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Want You

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,456 ratings  ·  316 reviews

I might be only nineteen, but I know what I want. It’s Leka Moore. I don’t care that he took me in when he was barely more than a kid himself. I don’t care that he raised me. I don’t care everyone thinks being with him is wrong. I know we belong together, and the only person I need to convince is him.


I found her in the corner of a dark alley. If I hadn’t tak
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published June 29th 2018 by Pear Tree LLC
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Alex ♈
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Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books, favorites
➳Starting from the very pit bottom, rising to the top can only be done with the power of loyalty and love in which this masterpiece of a novel by Jen Frederick has...

➳Have you ever read a book by an author that has an abundance of potential in the writing department for writing a story plot that you cannot put down? I have not, but I now have thanks to Jen's newest novel. Once you start reading this novel there is no turning back. The powerful and emotional aspect of the whole story has brou
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I crash to my knees beside the mattress. Apprehensive eyes meet mine. I don’t know what she sees, but the brakes are off this train and we are barreling down the track. The future is unknown, but at least we’ll be together.

When I saw the cover and read the blurb, I knew I couldn’t pass this one up. I was not expecting it to be such a dark and gritty story that would have me chomping at the bit to get to the very end! I had no idea that Jen Fr
Olga therebelreader
I'm really quite on-the-fence about this book. I didn't hate it. I enjoyed some parts. But truly enjoying it took some work.
I really didn't feel any chemistry between Bitsy and Leka and their story was of no particular interest. I couldn't help but feel there was an opportunity for more depth that the author just didn't properly capitalize on.
Eh well, at least the plot was fun. And it did make me a bit curious to see what's next, so all in all, it was still a good book. Not a great one, but go
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰



Leka is twelve years old. He's living on the streets - or in abandoned buildings - trying to make a living by
Melanie (mells_view)
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Want You is a unique love story, that had me unsure of how things would work out until the very end. Leka is a protective hero, who does nearly anything to protect Bitsy. Bitsy and Leka may not have the most conventional start to a relationship, some may even consider it slightly taboo, but Bitsy loves Leka and knows exactly in what ways. It’s interesting to read the relationship between these two morphing, and their conflicted feelings at points. I think the author does a great job navigating t ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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Want You is a book that has me very conflicted on how I feel. There were parts to this story that I enjoyed and captivated me, but then there were things that I didn't enjoy that much. Honestly there were a lot of parts that just fell a little short for me.

So this book starts off with a Part 1, which was the first 50% and focused on Leka and Bitsy when they were younger and growing up together. Leka being a 12 year old having to act more as an adult, and Bitsy being

My body can walk and talk and function, but the heart of me sits in her little hands.

Excuse me while I go and sob my eyes out for finishing this so fast. I loved this so much. I've been immersed in this book the whole day and finished it in mere hours, which happens so rarely with my dumbass. From the very first page, this one sucked me in, and refused to let me go.

We meet the main characters young, when the hero - Leka - is no older than thirteen, and the heroine - Bitsy - five. In
A coming of age story placed in a criminal milieu, where two youngsters, ages 12 and 5, are brought up together, raising and growing, surviving in this dangerous crime surroundings, with the only existing need and purpose this boy/now grown man had - to make a better future for her...

it becomes a story of two souls placed in unjust, dreadful environment where all they could do is survive - by saving each other, one finding the salvation in the other...until they are free...

This is a bi
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Want You spans decades. It's a story that begins with a street kid taking in a small, abandoned child and caring for her, raising her, protecting her until the only way to protect her means sending her away. It follows the characters into adulthood as the nature of their relationship evolves and changes and grows into a romance that places both their lives in peril. This is a story that sounds taboo, a story about a caregiver and his dependent growing up together, relying on each other, caring f ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've got to say, when I first read the synopsis of this book, I was pretty wary. I am super picky when it comes to age gap books, but I love Jen Frederick's books that she writes with Elle Kennedy as Erin Watt, so I was willing to give this one a chance!

Leka Moore has been on his own for as long as he can remember. In order to take care of himself, though, he's had to do some pretty bad things for some pretty bad people. The only light in his life is Bitsy, the little girl he saved and took und
*The Angry Reader*
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, arcs
*ARC received for an honest review*

From page one the reader was forced to suspend reality. And rather than ease up there rose a cacophony of violence, misogyny and patently ridiculous drama that shoved one farther out of the book and away from the characters.

Plot - a little boy finds a little girl. Commits unbelievable crimes to support them both. Raises her. Pushes her away as too good for him. Continues in a spiral of repugnant actions and decisions. The “romance” is made further uncomfortabl
TJ ☾
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was good. I liked the premise, it kept me interested the whole time, and Leka and Bitsy's bond was rly rly cute, but there was something missing here and I can't put my finger on what. I think... I wish Bitsy never went away to boarding school. I felt like this was steadily building and then she left for four years and when she came back their dynamic had changed so abruptly it severed a lot of the tension that had been brewing.

