Early Review: KEPT by Shawntelle Madison

November 23, 2012 Review 3 ★★★★

*This title will be released on November 27, 2012*

Kept (Coveted, #2)

KEPT

(Coveted, #2)
by Shawntelle Madison

Genre:  Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Edelweiss

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 27, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0345529170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345529176

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Some sex scenes

Description

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.

Review

In KEPT, the second book in the Coveted urban fantasy series, werewolf Nat continues to struggle with anxiety and OCD. I found it admirable the way she just forces herself to work through her issues and disorder to help her family and achieve her goals. That attitude makes her just as strong as any other powerful alpha shifter.  I especially liked that her OCD is not magically fixed at any time. It’s still there and she continues to cope which is much more in line with the reality of OCD.

While Nat is dealing with OCD she is also struggling with trying to get back into the good graces of her cruel and extremely unforgiving pack after being ousted the previous book. With so few redeeming qualities, I couldn’t grasp why she even wanted to be associated with these hateful people aside from restoring some sense of honor. Since I had such a low opinion of this pack Nat so desperately wanted to be a part of, the final bloody confrontation  was all the more satisfying.

Amidst all the pack conflict, Nat has plenty of personal heartache to deal with in the form of moderately successful love triangle. The potential romance between Thorn, Nat, and Nick didn’t really seem like much of a triangle as Nat appears to heavily lean towards one man throughout the story.  With a heroine  who proves her strength not merely by brute force but by her compassion and willingness to work through her disorder. I’ll be back for more.


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3 Responses to “Early Review: KEPT by Shawntelle Madison”

  1. Readsalot81

    I really like the way the OCD was handled in Coveted and I’m glad to hear it’s well done in Kept. I’m looking forward to reading this one.