Kept by Shawntelle Madison

Coveted, Book 2

Synopsis: 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:I must say that I was completely blown away by this book. I liked the first one but I didn’t expect to completely succumb to this second volume. Once I had the opportunity to get into the story after a few sentences I could not put it down until the end as I wanted to know and understand everything.

Nat hoped to return to a quiet life after the terrible events of the first volume, but her fate does not seem to want to follow her desire. After her brother, it is the turn of her father to disappear as soon as we start the novel. Worried, she realizes that her father went to repay an old debt from a Russian mobster. But without any news, she leaves with Alex, her brother in Atlanta City to find him. What she did not expect was certainly the presence of Thorn as he is determined to come and help whatever she might think. It really warms my heart to see how he cares about her to the point that he is ready to leave everything behind to help her, even a furious Erica. But no, he will be there for her and will do anything to help Natalya. The only problem? His presence shows again and again to our heroine the only thing she wants the most in the world and can not have. She realizes that she must move on and leave him behind but his constant presence is not helping things. And when she tries to make him understand this fact, Thorn stay quite deaf to her demands, wanting only to protect her. It hurts so much to see her like that, constantly asking herself many questions, trying to understand how she should act, and especially trying to control herself so he does not realize how he destabilizes her. We fully understand the motivations of each but that does not change the situation either. And while she managed to save her father and to change her place with his, her whole world is turned upside down. The child born, Alex is forced to leave her alone, Thorn returns at home to accompany her father who is in a bad posture, which leaves us with a Nat; who needs to meet the demands of the mafia, alone. In fact, to erase the debt of her father, she must make a convoy that seems more dangerous than it seems. But even in the worst case, she still has friends to turn to, like Nick, Heidi and our beloved muse who will be there for her in the worst moments. The convoy will help our heroine to evolve. I was really happy to see that she could take herself in charge, trying to deal alone with the situations in which she is placed. Being away from Thorn is going to be very effective, and Nick will also do anything to help her.
We encounter new creatures in this novel and it’s true that I’m really intrigued by their power and all the things they can do. It was a really good idea to introduce them here and we only want more. Shawntelle Madison knows beautifully how to play on the feelings of the reader. I was completely swept away at every opportunity. We cry, we laugh, but it is especially sad for our heroine. Her life is not easy and some persons seem to take pleasure by demolishing her at every opportunity. However, the end was a nice surprise and we could not wish for better things for Natalya. I really look forward to discover the third volume of the series. This book was truly a sublime discovery and this is a new series I’ll follow now. I loved it!

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