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Claimed (The Outlaws Series) Mass Market Paperback – October 6, 2015
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“An adrenaline filled, exhilarating ride.”—Fresh Fiction
“Fans will be eager to see what Ms. Kennedy has in store for her mercenaries.”—Shannon K. Butcher, author of Edge of Betrayal
“Takes readers on a terrific emotional rollercoaster ride full of relentless action, heated sexual tension, and nail-biting plot twists.... breathless passion will leave the reader begging for more.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
RITA-nominated and New York Times bestselling author of the Killer Instincts novels (Midnight Action, Midnight Captive), Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager. She loves strong heroines, alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
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I was looking forward to this new series. I preordered it and when it dropped into my kindle I had a couple of books ahead of it. I read the reviews before I started it to get an idea of what I was in for and I have to agree with most reviews unfortunately. I am no way prude but I like my hero to be on the possessive side and once they meet the heroine I don't like them hooking up with someone else. I don't mind menages when done in the right context of the story. I like hot sex with my stories and I Elle Kennedy is one of my favorite authors to read.
Where it went wrong for me.....Our hero Conner takes our heroine Hunter to the local whorehouse and gets her all hot and bothered and then takes another woman back to a private room to have sex with her. Hunter just sits there ( really?) and then Conner tells her to ride back with Ry and then she hits on him and asks him to teach her how not to care and be open to this new lifestyle. Really? After watching him just have sex with Jamie on the couch? You hit on Ry?And then when they get back Hunter goes to Conners room and hits on him. Wants to sleep with him when he just had sex with someone else not an hour ago! At this point, I disconnected.... I read the rest of the book, I just didn't care what happened.
More sex and our h\h get together in the end and I didn't really care at this point. I kept waiting for Ry to keep joining them. They never laid "Claimed" on each other. I could not connect with the way EK was building this new world.
For me, it would be an interesting series if each book has its on h\h and they were more possessive of their mates and not like, " your want him? Go sleep with him, I don't care. "
I love Elle Kennedy and no way will I stop reading her books, but this series? I will skip it
"I don't care. I still want to come with you.
"Sorry, sweetheart, but this is a boys-only club."
Her agitated expression gave way to indignation. "Wow. So you're rude and sexist."
FINAL DECISION: A mixed bag that started out slowly but won me over by the end with its intriguing characters. By the end of the book, I liked this book enough to want to continue to read the series.
THE STORY: In a dystopian future, the world consists of an authoritative government which tightly rules cities and outlaws which exist without rules and without resources hunted by the enforcers of the government. Hudson Lane, a privileged woman from a city, runs when an unwanted marriage is going to be forced upon her. In the outlaw world, she finds Connor Mackenzie who leads a small band of men. Hudson begs Connor to give her refuge. Despite his reservations, Connor agrees to show Hudson the ways of the Outlaw world which is violent and intensely sexual. Hudson, however, has secrets which will cause Connor to distrust her.
OPINION: This book was mixed bag. Sometimes a first book of a new series that involves world building can feel uneven as too many things have to be accomplished in the first book. That is true here. For me, the book started out slowly as the numerous characters from the series are introduced and the highly sexual, violent world is introduced with its particular rules. During these pages, I found it difficult to get connected with the characters -- especially Connor. In a way, the beginning mirrored some of the worst of erotica, with sexual encounters more about titillating with body parts and multiple partners rather than any emotional connection. By the end of the book, I decided that some of the emotional disconnect is purposeful as it reflects the emotionless sexual encounters that are common in the outlaw world.
Once Connor and Hudson began to emotionally connect, the book got much better for me. I genuinely began to care about the characters and their journey. The pace of the story also began to pick up at that point as the drama of Hudson's secret became more relevant.
Women and men in the Outlaw world are fiercely independent and both have sexual autonomy without moralistic constraints or restrictions. Just about everything goes in the Outlaw world.
I also liked that this first book leaves some questions about what is going on with the enforcers and what the future holds in this world. I especially like that the series seems to be created with an overarching storyline. I prefer my series to truly be connected rather than just having completely separate storylines.
By the time this book ended, I wanted to read more about Connor's men and this world.
WORTH MENTIONING: There is a lot of sex combinations in this one. MMF with depictions of MFF. The hero and heroine have sex with other people during the book both with and without the other present.
CONNECTED BOOKS: CLAIMED is the first book in the Outlaws series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3.5 stars.
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher at the RT Convention. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
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