by Shawntelle Madison
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Coveted 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
The_Readers_Edge More than 1 year ago
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars COVETED is the first book in the Coveted series by Shawntelle Madison. COVETED was provided to me by Random House Publishing Group for an honest review. Natalya is a lone wolf, ousted by her pack leader. Most pack members view Natalya as a liability that is a weak link for the pack. Natalya lives a solitary life with her only contact with the pack through her job and her family. Although the pack are aware of her mental illness, they are not aware of the extent it has gone. Contented to live on the fringes until the return of Natalya's ex-boyfriend. Natalya has decided that she needs to make a change to overcome the debilitating effects of her OCD. Her estranged pack is facing a possible overtaking and Natalya seems to be the target. With the help of friends old and new, she attempts to overcome her OCD and the threat of the infringing pack. Overall I enjoyed the book and it was a quick read, but it wasn't very deep. I was expecting deep. I'm not sure why, but the description and cover seemed like the book would have a lot of meat to it. There was a lot going on and the premise of the story was good. I really liked the idea of an OCD werewolf. In most books they almost seem infallible. I also liked the idea that Natalya really isn't a kick ass heroine. She is a mentally ill individual dealing with the daily grind and all that it entails. I'm still kind-of unclear as to why she and Thorn are no longer together. The addition of Nick was a good move. Thorn didn't really seem to have a personality. He was just this mysterious guy watching and protecting from afar. We saw a lot about Nick and got a good picture of who he is and his relationship with Natalya. With all that being said, COVETED left me wanting more. I enjoyed the read overall.
MoRWAReviewsSTL More than 1 year ago
5 Stars- Spellbinding Natalya Stravinsky is just your everyday, average hoarding werewolf with a major case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. When the love of her life, Thorn, abandoned her five years ago, her world dissolved. Cast out of her pack, Natalya’s only true joy comes in the form of her many Christmas decorations. When Thorn returns to South River Toms to assume role as the pack’s alpha, Natalya must confront the pain of his abandonment, cast aside her pride and turn to him for aide as the Long Island pack threatens her very existence. Debut author Shawntelle Madison is truly gifted. Her dynamite debut kept me enthralled until I turned the final page. I could not put this book down. A riveting, fast-paced, action packed story with a heroine readers will adore. Ms. Madison’s characters are so full-bodied they leap off the page with their hilarious antics. But this story would not be what it is without the heroine. Natalya is such a compelling, dynamic character who touches your heart on so many levels. Ms. Madison finishes her tale with a gut-wrenching ending that left me breathless. This is one of 2012’s must have books to add to your keeper shelf. I can’t wait to read the next installment in Ms. Madison’s series and see what else this powerhouse author has in store for her readers.
mtibbitts More than 1 year ago
This book was a really good read. I have never read a book where the main character was OCD but was such a bad ass. Throw in sexy werewolves and other magical creatures and you have a wonderful start to a new series. I can't wait to see what the next book has in store for Nat and all the others. SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP. For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she's stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home--and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense. Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves--and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it's enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.
RedheadedBookworm More than 1 year ago
A werewolf with OCD that hoards Christmas ornaments?!?! Yep, you read that right. A new twist showing that even super natural creatures can be normal too. And there are plenty of supernatural creatures in this book. There is even a support group for supernaturals with mental disorders. I liked Natalya, but sometimes, I just wanted to shake her. She needs some confidence. Losing her boyfriend, sent her spiraling into her hoarding habit. Now, she has been pining for Thorn for five years. And now, that he is back, he is promised to another. That being said, I really enjoyed the book. You get to see a lot of the hierarchy of the werewolf clans. I liked the characters and the story line. Nick has me intrigued. I can't wait to find out more about him! I will be reading the second book, Kept, which is due out November 27,2012.
