Review: Kept by Shawntelle Madison

Review: Kept by Shawntelle MadisonKept by Shawntelle Madison

Series: Coveted
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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Alas, I must say that I enjoyed this sequel because I was past the ‘introductory’ material and partly because much of what I wanted to get answered from the first one was answered though in a way that left the door wide open still.

In this installment, things don’t slow down for Natalya in the slightest. There are a lot of brands in the fire for her. At the beginning, Nat is still getting used to being back into the bosom of her family with the addition of a great-aunt from up north on a long term visit who makes her life miserable. Alex is now adjusting to marriage and pending fatherhood, but he takes the time to arrange for her to personally train for the upcoming pack entrance trials. Nat observes that something is off with her parents, but until her dad disappears she wasn’t aware of how bad the issue was. Her dad owes a blood debt that has been called in full. He either achieves whatever task is set for him or forfeits his life. So when he is gone too long, off to the rescue go Nat, Alex and Thorn who Nat is still breaking her heart over. When they track down her dad, Alex has to leave them because his wife goes into labor so it is up to Nat and Thorn to complete the first task in her father’s stead. The first task offers some difficulty, but then there is worse to come that results in Natalya off on a mission to fulfill the debt and she can only call upon Nick and her resourceful therapy group friends to help her see it through.

The plot was tighter in this one since there wasn’t as much world building required- though there was the introduction of the fae- and it was a direct continuation of what had gone on before in the first book with the addition of her father’s debt. There was excitement, danger and light amounts of romance. The exciting moments when Nick and the gang joined her were my favorite parts and I was thrilled to finally read Thorn confess what happened five years ago when with no explanation, he left Natalya. I’m not big on love triangles and so the whole Nick-Natalya-Thorn thing was not quite something I fancied. To be honest, there’s not much chance for a romance because she spends so much time getting out of bad situations with the help of one or the other of the men and her friends and she has an obvious preference. I have to admit that for the most part Nat tries really hard not to use anyone and goes for honesty in her dealings with both men. I think for me its just that I have a decided preference too, but I don’t want to see the other one hurt because they’re both hero types. The last portion of the story gets back to the pack trial and I didn’t see the result of that turning out the way it did. Nat’s one of those heroines that gets through on a lot of guts and luck.

As to characters, Natalya is still struggling with her hang-ups, but there is an obvious growth as she learns to deal and show a core of strength. Nick proved himself loyal, worthy and allowed his feelings to finally surface, but in one action he does something that Nat finds difficult to get past. Thorn was still the conflicted man who knows what he wants, but duty is always there to pull him back. Aggie gets some scenes, but for me I just adore Nat’s grandmother who is the fount of wisdom and some humor. And yes, Evil Erica with all her envy and jealousy is back and in rare form.

It was an entertaining read. I look forward to seeing what is going to happen next for Nat and the gang.

Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC copy for review purposes.

About Shawntelle Madison

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 was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • pc

    This looks like a great read…thanks for sharing! How many books are to be in this series?
    ivegotmail8889(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • Sophia Rose

      Hi pc!

      I’m not sure, but this is the second one and there was evidence that this will continue further.

      Thanks for commenting and good luck!

  • Viki S.

    I agree, it looks good. Thank you for the giveaway.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  • miki

    Hi! ^^
    I’m still persistent ^^ what did you choose to make Natalya have such phobia?( dirt etc)

    thank you a lot for this new opportunity to win

    • miki

      oups forgot email
      isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

      • Sophia Rose

        Nat is OCD about cleanliness, but she’s a hoarder of winter holiday ornaments and decorations too.

        Good luck, Miki!

  • Joanne B

    Congrats on the new release. Kept sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway and great review.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  • Natasha

    Thanks for the chance to win! I can’t wait to read Kept!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  • Mary Preston

    Hi, I have not begun this series yet. How many books will it be when complete?

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    • Sophia Rose

      I am not sure Mary maybe if you go to her author page it will address that. Thanks for entering!

  • nurmawati djuhawan

    howdy…
    i bought the first book of this series…and i like it..
    i hope i win this one so i can continue read the stories 🙂
    thx 4 the chance 🙂

    -nurma-
    chikojubilee at gmail dot com

  • laurie g

    Thanks for the chance to win! I can’t wait to read Kept!!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

  • Jordan Erika Smith

    Glad to hear Grandma Stravinsky is just as awesome as ever in this book, and I can’t wait for more Nick! 🙂

    • Sophia Rose

      Nick and Grandma are my favs too.

      Thanks for commenting, Jordan!

  • Linda

    Love this and can´t wait for my chance to read, =)
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Saturday!
    //Linda

  • Barbara Elness

    I enjoyed the review, it made me more determined to read Coveted, which is on my TBR shelf. I’m looking forward to reading it so I can be ready for Kept – both books sound fantastic.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  • April Meyers

    I laughed so hard during Coveted! I was glad that you signed a copy for me at Rose’s Bookhouse! Hope to see ya there again signing some more! P.S. can’t wait to read Kept!

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  • Alicia

    This sounds really interesting, I think I am going to go grab a copy of the first one so that I can catch up with everyone :).

    –Alicia
    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

  • leslie b

    Shawntelle. Is the time.machine ready. Been waiting since forever for book 2. I have.my whole book club on edge. Hehe

  • Filia Oktarina

    Congrats on the new release!!
    Love the review this book and looking forward to read it. It’s sounds great and can’t wait to read about Nat and the gang.
    Thanks for sharing this post 🙂
    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  • Anne

    I finished Coveted last week so I’m anxious to get to Kept.

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  • Natalia J

    Yay!! I can’t wait for Kept , I read the Coveted and now am counting down the days for Kept. 🙂

  • Ren

    Oh, I have Coveted in my TBR. Would love to win this. Thanks for the review@

    Ren
    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

  • Ileana A.

    I’ve heard about this series! Oh my… a giveaway! Yay! I’ve a chance to read it then!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway! Really looking forward to this one!

    ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • LadyVampire

    Coveted was awesome and I loved it. I can hardly believe that Kept is finally coming out. I was just dying for this book to hit bookshelves. I want to see if Nick can steal Natalya’s heart or if Thorn will step up and finally admit what he wants instead of letting duty always get in the way. Dont get me wrong, I am all for doing what is expected but sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind in order to follow your heart. I do like Thorn but right now I am rooting for Nick. 😉 Thanks for the giveaway. LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT cm

  • bn100

    Very nice review, especially about the characters.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  • Congrats on the release of Kept Shawntelle and bravo, you are lucky to have such terrific covers! 😀 I’m so excited to read your Coveted series.

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  • This sounds like a great book, can’t wait to read it!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • pam howell

    would love to win & read! PICK ME!!

  • Janie McGaugh

    Shawntelle, sounds like a great book!

  • anabell gomez

    I would love!! to win a copy of kept ,shawntelle i loved reading coveted and i love all your characters, especially Nat i like that shes strong and loyal and at the same time she is flawed and that makes her more realistic and interesting to read about, hope you continue the series for along time, and cant wait to read kept.