Dec 4, 2012

Review of Kept by Shawntelle Madison

Kept (Coveted, #2)Published: November 27th 2012 by Ballantine Books
Pages:  336
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley (ebook provided by the publisher)
Ratings:  4 STARS!!

Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a loveable neurotic streak, wants a little rest and relaxation. Once an outcast, she’s now eager to rejoin the ranks of her New Jersey pack, and has even gotten a handle on her obsessive urge to hoard holiday ornaments. Yet Nat barely has time to revel in her progress before the next crisis comes howling at her door.

Nat’s father has suddenly gone missing, captured by the Russian werewolf mafia. And as Nat steps up to save her dad from a mob boss’s deadly game, two men step in to play another round for her heart: her gorgeous alpha ex-boyfriend, Thorn, and her new flame, the sweetly sensitive wizard Nick. With her life growing more harried by the minute, Nat must stay cool, calm, and collected…or else risk losing everything.

What can I say?  I ABSOLUTELY love this series! Kept is the second book in the Coveted series. I read Coveted and fell in love with the characters.  I counted down the days until Kept was released.  You wouldn't believe how excited I was to receive a review copy from Net Galley.   Believe me, Kept did not disappoint.

Shawntelle Madison is an amazing author.  She brought to live amazing characters with real problems.  While reading Kept, two questions kept popping up in my mind. Does having character flaws make you unworthy of love or acceptance by others?  Do you sacrifice your own happiness for the good of the pack or family?  In Kept, Nat struggled to find her own answers to these questions. 

Kept picks up where Coveted ended.  Nat, an OCD werewolf, continues to do everything in her power to regain the respect of her family and her pack.  Although most of her family and pack view her as being flawed and weak, Nat shows strength and courage in protecting what she loves the most…her family and her pack.  Nat is even willing to risk her happiness for the betterment of the pack.   Most of all, Nat’s character shows significant growth and strides in her recovery from OCD.  

The love triangle between Nat, Thorn, and Nick evolves in Kept.  Nat feels torn between the two men, who will do anything to protect her.  The most heartfelt moments came from Thorn as he explains his five year absence and from Nick as he finally reveals his heart to her.  In the end, Nat makes her decision between the two men.  No spoilers…but I’m not sure how I feel about her decision.  With everything Nat has endured, I kind of wished she would have responded differently in the last few pages.   

Overall, I loved Kept.  The fast paced story made for a wonderful read.  My rating is 4 STARS! Now, I must wait for Shawntelle’s next book…please hurry Shawntelle!

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds really interesting!! Especially the werewolf mafia part!! Thanks for the review!! I am a GFC follower, please follow me back! @!