on November 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Savannah 'Vann' Kelly knows the pain that love can bring, whether from family or a love lost. Being ripped from her home and forced to leave behind her boyfriend, has caused an ache she's unsure will ever heal.
Five years later, Vann is back. While her day job is kept secret from most, the threat it poses throws her entire world off balance, putting her and those closest to her in danger.
Deke Sullivan’s life has been in a tailspin ever since his brother’s death. Everyone in his life has either betrayed or left him, making him who he is today. But behind his tough persona is still the man that craves the woman who left him all those years ago. One look into those blue-gray eyes sends his heart into overdrive, anger pulsating through him.
Can Deke move past the hurt? Will what became of Vann's life after she left cause greater tragedy? Can first love prevail?
**Please note. This book is for mature audiences only. It contains very sexually explicit material, including a non-consensual sexual scene.**
I was pleasantly surprised by Wanting You. The story, I thought, was unique. Our leading lady, Savannah “Vann” is an indie author who writes erotica. Deke, is an ex-cop turned bar owner who refuses to settle down because he’s convinced that everyone he loves will leave him. Throw in a crazy stalker, some girlfriends, a horny male cousin, and you have a basis for a decent story.
I appreciated the authors attempt to steer away from what has become the typical plot line these days, she has a hidden past full of secrets, he has a hidden past full of darker secrets, and a book full of angst and sexy times. Not Ryan Michele. She takes something that indie readers, bloggers, and other authors can relate too. Vann is an author writing under a pen name with the hopes that her friends and family don’t find out her embarrassing secret. She writes erotica and apparently really well as she’s published several books, I think it was 17 and only been out of college one year. Only a very select few know what she does. She hoped to keep it that way.
Deke is her long lost love. Van was forced to leave him before her Senior year at high school. Even though she leaves him a letter explaining her quick departure, he cuts off all ties to her. No emails, no texts, no letters, no contact at all. Vann of course is devastated. She’s gone for 5 years before returning to Alabama. There were definitely things I liked about Deke. He was not bashful about his wants, needs, or desires and he took without remorse. In an asshole sort of way it was sexy. It was obvious he was hiding under a bunch of hurt feelings. With his brother’s death and Vann’s abandonment I understood his hurt feelings.
I also appreciated the stalker aspect. It was different and I love different. I found myself totally shocked at the end when all was revealed. I honestly had no clue.
So why 3.5 stars you ask?
I found both Vann and Deke immature. Their reasoning for not contacting or attempting contact were very weak. They both forgave and forgot way too fast. In fact Vann was quick to conform whenever faced with confrontation, with the exception of one big fight scene. Whenever, confronted by someone, her friends, her grandmother, Deke, she would clam up or in my opinion concede. As far as Deke was concerned he started out all an alpha, macho, asshole who after one confrontation changed his entire attitude. AND when the threat of a stalker was ever present he allowed Vann to travel alone. It seemed very out of character to me.
This is just my opinion but the sex was mediocre at best. I felt like the scenes were on loop with only locations changing. I found this disappointing mainly because Vann was an erotica author. I kept waiting for her kinky side to show up. I wanted that pivotal sexy scene that would change the entire depth of the book. Instead it was like wash, rinse, repeat except here it would be,
My only other critique is that Vann goes home to Alabama yet at one point Deke is putting on a Georgia State police vest. In another scene Deke is getting a blow job and at first it was his cock and then changed to his dick. Not a big deal I know but I’m big on continuity. Minor spelling errors I will overlook. Continuity always stands out to me.
This was my first Ryan Michele book and I won’t say it will be my last. It was obvious to me that she has some great ideas and the ability to tell a good story. I see definite room for growth, which for me would make me want to keep reading her books.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
All teaser pic’s were made by Sarah at Bookaholics.
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