I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wanted by J. Kenner
Series: Most Wanted #1
Narrator: Saffron Martindale
Published by Random House on January 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 12 hours, 17 minutes
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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.
Angela Raine has wanted Evan Black since she first laid eyes on him as a teenager visiting her Uncle Jahn in Chicago following the death of her sister. Evan and his two best friends and business partners, known as The Knights, were mentored by Jahn. They accepted her as a friend through the years but kept her at arm’s length.
Angie is now a 25-year old Northwestern grad working for Jahn’s business in the PR department when he died suddenly. She’s dating Kevin, an FBI agent, but her heart and mind are focused on Evan. At her uncle’s service, she seeks and receives solace from him, despite the fact that Jahn had forbidden him from dating her when he was alive. The Knights are all very successful but rumors about their involvement in shady business practices challenge their reputations as upstanding citizens of Chicago.
The heart of the story
There were just too many things that didn’t work for me. Angie’s preoccupation with getting Evan’s attention dominated most of the story, without really providing any basis for her obsession other than his physical attributes. I couldn’t find a connection to her because what I knew of Angie wasn’t all that attractive. Evan was never really fully developed except for details divulged late in the book. Both were harboring secrets that were drawn out and revealed near the end (including Jahn’s reasons for keeping them apart) when I no longer really cared that much. It was pretty anti-climatic by then.
It took a long time for the romance to develop and then sex scenes overwhelmed and interrupted the flow of the story. It wasn’t erotic, just explicit, with hints of BDSM that seemed to be tossed in gratuitously.
The narrator is truly talented and was the highlight of the reading experience. She really gave more texture to the characters than the story provided. And, those sex scenes? I felt like a voyeur she was so effective. I’d love to hear her narrate a more complex book.
The bottom line
I’m now of the opinion that maybe these stories aren’t for me. The first person narrative is a shortcoming when the character just isn’t that interesting or compelling. The buildup of the circumstances surrounding the death of Angie’s sister was way more interesting than the actual details, thanks to the narrator. I didn’t care enough about the romance or the characters to root for them, especially as I learned more about them. The narration is really good and was what kept me in the story. It was simply entertaining. However, I don’t plan to continue the series.