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LittleReadRidingHood More than 1 year ago
Coveted kept me mildly entertained but thoroughly underwhelmed. Natalya is a werewolf that for some reason has been kicked out of her pack, and mostly ignored by her family. She had a great job and a wonderful relationship with Thorn, the next in line to be pack leader. But for reasons that were never made clear, he ... left? And came back at some point, and they still want each other but can't be together because of politics? I never felt the tension during their scenes. I guess it has to do with the fact that I never got to see them together? That can't be all of it ... but maybe some of it. I don't know. What I thought was EXTREMELY well done was Natalya's mental illness. She is severe OCD and a hoarder of a specific kind of item. Fortunately I don't suffer from either of those, but the scenes where she is at her home, or when an attack is coming, my breath would become shallow and my heart rate would increase. I felt like I could at least empathize with her. I have a better idea of what people suffering from OCD & hoarding go through day after day. It isn't as easy as just stopping - they have to struggle every day, every moment. All in all - I don't have a whole lot to say, good or bad, about Coveted. It was ok. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it. I will give the next book, Kept, a shot, because sometimes it is me that isn't connecting with a book, and the second book really hooks me. I will let you know!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took a few for me to get into it. THEN I looked at the clock and 2 hours had gone by. Try this book if you want something a little different.
ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable book. I love Nat's quirky personality. I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the next
Tiff2ful More than 1 year ago
I received this from Random House Publishing for my honest review. Nat is a hoarder or as she would like to call herself a "Collector". She's had a problem with it for years and she finally started to get better when she met Thorn. When he left so did her will and she slowly started to fall apart. And b/c of her OCD tendencies she is a weak link in the pack. She decides to just leave the pack and be on her own. A year later she still isn’t any better and her whole house is full of Christmas ordainment's. She gets word that Thorn is back in town and she is thrilled but sad. Things go from bad to worse when members of her pack begin to turn up dead. And for reasons she doesn’t know, they want her dead as well. Will Thorn be the one to save her or will it be her sexy wizard hoarder? Nat is all by herself and her time is running out. It's kill or be killed. I’m going to start this review a little differently than I do other reviews. I’m going to start with what I didn’t like or what annoyed me. Ok, so in the beginning I could tell that Nat and Thorn were in love….or so I thought until HE LEFT HER!!!!! If he really loved her he wouldn’t have left her. Obviously, she wasn’t worth staying for. And it really irks my nerves when he finally comes back she still wants him. Come on!!!!! He left you and you still want him. Not in my world. Another thing that I didn’t like was how she didn’t stand up for herself. I wanted her to be strong like a wolf should be, not be submissive. I guess it goes with her personality. Now that I said that let’s get to the things that I did enjoy about this book. I pretty much loved this book. Nothing really blew me out of the water, but I loved it. What made it interesting was Nat’s hoarder tendencies. How she would talk about her Christmas Ordainment's and want to get more. Oh, and she liked everything to be clean as well. It made her seem more real. I applauded her when she finally went back to therapy. After all that things start to heat up. Wolves start turning up dead and everyone thinks nothing of it until it happens again. No one is safe. And who is doing the killings? Nat probably wouldn’t have gotten through all of this if she didn’t have her friend there with her. I mean her whole pack thinks she is not worth protecting. So it’s just her and her friend. When she finally meets the wizard, well that was some fun. He knows how to have a good time and no I’m not talking about party’s .LOL We finally get to see a different part of Nat, a stronger side. She can be herself around him b/c he does the same things she does…without the magic. I really really hope in the next one she gets her mind off Thorn b/c if is sooo not worth the effort she puts in. This book goes to show that even the weakest in the pack can do some damage. Nat- She really confused me. Here I thought she was going to be a strong character and when Thorn comes back to town, he is all she can think about. Which makes me HIGHLY ANGRY because HE LEFT HER!!!!!!!!!! I know she has problems with hoarding and cleanliness, but does she need to add swooning after jerks too? I really hope in the next one she gets over him. Thorn- Ok so you can tell that I think he is a jerk and he is. He comes back to town like nothing is wrong, like he just didn’t leave Nat all those years ago without telling her. He makes me SICK. I’m sorry he does. Some of you might like him, but I don’t. He is to full of himself. He knows what he does to Nat and yet he still messing with her. What kind of guy does that? Abby- I loved her!! She was sooo funny and was eating all the time. I hope to see more of her in the next book. Maybe she will knock some sense into Nat. Nick- EEP I love him!!!! Hahahahaha Yeah I know I say that about at least one guy in a book, but come on he is a wizard……who has a hoarding problem as well. :D It makes him more real and not fake. (COUGH THORN COUGH) He is totally bada** except the one part where Nat has to carry him LOL but he redeems himself later in the book. Cover: I really don’t know about the cover. I like it, but I don’t like it because I’m pretty sure that is Thorn on the front. And of course Nat is staring him down. YUCK Other than that I love it. 4 STARS!!!!!
