Wanted (Most Wanted Series #1)

Wanted (Most Wanted Series #1)

by J. Kenner
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Wanted (Most Wanted Series #1) by J. Kenner

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For fans of Release Me comes a series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees.
 
He is everything I crave, all I desperately want—and he is everything I can’t have.
 
Evan Black embodies my every fantasy. He is brilliant, fierce, and devastatingly handsome. But he is also headstrong, dangerous, and burdened with secrets.
 
My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan’s dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened. Maybe I should have run. But our desire is undeniable, and some temptations you just can’t fight.
 
And from the moment we touch—the passion between us consuming us both—I know that I will never be the same.

BONUS: This edition includes excerpts from J. Kenner's Say My Name and Release Me.
 
Wanted is intended for mature audiences.

Praise for Wanted
 
“If you’re looking for a steamy new . . . series, Wanted is just the book.”Harlequin Junkie
 
“This is one of the best books in this genre I have read this year.”KT Book Reviews
 
Wanted by J. Kenner is the whole package! A toe-curling smokin’ hot read, full of incredible characters and a brilliant storyline that you won’t be able to get enough of. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. . . . I’m hooked!”Flirty & Dirty Book Blog
 
“J. Kenner has written an edgy storyline that will fascinate and keep you wondering.”The Reading Cafe
 
“Suffice it to say, I was hooked in the first few chapters. It was hot, it was sexy, and it really shows that J. Kenner knows how to write in this genre. I can’t wait to get my hands on Heated, the next book in the series, and see whose hands get on whom. Enjoy!”Eager Reader
 
“I loved this story! It had substance, lovable characters, and unexpected discoveries. And the love between Evan and Angelina was passionate, explosive, and utterly wonderful.”Part of That World
 
“I don’t know if I have enough adjectives to describe the hotness of this book. . . . Julie Kenner writes a heck of a story and I am definitely a fan!”About That Story
 
“J. Kenner writes a compelling . . . story about two people with many secrets. . . . Whenever Evan and Angie are together, the air sizzles with tension.”Cocktails and Books
 
Wanted is another J. Kenner masterpiece. . . . This was an intriguing look at self-discovery and forbidden love all wrapped into a neat little action suspense package. There was plenty of sexual tension and eventually action. Evan was hot, hot, hot! Together, they were combustible. But can we expect anything less from J. Kenner?”Reading Haven

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804176675
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: J. Kenner's Most Wanted Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 20,299
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

J. Kenner is the New York Times bestselling author of Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. She spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge in her passion of writing. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughters.


