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Coveted [Kindle Edition]

Shawntelle Madison
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.
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"A smart, sexy, rip-roaring good time."--New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox
 
"I'm obsessed with Shawntelle Madison's fantastic urban fantasy debut, featuring hoarding werewolves, magic, and mayhem! More, please!"--Michelle Rowen, bestselling author of That Old Black Magic
 
"If you like your urban fantasy original, quirky, and offbeat, this is the series for you. Natalya is the craziest heroine since Carolyn Crane's Justine Jones, and you will love her just as much."--Ann Aguirre, bestselling author of Devil's Punch
 
"Madison tells her story with a lot of humor, and readers will be waiting with bated breath for her next story." (4 1/2 stars) --Romantic Times Book Reviews
 
"I really enjoyed Coveted. It's got pack dynamics, action and there is one hell of a weird therapy group." (4 stars) --Night Owl Reviews
 
"This is the start of a funny and touching new paranormal series, which may be dealing with supernatural creatures, but gives them all very human problems that make them very relatable. I loved this book and can't wait to see what's in store for Natalya next!" --Parkersburg News and Sentinel 

About the Author

Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She'd never admit it, but if asked she'd say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detassling corn, Madison performed various jobs--from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when she's not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children.

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  • File Size: 1383 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00ERJVFZO
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FY6QMW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start to a new series May 20, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hmmm..what to say about this book. I'm pleased that the author came at the fantasy from a whole new angle of calling out that supernatural folk can be neurotic, too! Most all other urban fantasies the supernatural are either with the hero, or they're not. Here we are presented with a whole slew of folk who just ARE. They live, love, shop, go to the dr - even psych docs, and get knocked up. A very very refreshing change.

The author did a great job of putting me in Nat's head. I got it. I understood why she was the way she was, and why she wasn't a kick butt take names kind of gal. And I lIKED it, how weird is that? I'm rooting for her growth. I dont necessarily want her to become Kate Daniels, but I do want her to feel more empowered and in control.

The love triangle was ok, but I'm clearly going to be in the Nick camp. Thorn had his shot, and has done nothing to indicate he deserves another. She needs to move on. Hopefully in the next book she'll figure that out.

The writing was not weak, by any means. Good plot, a little of Harry Dresden meets Stephanie Plum. However, definitely more skill needs to be developed to be able to mature and sustain this series. That said I will add the next to my wish list so I'll know when it's available. It's been a long time since I've done that. I'm looking forward to seeing if this author can hit a home run. I think she can!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional June 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Shawntelle Madison has created a character so real she had me in tears throughout most of the book.

Natalya is a werewolf with OCD, plus she collects Christmas, Hanuka, and Kwanza ornaments. She see the things in her collection as her children, to be protected. This is understandable since Thorn broke her heart and her dreams five years before,and she had never even dated anyone else. In addition she has been thrown out of the pack and for the most part shunned by her family. The ornaments are her friends, family, and the only children she can envision herself having.

This is Book 1 of a new series and not everything has been spelled out. Using my own imagination and the eloquent words Ms. Madison used to show Natalya's heartbreak I am willing to give Thorn a chance to redeem himself over the next few books, but he had better have a good reason for breaking Nat's heart, staying away for five years, and letting his father try to force him into a political marriage with a high ranking member of the pack. I say "try" because in my reading I thought he said that was what his father was trying to arrange, but that he hadn't committed himself to it, yet. If he has committed himself to the other woman then he should be horse whipped for what he is doing to an emotionally wounded woman.

However, in Coveted Natalya meets a white wizard named Nick. I love, love, love Nick. I'm not sure two collectors joining together is a healthy thing, but at least in Book 1 Nick is much better to and for Nat.

Although Natalya is emotionally damaged and suffers with diagnosed mental illnesses, she may be weak, but she is not a quitter. Natalya Stravinsky is a survivor. She is not a weak person like a certain young female character that allows a vampire to control her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5/5 Stars May 29, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I received a copy of Coveted from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Coveted is the first in Shawntelle Madison's urban fantasy series. Ok I gotta say this book depressed the bejesus out of me. There were way more elements of chick-lit than I actually like to read in urban fantasy minus the HEA cuz there wasn't one. A lot of the book was about the main characters OCD and her self discovery which is not why I read urban fantasy if I wanted that well I'd go grab a copy of Eat,Pray, Love. Sorry that probably sounded harsher than I meant but moving on.

