Tuesday, January 8, 2013

KEPT by Shawntelle Madison

Coveted Novel #2
Ballantine Books, November 2012
Obtained via:  publisher
ISBN 978-0-345-52917-6
Ebook ISBN 978-0-345-53601-3
Urban Fantasy


Shawntelle Madison’s KEPT was an entertaining urban fantasy that this reader absolutely enjoyed.

Natalya Stravinsky, werewolf, holiday ornament hoarder and obsessive compulsive from Toms River, New Jersey has been outcast from her pack, but has finally been accepted back into her family again.  In KEPT, Nat’s father has been taken by the Russian werewolf mafia and it’s up to Nat and her two love interests, the wizard Nick from her group therapy sessions and alpha ex-lover werewolf Thorn to help her get her dad back.  With her last chance at regaining entrance back into her pack looming, and her love life in disarray, Nat has her work set out for her.

Having never read the first book in Shawntelle Madison’s Coveted series, this reader had no real expectations when picking up KEPT.  But it didn’t take long to realize this quirky urban romance was going to be a good one.  First of all, the story takes place in New Jersey, this reader’s home state.  Most of the action takes place in Atlantic City and involves Nat trying to pay off a debt her father owes to a Russian mobster.  While this all takes place, Nat is trying to figure out her love life (both the alpha werewolf and the wizard seem equally strong contenders with their own set of strengths and weaknesses).  Throw in her OCD and its resulting problems and you just know you have to read this one.  Fast paced, quirky characters and an interesting storyline within a storyline, Shawntelle Madison’s KEPT is well worth the investment in time and shelf space.

Reviewed by T. Barringer

"This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book."


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