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Wanted: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by stating that I am a huge fan of the Stark trilogy. I would even go so far as to say its light years better than 50 Shades. So, when I heard about this news series, I was beyond excited. When I began reading, that excitement quickly turned to disappointment. I can't tell you how many times while reading this book that I found myself shaking my head and laughing at just how awful it is. There are no redeeming qualities to either the H or h. Both are ridiculously annoying and for Lina, she very easily falls into the TSTL category. I'm not sure how Evan is considered an Alpha. He is BORING! And his moves are so tame, its laughable. This is truly one of those times that I am extremely aggravated that I wasted not only good money on a book, but my time. I didn't even finish it. I couldn't stomach a moment more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Kenner but "Wanted" doesn't hold a candle to the Stark trilogy.  Poor character development.  The story went on and on and on for the first three quarters of the book and then it picked up.  I was getting bored and if it was any other author I would have not finished the book.  I just don't feel the chemistry between the two. I was disappointed in this book.
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Angie always knew she'd wanted Evan. What she didn't know was that he'd always wanted her too, but knew he wasn't good enough for her. She was a senator's daughter, he was the bad boy with a lifetime of secrets he could never tell her. Angie's uncle took Evan and his two best friends under his wing and treated them like his sons. Angie loved her visits to her uncle, knowing Evan and his friends would be there a lot. Her fantasies had only escalated with time, always starring Evan, but he was the boy her uncle told her she could never have. Shortly after his death, Evan tried to fight his feelings for Angie, but their long hidden desire for each other eventually emerged. I really liked this book and can't seem to keep my mouth shut when recommending it! The characters were well developed and I was always on the edge of my seat, waiting for that final moment of surrender between the hero and heroine. That was a little slow to happen for my liking, but I totally enjoyed the book. The supporting characters gave the story depth and made the book more interesting as they were important to the hero and heroine's development. That added to their sexual tension, which is so much more fun and keeps you turning the pages that much faster. Evan likes to be in control and he loved showing that side of himself to Angie. I was kind of liking it myself (lol)! I loved the ending and very much look forward to the next book in the series! Please keep them coming, Ms. Kenner!
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
J. Kenner introduces readers to a hot new trio in the first of her new Most Wanted series, Wanted. Evan, Tyler and Cole give new meaning to the phrase "bad boys." Mostly because in many aspects, they really are bad. They've dallied in illegal operations, and their motives in the past have been questionable. The FBI is sniffing around their business ventures and they each keep a lot of secrets. And, they all seem quite unbothered by most of it. Their methods have proven very fruitful - they're living the highlife, not wanting for anything. Except, we find out that Evan Black really does want something that he thinks he can't have. Angelina Raine has wanted Evan ever since laying her eyes on him at the tender age of 16. He, Tyler and Cole were her beloved uncle's proteges, and after she started hanging around her uncle a lot following the tragic death of her older sister, Lina spent a lot of time around the three "knights." It made her crush on Evan even more unbearable, especially since all three of them viewed her as a kid sister. Now, Lina is 23 and spends most of her life pretending. She pretends she's prim, proper and subdued. She pretends she loves politics as much as her sister. She pretends she really likes her boring FBI agent boyfriend. She pretends she doesn't still want Evan more than her next breath. And, then, she decides she's done pretending. She wants to fly. There was a rather melancholy tone over the whole book. It begins at a funeral. And both Lina's and Evan's pasts are full of tragic events. The chemistry between these two is palpable, and the constant denial of it is maddening and more than a little sad. The reader feels and knows that if they could just get over their self-deprecation and act on what each of them really wants, they could both find the peace and hapiness that seems to be constantly just out of reach. I loved the sorta spy-games element that's thrown in. It adds an extra level of suspense and danger. There are twists and turns that made for an exciting final 25%. I just love that, although J. Kenner writes ridiculously hot and sexy scenes, they don't flood the pages such that we lose the plot or forget the motivations behind what Lina and Evan are doing. There's a good balance of sex and story, and I very much appreciate that. I am very much looking forward to Tyler's and Cole's stories in the Most Wanted series (and hopefully, updates on Lina and Evan too!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the Stark Trilogy, and have been waiting for this book to be released, but it doesn't even seem like the same author. There are loose ends (which may get addresses in the next book) and other things seemed thrown together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book for months and it definitely was worth the wait! Read it in 2 days, i absolutely loved Evan & Angie. Can't wait for the next one!!!
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
This book was hot! Agreat way to start a new series.  It had me hooked from the first page. Looking forward to the next book.
nightreaderss1 More than 1 year ago
J. Kenner did it again! If you loved her Stark trilogy you will love this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a huge fan of the Stark triliogy and I thought this was book just as good. While it took the author the entire trilogy to finish telling us the story in the Stark triliogy, she did a fantastic job telling us the story of Evan and Lina. I was hooked from chapter 1 and I find it hard for me to get into a book within the first few page. This is one I could see myself reading again (along with the Stark books). I look forward to the next book in this series and love how the author is tying in all her charecters from her previous stories into her new one.
