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Wanted: A Most Wanted Novel

wantedWanted (A Most Wanted Novel)
by J. Kenner
Published by Bantam
352 pages
Genre: erotica 
Thanks to NetGalley for the preview
4 / 5


Having enjoyed J. Kenner’s Stark Trilogy, I was excited to read this if for no other reason than J. Kenner knows how to write some hot headboard rockin’. Plots? Well, I did not always love her leading lady in the Stark books, but I did enjoy Damien Stark and that hot headboard rockin’. 

Like, a lot.

Strap on your vibrators, girls, because this one is not a let down in the bedroom. Or any place sex occurs.

Okay, the plot. Angelina, also known as Angie, also known as Lina, is mourning the death of her beloved Uncle Jahn, but perhaps even more than that, she’s looking forward to seeing Evan Black at Jahn’s memorial. From the moment Angie set eyes on him when she was 16 and he four years older, she has wanted him. WANTED.

The thing is, though, Evan tended to act like she was an annoying kid sister and not someone he wanted back. Angie’s got herself a boyfriend now – if you call someone you’ve had sex with three times a boyfriend – and then there is the whole “Uncle Jahn told me not to date you” thing that apparently applies to both Angie and Evan. But at the memorial, Evan gives her a Look.

And that Look says, “I want you naked and bent over the couch.”

At least Angie thinks so. Hopes so. Wants it to be so.

Much like Kenner’s Stark protagonist, Nikki Fairchild, Angie is struggling to get over a sad past. And like Nikki, she needs to have a painful outlet. Nikki was a cutter, Angie is a thief. Again, this is not pursued vigorously enough to make us care, although Kenner does use it as a means by which Angie and Evan sort of come together.

But can they be together? Really? Because Uncle Jahn appeared to not want them to, and there is the eensy matter of Angie’s “boyfriend,” who happens to be an FBI agent bent on bringing down Evan.

So there’s your plot. Now let’s talk about what we’re all here for: the sex.

It is amazingly hot. Evan enjoys dominating his lady friends, and Angie is up for indulging him. She even finds that she enjoys it. One point of contention: for a man who claims he enjoys it rough and hard, Evan seems perfectly content engaging in more traditional headboard rockin’. This same issue held forth with Damien Stark. I’m not saying that these Dominants need to tie up their bed partners every time, but that ought to out number the vanilla, non?

Suffice it to say that Evan knows how to please a woman, and bless J. Kenner for filling us in on just how well he does it.

This is the first of YET ANOTHER trilogy. Again, please. Let’s just write them without having them come in trifectas, okay? Evan has two chums, and it appears that the next two will focus on his. In that case, I find this trilogy idea less offensive than others.

And if Evan’s pals are as … um … capable as he is, I’m all in.


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