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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Shipping off to boot camp hadn’t been a hard pill to swallow. It was my time to serve our country, just like my father and my grandfather before me. The pain that throbbed in my chest every night I was away was the stone cold fact that I’d left her behind, not ever having told her how I felt. After twelve years and only a few short visits in-between, I’m finally back for g ...more
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Published January 21st 2019
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Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a sweet read with very good characters and an well done slow-burn.
Definitely reading more of this author.

3/5 🌟

Andrea Fleury
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet couple

I liked it. First time I have ever read a book by this author. I would of liked the characters to have gotten together a little sooner. But the ending was perfect.
Kendra Parker
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a cute one

This author was new to me but I'm definitely glad I pick up this book. It was an easy read and I loved how you got a lot of their back story in such a short time. I don't normally go for the slow build but this was so perfectly written I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness my usually black heart is just about ready to burst after reading this story! Nate and Kennedy’s story is so sweet and beautiful that even the hardest hearted person will not be able to resist falling in love with them both. Gah it’s made me feel all gooey and mushy inside and I loved every sweet, adorable second of it!
Emilia || Dark Side of the Book

„Claimed” is such a good, sweet and homely book!
I was in this story from the first page and reading time with this book was two hours of pure pleasure!

Kennedy likes Nate since they are a children, but she also was shy and she didn't told him her feelings. One day Nate left the city and joined to Marines. Kennedy stay here alone and everything was different without Nate.
But true love will always live.
One day Kennedy heard from her friend that Nate is coming to town. She was curious, why h
C Exley Books (Cassandra)
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2019
Another great read from this author. I have to say this is my favourite book of hers so far. Claimed is Kennedy and Nate's story.

Kennedy has liked Nate since she was a child but never said anything. Nate goes off to the Marines without telling Kennedy how he feels. Then when he decides to come home and he is determined to make her his.

I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed. Kennedy and Nate’s story will definitely capture your attention and hook you in from the very beginning
Mandy Williams
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an advanced reader copy of this book by Chelsea McDonald.

This is a sweet story of a boy and a girl who grew up together meeting as adults. Kennedy grew up with Aaron and Nathaniel. A childhood friendship with Aaron blossomed into a teenage romance, while the rivalry between brothers grows more hostile. After being dumped by Aaron, Kennedy loses not only her friendship, but also the family she's grown to love. Coinciding with the breakup, older brother Nathaniel is
Wickedly Sweet & Synful Book Blog Synclare Moss
All I can say is “WONDERFUL”. It’s been a minute since I’ve read a sweet, slow burn romance. Chelsea hit a home run.
I devoured this ARC in a matter of a couple hours. If you want a feel good, smiling all the way to end, Book, grab this beauty.

Plot~ 5/5
Main Characters~ 5/5
Secondary Characters~ 5/5
The Feels~ 5/5
Pacing~ 5/5
Theme or Tone~ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5
Originality~ 5/5
Ending~ 5/5
Book Cover~ Fantastic
Series~ Standalon
Danielle Melo
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Heather Woodman
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbby-2020

I absolutely loved this book, couldn’t put it down 💖 can’t wait for more in the series, I sense an addiction coming on 🤣
Yvonne Nelson
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great easy read. Kennedy and Nathaniel were such great characters and had great chemistry too. This book is very easy to recommend
Molly Storm
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Kennedy and Nate’s slow burn romance. I thought Kennedy was well defined, developed, funny and real!
I loved that Claimed was told from Kennedy and Nate’s perspectives rather than just getting one side of everything.
I’m just about to start a second read because I feel like I raced through Claimed - I’m definitely looking forward to reading the others in the Armstrong Lovers Series!
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claimed by Chelsea McDonald is an epic read. This is the first book that I have read of hers and will definitely be reading more. I received a free copy of this book and I am providing you with my honest review.

Kennedy and Nate’s story has some unique qualities that gives an edge to it from other stories you may have read. I won’t say what these qualities are because I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but once you read their story you will know what I am referring to.

Nate is the epitome of
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kennedy fell in love with Nate when they were both too young to know what love was. Nate enlisted in the Marine Corp after high school and Kennedy had limited interactions with his family for the next 12 years. Unbeknownst to Kennedy, Nate has loved her since he was a teenager and he has been planning their future for the last 12 years.

This is both a sweet love story of two people finally being together and also one that was sad because nothing really stood in the way of them having a relationsh
Andrea Martin
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever had a secret crush then this is the book for you! Growing up Kennedy had a crush on the golden boy of her school and town. Their families were close friends and she had even dated his brother Aaron. She never told him how she felt. Nathaniel was the golden boy of his town who felt it was his duty to fight for his country just like his father and grandfather had. He just never thought that he would like doing his duty so much. Fast forward 12 years and he's ready to come home.

Gwen Shafer
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read from Chelsea. I enjoyed reading this one. It was interesting from beginning to end. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Nathaniel was leaving for boot camp. Him and Kennedy have been friends for a while but nothing ever happened between them. She leaves him a note telling him to come back home for her. Years later Nate leaves the service and wants to settle down in his hometown exactly where Kennedy is. But will he be able to get the girl this time ...more
Claire Annovazzi
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
This could have been a great story, but it missed.

The main characters were interesting enough to keep me reading, but they were two dimensional. What should have been their backstories that helped explain their actions were so broadly brushed that they didn’t have any use in the end–Nate’s life as a marine and his trauma, his long time feud with his brother, Kennedy’s loss of her father and her relationships with her mother and her grandfather, Kennedy and Aaron’s past relationship… All those el
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This was a quick and really enjoyable read. I really liked Nathaniel, he was so sweet and cute. Kennedy was okay.

