing that i can say is that J Kenner certainly didn’t disappoint in this new series – and i think that my expectations coming out of the Stark Trilogy into this one have been met and possibly exceeded.  The plot, the heat, the backstory – i think that there’s something really good here.

There’s nothing better than one of those stories about the younger girl who meets the main domineering sexy male when she’s too young and out of her league, forms a crush and is then left wanting.  Of course, that older man exudes such raw sex appeal that she’s haunted by it, but has to move on.

Well, here we meet Angelina, (angie or prior to that Lina) when she’s now about 24, at the funeral of her uncle who has been somewhat of a father figure to her since the death of her sister 8 years prior.  Angie comes from a family that’s well off, and political, her father being tapped possibly as the next VP candidate.  All that wrapped into the guilt that she carries from the death of her sister, well that means that she has to make a different personality and life for herself.

In comes Evan, the man that she’s been lusting after for a few years ,and well, he’s something to really lust after.  He’s tall, powerful, and while he’s a successful and well known businessman, he’s also a bad boy, which is right up Angie’s alley.  although she has a boyfriend, who’s an FBI agent.  (meaning that we know that something’s going to happen that’s a bit rough around the edges right?)

So, fast forward not very far, and Angie decides that with everything going on, Kevin isn’t what she needs, she leaves him and ends up with Evan, which seems like an answer to her prayers.  He makes her feel like everything is lighter, he controls her in a way that she needs, that’s not really self deprecating and harmful, and that’s ideal for her given her true nature.

This story takes us on the journey of this couple, when we know that there’s an expiration date to things (3 weeks in the future since Angie’s taking a job in DC), and we want to see where things go with them.  The question is about power struggle, both with Evan/Angie and Kevin and everyone else.  What’s the angle that he’s going to work with the couple, and is going to try to bring everyone down?

What’s even nicer about this story is that you know where the next 2 installments of the series will take us.  Cole and Tyler, Evan’s best friends and partners in business and crime so to speak.  they have their own air of sexuality and power that means that we’ll get something great out of their stories too.  and it would be great to see Angie’s friend Kat get in on the action since we know that she’s lusting after one of those guys.

Suffice it to say, i was hooked in the first few chapters.  It was hot, it was sexy and it really shows that J Kenner knows how to write in this genre.  I can’t wait to get my hands on Heated, the next book in the series, and see who’s hands get on whom.


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