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Product Details

  • Series: Coveted
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345529170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345529176
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

"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, on Coveted

"A rich and diverse world that captured me from the first page. Madison is a rising talent in the genre, and she has created a world that I will be happy to visit again and again. A captivating read."  -New York Times Bestselling Author Yasmine Galenorn

About the Author

Shawntelle Madison is a Web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She’d be reluctant to admit it, but if pressed, she’d say that 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 favorite job of all. On any given day when she’s not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. Shawntelle Madison lives in Missouri with her husband and children.

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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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I can't wait to see what she gets into next.
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No spoilers...but I'm not sure how I feel about her decision.
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I love the quirky character "flaws" Natalya has!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ellepaul on December 1, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was really nervous when I started reading Kept. I did not like Coveted very much so I was worried that Kept would be more of the same. It wasn't! Kept is so much better in every way possible. The plot was there from the get go and the lead character Nat went from being the most dislike main character to one I actually could stand.

Nat is still a very OCD and a Christmas Ornament hoarder with anxiety issues. As a werewolf that means she is weak and now has to go through a set of trials to get back in the pack her family belongs to. Just when she starts training her father disappears. She and her brother Nick along with the second in command of the pack Thorn (who is also her ex boyfriend) chase her father's trail only to find he owes a debt and is unable to pay it. Her brother can't help because he gets news that his first child is coming and Thorn is forbidden to help her. So she call on her friend Nick to help her pay the debt and restore honor to her family.

The good news is that I really don't think you have to read Coveted to enjoy Kept. The only thing I think you would gain from reading Coveted first is that you can get a better look at who the characters are. If I had known that I most likely would have skipped Coveted and just read Kept. If you like urban fantasy that involves werewolves, goblins and fairies and has just a bit of romance I would totally recommend Kept to you!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BookGeek on November 27, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
3.5 Stars

At the start of "KEPT" Natalya Stravinsky is exactly where she left off in "COVETED," at least mentally. Though she fought beside the pack and showed herself to be a brave wolf that will defend her family, she is still not accepted. Farley, the Pack Alpha, is finally willing to give Nat a chance to regain her place in the pack. First, she must succeed in `The Trials.' The trials are a series of boot camp like tests that start with a 10 mile run and end with a fight to conquer the other wolves struggling for a place in the pack. On top of the training for the trials, which Natalya has yet to begin, Nat discovers that her father is missing.

Armed with the assistance of her colorful cast of co-stars and a bag of disinfected wipes, Nat goes on a journey that takes her throughout the North East in search of her father. Like its predecessor "KEPT," is full action, heartbreak, triumphs and obsessive compulsive behaviors.

"KEPT" is an entertaining story that questions right from wrong and duty vs. desire. At the start of the series, we learn that despite their obstacles and past behavior Natalya and Thorn love each other. Five years prior, Thorn went to the west coast and didn't return for five years. It was Thorn's abandonment that led to Natalya's breakdown and ultimately her being kicked out of the pack. Finally we learn what kept Thorn away and why they were separated in the first place, still excuses and explanations cannot solve the problem. Natalya is an outcast and Thorn is engaged to be the mate of a rich female chosen by his father. No matter how hard they try, these two cannot seem to avoid each other and sparks always fly.

Especially, when you add in Nat's therapy partner the white wizard Nick. Things with Nick are easy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Urban Fantasy Investigations on November 27, 2012
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Natalya really is working to become more than the scared, hoarding, outcast wolf we met in the beginning of COVETED. A good part of the book Nat is on a mission to save her father from a debt he owes. I have seen quite a few reviews that state that you can read KEPT as a standalone but I liked COVETED and I enjoyed having the full story so I will say, yes you can but you should read COVETED anyways.

KEPT was nicely paced, full of action, suspense, growth and I was hooked to the story from a few pages in. I liked how Natalya had to deal with situations on her own for a bit. She proved to herself she can hold her own when needed. There were some neat characters introduced and some nice twists. The romance was pretty good. I really do like Nick but I wasn't rooting for him in KEPT. He comes to Natalya's aid when no one else does and helps her complete her mission but I really only see him as a really good friend to her. Thorn has had Natalya's heart for a while and he really redeemed himself in KEPT. I wasn't totally sure of him for Nat in COVETED but I love him now and couldn't imagine a better mate for her. I am glad to have the love triangle cleared up and cant wait to see the reactions decisions and events from KEPT will bring. I enjoyed learning more about Nat's family and what they have been through. Nat's OCD is still very much present but it seems to be getting better.

KEPT was the best of of the two books so far in the series in my opinion for the ending alone. WOW that rocked by socks off. I was on the edge of my seat with suspense. Can not wait to see what will happen next, the ending surely changed the game dramatically. AHHH when will book 3 be out? Someone mentioned in another review that it might not feature Natalya? PLEASE tell me that isn't true, her story is FAR from over in my opinion and I can't say that I would be satisfied if her story ended here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shauni on November 27, 2012
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Allow me to introduce you to the world of Shawntelle Madison.. Let me tell you just from reading this book I know I seriously want to meet this woman. I mean seriously, who would even think to create a story about a werewolf with OCD? and who goes to group therapy? Just the concept cracks my up.. and Ms Madison follows through.

Kept is actually the second book in this series the first being coveted that I have not read yet. I know all my OCD buttons have been seriously pushed lately. All these arcs of second or even third books in a series.. I have had to go back an re read some books in other series just to stay grounded *grins*.

There are two aspects of this book that made it difficult at times for me to read.. first off, there is a lot of back story that is important in this book. Yes you can read Kept as a stand alone but seriously I don't suggest it. What happens in Coveted is important.
Secondly, this book is written in first person. I have always had a personal issue with that particular style of writing.. no reason it's just harder for me to fall into,

This book takes place in a small town in New Jersey where our heroine Natalya Stravinsky, a brilliant, quirky, neurotic, individual has been welcomed back into her family but is getting ready to re apply for membership in her pack. She is less than sure of what she is doing or if she will even succeed. This girl/wolf has serious insecurity issues. Everyone even family accepts that she is just odd and has no self control. But what's a girl to do? The love of her life has agreed to marry an ubber bitch for the sake of the pack. Her father is missing and her brother is soon to be an new father.. oh yeah and her aunt treats her like she has parvo.
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