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Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Coveted begins by jumping into the heart of Natalya Stravinsky. From broken promises to an in depth look at her strictly structured life Shawntelle Madison builds Nat's character and her unconventional lifestyle from page one. Nat collects holiday ornaments and etcetera that take over her home and solidifies her status as a low-ranking wolf. I thought it was going to be off-putting to read about a heroine who doesn't appear to be much of a heroine, but Madison gave Nat such a big personality that it was hard not to enjoy her story! While I did enjoy reading the story, I didn't feel that it made too big of an impression on me. Madison constructed a world with strenuous relations between supernatural species that was familiar but also unique. What's holding me back from being undoubtedly in love with the novel is the pacing. I love that it was witty and serious in a complimentary manner, but the unfolding of events seemed slow, as though it was taking its sweet time to be revealed. It was great for laying out the gravity of Nat's situation, but I would have liked for the story to just get to the point as soon as possible. Madison's writing style as a whole is noteworthy, though. She made me feel for Nat in every situation throughout the novel. Nat was so aware of herself, even though she had a condition that pretty much controlled her life. She made strides to better her relationship with her family and learned to let others in. Madison gives enough to keep me interested in the way Nat's life will unfold in he future. Coveted is only the beginning for Nat and I feel there's so much more to see from her. Kept, the next installment of the series, will be the perfect sequel to show the inner strength Nat has found deep within herself. She's definitely a character and one I'd love to see more of! *eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
booksrapassion More than 1 year ago
Reading Between The Wines So let me just start off this review by saying that Shawntelle Madison does not write your typical romance. I mean, there are certain check list features present in the story. Love triangle between the heroine and two possible hunk of burning loves? Check. Lots of angst. Check. Heroines got 99 problems, and another b*tch IS one? Check. What's notably absent for those of you who would find this particular feature a must have? Lots of smokin' hot love scenes. I'm going to go out on a limb here though and say, the missing hypothetical love scenes aren't needed. Madison did such a great job of keeping up with events and bombarding the reader with the protagonists emotions that I felt like it totally made up for the lack of mattress dancing. Not to mention that, while the heroine pines away for her former flame that abandoned her, who is a hunky werewolf that's now promised to another woman, I was actually cheering for the neurotic wizard she meets in her therapy group by the end of the book. This book is a fabulous example of how a love triangle should be written. The other thing I totally loved about this book? The heroine Natalya, cause she's one crazy chick! Let's here it for an author who can totally write about a nutty ass character who's got some serious problems! My hubby says I like them so much cause I am one - but we're going to ignore him while he sleeps on the couch. I completely LOVE when an author writes that kind of character and does it well. Natalya has got a crap ton of anxiety issues coupled with obsessive compulsive disorder and hoarding tendencies. I could totally picture her hundreds of boxes of Christmas ornaments as she moved through her house. These issues stem from not just her genetic make-up (Natalya's great grandma had similar issues), but also from the abandonment of the love of her life, and her family turning their backs on her when she needed them the most. This book has a lot going on, but it's all easy to follow, and I thought extremely enjoyable to read with all of Natalya's quirky issues. Besides, how many books will you get to read in your lifetime that feature a therapy group for supernatural beings with serious issues like Natalya's? I give this book a solid four wine glass toast as I frantically push buttons to pull up the sequel Kept. Enjoy you nutty readers! I know I did.
