Review: Addicted by Elle Kennedy

Review: Addicted by Elle KennedyAddicted by Elle Kennedy
Series: Outlaws #2
Published by Signet June 28, 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Erotica
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Claimed
Also by this author: The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)
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Lennox used to live in a paradise on earth with his best friend Jamie, in a place where visitors came and went, allowing their desires to run free. But everything changes when a deadly attack forces them to take up with Connor Mackenzie’s band of Outlaws. Lennox knows Jamie is hung up on someone else, but he’s always believed he’s the man for her—and won’t let her go without a fight.

Even though Jamie is well aware that Lennox is one hot specimen of a man, she refuses to let sex ruin the most important relationship in her life. But when the object of her interest spurns her, she indulges in a little pleasure-filled revenge with her very magnetic, very willing best friend. One thrilling night with Lennox is enough to awaken Jamie’s unexpected desires for him. And now that she’s had a taste, she’s not sure she can ever give him up...

Claimed, the first book in the Outlaws series, was a favorite read of mine last year. Which, of course, had me excited for this follow up.

However…I was underwhelmed.

I was so eager for Lennox and Jamie’s story. They intrigued me in book one but we didn’t really know that much about them. While Kennedy allows us to learn them quite well in Addicted, the rest of the world suffered for it, in my opinion.

Addicted starts off with a group from Connor’s clan heading off to a friend’s settlement to help train them to fight against a rising bandit threat.  It’s a settlement that was touched on in Claimed and again, I was eager to know more about this group of people. And again, I got what I wished for there. But too much happened within the walls of this little ‘town’ and too much happened within the bed of Lennox and Jamie.  There was not enough to progress the series as a whole for me. Really, that’s about all I have to say about the plot of this story.  They trained some people, Lennox and Jamie figure out they love each other and they fuck. A lot.

Addicted lacked the action and excitement I got from Claimed. It felt more like a set up, a bridge, between book one and book three. There is some excitement at the end of the book and some content that makes it all more emotional than I anticipated. It wasn’t enough though. Honestly, other than the little surprise Male/Male action I got towards the start of the book, I was a tad bored. I AM SO BUMMED BY THAT!

I’m not giving up on the series, I’m actually highly anticipating Reese and Rylan’s story because that man lights me up each time he drops on to the page. I am hoping for the same level of energy and steam that I got from Claimed though.

About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. 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.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!


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Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

Review: The Score by Elle KennedyThe Score by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off Campus #3
January 11, 2016
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 350
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)
Also by this author: The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)
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He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

The Score was a tiny bit like reading real life for me.  I was so much like Allie.  A Drama girl who stayed in a less than ideal relationship for all the wrong reasons but with all the right intentions.  After I grew up a little I fell in love with a hockey player.  Though, my husband is not as arrogant as Dean, he is definitely the goofball Dean is. 

This was an opposites attract type love story, not really outside of what the whole Off Campus series has been before this installment. But with a new sense of humor and a new element of tragedy. 

If you’ve read the other books, you know Allie and you know she’s been in a relationship with Sean.  That’s over now but it’s not quite mutual and Allie needs a hideout while the dust settles.  When she’s offered a bed at her best friend’s boyfriend’s house, the last person she expects to have ANY kind of connection with is Dean.  But she does, even if it’s only a drunken sexual one.   A one night stand to help get past her ex was not what she had planned, but she rolls with it – shrugs it off – moves on.

Problem is Dean doesn’t.  The manwhore himself wants more of Allie and only Allie.  This is new for him, he’s a usually a ‘hit it and quit it guy’. Now, he’s concerned with himself, which leads to a hysterical conversation with his BFF and Twilight and if it’s possible to imprint on a pussy.  I loved it, I’m still giggling about it weeks later.

For all the funny Kennedy throws out through Dean, there is that element of tragedy that I mentioned earlier as well.  It tears apart not only Dean and Allie’s relationship but his entire world.  It was very, very hard for me to stay in love with Dean throughout this.  I wanted to dig his eyes out with a dull, rusty butter knife and at the same time, wrap Allie up in warm cuddly fur and ferry her off to a far away place. 

Ms. Kennedy righted the wrongs though and I found myself liking the contrast between all the happy-fun-filled moments and the vicious thoughts.

Kennedy is one of my favorite authors, I’ll be upfront about that. I haven’t loved everything she’s written but most.  She’s become my ‘go to’ when I need a reading pallet cleanser, a book that I know won’t disappoint.  The Score, along with all the Off Campus books, will see many a re-read in my future.

