Tuesday, April 2, 2013

DNF Review: Wanted (Wanted #1) by Kelly Elliot

Verbally abused by her mother for years, 18 year old Ellie Johnson always believed she would never be loved or wanted by anyone. She focused all of her attention on her grades and getting into the University of Texas to start a new life away from her mother.
The last thing Ellie expected was to fall in love with Gunner Mathews, a starting linebacker for the University of Texas football team and not to mention, her brothers best friend.
Gunner only had two passions in life, football and his grandfather’s ranch, until he falls for his best friends little sister. He will stop at nothing to show Ellie how much he wants her, even if it means he has to move faster than she would like.
Gunner knows they are meant to be together forever, but Ellie keeps denying her feelings out of fear of being hurt again. Every time he gets close to winning her love, something pushes her away again. Will Ellie ever be able to let go of the past and let him into her heart and will Gunner be patient enough to wait for her?
What will it take for them to realize they are all each other have ever WANTED?
First line:
I stood crying against the wall. Mommy was acting weird again and it was scaring me.
Nook ebook
Did Not Finish
You know that saying you're mom used to tell you when you were being slef-centered. The world doesn't revolve around you. That applies to everybody. Everybody except for Ellie Johnson. The world does revolve around Ellie. Her mother and boyfriends seemingly the only people who haven't received the memo. Even when her boyfriends cheat on her, the girls that they cheated with are kind enough to inform her of their unfaithfulness.So it's not suprising that when Gunner sees Ellie, he immediately falls in love. This book had MAJOR insta-love. And usually I can kind of overlook that factor if it was spread out a little more and if it wasn't rubbed in my face. I was constatnly reminded that they had only met yesterday. And Gunner is already thinking about marriage, kids, and growing old together. Seriously, let's get a hold of ourselves.

It's not that I don't like these kinds of books. I love The Boy who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window (Kirsty Moseley), Reason to Breathe (Rebecca Donovan), Heart on a Chain (Cindy Bennett), and many more like them. But I wasn't convinced that Ellie was this broken girl like we were told by the author. She didn't seem like a girl broken by her mother's verbal abuse and made to think that no one will ever want her. She readily accepts Gunner and immediately falls in love, allowing him into her world instantly. Any time she would think of resisting her attraction to him, it seemed forced like the author had remembered "Oh, yeah. She's convinced that no one will ever want her and has sworn off relationships and boys."

Ellie and her best friend Ari are always described as yelling. Who yells everything? And everybody calls each other by these ridiculously sweet nicknames. All the sweets, honeys, and sweethearts made me want to puke form the sugar overdose.

As you can see, this wasn't exactly my style of book. But maybe you'll like. Be sure to link me up to your review :)

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