**SPOILERS maybe

I didn't understand the rivalry between Nate and his brother Aaron, who is also Kennedy's ex (though cab we really call him that? The two "dated" in middle school), why did the two of them seemed to hate each other so much? Why did Nate not "claim" Kennedy from the get, why let her "date" his brother?
The reasons I didn't fully love Kennedy was because in her
Donna Smith
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story

I loved these two characters! Kennedy has always loved Nate even though he was the older brother of her best friend and first boyfriend. She felt her chance at a happily ever after with him is ruined because of the break up that happened as teenagers. Nate has been hiding his feelings for Kennedy. Not because of any loyalty to his brother but because he wasn't ready to claim her as his. Now he's returned from his military career and he has to make his move. Nate and Kennedy go slo
Verna Loves Books
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Claimed by Chelsea McDonald is such a sweet yet sexy romance. I was hooked from beginning to end and by the last page, my heart was so full and content.

Kennedy is such a great character. She's delightful, caring, and just a great character to read. When Nate leaves for boot camp, she can't let him go without saying goodbye. Even if things are changing in her life, she has to let the one person she cares for know it. So she gives him a note and little does she know, it has a huge impact.
When Na
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New to me author, and after reading Claimed, I know I'll pick up more of her stories.
This is a different spin on a childhood best friend/boyfriend's brother, slow build and burn.
When Nate goes off to join the Marines after graduation, he didn't think he'd be gone for 12 years. Sure, his mom has kept him up on the town's goings on, but there's nothing like being back home.
I liked the slow burn between Nate and Kennedy, after the years they've been apart, and the history between them, it made se
Joy Westerfield
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you remember back when you were young and had a crush on someone but they never knew it? This story of Kennedy and Nate will remind you of those sweet times. Kennedy has liked Nate since she was a child, but never said anything. Nate goes off to the Marines without telling Kennedy how he feels. Then, he decides to come home and is determined to make her his. But it’s been so long since he left, will she be waiting? Will the spark still be there between them? This story will pull at your heart ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so amazing.

Kennedy, such a sweet and loving girl. Everything about her screamed special and especially when she writes a letter to someone so near and dear that she can't bear to give it to him herself. That broke my heart, but then when he comes back she gets shocking news, one that can change her whole life.

Nate, I wish I could get him and keep him for myself. He was just so amazing. So straight forward, no beating around the Bush and I loved that about him. He left to go do hi
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a new author to me and I couldn't wait to read this book as the blurb dragged me in.I wasn't disappointed but felt that Nathaniel needed more of a back story.He had demons from being in the marines but these were never explained and I felt that it would have given him more depth.I also found it hard to believe he was a virgin at 30yrs old too.Other than those little minor things I really enjoyed the story and hopefully there will be further books in the series that will be a bit more in ...more
Jenn the Readaholic
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Nate and Kennedy’s story. Kennedy was somewhat sad at first, since she seemed to make a life out of work and not much else, but Nate’s return to town forced that to change. Nate, on the other hand, surprised me with his admission to Kennedy, but that only made him and this story that much more intriguing. Their slow burn to admitting their love for each other was a nice distraction from the realities of a cold day in January!

I do, however, wish that Aaron and Sara had a much mor
Heather Mulvihill
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We meet Kennedy at Nate's going away party as he is heading into the marines.. Kennedy had just broken up with Aaron, Nate's brother. His family had become her family. Nate returns from the Marines living in his hometown. He loves Kennedy and has plans to tell her.

This was my first book of Ms. McDonalds but certainly not my last. I loved all the characters especially Nate and Kennedy. Aaron was such a slime ball that there were times I wanted to throw my kindle. This book was amazing. I highl
Laid-back Book Bitches
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am sad to say this is my first book from this author, but it surely will not by my last. I was in love with this book from the beginning, I was drawn in from the first paragraph and still stuck inside after reading the last words. I feel in love with Kennedy and Nathaniel from the first meeting. These two characters played havoc on my heartstrings. Kennedy, such a sweet and loving girl. Nate, was straight forward, no beating around the bush and I loved that about him. Do you remember your firs ...more
Susan Homan
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I would recommend this to people who like 2nd chances, love at first sight. This book is about Kennedy and Nate. Kennedy has feelings for Nate, but never tells him. He is leaving to join the Marine Corps, so she pens him a quick note and gives it to his parents to give him. Twelve years later, Mate is leaving the Marine Corps and moving home. He plans to claim Kennedy as his since he has been in love with her for years. So he does out to show her how much he cares and to win her love. O
Tracy Trixy
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!
As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I would have to read it... Kennedy, Nate and Aaron have been in each other’s life since Kennedy was 6 years old. Aaron and Kennedy are the same age, and begin dating. I’m glad to say it doesn’t last long, and that’s good news for Nate. Long story short, Nate leaves for the Marines, and comes back to claim her as his own.. 😍
Would most definitely recommend!
Donna Matthewman
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book about a small town romance and a love that was meant to be. I enjoyed the fact that the characters didn't mess about and said/ did what they wanted not like other books I've read where it takes them forever to admit their feelings. The characters were really well matched and I love the history they have together. This book was just what I needed a really good easy read romance. ...more
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Chelsea McDonald was born and raised in Australia. Having travelled all over the world, she currently resides in England with her partner, two step-children and grandchild.

She enjoys writing, reading, travelling, music and spending time with her loved ones. Chelsea works part-time as a receptionist, part-time as a romance author and in-between she can be found working out at the local gym.


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