Jetches More than 1 year ago
A promising series! You hear about people that have OCD, but this book smacked me in the face with reality. I’ve thought multiple times that I have a small form of OCD, and I might, but Natalya has a whole other level and it is crazy. Throw in the fact that she is werewolf and her pack sees her as weak and BAM I’m done like Christmas dinner. In the beginning I felt like her OCD took the front seat to her life, but as I kept reading I realized that that was the point. It was over taking her life, and it wasn’t until a couple of chapters in that you learn more about Nat and start to see her wanting to change. I wasn’t 100% sold on Nat at first because she is very submissive and does not stick up for herself, but that is something that comes as a side-effect to her condition, thankfully it does start to change when she realizes the things that are important in her life. And she tries to change for her own good. She goes on an extremely awkward date, invites an old friends into her home, and gets completely confused by her ex-boyfriend. That’s ok cause he confuses the heck out of me too. Many times while I read this novel I questioned whether or not Thorn actually liked her or if he was just conflicted because of his responsibility to the pack. Oh, Thorn…you’re pretty hot. I can tell. Oh, and then she starts to get funny feelings from Nick (another supernatural creature who is very persistent-me likey). I feel a love triangle come on. So, that being said the characters were awesome and interesting, but the writing was very awkward and hard to follow in this novel. That is the only thing that made me give it a four out of five. For one, I felt like things didn’t really get explained very well. Some things did, but unless I’ve missed something I felt like it as never really explained why Thorn left five years ago and never came back. I also found her relationship with Aggie to be confusing at first. She seemed cold to her at the same time she said she as thankful that Aggie was at her door, and I also felt like it was never really explained how her and Aggie lost touch (I’m assuming it was because Nat moved from New York). Then there is the transformation. I got very very confused about when people were in wolf form or not, and near the end of the novel it stated that only older powerful Werewolves could stop the transformation in the middle of the change, so sometimes when she was talking about her claw, pouncing, sniffing, and nipping at people’s heels then stated that the same person talked or was in human form I had to re-read a page or two to make sure I hadn’t missed something. Otherwise, if it wasn’t for the confusing non-explanations and writing style I really enjoy this novel. Good: Nat—She really grew on me and I’m proud of her. A fictional character…I know, I know. Thorn—He’s interesting and I want to know more Nick—I like Nick. He makes me smile and I think he might be good for Nat. Aggie—She’s funny. The Cover—I know, I know a weird thing to like, but to be honest that is exactly how I picture them! Sometimes you read a book and you realized that the cover characters were not exactly how you pictured them…well, I had no complaints this time. That is Nat, and that is Thorn to me. Bad: Thorn—I’m confused of his intentions. I don’t know if maybe that is what Shawntelle Madison wanted, but she got it. The writing—A lot of things we not explained, or explained correctly (although I hear the reason behind Thorn leaving is in her Novella, I may have to check it out). And many times I was confused about what exactly was going on. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the book was enjoyable. It felt like a mixture of Sookie Stackhouse (the brother, and multiple different Sups after her), Alpha & Omega (a scared and damaged female wolf), and Mercy Thompson series (an independent and lone wolf). Its definitely a good story and one I plan on continuing with (in fact I’ve requested an ARC of Kept), but I hope the explanations and writing gets better in the second book because it sort of did drive me a little crazy.
DaniC More than 1 year ago
Before I read Coveted I read the free novella called Collected. I am glad I did because it gave me better idea of who the characters were and what to expect from them. What it didn’t prepare me for was the lack of a plot. About 75% of the book was just about getting to know Nat and the world she lives in. Natalya Stravinsky is a New Jersey werewolf whose family has deep Russian roots. Nat apparently takes after her great-grandmother; they both suffer(ed) from a hoarding (collecting) problem. She also has OCD and has been kicked out of her pack because of all her problems. She is a very difficult character to like. In fact I don’t even know what her ex boyfriend Thorn even sees in her. That is another problem I had – the lack of romance. There was no spark between her and Thorn or even Nat and Nick. Thorn is a bit of a flat character, he just didn’t have much depth or personality. Nick had a bit more to him and was a little more interesting. Overall the story was just ok. It wasn’t an easy read but I stuck with it and I am glad I did. There was a bit of a surprise at the end that I wish had been a hinted at earlier in the story. It was a decent ending and I do look forward to seeing how the next book is compared to this one.
mammy4423 More than 1 year ago
Coveted (Book 1 of the Coveted series) by Shawntelle Madison My Thoughts: This is the first series that I have read with this kind of continuous story line. I really like it. I love that this story has some quirks that a lot of the books I have read don’t. Natalya has a thing for holiday trinkets and tough relationships, be it family or otherwise. Thorn and Natalya used to be a couple, but Thorn left 5 years ago and now has returned. Thorn is to be the next pack leader and in a tough spot. Nick is like Natalya in a lot of ways, but keeps his distance. At this point I am irritated with Thorn, but I understand what he has to contend with. Nick and Natalya just met, but I think they would make a good pair too. I guess time will tell.
