After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She fin ...more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads
I'm not going to lie . . . sometimes, not often, but sometimes I get in the mood for SMUT.
I'm picky about it, though. Clearly not as picky as some others who read and hated CLAIMED, b/c "too much sex, not enough plot," and to those people I say:
Whatever you do, NEVER pick up Beyond Shame .
B/c CLAIMED is basically a toned-down, more marketable version of that concept.
That's not a complaint. I liked Beyond Shame . ...more
I've only read Elle Kennedy's Off-Campus series and I loved it so much I wanted to read some of her other books. Claimed is nothing like those books. It's an erotica-dystopian read. It was refreshing to read a different genre and I was hooked from the start. Hudson and Connor live in a time where there are enforcers, city people, outlaws, and bandits. There is population control and no one is safe. Connor is an outlaw, along with his group of 4 other men. When Hudson meets them, she ...more
Claimed is book one in the brand new series, Outlaws, by Elle Kennedy. I have been admiring the cover of this book for awhile now, anxiously awaiting the book’s release to see if the book lived up to the cover. Well, let me go ahead and tell you now, it did!!!
There was a terrible war, and the world was forever changed. A new society was formed and is led by the Global Council. All classes are eliminated; there is just the regular people, and the council and enforcers that enforce the rules. You ...more
In case you didn’t see my status update yesterday, I was busted reading this by a senior partner in my law firm while trapped on a crowded elevator and him looking over my shoulder right as the female lead was getting all soaped up in the tub . . . .
Since I have zero shame or ability to tell even the tiniest of white lies (and since he clearly could already tell the answer), when asked what I was reading I told hi ...more
Claimed is the first book in a new series called Outlaws. Every book are standalones.
For those of you who love the Off-Campus series, Elle Kennedy writes other genres. She has the Killer Instinct series, which is suspenseful and filled with action (I love) and now is her newest BRAND-NEW Outlaws series.
The BEST way I could describe this series is it’s a mixture of MC (motorcycle club) AND dystopian society. It’s like mixing my two favorite flavors and believe me, it’s an ex ...more
I expected dystopia, but really got smut. It was dysmutia.
Our setting is post-apocalyptic, after unnamed wars, global flooding, etc... We have very few humans left, and of course they all live in a community with some evil government overlords. They have embraced communism, because that always works out, and ar ...more
All I wanted to read was a dystopian romance novel. But the author had something different in mind.
Her thought process must have been something along the lines of: "Hmmm, which books have been wildly popular in recent years?" Think. Think. Think. Think some more. "Ah yeah, now I know!"
Take a few components of the following dystopian novels Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, throw in a good measure of elements from Fifty Shades of Grey, minus the BDSM, plus ménage....et voilà...Claime ...more
First - there is a lot of sex. A lot. And I got bored. I mean - it's dirty and edgy but it was too much. I needed to see more going on in this dystopian world. ALL Connor thought about was sex. The dude needed some hobbies.
Also - the world and characters felt a lot like Kit Rocha's Beyond series. For me that was distracting. I was constantly comparing the two in my head.
One thing I loved about this book is the strong dystopian/post-apocalyptic storyline. Yes, the sexual content was generous and intense but it fit into the desperat ...more
I had an advantage going in, from friends' reviews, I knew this was going to be a smutty time. My favorite description comes from Jilly and her review where she coins the term "dysmutia" dystopia + smut. It fits this perfectly.
Apparently, the world has experienced some apocalyptic instances, I think from climate and nuclear bombs. Apparently, the U.S. coast line is now Utah. Apparently, government as we know it is gone and it's more like a main governed city full of city dwellers t ...more
I don't usually read ménage, it's just not my thing, I much prefer exclusive sex between the main characters but it actually didn't bother me in CLAIMED, like I said, I was enjoying it and the sex scenes were hot but the H/h began to be annoying an ...more
This is a book full of bad ass outlaws, fierce ass women proud in their sexuality, and jacked-up-police-dudes. There's threesomes and voyeurism. There's even a cute lil baby wolf. And good god help me, but against all odds, it was great. There's not much else I can say. This was a short read that had a little bit of every ...more
But why can't I give it more than 5 stars?
But why don't I have book 2?
But why can't I have all these men?
But why haven't you preordered it yet?
**FULL REVIEW TO COME CLOSER TO RELEASE DAY*
4 badass, super-smutty dystopian stars
Elle Kennedy has given us a strong (and super smutty) start to her Outlaws series. It’s set in a futuristic, post-war dystopian world where those living within the city live an oppressed life with everything controlled, and outside the city, outlaws live their lives on the run from city Enforcers who are constantly hunting for them in order to offer them two choices – conform or die. Because of this, lif ...more
I hate these. But. What are you to do. Moving on...
