Everything She Wanted: Hunted #5 by Jennifer Ryan

Everything She Wanted: Hunted #5 by Jennifer Ryan

I’ve read a couple of Jennifer Ryan’s romance titles and loved the characters and the story that she built that drew me in and made me care, needing to know that everyone got what they deserved.  In the fifth book in her Hunted romantic suspense story, I had no idea where the story would go, or if I would enjoy the story in a genre that I’m still gaining familiarity with. Read on for my review of

Everything She Wanted

The first I have read in this series, Everything She Wanted is the fifth book in Jennifer Ryan’s Hunted series, and from page one, I was drawn in and engaged.  Ryan builds her stories with clever and easily accessible characters, giving background and personality in a way that feels natural and organic.

Starting with a rather unusual perspective, we have a discussion between Evan and Christina, as Christina tries to explain her reasons for divorcing Evan’s father Donald, and her dissatisfaction with a prenup that will lead to patricide.  With tensions increasing and a clearly ugly side of Evan (come by naturally enough) leads to the death of Donald and his new fiancé, Margo,  leaves their young son Alex an orphan, and the story takes a whole new turn and twist.

Kate’s sister was the murdered fiancé, and it was she who found the bodies.  A life that was less than wonderful as a child gave her some serious issues, but also had her expecting the worst from every situation.  Kate’s own issues with trust and reliance on others contrasted with the emotional toll that Ryan built through the story, and while you wanted to shelter Kate from herself and the bad things, there is an inner core of steel that she exhibits that is wholly admirable. And, while she is the sole guardian of Margo’s son Alex, Christina and Evan are challenging Donald’s will and want custody of Alex.  Obviously Kate needs legal advice.

Enter Ben, a lawyer who appears at the scene of the murder to be reintroduced to Kate, a social worker that he had worked with previously. Ben is one of those “all for the downtrodden” lawyers, wanting to both see justice served AND see that the vulnerable are protected. Right now, Kate and Alex fit both of those parameters, and Ben can’t help but be attracted to her: her strength, her determination and the fierce way in which she faces a challenge.

These two are so well matched that their path should be smooth: but instead we have the moments of Kate’s inability to trust in another person, and while the ‘whodunit’ was clear from the start, the inclusion of well-meaning friends (many from earlier books I do believe) all serve to allow the connection to build and solidify. Chemistry is explosive, and the majority of this story is focused on the growth of Ben and Kate, individually and as a couple as they share and learn one another.  A bit of a back to front story, the bad guys were revealed early and while there were moments throughout where they became an ‘almost issue’ in the romance, they never quite overstepped into taking over the story.

I loved the plot chance that Ryan took here, moving away from the ‘the killer could be around the corner’ moments, moving them into the background as we watch Kate deal with grief, unexpected parenthood of a traumatized child, a new relationship and all of the legal wrangling. Most of all the solidity and security provided by Ben: he’s not a grunting alpha, but protective and strong, he says what he means and he lives it every day. More importantly, Ben is the perfect guy for Kate: he treasures her and realizes that while he can’t stop every mistake or keep away all the pain, he will do everything to show her she isn’t alone.

Everything She Wanted: Hunted #5 by Jennifer Ryan

Title: Everything She Wanted
Author: Jennifer Ryan
Series: Hunted #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062396420
Published on: 5 January 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts
Pages: 352
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 9 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ryan returns to The Hunted series

Ben Knight has spent his life protecting those in need and helping abused women escape their terrible circumstances. He’ll stop at nothing to save the lives of his clients, especially the hauntingly beautiful Kate Morrison, a woman threatened by a man whose wealth allows him to get away with everything—including murder.

Kate’s days spent as a social worker, fighting for those unable to help themselves, means she’s spent her fair share of time in a court room. She and Ben have crossed paths, but never that professional line. When he agrees to aid her in putting Evan Faraday behind bars where he belongs, she must trust the sexy lawyer with her life and that of a precious baby.

Will Kate learn to trust Ben in time to save herself, and will they have a chance to explore the love blossoming between them before it’s too late?

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.

 

About Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

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