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Coveted Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2012

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Book 1 of 3 in the Coveted Series

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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

"Coveted is odd, funny, original and not at all what you'd expect. The writing is excellent, the characters come off so realistic they should have their own reality show, and the story is authentic and original." --NYT bestselling author Lynn Viehl

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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, 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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Product Details

  • Series: Coveted (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345529189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345529183
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,016,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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As a lover of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, it is rare to find a book with an unusual premise. The heroine of "Coveted", Nat who is a werewolf with OCD was something that intrigued me. But after reading a few chapters, I found myself waiting. I was waiting for things to get interesting, waiting to start liking Thorn, waiting for Nat to get a backbone. I just kept on waiting and it never happened.

Nat is a werewolf with OCD and a broken heart. Five years ago, her lover Thorn left without a world. Although she has always had hoarding issues, she managed them successfully until his rejection. Now five years later, she is an outcast from the pack (including most of her family), lonely and buying Christmas decorations by the truck load. Her life is plodding along when suddenly, Thorn reappears, she starts going to therapy again and a rival wolfpack starts targeting her.

I liked Nat in the beginning. The author did a great job at making me understand her compulsion and why things were so difficult for her. I understood why she doubted herself, her lack of confidence and shame at her illness. I even understood why she held on to the memory of Thorn. But after a while, I just couldn't take it anymore. She turned from vulnerable, lonely young woman into a doormat. I cannot abide a heroine that routinely lets people (including children) walk all over her. I kept waiting for her to tell people off. Since she was an outcast anyway, why not go for broke and speak your mind?

Thorn was also problematic for me. He was not the dreamboat that she had built up in her mind. All I saw was a selfish guy who wanted Nat, but didn't want her enough to claim her, consequences be damned.
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I didn't know what to think when I began this story about a werewolf with OCD. Natalya is a long-time sufferer. Her OCD is bad enough that she has been thrown out of her werewolf pack because it makes her a weak link. She is surviving working at an antique store and collecting her Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa ornaments and decorations. When her old boyfriend Thorn comes back to town the pressure gets greater. He is the son of the alpha who kicked her out of the pack and he is supposed to marry a girl from one of the high status families in the pack. But he can't stay away from her.

When the Long Island pack tries to move in and take over Nat's former pack things get even worse. The alpha of that pack has targeted Nat for reasons unknown to her. She feels isolated and alone. But she has decided to return to therapy to see if she can get her "collecting" under control. There she meets Nick who is a White Wizard who has the same sort of OCD she has. Nick comes to her rescue a few times when she is threatened. Nat also makes a friend in Quentin who is a necromancer who works as a janitor at the same antique store where Nat works. Their first - and only - date was funny in a creepy way.

Nat is also supported when her best friend Aggie comes to visit. Aggie is running away from her father and an arranged marriage. She is a high status werewolf who has an eating disorder. She and Nat became friends when both were sent to a camp for troubled werewolves.

This was an entertaining and unusual urban fantasy story. I really came to like Nat and look forward to reading the sequel to this book. I am eager to see how the relationship with Thorn and with Nick work out.
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I have to give ithis a 4 Star (probable a bit more) reading experience. The pace of the book was really good and I had no problems staying interested in all the crazy and bad luck events that seems to pile up on the main character Natayla (an outcast werewolf). Written entirely from her POV, I found I liked that more than I thought I would. I was able to feel her struggles with OCD (compulsive cleanliness and hoarder of xmas ornaments), her lack of self confidence and low self-esteem, not just for being 'different' but as an outsider kicked out of her pack. At times her submissiveness and weakness bothered me but I understood where she was coming from being picked on for OCD, seen as the weak link by her old pack gaining her no respect, and being a rogue loner wolf. Luckily, Natalya had a best friend Aggie with an eating disorder, who stood by her side through thick and thin. She also made some unexpected friends (like her band of misfits) when she goes to group therapy to work on moving forward and changing her life. There she meets Nick, the white wizard, who seems to understand her and is there for her when she least expects it. While the story takes place in suburbia NJ and NYC, the world of supernaturals are all mixed species. From werewolfs, witches, goblins, nymphs, warlocks, wizards and zombies. Surprisingly, no vampires. To add to all the complexities, Natayla is still heartbroken over her ex Thorn comes back in town to take over as alpha and fight off the rival pack who has targeted Natalya. This puts her life in constant danger so he wants to protect her and still cares for her but can't be with her due to his duties to the pack. Then, there's Natalya's family who kinda shuns her (some more than others) for getting kicked out though we don't find out why until 3/4 in the book.Read more ›
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