Brunette_Librarian More than 1 year ago
    I’ve read a few J. Kenner books and while I’ve enjoyed them, they’ve never grabbed me like Wanted has. From the very first few pages, the mystery of Evan and the uncertainty of Angelina as she enters the real world was addictive to say the least. Well written characters, a wonderful start to a new series, and a rich secondary character set easily makes this one of the best new series to watch.       Angelina’s much beloved uncle, Jahn, has just passed away. Just having graduated college and taking care of her suddenly ill uncle haven’t left Angelina with much time to plan her life, or decide which direction she wants to go. Her father is a politician,  and wishes for her to work on capital hill. She’s dating an FBI agent, who doesn’t light a fire in her like her Uncle Jahn’s friend, Evan.       Evan is as mysterious as the night. Angie has known Evan for years but has never really known him if you know what I mean. A student of Jahn, a lover of all things fine, and definitely not always on the right side of the law, Evan promised Jahn he would never pursue Angelina. With Jahn’s death, Evan can no longer deny his feelings for Angie and Angelina begins to see her infatuation with Evan may not be as one sided as she thought.       Addictive is probably the best way to describe Wanted from the first few pages. I couldn’t get enough Evan and his total just alphaness. It was freakin’ fantastic. He may be an art thief, he may not, he may be under investigation by the FBI, he may not...but boy oh boy do I love him for being the bad boy that he is. The will she won’t she plays out beautifully and their first kiss will have you shouting yes!         This book is so much fun! Swift moving with a total alpha lead hero and a fun heroine in Angie, I can’t wait to see what J. Kenner has in store for us in Heated. Evan’s two friends, Tyler and Cole, will make great characters in their own books, and I will most definitely be rushing to read their books. Secrets abound and I have a feeling they are only going to get better and a bit juicier. Who are these three men and just what exactly have they been up to?
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! It had a mysterious vibe full of intrigue and some seriously SCORCHING sexy times! I was instantly drawn in and wanted to know more about their secrets. Evan Black. Totally sexy and dominant yet caring and giving. The type of alpha-male I love. Angelina Raine was an interesting character. She was wound so tight, I couldn’t wait for her to unleash. Sometimes I felt sorry for her and other times she irritated me but by the end I really liked her. I really enjoyed Evan and Angie’s developing relationship and the pull they had on one another. All the questions I had throughout were answered and I thought there was a great build while everything unfolded. I thought this book was fast paced with just the right amount of drama to keep me invested. I like the other characters that were introduced and am looking forward to their stories. Evan’s friends, Cole and Tyler, seem like interesting guys and I enjoyed the back story of how they all met. I liked Angie’s friend Kat and the interest she had in Cole. Can’t wait to see where that goes – they get their own story in Ignited (which will be book 3).  This book was seriously scorching. I mean really - cold showers required! I don’t know if I have enough adjectives to describe the hotness of this book – sensual with lots of heat… totally hot with a combustible build. It was H.O.T. The sexy times were woven throughout the story and just about the time I thought it was to much, it pulled back to the story, keeping it pretty even. It is erotica so I knew there would be lots of schmexy times involved - I'm certainly not complaining. ;-) This book was a definite page turner. I was happy with the conclusion even though it might have wrapped up a little too nicely for me. There was a great I didn’t see that coming moment with Evan’s family, I knew there would be something but I wasn’t expecting that. I was very happy with the epilogue. I am looking forward to the next two books in the series. Julie Kenner writes a heck of a story and I am definitely a fan! ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Cherryreads More than 1 year ago
Wanted by J. Kenner is the first in the Wanted series and features Evan Black and Angelina Raine. This book was good. I liked the dynamic between Evan and Lina, but I think I enjoyed the Stark series better. Don’t get me wrong this story has the hot sex and dangerous men-what more could you ask for? I just felt like the story was a little rushed at the end. It ended in a nice neat little bow and I like that-I just think that it got there a little too easily. FYI I have purchased and plan to read book two of the series.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
Angelina Raine lost her sister when she was just a teenager. Wracked with guilt and keeping a massive secret from the world around her, she retreated into herself and withdrew from social interaction. But her Uncle Jahn, who shared her loved of art, managed to draw her out of that shell and allowed her to stay with him in Chicago whenever her schedule permitted. There, she met three boys Jahn took under his wing – Evan Black, Tyler Sharp, and Cole August. Tyler and Cole are like brothers to her, but Evan – Evan stirs in her a desperate passion that she has managed to keep hidden from everyone around her. Or so she thought. With her Uncle’s death, Angelina and Evan are drawn further together. Angelina has always been convinced that Evan only sees her as a little sister, but she’s about to discover that she has been very, very wrong. Angelina is an insecure young woman with a penchant towards kleptomania, a crime that fulfills some pent-up need to “be wild.” I didn’t find her particularly likeable. In fact, at times she came off as nothing more than selfish, spoiled, and rich brat acting out to get attention from her Senator father. I understand that there must be a tremendous amount of guilt over the death of her sister, but most of her words and actions came across as stilted and awkward, mostly due to her indecisiveness and lack of confidence. Evan is a secretive man, evasive but charming. As a rich man, he is used to getting what he wants. Except when it comes to Angelina. He made a promise to leave her alone that stretches all the boundaries of his skewed, but firm code of ethics. Unfortunately, this all falls apart in the space of a few days after Jahn’s death and Evan spends the first half of the book in a broody I-want-you-but-I-can’t-have-you attitude that came across as lame and boring for a character who is supposedly such a naughty badass. Thankfully the story actually picks up in the second half with Angelina and Evan succumbing to their passion for one another and a fun, little mystery playing out to a delightfully intriguing end. Other than that, this one fell a little flat for me. The writing style is great, but the characters and plot development needed fleshing out. I couldn’t connect with the characters and definitely didn’t sympathize with Angie’s need to steal things. Some parts were enjoyable, particularly the second half as I’ve already mentioned, but mostly this book left me feeling a little bored. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] com