Sometimes I would forget how young Leka was himself when he fo
Jul 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
RAPE AND RAPE THEMES EVERYWHERE. I came here looking for a great read since the author never disappointed me before but this really did. It was awful, these strong themes where everywhere even when it didn't add anything to the plot. I could not keep reading it even though I tried. I loved the hero and heroine but it was too much for me. ...more
Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡
Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it

Trigger warning:
Rape, rape and more rape.

I won't hesitate here: I did not enjoy this story.

I love a good dark romance. I understand violence and degradation happen, because they're recurring themes and features within the genre. Rape, sad to say, is still an ongoing issue in society and because it is such a dark, harrowing topic oftentimes it is featured in dark romance to dehumanise and demonise the antagonist.

But this? Kind of went too far.

Every woman, but three (including the female pro
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Want You is a Young Adult and New Adult story that's a bit dark and gritty. This is the darkest book I've read by this author. She has the Hitman series with Jessica Clare that has dark undertones but this is the first one on her own that I've read. I must say I enjoyed it.

It's also a taboo and forbidden story with a few other tropes mixed in but all of they are all just a bit twisted, just slightly off kilter. I loved that aspect of it.

I also loved the main characters, Leka and Bitsy. Nothing
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
Gahh!! Want You by Jen Frederick was another hit by this author proving that she can write the dictionary. Leka and Bitsy had an intricate and complicated story but their adoration and dedication for one another could not be denied. I thought this story was unique and sexy and highlighted a slightly grittier and darker path by this author.

Without giving away any spoilers, I would definitely not call this a taboo story. But I will say that I did find that both Leka and Bitsy had a deep connection
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh Leka... Swoon swoon swoon! I loved these characters, beautifully written and HOT!
m ✦ foesandlovers

So, unfortunately, I didn't end up loving this book. I enjoyed parts of it for sure, I'd even say I rather liked the first 55% or so of the story. It's mostly that second half that fell a bit short for me.

I truly enjoyed seeing Leka and Bitsy grow up together, learn how to navigate the great big world as well as the very dangerous world Leka is also a part of. That, to me, was super interesting. I certainly felt the blooming bond between them, though it was nothing more than a friendship
Jul 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Jul 08, 2018 marked it as no-way-jose
3,5 stars
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Great book

I love Jen Frederick's books so of course this was amazing. I read it all at once, couldn't put it down once I started. I like that we always get the girl and guy's points of view, it really makes the story whole for me. The first part with Leka and Bitsy growing up was so sweet and I loved seeing him care for her. Part 2 was all the electricity and sexual tension and finally some really great smut. The only thing I didn't like was that Bitsy's age kept changing. She was just barely 19
Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
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This was a nice story, but the cover and synopsis made me so apprehensive to pick this up. The cover, in particular, doesn't represent this novel in the slightest and the synopsis made me feel icky about what the relationship was going to be like.

To be honest, there were still some parts of this novel that made my skin crawl if I were to REALLY think about it. The relationship from the outside looking in almost had a stockholm syndrome feel. The age difference isn't real
Spoilers ahead,4.5*

Leka met Bitsy on the street when he was 12 and she was 5, he's joined a street gang and performs jobs for them to warn his money. He takes the little strat with him and starts doing bigger jobs, including murder, to provide for him and his charge.

Bitsy's earliest memories is of her lying under her mom's bed while she sells herself. It's alluded that Bitsy was forced to perform bj by a man as she tried to so it on Leka as. She ran away before further abuse could take place and
Cyndi Becker
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
"It doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside, he says. Our insides match."

This was quiet the unexpected read for me and I absolutely LOVED it. I've mostly only read Jen Fredericks Gridiron series so this crime lifestyle/mafia romance was a bit of a happy surprise. Not to mention the slightly forbidden romance element between Leka and Bitsy.

This was a gritty read and Frederick does not hold back on the details surrounding the activities of the life that Leka fell into as a kid on the stree
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. In some reviews I looked at before reading it, it was said to be a kind of "forbidden" love story, but I don´t look at it like that. For me it was more like "coming of age" love story. The epiloge was so good, I loved it! ...more
2nd read, March, 2019: I still stand by the fact that this book is so good and this is why I came back for a reread, but I also still stand by the thought of that ending being just too easy?? (view spoiler) I think this author dealt with the dark aspects of this book SO WELL up until this point. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
My heart is breaking, I wanted this release to come out so bad!

I finished this story and wasn't sure what to write at first, however, morally I am thoroughly disgusted by this story. Their were so many instances in this book were it was extremely obvious this Author has never known the kind of heartache and struggle she writes about. Because it was soo unrealistic, unnecessary, and a complete disrespect to the feminist in me.

How can it be that not one woman in this story had any semblance of s
Cocktails and Books
Was this was a little different. Full review to come.
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