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Book InfoWanted by Arabella Black
Series: Wraith Royals #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Romantic Suspense
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"You like it when I tell you what to do."
*CAUTION: SERIES SPOILERS AHEAD. Exposed must be read first.*
Kamila Ruby Wraith
Escaping Katantia seemed easy until it wasn't.
Strings were pulled behind my back to get me out.
I can't undo what happened.
I had to leave even if it hurt my family.
Now, my father wants to end me, but I won’t go down without a fight.
Time's running out. I'm determined to make the most out of my newfound and strange freedom.
I’M A WANTED WOMAN, AND I’VE JUST MET MY MATCHES.
READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
WANTED is a dark MFM romance that must be read after EXPOSED. There are uncomfortable themes throughout. Katantia is a fictional island and its residents are very extra. There is a HEA for the main characters. Proceed with caution.
Wanted – My Review
Much like after reading the first book in the Wraith Royals series, I’ve closed the cover of Wanted by Arabella Black still feeling conflicted. On one hand, there were moments of amazing writing and hidden depths of emotion but on the other, the timeline was choppy and chaotic.
Having followed Weston and Mandy’s story in Exposed, Wanted shifts the view across to Kamila (and subsequently Mandy when the two meet again). Things get more confusing in Act Two when the timeline rewinds months and the POV switches back to Weston. Add in more jumps and the dead queen, Fylox and Alex’s POVs along with flashbacks from Kamila’s teenage years, you’ve really got to be on the ball to follow the plot. I’m afraid I probably wasn’t. I also found with the time jumps that there were gaps in the story. Yes, I could continue to read without them being filled, but perhaps the timeline would have made more sense with some additional linking.
Kamila’s story is heartbreaking. Having suffered years of abuse, even escape doesn’t allow her to leave her trauma behind. The differences between Alex and Fylox balance out her varying needs while the relationships encourage her to heal. As we listen to Kamila’s POV we see memories of both her interactions with her mother and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father coming to the forefront of her mind. Sometimes these memories give the reader insight into what made Kamila the woman she is portrayed as, but at others, they feel irrelevant to the background or the progression of the story.
Fylox’s story seems to be glossed over, which is a shame because I believe there could be at least a novella there. In the few chapters which are written from his POV, there’s a disconnect between his thoughts and the way he’s been presented by the other narrators. It appears that he has great plans in his mind but we’re never really treated to hearing them or seeing them properly put into action, let alone understanding them.
Would I tell you to read this book? Despite its downfalls, yes. It’s definitely worth it to see the way in which Kamila develops and to experience the loves and losses the ‘gang’ endure. Just read it with a clear, fresh head and don’t expect everything to be tied up neatly with a bow by the end.