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Wanted

Wanted Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Nelson Hobbs, Arika Rapson
Series: Wanted Series, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (463 ratings)
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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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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...

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  • Marie
  • Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada
  • 10-16-14

hmmm

The author needs to learn the art of editing. If it wasn't for the constantly repeated sentences, the book could have been a few hours shorter.

The female narrator was decent but the male narrator was annoying. I seriously thought about returning the book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Mommy
  • Somewhere in Oz
  • 11-03-13

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.

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  • JC
  • 03-26-18

My poor ears...

The female narrators voice and acting were just so bad.. So nasally. I feel like the narrators ruined a story I might have otherwise enjoyed.

I recommend reading it instead of listening to this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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SYRUP AND TEARS

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

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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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • FL
  • Chuckey, Tennessee
  • 09-09-19

Great Book A little long

I am loving the story. A lot more complex than most books which is good. I agree with some of the other reviews entirely too much cussing and trust me I cuss like a trucker...oh I am. Anyways, too much. I understand that the author is wanting to emphasize certain things but just to much. Also I really need to find a person who can look at me and make me want to O , Oh no I didn't O S I DId. Dang! lol

I do like how the story is not just about two main characters. I think I am a little confused on how the first book really ties into this one other than the grandparents. I need to go back and read the ending of the first book.

It is easy for people to criticize someone else's work and I don't want to be a negative Nancy so I am going to make a point in say I REALLY LIKE THIS SERIES SO FAR!

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Wanted to finish this one, but...

I eagerly downloaded this book because the author set the story in my hometown. I did get a little thrill to hear the narrators pronounce the names of some of my favorite places. Despite this little joy, I cannot listen to this book any longer. I have attempted 4 hours, with nearly 10.5 hours remaining, and just cannot continue. Here are my reasons why I cannot go on....

1) Juvenile and foul language
Every third to sixth sentence contains the F* word.

2) Repetitive phrasing -- I do not enjoy listening to the same words repeated over and over.

3) Juvenile story
I keep telling myself to go easy here, as the main characters are 18 and 23 years old.

4) Indecisive heroine -- is she or is she not worthy of the hero?
Maybe this plays out in the end, but I cannot imagine what more is going to happen over 10 more hours.

5) I do not like the female narrator's voice and tone.
For a character who is repeatedly described as "innocent", this narrator unfortunately sounds scornful, snide, and abrasive.

6) The male narrator is the only redeeming part of this story, and the only reason I give the performance two stars instead of one.

I am disappointed as I looked forward to discovering a new series by a new author. I may try a different book or separate series of this author another time.

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  • Sarahlou
  • 01-03-18

This book makes you WANT more

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Brilliant storyline, great narration, you are engaged and hooked from beginning to end

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved them all, The emotions and actions were gripping and enticing

Which character – as performed by Nelson Hobbs and Arika Rapson – was your favourite?

I liked them both, they both narrated well keeping the listener engaged

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

made me do both with the superb writing and narration

Any additional comments?

when books are narrated by both male and female narrators I would prefer the chapters to be mixed with the dialogue when the male and female characters are talking instead of one chapter with the male narrator and then one with the female

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  • Lucyanna
  • 08-22-15

This book is WANTED

If you could sum up Wanted in three words, what would they be?

amazballs

Loving
Life lesson

Who was your favorite character and why?

Grunner

A true romantic but still being a realistic guy that could be real

What does Nelson Hobbs and Arika Rapson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

brining more life to the characters
Helps you feel the feels

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

(spoiler Alert)

when Ellie was fully recovered from the accident and grunner
Asked her to marry him in the caravan and made love to her loses her VCard
With chocolate covered strawberries and wine it was so sweet and dreamy


Any additional comments?

if you enjoyed this book/series read Kelly Elliott's broken series