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Kept (Coveted #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  531 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a lovable neurotic streak, wants a little rest and relaxation. Once an outcast, she’s now eager to rejoin the ranks of her New Jersey pack, and has even gotten a handle on her obsessive urge to hoard holiday ornaments. Yet Nat barely has time to revel in her progress before the next cri ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
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I was impressed my Shawntelle Madison’s ability to bounce back after a, in my opinion, sub-par first installment. I’m not going to lie; I expected the worst when I first started reading Kept but the blurb sounded promising and I’m not one to give-up on a series after only one book, especially when werewolves are involved! It quickly became obvious after the first couple of chapters that Madison took her reader feedback to heart and made huge steps towards rectifying the s
What a different book from book one, so much more engaging.

This is book 2 of a series centred around natalya a russian descendant and a werewolf i would recommend reading book 1 first even though I didn't rate it that highly, but it gives you back story.

We still have the whole cast of paranormal people in this book, yes fairy, mermaids, werewolves, wizards, warlocks, imps etc etc..... But as you know them more from book one it didn't seem so silly.

Onto the story, Natalya is still trying to deal
Jan 27, 2013 Ren marked it as own-but-not-read-yet
Ekkkkk, what with their pose that remind me of New Moon's poster?
Same yellow background color, the moon, the pose too.
The possibility of love triangle? I'm not impressed :(
And don't put Paul Marron at the back! He need to put in the front! => THIS
Laurie Gold
Though Kept is the second in Shawntelle Madison's Coveted series, it's the first I've read, leaving me at somewhat of a disadvantage given that urban fantasy novels are notoriously tough to dive into unless you start at the beginning. But the notion of a werewolf heroine with OCD was something I couldn't pass up, so I downloaded the book via Netgalley. Then I sat down and didn't get up again until hours later when I'd finished reading.

Natalya Stravinsky lives in Jersey. She comes from a large
Andrea Heltsley
Oh Thorn, *sigh* you are so swoon worthy, and Nick, *awe* you are so sweet! How will Nat choose between two such men? Well I guess you will have to read Kept to find out...

The story picks up where Coveted left off and I was immediately swept away. Coveted was such a great read and I expected nothing less of Kept.

Despite her flaws, Nat is such a strong and realistic character. I love her quirks and flaws. All the characters blended into a strongly woven story.

Just when I thought the book would

Review originally posted on Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

3.5 Stars

At the start of “KEPT” Natalya Stravinsky is exactly where she left off in “COVETED,” at least mentally. Though she fought beside the pack and showed herself to be a brave wolf that will defend her family, she is still not accepted. Farley, the Pack Alpha, is finally willing to give Nat a chance to regain her place in the pack. First, she must succeed in ‘The Trials.’ The trials are a series of boot camp like tests that
Natalya Stravinsky struggles with OCD every day. She definitely has some interesting neuroses. Did I mention that Natalya is also a werewolf? She was recently an outcast but after valiantly defending her pack/family from another pack attack, Natalya has a chance to redeem her position.

Although she wants to regain her life in the South Toms River pack, every time she turns around she is tormented by her ex-boyfriend, Thorn. His father has decided as pack leader, that Thorn will marry Erica.

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Kept is the follow-up to Shawntelle Madison’s debut novel, Coveted. It was a strong entry into the series and featured an interesting plot filled with double-crosses, insecurities, challenges, failures, and triumphs. Natalya continues to be a strong voice in the over-crowded UF genre, but the supporting characters are what makes this novel unique and gives the world a depth I think would be missing if the series focused solely on the we
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I must say that I was completely blown away by this book. I liked the first one but I didn’t expect to completely succumb to this second volume. Once I had the opportunity to get into the story after a few sentences I could not put it down until the end as I wanted to know and understand everything.

Nat hoped to return to a quiet life after the terrible events of the first volume, but her fate does not seem to want to follow her desire. After her brother, it i
Sometimes I think werewolves don’t get their fair share of novels, so I’m always excited to see a potentially good series emerge about them. I love Patricia Briggs’ novels so when I heard that Shawntelle Madison’s novels might be similar, I knew I had to give them a try. Read the rest of my review at
CD Keith

Kept picks up where Coveted left off. Natalya is a werewolf with OCD , anxiety disorder, and an obsession with collection Christmas ornaments. Due to all of her issues she was thrown out of her pack. She was just recently accepted back into her family. One thing positive in her life is her best friend Aggie. She goes to therapy with other supernaturals who are trying to deal with disorders. In therapy she has met Nick the wizard and she spends the entire book struggling with her attraction to hi
Lady Lioness
At the RWA literacy signing, Madison said that Kept is the last book she's contracted for in this series so sales of Kept will determine if we get another book set in this world. If you liked Coveted, you will like Kept.

I would still classify Kept as urban fantasy, but Madison gives her characters a happy ending, although I do think the story would have been better served over three books rather than two. I feel pretty satisfied with where Madison left Natalya and her hero, but I would love to s
Like the first book in the series, Kept is filled with awesomeness. It’s funny and heartbreaking and heartwarming and action-packed. The characters are well developed and interesting even down to the clichéd mean girl. Shawntelle Madison has quickly jumped on to my must read author list. I’m actually bummed that there are only two books of hers to read so far, but I can’t wait to purchase them for my collection. This is most definitely a series I can read over and over.

