Published March 2013
Series: Wanted #2
Genres: New Adult
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Arianna and Jefferson’s love is true but will it be enough?
Ari who comes from a loving home with a family who has had more than their share of difficulties, is faced with possibly losing the love of her life. All she dreams of is growing old and having children with Jeff, but a family history and a conniving Rebecca could shatter that dream. Trying to support Jeff and cope with all the truths and possibilities of her own destiny may prove to be more than one person can handle.
Jeff’s dream is to raise horses on his ranch in Mason with the only women who has ever filled his heart and soul. But he’s running the risk of losing her by trying to be the man he knows he should be by taking on his responsibilities. He’s completely bewitched by the passionate and always outspoken Ari, but needs to do right for the child that could possibly be his.
Despite all the odds stacked against them can their relationship be… saved?
Please note that this is the second book of the Wanted series and you must have read book one to understand what is going on in Saved. And believe me, a lot more characters will be thrown into the mix so you want to follow carefully :)
While Ellie and Gunner are planning their wedding, Jeff Johnson and Ari Peterson are facing huge difficulties with their new found love, as Jeff heard back from Rebecca, a clingy one-night-stand he had a while ago, who now claims to be 7 months pregnant with his child. Although Jeff wants nothing more than to start a family with Ari and move next to Ellie and Gunner’s farm, he can’t help but feel he must make things right by Rebecca by facing his responsibilities.
However, Ari has issues and insecurities of her own, and while she believes Rebecca is setting Jeff up, it seems that Jeff is moving further and further away from her. And this story goes along, we are also introduced to Heather Lambert and Josh Hayes and their own personal story. The first time Josh laid eyes on Heather, he knew she was the one for him and led him to give up his player ways. But Heather has been through a lot lately and doesn’t trust to let Josh into her heart – although she has a huge crush on him too. Then there is Gunner’s cousin Lynda, who keeps hitting on Josh, which even though Heather insists on being just friends with Josh, she doesn’t like to witness at all.
Let me start by saying that the main word to describe this book would be drama, drama, drama. Followed by words of love and loads of make-up sex. I am usually really annoyed by overflowing drama in some books, but for some reason Saved turned out to be extremely enjoyable and there was never any dull moment (I guess because of the heaps of drama…)
The great thing about this second book was also that the characters from the ebut did not get ost and played an active part in the book.
Story wise, I really liked Ari and Jeff’s predicament (or rather the way it panned out) because it was a lot more difficult to deal with than for example Ellie and Gunner’s situation, and in the end (even though I wanted to kill Jeff for being such an oblivious arse), the loose ends were tied up pretty well!
As far as Heather and Josh’s story is concerned, it felt a bit like Ellie and Gunner on repeat, but slightly different. But again, it didn’t bother me that much. The only thing that started to bother me though, is that each and every single character lived from the exact same thing: falling in love, getting married, moving out to Mason, TX and finally making lots of children. And the guys are only 22 while the girls are 18/19 years old. A bit too idyllic and unrealistic in my opinion, but who am I to complain if it gave me the swoons.
The only drawback for this book was that you have to close your eyes on a lot of chesse and schmaltz and wussy love confessions (the male characters in this book seem to have a black book of standard phrases that they exchange and memorize by heart every time they 1) deflower the girl 2) make love to her 3) confess their undying love 4) ask them in marriage and 5) stand before the altar)
But nonetheless, this read was fun, sexy (the steamy scenes in this book were class A, even though slightly repetitive), and the whole book sure did keep me on my toes! Again, beware of the cliffhanger in regards to Heather and Josh – it will prompt you to jump straight into the next book in the series!