We have the main character Natalya who is a werewolf that hoards of all things Christmas ornaments and has OCD. As I pretty much only read urban fantasy I end up reading a ton of werewolf books and I love it when there is a new twist in the genre and well a werewolf with OCD is definitely unique. Natalya as a character got on my nerves very quickly, the OCD got old fast and she was a doormat for every other supernatural creature in the book. Pining after Thorn for 5 years didn't make me like her any better either.

I did enjoy the battle scenes with the Long Island Pack, they were very well written and kept my attention. I admired Natalya actually finding the courage to jump into the fray especially as she is scared witless and out of her league, but she was willing to defend her family to the death and came very close more than once.

All in all the book was ok, not great just ok. As I said chick-lit is not really my thing and there was too much OCD and unrequited love for me to really get into the book. I was really short only 240 pages on my ereader, so I read it quickly but I can't see myself grabbing the second book in the series.

2.5/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review: Coveted May 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Are you a hoarder? Got stacks and stacks of "collectibles" in your house? Me I'm a pack rat because I can't seem to let go of my stuff from high school and college.

Natalya is your everyday typical werewolf. Well, if you count "collecting" holiday decorations of all kinds is considered a rogue by her local pack. She goes to a magical therapy group determined to turn her life around.

With the Long Island Werewolf pack coming to take over their territory they seem to center on Natalya, though she isn't part of the pack. Enter, Thorn, her ex, the soon to be Alpha after his father, and prodigal son return to help protect the territory. Encounters with Thorn are ups and downs. There is also a wizard vying for her attention.

Will Natalya survive the new packs focus on her? Better yet which yummy man do you think she should end up with. It's just the beginning for Natalya........

How Distracted Did I Get?

I did love this book. However to be honest I had issues reading parts of the story due to the pack being mean to Natalya. I'd put the book down and go back a bit later. I had issues in middle school where all my friends turned on me and the whole 7th grade year I was shunned. A little reminiscent.

Coveted was well written and funny. Natalya is very believable in the heroine roll. I couldn't comprehend how it feels to be OCD to the max. With amazing supporting characters throughout this is definitely a must read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book series
Excellent book series! I love how Natalya evolves and grows as a person and werewolf as the books progress. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Sheila Aune
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolfy Goodness
Very cool twist on an unlikely heroine and the friends that support her. Magical and very human at the same time.
Published 2 months ago by LadyL
2.0 out of 5 stars Obviously a writer with great potential, but drops the ball in the...
I figured out early on in this book that it was going to push a lot of my buttons, but it was so well written that I kept going hoping for some explanations on the heroine's OCD... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gayle Geren
4.0 out of 5 stars Very original :)
One of the most original stories I've read in quite a while.

Natalya Stravinsky is a werewolf with "issues". Read more
Published 4 months ago by meigan
3.0 out of 5 stars Hoarder werewolf
When Natalya Stravinsky was abandoned by her lover, she fell apart and was cast out of her pack. Now she spends her days organising things at an antique market and avoiding the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vilia
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars for Weak Whiny Heroine
I don't know if I can even call the main character a heroine. Throughout the book you read on and on about how the main character has one issue after another and can't deal with... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Laura Little Read Riding Hood
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Urban Fantasy
Natalya is a fascinating woman - she's had some OCD issues in the past, and by the time we meet her in Coveted, they're full blown and she's in collector/hoarder mode. Read more
Published 11 months ago by sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars A- rating.....
My Review:
Yay... a new Urban Fantasy series that I LOVE!! And let me just start out by saying that's not something I say very often as this usually isn't my favorite genre,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Smitten with Reading
4.0 out of 5 stars I love love LOVE Natalya
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". Read more
Published 16 months ago by Book- Marks The Spot
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Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She'd never admit it, but if asked she'd say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detassling corn, Shawntelle performed various jobs--from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when she's not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children.

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