Natalya is exactly what I
P. Aaron Potter
This suffers a bit from the 'sophomore slump' that is typical of series fiction, and perhaps most particularly in series fiction which is coming from a vein which is being particularly richly mined right now, the urban paranormal second wave.

That said, this was still a remarkably fun entry into the sub-genre. Eventually. The prior book in the series felt somewhat rushed at the ending, as the supposed fight-to-end-all-fights was crammed into a few pages, and characters were suddenly dropping plot
Natalya really is working to become more than the scared, hoarding, outcast wolf we met in the beginning of COVETED. A good part of the book Nat is on a mission to save her father from a debt he owes. I have seen quite a few reviews that state that you can read KEPT as a standalone but I liked COVETED and I enjoyed having the full story so I will say, yes you can but you should read COVETED anyways.

KEPT was nicely paced, full of action, suspense, growth and I was hooked to the story from a few
KEPT (Coveted #2) by Shawntelle Madison (3.5stars)

KEPT is the second storyline (November 27, 2012 release) in Shawntelle Madison’s paranormal Coveted series. Now that her return to the pack was to be tested, Natalya Stravinsky would have to overcome a few obstacles including her OCDs, a penchant for collecting holiday ornaments and a broken heart that has been five years in the making. But when her father is called in to repay a ‘moon debt’ to another pack, it will be Natalya and her therapy gro

The child leapt into my arms.

I expected to cringe. To cry out from the filth that crawled all over her. But she smelled of forever. Youth. The warmth of my babushka's blankets wrapped around me.

I cried out, but it wasn't in pain. It felt good to do the right thing.

Bea's Thoughts:

When the first book came out, I was intrigued. An OCD werewolf? That was different. I never did get around to reading the first book but that wasn't a problem when reading this one. Madison did an excellent jo
Nov 29, 2012 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fv
Nat and Thorn/Nick

Interesting concept of an OCD heroine. Not sure she was quite for me though. Full review to come on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

I am always on the look out for a good new urban fantasy series. When I saw the blurb for Kept I was excited that I might have found one.

Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a lovable neurotic streak, wants a little rest and relaxation. Once an outcast, she’s now eager to rejoin the ranks of her New Jers
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 ter
Talk Supe
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Oh, Nat! Thank God you finally found your way. For a second there I thought you're just going to roll over like the good pup that you are.

KEPT is leaps and bounds beyond its predecessor, if you've read Coveted and had doubts about the series and SMadison's storytelling throw that out the window because KEPT will blow you away! SMadison was just warming up and went full throttle with this one, I can't wait to read what's next for Natalya Stravinsky now that she's got the
*~*Lauren from Saints & Sinners Books*~*
After facing off her attackers from a rival pack in the last book, Nat’s nerves are frazzled and frayed. Yet, she’s determined to rejoin her pack and curtail her OCD Christmas ornament hoarding. Things are going better for Nat in terms of her life, exception being her love live, when her father suddenly goes missing. Nat must track down her father’s whereabouts and save him from impending threats from the Russian werewolf mafia.

Kept does address Nat’s blossoming love triangle between Thorn, her
Mar 02, 2014 Carien rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: uf
I loved the first book in this series, so I got my trotters on Kept as soon as possible.

And this book too is a great read.

I will confess I was a little annoyed by Thorn's behavior, who acts at times as if Nat isn't even capable of tying her own shoes. Luckily Nat has learned to stand up for herself and she doesn't let herself get sidelined.

The story is cool, suspenseful and fun. I liked how Nat gets help from her female friends as well. So often the other women are only there to compliment the
Natalya has made some improvements in her life compared to the last book. Her OCD isn't ruling her life, her hoarding has been lessened a bit. Of course, the flood helped a bit with that, but she hasn't quite fully replaced what has been lost. I liked that in this book versus the previous, the focus was more on plot and less on Natalya's "quirks".

Natalya finds herself in a pickle. Her father has disappeared and she learns that he is indebted to a very unsavory character and will not be released
I absolutely loved this book, Nat is quirky and refreshing! I also like the fact that she is not perfect and that all of the characters are flawed in some way! I also love the fact that she is working through her issues and is making progress as a character. Thanks for this great book Shawntelle, you know I love ya ! Keep up the wonderful work!
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
I liked Kept better than Coveted. I am so glad I continued reading although I still don't get the attraction to Thorn. I am still Team Nick all the way baby!

Kept picks up not long after Coveted, with Natalya mostly back in her family's good graces, and a plan to get back into the pack. She has also realized she has friends in her supernatural support group, especially in Nick, the white wizard. Who ironically always wears black. Makes me giggle. :-) These friendships were reinforced when they sh
This series gets better and better with every book. Thank you for teaching me some Russian words but I did have one word I kept looking up the translation for (devushka) but the translation did not seem to fit the sentence. Example: “Moon debts aren’t simple things, devushka.” That was not all of what was said but it got my point across. When I looked up the translation of Devushka it says attaboy, good for you, good boy. None of those translations seemed to fit the word Devushka so I was curiou ...more
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Maghon Thomas
As usual, I was bad, and I read book two before I knew about book one, but it's all good, I really liked this one and didn't feel too bad about what I missed. There's something to be said about an author's writing when you can pick up a book in a series that's not the first, and be good with that. And there's Nat, who's a freaking OCD werewolf. It's great. Her anxiety and OCD made me laugh, and then made me want to slap her. And then I respect her because she is willing to push herself through h ...more
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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 da ...more
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