I overall really enjoyed another Elle Kennedy series last month, The Off-Campus series, and I knew she was becoming one of my fave NA authors so I decided to give another one of her series a try. The Outlaw series is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian adult romance. A lot of the adult romance I read is in the UF/PR genre so when I saw a dystopian one, I was super intrigued by it because I haven't read one before. I definit ...more
“He hadn’t asked to be in charge, and he resented his men for placing this much faith in him.”
Connor MacKenzie is a natural born leader. Decades after the world was torn apart, decimated by war and bombing, he is an Outlaws leader. He might not like it but there it was. While the cities are inhabited, they are tightly controlled and Enforcers patrol the colonies and the outlying areas for anyone fighting against their “government”. Forced t ...more
Claimed was my very first book from Elle Kennedy, and what a hell of an introduction! Please excuse me while I gush. I loved Hudson’s character. You had to be tough to survive in this world, and she fit that bill. She was also smart and knew she couldn’t do it alone. When Connor and his band of merry men fell into her path, she knew she needed to join forces with them in order to survive. Connor ...more
HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS…
So the lovely Jess sent me this and she was all “you’re going to love this… it’s amazing.” And I was all… “uh huh.. okay. I’ll check it out.”
I opened it up to read just a chapter and see what it was all about and I DIDN’T PUT IT DOWN until I turned the last page.
Let me just say that the erotica genre has been lacking in the well-written, sexy, hot, steamy reads lately. I think Elle Kennedy is exactly what it needed.
Claimed is what I guess you might call a dystopia ...more
Warning! This review contains descriptions of explicit sex scenes and a lot of my cussing at this book. Read at your own risk.
DNF at about 10%
Claimed claims to be a dystopian with romance. From annotation: a new series about men and women living on the edge of violence, sex, and life and death. But imagine my surprise when this book turned out to be a porn!
“I need to get drunk and laid – not necessarily in that order,” Rylan announced as the group crossed the threshold into the bar.
As an overall I found this book enjoyable, however elements of it were somewhat disappointing.
I was looking for more of a dystopian story and less of a "fuck-it-all" sex romp. I definitely wanted more depth. I take full blame for my lack of enjoyment - I set expectations for what this book should be, instead of allowing the author to tell me the story.
I did not connect well to either of the main characters - I think this might have been a problem where their actions didn't always match ...more
Review posted at Oh My Shelves Blog
Claimed has a really interesting plot. Unfortunately it is buried under pages and pages of sex.
The World is now ruled by a Global council after being ravaged by war. The council has a team of “Enforcers” that maintain order and rule. Population is control and breeding is prohibited unless permission is granted by the General Council “GC”. Most females are sterilized when they become adults unless one is born into a protected class.
Hudson Lane is t ...more
This was a rather surprising read.
When I decided to read this book I didn't really expect much. Guess that's why I was pretty surprised to find it a fairly good read.
The characters felt real, the story was pretty good and the writing was rather exciting. It was fast paced, I had no time to get bored and no desire to skim (which doesn't happen too often to me). It was a thrilling book.
So why didn't I give it more than 3.5 stars? It didn't make me actually laugh/cry/be angry or any other outer- ...more
And let's add an a$$hole of an alpha and a heroine who falls for his sh!t because, why? I really don't know. I mean, I didn't hate the book...I was a little too interested in the world. Why? I honestly can't tell you this. But this book, it wasn't much of a novel. It was bang, bang and then bang the next guy.
Setting / Time / Genre: After some kind of apocalypse
Length: short to normal
Series: Yes. ...more
First sentence: “I need to get drunk and laid-not necessarily in that order,” Rylan announced as the group crossed the threshold into the bar.
As soon as I found out that Elle Kennedy had a new book releasing I was like, “I have to have it.” And that was before the cover and synopsis were released. Those two things only added to my excitement because of…reasons. Okay, fine. That cover is yumalicious. *fans self*
Let’s go straight to the review before I start drooling over the cove ...more
Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
Holy hot damn! Elle Kennedy never fails to deliver. Scorching hot, captivating and totally addictive. Claimed was one helluva dirty, sexy, fun ride.
So. Decades ago a massive war hit and everyone now lives under a ruling counsel's thumb--you either live in the cities where everything is controlled and class, religion and free will are all eliminated or...you're outlaws who live outside of the cities and embrace all things wild ...more
Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just ...more
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“And you’re completely out of your element … so let’s stop playing games, huh? Either slit my throat or suck my dick because we don’t have all night.”