HsRamblingMom More than 1 year ago
This story takes an interesting look - the likes I've never read - into supernatural characters with neurological/behavioral/psychological/whatever you want to call it problems. The main character is completely OCD (or should I say CDO because that's the alphabetical order) and has an absolute obsession with collecting...wait for it.... waaaaiittt for it... Christmas Ornaments... Blew my mind... I was definitely NOT expecting that but I have to admit, it was an entertaining read and written in a way where you "got it" - you understood what made her tick the way she did. Natalya "Nat" is a great character if you enjoy character leads with "issues." Shawntelle doesn't write in a way that Nat's problem is come to terms with her problems because you're reading through her eyes... I didn't think I'd enjoy that at first. The whole "obsession with Christmas ornaments" thing really threw me off but the way the story is told, you don't focus on how strange that is. You focus more on what else is wrong in Nat's life - why she is the way she is. Each character stands out in the story - from the grumpy Bill to the white wizard Nick who quickly became my favorite character. Every page I turned I was hoping for another glimpse of Nick. The very first pages of the book absolutely had me caught in its web.... I mean... Chocolate Syrup... Yes please... So right at the beginning I was intrigued by the story. I was hoping for a little bit more of the "juicy" romance aspect but that never came - the only bite being right there in the beginning of the story. Overall, I really did enjoy this read even though the directions taken in the plot weren't those that I would've suspected... maybe that's a good thing? I was surprised to say the least. As a "romance," this doesn't rank high on my list BUT as a "paranormal/fantasy" read, this is one that I highly suggests to readers. You end up encountering more supernatural creatures in this book that several others I've read. There's everything from wizards, weres, succubus, to mermaids...
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ParisAja13 More than 1 year ago
I’ve been looking for a new urban fantasy to fall in love with; something with a kick ass heroine and an interesting world…and if the heroine happened to have issues (ala Justine in the Disillusionists Trilogy or Chess in the Downside Ghosts series) then even better. When this book was recommended to me by my friend Cinnamon I had a feeling it was going to be exactly what I was looking for. And it was. I fell in love with Natalya immediately. She is everything I want in my uf protagonists. She’s vulnerable, yet kick ass, she’s got issues, but when push comes to shove she can overcome them…sort of. On top of a great leading lady, there are hot men (yummy Thorn and delicious Nick), hilarious secondary characters and an intriguing world that expands beyond the werewolf pack. I look forward to delving deeper into Natalya’s world, learning more about her and her eccentricities and her friends and family. I also can’t wait to see how things develop between her and her love interests. While I’m totally team Thorn, I don’t know if there is anyway to get that relationship back given everything that is against them. In the meantime, Nick might be a fun distraction. Thank goodness I have the next book ready and waiting to be read courtesy of Netgalley.
KrisSpor More than 1 year ago
Shawntelle Madison did an excellent job with Coveted book 1 in the Coveted series. Shawntelle Madison focuses mainly on werewolves, but throws some other mythical creatures. Coveted gives readers the inside look on the workings of the pack when in both wolf and human forms. Shawntelle Madison has given Natalya Stravinsky a quiet personality and an OCD order that causes problems for her in both her worlds. Reading Coveted I found myself absorbed in the story and wanting more. I cannot wait to read Kept book 2 in the Coveted series by Shawntelle Madison.
JK1515 More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure where to start... I adored this book. This was an incredibly riveting read. My soft spot for all things werewolf aside, this was a must read. The main character was so flawed and believable, you couldn't help but love her. She is a mess, but trying to turn her life around. Her illness has caused her to lose her place in the pack and now she is treated like an outsider, a weak link. The supporting characters were well written and creative. There were wizards, necromancers, zombies, succubi, goblins, warlocks and muses just to name a few of the many characters. Of course, there were lots of werewolves as well. Gosh, the plot was also good. I was guessing until the very end, but enjoyed the entire story. I wasn't so fond of the doomed romance with bad boy Thorn, but it worked. Thorn is yummy. This was a fast paced read that I highly recommend for any adult paranormal fantasy lover. Due to sexual situations and adult themes, it is not suitable for young adults. The sequel Kept, will be out soon and I for one can't wait. I give this fascinating read five glittery stars:)