by Amanda Lance
Considering she’s a girl who calculates everything, Addie Battes knew the statistical probability of being abducted in her lifetime—too bad she never analyzed the odds of falling in love with her captor.
While stopping at a crowded rest area one summer night, seventeen-year-old Addie accidentally catches a truck hijacking in progress. Desperate to rid the crime of its only witness, one of the thieves kidnaps Addie. Yet surprisingly, when a renegade thief attempts to silence her for good, Addie is saved by the very man who abducted her. Now, forced on board a cargo ship in the middle of the ocean, Addie finds herself surrounded by international smugglers who want nothing more than to throw her overboard.
All except the artistic and intriguing Charlie Hays, whose strange protectiveness convinces Addie to trust him, even when common sense tells her otherwise. Yet, despite her doubt, and his unrelenting temper, their relationship develops into something much more. But, Charlie’s scorned colleague has stowed away, and as he seeks revenge against his coworker, Addie and Charlie are forced to put their new love—and lives—at risk.
At A Glance
I was intrigued from beginning to end. Wanted was exciting and surprisingly sweet, but the romance seemed too fast for me.
I was soooooo excited to read this book. I haven’t read a lot of kidnapping type books but they always seem to be so scary but exhilarating at the same time. And Wanted delivered almost everything I hoped for. There was suspense, action, raw emotions floating about, and complicated love. The concept was pretty original, and it felt like a breath of fresh air. I just wish it didn’t have to end.
Addie was such a fun, complex character. She was super smart and acted older than her age. She was the kind of person who thanks her captors when they give her water because there are no excises for bad manners. 🙂 I loved her analytical brain and her realization that falling for her kidnapper was insane and totally Stockholm Syndrome–ish. She was also very funny, I was surprised by her bouts of witty humor, especially given her situation. She also stayed strong and relatively calm for much of her ordeal. But she always was thinking of a way out, a way to fight.
Charlie was also pretty complex. He’s obviously had a bad life, a rough life. He admitted he was not a good person. He’s a thief and he has killed before. And his temper can be a scary thing. It’s set on a hair-trigger and he is not himself when he gets that way. But he also has this soft, sweet side. Charlie often wears his feelings on his sleeve and his feelings for Addie are beautiful. He’s an amazing artists as well. I could easily imagine each of his sketches with the way Lance describes them.
The other thieves and kidnappers were all pretty interesting. They each had unique personalities, and I actually wanted to know more about them. I was surprised how Lance humanized these people who in our eyes should have been bad through and through.
There was always an air of danger and time running out through the book. There are the baddies who want Addie silenced forever and the cops closing in on them all. And Addie is stuck in the middle, not knowing whether to keep Charlie safe or herself. The answer was no longer easy as her feelings grew.
The writing flowed well and the pacing was perfect. I would love to see this turn into a series. It could totally work because I feel like Addie and Charlie’s story is not done yet.
Even though I really liked Addie and Charlie together, I found their relationship to be too unbelievable. Sure, such a thing could happen, but I didn’t see it in this situation. Maybe if they had more time together, I would be singing a different tune. Addie’s infatuation with Charlie happened too fast and the ending didn’t really help me see them having a great future together. So much is left unanswered to me. I think this book needed an epilogue. Charlie is still a thief and he has killed people!!!! Not excellent boyfriend material. And the age difference was hard to swallow.
The romance was very young adult. I actually think this book is more YA then new adult. We only get some kissing and touching.
Wanted has a little something for everybody: action, suspense, and romance. It’s actually pretty clean too, teens could totally read this. It wasn’t perfect, but I had a great time every minute I got to spend with this book in my hand. Very recommended.
“I wanted to look away, I couldn’t manage it. Briefly, I was reminded of the eyes of road kill or frogs that get dissected in science labs. Like them, his glare towards me was indifferent and empty. I’m not embarrassed to say the lack of human acknowledgement in the moment frightened me more than anything else so far.”
“Once more our lips collided and sent me gliding across the surf. It started out simple and tender, but the current took us both within a matter of seconds and we became like two desperate swimmers, reaching out for more.”
When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.