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Kept (Coveted #2) by Shawntelle Madison

05 May

Kept (Coveted, #2)

Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Ballantine Books
Rating:5/5 Stars
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:

**ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

This is the second book in the Coveted series, and it was so much better than the first. The story picks up where Coveted left off and I was immediately swept away. Coveted was such a great read and I expected nothing less of Kept.

Despite her flaws, Nat is such a strong and realistic character. I love her quirks and flaws. All the characters blended into a strongly woven story.

The story begins with the main character Natalya the werewolf in an uneasy truce with her family after she repaired the falling out from years before in the last book. Her father goes missing and she reluctantly goes with her ex-boyfriend/soon-to-be pack alpha Thorn and her brother to find him in Atlantic City. They learn that he is being held by a werewolf mob boss who the father owes a blood debt to. After some coercion, Natalya gets the mob boss to agree to allow her to take on her battered fathers debt. She ends up driving a dump truck with mysterious cargo to another state. Which is not as simple as it sounds, with fairy assassins attacking. Natalya calls upon the aid of her White Wizard friend/potential love interest, who brings some other friends from the supernatural therapy group along to assist. With lots of hard work and violence, they finish the journey with surprising results, ending up in the blood debt being paid and Natalya learning something unsettling about Nick.

After returning, Natalya has to train for the event to get her back into the pack while battling her confusion over her feelings for Thorn and his upcoming marriage. I can’t say too much more about what happens in the story because it will give away the shocker that was the ending. I loved the book. It was a great example of Urban fantasy, with constant action, supernatural creatures and magic, with humor, romance and real life issues thrown in. I can’t wait for the next book in the series because of the direction that the ending pointed in. Ms. Madison, please keep them coming. Natalya is one of my favorite female characters, with flaws yet the strength and humor to survive anything.

 

REVIEW OF THE FIRST NOVEL

-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 

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