Wanted (Wanted #1) by Kelly Elliott

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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? 


*Warning: spoilers ahead*

Oh man. Wanted was not a very good read. I didn't like most things about the story. I found the girl, Ellie, super annoying. It was very repetitive, wasn't believable, and maybe worst of all was WAY too long. I was reading and just kept thinking this is never going to end...it is going to be a true never-ending story! If only I didn't have a hard time putting books aside unfinished...

Ellie was very frustrating to read. She came across as very whiny, poor me, which I don't like. She also kept thinking about how her mom said one time when she was seven that no one would ever want her. How she would end up alone. It was super annoying. If the story would have shown that the mom was always down on Ellie, how she was aways saying how useless she was and how no one would ever want her, than I could understand more. Instead it was always that one time when I was seven and my mom said no one would want me means no one will ever want me. It was...I needed more. It is just vaguely mentioned again that the mom is terrible, but I needed to see more than just that one time to really understand. To be able to feel for Ellie more, instead of her just fixating on one thing her mom said when she was seven. Seriously it comes up every two seconds of the book and I grew very tired of it. 

Ellie also doesn't trust anyone. Gunner likes her for some reason as soon as he meets her. They were pretty much instantly in love and it wasn't believable at all. So then Ellie accuses him of cheating all the time if he even talks to another girl. It was beyond ridiculous. She is just like oh, poor me! This guy who is obviously in love with me is cheating on me! Ugh. Like one time they were out and this other girl wanted to dance with Gunner, but he didn't want to. Well Ellie practically threw him at the other girl and made him dance with her, then got super pissed that he danced with the girl! It was just so freakin frustrating. She was always doing annoying things like that. Or how in the beginning she would think how she wanted Gunner to kiss her, but every time he went to kiss her she would pull away, then be all poor me! I wish he would kiss me! Really? Well maybe you should stop freakin pulling away every time he goes to kiss you?!?! They did work it out and were in love apparently, but there were still lots of issues.

So through this all we also have the story of Ellie's bff and Ellie's brother. The bff and brother obviously like each other, but neither will say anything so nothing happens with them. And the brother keeps saying how he loves the bff, but won't do anything cause if it doesn't work out then he would lose her forever so it is better to be pseudo friends instead. I didn't quite get it since he was obviously head over heels for her. Oh well. But they had some confusing parts as well. Like the one party. They are not together and bff keeps dancing all up on other guys to make the brother jealous, so the brother sleeps with someone else and everyone treats him like he cheated on the bff! I was just like hold on one minute - they are NOT together! So he likes her, and she likes him, but no one has said anything so how are they supposed to know?!? He can do what he wants, especially after watching her all up on other guys. Argh!

So this was a very frustrating read for me, and as I said above it was never-ending! It felt like it just dragged on and on and on. I got to like 30% and thought okay, we can wrap this up now right? Wrong. Argh. Ellie is one of those super gorgeous perfect girls who doesn't know it and is just constantly having a pity party and remembering how her mom said one time when she was seven that no one would want her. She is super insecure which leads to the super lame last part of the book! So she sees Gunner hugging some girl and going into a hotel room with her. A hotel room where he is supposed to be hanging out with his cousin who is getting married soon...so Ellie obviously takes that to mean he is cheating on her! OMG! So she immediately calls him and is like I hate you you cheating jerk! I never want to see you again!! Of course he doesn't know why she is freaking out and is so sad.

Then there is this super creepy guy who Ellie does not like at all. Like he was at other parties and I kept thinking he would drug her drink and try and rape her. That is how he is written. So he shows up and sees Ellie all sad and is like let's go have some fun! And Ellie is just like yeah! Let's do it! You are totes not a super creepy dude that creeps me out or anything....so they go to the club and Gunner, his cousin, and his cousins fiancé (the girl who hugged him) show up so what does Ellie do? Start making out with creepy dude. Yep. So Gunner leaves, good riddance, only then Ellie finds out that the girl is the cousin's fiancé! Oh noes! What did she do?!? She must go find Gunner! Only she is a bit drunk, but no worries. It is totes cool to drink and drive....and run into a tree. And break your arm and bruise your ribs, but it is no big deal. She doesn't get into any trouble for the drunk driving, plus she might have some memory loss! Hooray! While that is not explicitly said it seemed like that might be the magic that makes her suddenly not care about what her mom said when she was seven. Suddenly she is not all insecure poor me. Suddenly she just doesn't fixate on what her mom said. Hurray! Drunk driving fixes everything!! What a great story! Ugh. Plus, for how long it is, do you really need to leave one of the story lines open ended? I guess so since the next book is about the other couple, but man I am not reading that. Not a good read.



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