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Wanted: Wanted Series, Book 1 | [Kelly Elliott]

Wanted: Wanted Series, Book 1

Verbally abused by her mother for years, 18-year-old Ellie Johnson always believed she would never be loved or wanted by anyone. She focused all of her attention on her grades and getting into the University of Texas to start a new life away from her mother. The last thing Ellie expected was to fall in love with Gunner Mathews, a starting linebacker for the University of Texas football team and not to mention, her brother's best friend. Gunner only has two passions in life, football and his grandfather's ranch, until he falls for his best friend's little sister.
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Publisher's Summary

Verbally abused by her mother for years, 18-year-old Ellie Johnson always believed she would never be loved or wanted by anyone. She focused all of her attention on her grades and getting into the University of Texas to start a new life away from her mother. The last thing Ellie expected was to fall in love with Gunner Mathews, a starting linebacker for the University of Texas football team and not to mention, her brother's best friend. Gunner only has two passions in life, football and his grandfather's ranch, until he falls for his best friend's little sister. He will stop at nothing to show Ellie how much he wants her, even if it means he has to move faster than she would like. Gunner knows they are meant to be together forever, but Ellie keeps denying her feelings out of fear of being hurt again. Every time he gets close to winning her love, something pushes her away again. Will Ellie ever be able to let go of the past and let him into her heart and will Gunner be patient enough to wait for her?

©2012 Kelly Elliott (P)2013 Tantor

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    Jordy United States 10-02-13
    Jordy United States 10-02-13

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "typical insta-love at first sight kind of romance"

    First, WANTED is not an original story line, regardless, I did like this book. The premise was sweet: love at first sight, need to break through obstacles to be with one another, drama, drama, and of course, the all-encompassing HEA. I would definitely consider this book Mature YA/New Adult, but I think it teetered more on the adult side. It starts out YA and worked its way up to a NA by the end. There was a considerable amount steam, not that they were explicit or anything, but more than your typical Mature YA story would have. The story is fairly simple and highly predictable. Some of it almost seemed immature and very juvenile. To sum things up, it’s a story about a young woman, who was raised by her beloved older brother and an alcoholic mother. Ellie has been on the receiving end of a lot of verbal abuse from her mother. She always kept telling Ellie that no one will ever want her. If it wasn’t for her hard working older brother, Jefferson, she would be lost. Her previous two relationships have ended in utter disaster. Both times, her two good for nothing boyfriends were cheating on her because she wasn’t ready to give up her elusive V-card, yet. When she caught her latest boyfriend having sex with another girl in the school theater, she broke down and called her big brother to come and get her. When her brother shows up to defend her and kick her latest boyfriend’s ass, he shows up with his best friend, Gunner. It was love at first sight for both Ellie and Gunner. Oh the joys of instant love!! Ellie's only saving grace growing up though was her older brother Jefferson. He always took care of Ellie and it was so sweet. Jefferson was definitely one of my favorite characters in this book. He was sweet, funny, and very protective. I liked him from the moment his character was introduced. And him and Ari (Ellie's bestfriend) cracked me up with their sexual tension and banter back & forth. Drew "Gunner" Mathews... delicious! He was just too good to be true. He seemed almost too sweet and perfect at times, but I realized that was what Ellie needed. I liked the Dual POV, but his book actually was a multiple POV book because you get a small glimpse into Jefferson and Ari's mind. I was expecting this book to be all about Gunner and Ellie only but I was shocked to see that Jefferson and Ari played a big part in this story. The next book that is coming out is called Saved and it will be Jefferson and Ari's book. I can't wait to see what happens. Overall, a enjoyable audio book, that had my heart racing at some of the exchanges between the two couples. Unfortunately, it just didn't blow me away like some books. I still would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a very sweet love story with a mix of drama here and there...

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Swoon Lovin' Somewhere in Oz 11-03-13
    Swoon Lovin' Somewhere in Oz 11-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Who thought a middle aged smoker was appropriate?"
    Would you try another book from Kelly Elliott and/or Nelson Hobbs and Arika Rapson ?

    I would buy every book Kelly Elliott puts out. I could torture my ears by listening to these narrators again for these characters if you paid me!!!


