3.5 StarsVerbally 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 brother's best friend.
Gunner only has 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?
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My Thoughts - Half of me loved this book, the story was sweet and I loved it from beginning to end. I am majorly conflicted because there were so many simple editing mistakes. It felt like there had been no time devoted toward making the book easy to read without stumbling over a misspelling or grammatical error. Editing issues are a huge turn off, they are my biggest pet peeve and will sometimes ruin the entire book for me. Lots of people overlook them and just focus on the story, but this is something I have never been able to do.
With all that being said, I look forward to reading book two. I love the characters and I am curious to see where the rest of the series takes them.
This book was a dual love story of sorts, Ellie and Gunner's story comes to a close in Wanted and the second book, Saved ,will continue the second couple's (Arianna and Jeff) journey. I will admit that the book was a little drawn out toward the end, almost like the author wasn't sure how to close out the story, but over all I did enjoy the story concept and I hope that the future books in this series improve.
Please allow me to stand on my soap box for one moment....
The biggest mistake a self-published author makes (in my humble opinion) is not taking the time to read and reread their work. The ease of self-publishing nowadays is leading to less and less "quality" reading. The author may have the most captivating storyline, but the editing will either make or break it. Writers should take their time, savor the writing experience and then drudge through the editing process. In the end it will not only make them a better writer but will also result in much more stellar work.
NOTE-- Had the book been properly edited I would have given it 4 Stars