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: 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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