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I work at a library and read a ton! I read UF, PNR, SF and the young adult versions of the above. I'm currently reading the heck out of new adult so you can say I read contemp romance, too! I work at St. Clair County Library System - Main Branch, Port Huron, Michigan.

Wanted: A Most Wanted Novel

Wanted - J. Kenner 3.5 stars

So that synopsis… I’ve read better. Sorry, but it just doesn’t sum up the book very well. It’s almost TOO vague. To me, the synopsis tells me the book is only about a girl who has the uncontrollable hots for a guy who is not good for her. But I’m here to tell you it’s not all about that. It’s about so much more. There’s a plot, I tell ya!! And it’s pretty good…

Disclaimer: I’m a fan of J. Kenner’s. I previously read her Stark Trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed her writing and the stories in all three of the books. But honestly, it took me some hemming and hawing before I hit the request button for this ARC. In the end, it was the author’s name that sold me and I’m so glad I gave this book a chance.

The story is told from Angie’s point of view. She’s the 22 year old daughter of a state senator. Eight years ago her sister died, the victim of a brutal kidnapping and murder. Angie has always blamed herself for her sister’s death. After the loss, Angie is sent to spend her summers with her uncle in Chicago and that’s where she meets three boys, one of them being Evan Black.

But because Angie has sort of grown-up with these three boys every summer, they see her as a little sister and her uncle has forbidden them from dating her. It’s not until her uncle’s funeral that Angie actually sees Evan as more than a crush.

What ensues is a tale of who will reveal their secrets first, family secrets come out of the closet, and Angie’s growth into who she really is and who she actually wants to be. She has a lot of get over and needs to find a way to do it. I think Evan and her uncle are the only two people on the earth who understand her and can help her. Got you wondering, huh?

Well, it was a good story that I really enjoyed. The only problem I personally had was that for the first 25% of the book, there was a lot of setting up the story, not much “heat” or anything much happening between Evan and Angie. It wasn’t until 50% that we really got going with the “fun” stuff. It was at 75% where the book had me and I could not put it down.

Tyler and Cole are Evan’s “partners in crime”. Tyler was pretty quiet in this book but Cole was very entertaining – I really liked him and his book is up third (Ignited, expected September 2014). Tyler’s book, Heated, is expected May 2014. I kind of wished that Kat and Flynn, Angie’s best buds, were used more in the story. I could have definitely used more Flynn!

Overall, I liked this book, it was definitely worth my time and I’m looking forward to the next two books in the series. Maybe Ms. Kenner could even be bribed into writing Flynn’s book, who knows? :D I’m not above such things…

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