Series: Most Wanted #1
Published by Bantam on January 7, 2014
He is everything I crave, all I desperately want—and he is everything I can’t have.
Evan Black embodies my every fantasy. He is brilliant, fierce, and devastatingly handsome. But he is also headstrong, dangerous, and burdened with secrets.
My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan’s dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened. Maybe I should have run. But our desire is undeniable, and some temptations you just can’t fight.
And from the moment we touch—the passion between us consuming us both—I know that I will never be the same.
Angelina Raine lost her sister when she was just a teenager. Wracked with guilt and keeping a massive secret from the world around her, she retreated into herself and withdrew from social interaction. But her Uncle Jahn, who shared her loved of art, managed to draw her out of that shell and allowed her to stay with him in Chicago whenever her schedule permitted. There, she met three boys Jahn took under his wing – Evan Black, Tyler Sharp, and Cole August. Tyler and Cole are like brothers to her, but Evan – Evan stirs in her a desperate passion that she has managed to keep hidden from everyone around her. Or so she thought. With her Uncle’s death, Angelina and Evan are drawn further together. Angelina has always been convinced that Evan only sees her as a little sister, but she’s about to discover that she has been very, very wrong.
Angelina is an insecure young woman with a penchant towards kleptomania, a crime that fulfills some pent-up need to “be wild.” I didn’t find her particularly likeable. In fact, at times she came off as nothing more than selfish, spoiled, and rich brat acting out to get attention from her Senator father. I understand that there must be a tremendous amount of guilt over the death of her sister, but most of her words and actions came across as stilted and awkward, mostly due to her indecisiveness and lack of confidence.
Evan is a secretive man, evasive but charming. As a rich man, he is used to getting what he wants. Except when it comes to Angelina. He made a promise to leave her alone that stretches all the boundaries of his skewed, but firm code of ethics. Unfortunately, this all falls apart in the space of a few days after Jahn’s death and Evan spends the first half of the book in a broody I-want-you-but-I-can’t-have-you attitude that came across as lame and boring for a character who is supposedly such a naughty badass.
Thankfully the story actually picks up in the second half with Angelina and Evan succumbing to their passion for one another and a fun, little mystery playing out to a delightfully intriguing end. Other than that, this one fell a little flat for me. The writing style is great, but the characters and plot development needed fleshing out. I couldn’t connect with the characters and definitely didn’t sympathize with Angie’s need to steal things. Some parts were enjoyable, particularly the second half as I’ve already mentioned, but mostly this book left me feeling a little bored.