Posted in: Karen's Capsule Reviews, reviews
I’m such a Maya Banks fangirl. Her writing seems to get better and better, and better. Read the KGI, series if you don’t believe me.
She sent me three of her latest category books from the Pregnancy and Passion line, and I love her for that. Maya, Shiloh Walker, and Dee Tenorio are three authors who consistently send me books despite my rarely reviewing them. In case I’ve never said it before, I’m ever so appreciative of this, especially when one considers that I live in England, so postage is probably quite expensive.
Anyway, here’s the blurb for the book from the back cover:
Despite his fiancee’s chilling betrayal, developer Ryan Beardsley provided for Kelly Christian when he sent her packing. So he’s livid to find her working in a dingy Houston diner, desperate and pregnant. Regardless of whether the baby is his–or his brother’s–Ryan demands that Kelly return to New York with him. Now. For the baby’s sake. Or maybe because the woman’s as irresistible as ever…
This was the review that I posted at Goodreads:
You know, I considered giving this book just three stars, then I asked myself if there was anything about it that I didn’t like, and I can honestly say that the answer was no. It probably seems odd that I haven’t given it 5 stars, if that was the case, but for me, 5 star books are all about an emotional journey that takes its toll on me as a reader, and that’s pretty hard to find in your average category length book, however I really, really liked Wanted By Her Lost Love.
I loved the heroine and the hero, as a couple and as individuals. Ryan was basically a good guy, who took the word of his brother over that of his fiancée, but honestly, that whole mess made total sense to me. I liked Kelly because she had heart, and she refused to play games and act all coy about her feelings for Ryan, despite his lack of faith and trust in her.
I loved the fact that even though Ryan felt betrayed by Kelly, he still cared enough about her to worry about her well-being. I liked that he was able to look beyond his own hurt and pain. Many readers may question why he was so quick to believe his brother over Kelly, but as a person with beloved siblings, I totally got it.
Something else that worked really well for me was the fact that Banks didn’t try to tie things up into a nice neat bow with regards to Ryan’s family at the end of the book. Sometimes there are acts that are too vile to forgive, and I loved the way that the author handles the final confrontation.
Maya Banks weaves a great story here, and the emotional depth that she manages to give her characters was impressive for a category length book. I actually cried towards the end of this book, and the only category writer that’s managed that feat in a while, was Sarah Mayberry.
All in all, a superbly weaved story, with compelling characters, and a great grovel scene.:) Nice work Maya Banks.