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Let me just say that Kenner writes some amazing dirty talk. So far all her men are supreme male specimens in and out of the bedroom and they all have amazing mouths. If there had been time I could have read Wanted in one sitting. As it was, I read until 3am then was forced to put the book down. Hey, even I need a few hours of sleep every night. Our hero, Evan Black was hot. So Hot I've already made him a book boyfriend. This book is full of good sex and even better dirty talk. Evan is a man bound by a promise. Evan may not be the most honest business man in Chicago, but apparently he's a man of his word...for a while at least. I understood where Evan was coming from and I appreciated his attempt at being honorable, but mainly I just really wanted them to hurry up and get it on. :) Not only does Kenner write one hell of a hero, she writes an awesome heroine as well. Angie isn't a push over, but she's another woman who is going through something. She's strong yet, just a bit vulnerable at the same time. It's her ability to raise above that vulnerability that made me love her. Just like Nikki in the Stark Trilogy, Angie felt very real to me. I was able to connect with her and what she was going through during the time of the book. A small part (a very small part) of me almost wishes Angie had played a little harder to get, make him work for it a little, you know? For what it's worth I pretty much loved all the supporting characters as well. Flynn was right at the top of my list. I could read a book with him as the leading male. Wanted is a little over 350 pages and the closer to the end I made it I started to worry that we wouldn't have enough time to solve the mystery and tie up all the lose ends we needed to. I was freaking out because we were running out of time. We did tie up everything that needed to be handled, but the ending did seem rushed. I would have liked more story on 'the plan'. It's almost anti-climatic because everything goes down without much issue. I would have liked to see the plan be more complicated and maybe with a set back or two. In fact I wish the ending had been longer in general. I wasn't done swooning over Evan Black before the book ended. I feel like everything that happened after the 90% mark could have been told in more detail and started somewhere around the 60% mark. That was were the meat of the story was for me. I wouldn't say there was ever a part where I was bored, but there were parts early in the story that seemed to drag a bit. But, what can I say, I'm an action girl. Wanted was definitely a top read for me this year and I can't wait to get Heated (book 2) on my Kindle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book from the first yo the last page! I absolutely loved it!! I can't wait for the next book!!
psee More than 1 year ago
4.5 Hot yet not quite FSOG stars When I dove into Wanted I expected lots of steamy scenes and typical alpha male action. Now Evan fits the bill for your typical alpha male. He is rich, hot, charismatic, dominant, and has the required tattoo. Angie is your typical, "I want someone who is bad for me" heroine. She is refreshing in that she did not overdo the back and forth "should I/shouldn't I" and just went for it. So together as a couple I liked them. The sex scenes are definitely hot but it took over half the book to get there. Interestingly, once there, despite being hot they were definitely more vanilla, but not like that is a bad thing. What I found to be surprising, was the little mystery/suspence that was throw in at the end. I think it helped to round out the story and found it enhancing Evan and Angie's relationship. It also helped to bring Tyler and Cole back into the story and I so can see one or both of them getting their own books. Angie's friend Kat was also enjoyable and I was disappointed that she wasn't in the book more. The best part is the book can be read as a stand alone gives you a HEA, so two thumbs up!!! Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous 5 months ago
I just wanted to get to the end. I can't stop without getting to the enf of a book but this almost convinced me to try. Weak story line, characters that I couldn't bond with.... I am so dissapointed. Loved the Stark series! Unfortunately, this isn't even close.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this boock so much
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading a few reviews I admit I was a little apprehensive about purchasing this book, but I was more than pleasantly surprised as I began reading, and as I completed the book. Its more than just your average 50 shades twisted love story. The story line is interesting and leaves you wanting more of the Angie and Evan love story. I though it was brilliant, and I know it is one I'll read over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've become a great fan of J. Kenner's work. Her Stark series is one of my all time favorites, so knew I had to follow that "peek" of Evan Black in one of her Stark novels, and read about him on his own. Not disappointed! Love the fact she set this book in Chicago. I'm a midwestern girl and frequent the Windy City, including the Drake Hotel, quite often. She did her research on the city, except for one fact. I'll forgive her for making it sound like Evan could live on his yacht year round. Lake Michigan freezes over in the winter. Yacht living for any Chicagoan would be limited to summer /early fall. Would have loved for her to write more about about Evan and Angelina, but will hope for some glimpses into their lives together in the next book about his friend and business associate, Tyler!
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One of my favorite series