Review: Coveted by Shawntelle Madison
Published: April 2012
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SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP.
For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.
Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.
Before I read Coveted I read the free novella called Collected. I am glad I did because it gave me better idea of who the characters were and what to expect from them. What it didn’t prepare me for was the lack of a plot.
About 75% of the book was just about getting to know Nat and the world she lives in. Natalya Stravinsky is a New Jersey werewolf whose family has deep Russian roots. Nat apparently takes after her great-grandmother; they both suffer(ed) from a hoarding (collecting) problem. She also has OCD and has been kicked out of her pack because of all her problems. She is a very difficult character to like. In fact I don’t even know what her ex boyfriend Thorn even sees in her.
That is another problem I had – the lack of romance. There was no spark between her and Thorn or even Nat and Nick. Thorn is a bit of a flat character, he just didn’t have much depth or personality. Nick had a bit more to him and was a little more interesting.
Overall the story was just ok. It wasn’t an easy read but I stuck with it and I am glad I did. There was a bit of a surprise at the end that I wish had been a hinted at earlier in the story. It was a decent ending and I do look forward to seeing how the next book is compared to this one.