 

About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. 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.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!


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Review: Claimed by Elle Kennedy

Review: Claimed by Elle KennedyClaimed by Elle Kennedy
Series: Outlaws #1
Published by Signet October 6, 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Erotica
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Addicted
Also by this author: The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)
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The bestselling author of the Killer Instincts novels “knows how to write scorching sexual tension” (USA Today). Now she really sets it on fire in a new series about men and women living on the edge of violence, sex, and life and death.

After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules.

As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for his protection. Despite his reservations, he agrees to introduce her to a whole new way of life. But when Connor discovers Hudson’s connection to the enemies of liberty, he wonders how far he can trust the woman who has abandoned all inhibitions to challenge every forbidden desire.

Some things I love: Dystopian stories, erotic stories, Elle Kennedy‘s writing.

Imagine my delight at having all three of those show up in my mailbox, packaged in one very nice looking paperback?

Claimed is set in a post war torn America.  The geography is much different than what we now have, parts of the country are now under water and what is left is either controlled by an unforgiving government or you are an outlaw surviving on whatever you can manage to scavenge.

Hudson grew up in a city controlled by the government.  It wasn’t always as controlling as it is now,  there used to be something similar to fairness.  That’s all gone now and left in the wake is nothing but violence and murder.  Escaping the city may be easy for her but she won’t go unnoticed and she’ll have the two most powerful men in the area searching for her. Her overlord brother and her fiance, the most ruthless Lieutenant alive.

Hudson knows that surviving in outlaw land will require some help. Some shelter.  She finds that shelter in an unlikely source.  A group of five very capable, very powerful and yet, fairly unwelcoming men.  Convincing them to take her on requires her to reveal just enough about herself to make them want her around, but not quite enough to make them want her dead.  It’s a dangerous line and if not walked carefully, could cost her everything.

Connor can’t deny that Hudson stirs some parts of him better left settled. He also can’t deny that the woman is more trouble than she lets on.  But it’s the first feelings that have him ready to give in to her.  She’s smart, she’s capable, she’s gorgeous and she has this heady desire to learn what it’s like to live free.  Connor wants to be the one to teach her that.

And teach her, he does.  But when the truth comes to light, everything Connor struggles to hold together starts to crumble.

Claimed is a smut filled dangerous ride and I loved every bit of it.  Kennedy writes with a cautious balance between sexual tension, explosive eroticism and suspenseful excitement.  Nothing felt like too much, nothing felt like too little.  There is a wonderfully interesting cast of characters introduced in this first Outlaw installment and I’m eager to hear everyone’s stories.  I loved what she gave us in Claimed, strong characters, secrets, deceit, danger, lust, love…so much packed into this book!

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About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. 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.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!


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Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Review: The Mistake by Elle KennedyThe Mistake (Off-Campus, #2) by Elle Kennedy
Published by Elle Kennedy April 28, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 294
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: The Score
Also by this author: Claimed
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He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

There is something about these Off Campus guys that I just totally fall in love with. Maybe it’s the hockey player in them (I’m married to one, myself) or maybe it’s the bond and comradery. I’m sure it’s a little of those things mixed with a the fact that they really are good guys at heart.

Logan is so strong in some aspects of his life, he’s talented and determined on the ice. Yet in others, he’s just a lost kid looking form some stability in life, even if he doesn’t realize that’s what he’s looking for. He thinks he’s in love with his best friend’s girl. Which leads him to too much drinking, too many meaningless hookups and the biggest mistake of his life.

Not giving into what Grace was offering him is something he quickly regrets and making it right with her is a long road.

I’ve given handjobs before, plus a few blowjobs that I know were a huge success because…well, semen and all that. But I don’t have enough experience to consider myself an expert penis-wrangler or anything.

Grace is an adorable character. She’s suffers from word vomit, she’s a tad awkward, yet has that natural charisma that makes you love her.  The way she works Logan was extremely entertaining.  She has every right to feel hurt and mistrust and she really makes him work for it.

And work, he does.

That determination I mentioned earlier, he has it in spades where Grace is concerned. He’ll do whatever it takes to win her heart and I LOVED that about him.

The Mistake is a tad more light-hearted than The Deal was. It’s still got a rawness and vulnerability to it, but the issues are slightly less soul cracking. However, it’s no less of an enjoyable read. So, bring on the next couple Elle, this girl is ready!

 

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About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. 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.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!


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