by Elle Kennedy
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.
My Thoughts: Hot, sexy, and filled with suspense, Elle Kennedy takes her readers on an adventure they won't soon forget. I've enjoyed Kennedy's novels in the past, and when I read the synopsis for Claimed, I just couldn't pass this one up. I enjoyed the dystopian feel of the novel, as well as the edge of your seat suspenseful times. The characters were great. Conner Mackenzie is a hot, sexy, badass, alpha male and I did like him for the most part, even if he did tick me off a few times. Hudson is a great female lead with all the qualities you look for in a heroine. She's brave, kind, loves with her whole heart, and is fiercely loyal. That said, she isn't perfect, but if she were, that would make her too good to be true. As far as the secondary characters go, I absolutely loved Rylan. I really hope he gets his own story.
Overall, the story itself was thought provoking and the romance was hot, but this is definitely a novel for those 18 and over only. Let me say also, this novel is not only heavy on the sexy at times, but it also incorporates some kinky situations, which were not for me, but to each his own. This definitely affected the way I felt about Connor, and I would have liked him a whole lot more if he'd have handled a few things differently - again, strictly just my personal taste. Nevertheless, Claimed is a great first installment in what has the promise of being an outstanding series. Fans of Elle Kennedy, as well as fans of this genre should definitely consider checking out.