    What didn’t you like about Nelson Hobbs and Arika Rapson ’s performance?

    Ellie is a soft spoken eighteen-year-old girl from Texas. The female narrator sounds like a middle aged smoker. The male narrator Texas drawl sounds worse than Nicole Kidman's southern accent in the movie Cold Mountain. Don't even get me started on when they speak in the opposite gender's roles. UGH!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme disappointment and sadness that someone did this to such a great book. The publisher needs to speak with the author about how the characters should sound.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 11-03-13
    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Truly Entertaining"

    I enjoyed this book however at times the main character's insecurities gets to be a bit much to handle. She's grown up with an abusive mother so of course she'll have issues but it became a bit much with the rest of the drama the writer adds to the story. All in all though the story was enough for me to enjoy and quickly purchase the 2nd book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 10-14-13
    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 10-14-13 Member Since 2008

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    "SYRUP AND TEARS"

    A LITTLE TOO MUCH. BUT, I LIKE THE SYRUP, NOT SO MUCH THE TEARS.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Franci Neill Downingtown, PA, USA 06-14-14
    Franci Neill Downingtown, PA, USA 06-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A surprisingly great book...."
    Where does Wanted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks as one of my favorites so far. The narrators were great and made me really feel like they were the characters of the book.


    What other book might you compare Wanted to and why?

    I don't know that I could compare it exactly. I have a tendency to read/listen to books that are parts of a series. I've always liked getting to know all the characters and then getting "updates" on them in the following books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My very favorite scene has to be when Gunner takes Ellie out to their "Oak Tree" on the ranch. So romantic and special in that Ellie really starts to believe she can be "wanted".


    Any additional comments?

    Even though this book is about people quite a bit younger than me, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, fell in love with Gunner and Ellie and the strength of their commitment to each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri Wilson Nashua, NH USA 05-13-14
    Sherri Wilson Nashua, NH USA 05-13-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Good Story! Way too long"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The length


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There was some unnecessary things put in that really could have been edited out and made the story not SO LONG!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yea


    Was Wanted worth the listening time?

    I guess. I fit it in my day. Like when I was driving or cleaning or showering. It was just so long. I really liked the story but oh man the length


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sherry 05-09-14
    sherry 05-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "You can cut what is said with a knife!!"
    What would have made Wanted better?

    The story is a classic love at first site kind of thing. But the language used is so often and so bad that it totally ruins the story for me. Must have said F*** Me and G** D** among so many other words like it so often that it was sickening. I almost shut it off after the first chapter. I probably should have done just that. The other thing is how many times things were repeated in this book. UGH!! Awful!


    What could Kelly Elliott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Leave the horrid language to a minimum and stop being so repetitive.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nelson Hobbs and Arika Rapson ?

    I liked the narrators voices and they did a pretty good job over all.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really!


    Any additional comments?

    No additional comments. I won't be purchasing this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ndulgent Blogger Harrisonburg, VA, United States 02-23-14
    Ndulgent Blogger Harrisonburg, VA, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm one of the reviewers at the Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I am always reading - I don't go anywhere without an ebook or audiobook!

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    "I Wanted So Much More."

    I wanted to like this book. I tried. I found the characters a bit endearing albeit insecure and immature. The story was stilted a bit, definitely a tragically traditional debut novel. There's potential - I can almost feel it and then I'm buried in information dumps again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny NEENAH, WI, United States 02-02-14
    Jenny NEENAH, WI, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm in love!!"
    If you could sum up Wanted in three words, what would they be?

    Dream-Man Gunner


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've always loved the boy-next-door and my-big-brother's-best-friend kind of stories so this appealed to me from the beginning.


    Did Nelson Hobbs and Arika Rapson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, they did a good job using different tones and voice fluctuations; however, they didn't always interpret the character's voices like I thought they should be.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I didn't want to stop listening because the story kept me interested.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karlene Upper Marlboro, MD, United States 10-17-13
    Karlene Upper Marlboro, MD, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "too much swearing"
    What disappointed you about Wanted?

    I am no prude, but jeez...what was with all the cussing. Might have enjoyed this book if I could have gotten past that.


    What was most disappointing about Kelly Elliott’s story?

    The swearing!!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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