Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: Kept by Shawntelle Madison

Published: 11/27/2012
Series: Coveted #2
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb:

Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a lovable 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.


 After facing off her attackers from a rival pack in the last book, Nat’s nerves are frazzled and frayed. Yet, she’s determined to rejoin her pack and curtail her OCD Christmas ornament hoarding.  Things are going better for Nat in terms of her life, exception being her love live, when her father suddenly goes missing. Nat must track down her father’s whereabouts and save him from impending threats from the Russian werewolf mafia.

Kept does address Nat’s blossoming love triangle between Thorn, her alpha werewolf ex boyfriend who’s engaged to be married, and Nick, a sweet, sensitive wizard that she’s befriend from her group therapy. Nat knows its Thorn who resides in her heart, but she cannot go against pack protocol and break up his arranged marriage. She also learns that our dear sweet sensitive soul Nick isn’t as angelic as we think.  Nat is ultimately faced with the hardest decision of her life when Thorn finally tells her what happened while he was gone for 5 years. I do not want to spoil anything for new readers, but I will say she does end up with someone in the end of the book, though the turn of events that brings them together is unexpected.

This series just keeps getting better and better. Kept is by far the best book in the series. Madison really stepped up the plate with this thrilling new Coveted Series novel. I realize now that Coveted (Book #1) was more a back story novel with a little action and suspense thrown in.  Kept finally dives into Nat’s modern day story. Madison’s ability to describe the action and fighting scenes in the book is simply marvelous. Unlike Coveted, Kept does have a bit more romance and sexual tension within its pages. Even if you were discouraged by the slow pace of Coveted, I plead with you as a fellow reader to not give up on this series. Kept will make you fall in love with Coveted series and like Thorn will not let you walk away willingly.

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