Claimed (Outlaws #1) by Elle Kennedy

Claimed (Outlaws #1) by Elle KennedySeries: Outlaws #1
on 2015-10-06
Pages: 368
AmazonB&NNarrator: C. S. E. Cooney
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After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules.

As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for his protection. Despite his reservations, he agrees to introduce her to a whole new way of life. But when Connor discovers Hudson’s connection to the enemies of liberty, he wonders how far he can trust the woman who has abandoned all inhibitions to challenge every forbidden desire.

Claimed has a really interesting plot. Unfortunately it is buried under pages and pages of sex.
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The World is now ruled by a Global council after being ravaged by war. The council has a team of “Enforcers” that maintain order and rule. Population is control and breeding is prohibited unless permission is granted by the GC. Most females are sterilized when they become adults unless one is born into a protected class.
Hudson Lane is the daughter of an Enforcer and when her father forms a marriage contract for her to marry another enforcer, Hudson flees her home. She searches for Outlaws, a band of rebels who refuse to be governed by the General Counsel “GC”.
When Hudson comes upon Connor MacKenzie and his group of Outlaws, Hudson bargains for their protection. She will hunt, fight, clean and do any assigned tasks, as long as they allow her to hide out in the rebel community. Connor is on a mission to find Dominik, the leader of the Enforcer who murdered his wife and community. So Hudson decides to hide her connection to Dominik.

In this rebel community, Hudson finds freedom both from her family’s expectations as well as in her sexual desires. Connor’s touch makes Hudson burn and they embark on an intense physical relationship with includes Connor’s friend Ryland.
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The only problem is that Connor is hunting Dominik, the leader of the Enforcers, and Hudson knows it’s just a matter of time before Connor and Dominik come face to face, and her secret will be revealed. The agreed upon “just sex” relationship has become more for both Hudson and Connor, but will it survive Hudson’s lies?

This story could have been really special but it was completely overshadowed by copious amount of sex by Hudson and company. I liked Hudson, she was strong, resourceful, well trained and up front about her sexual desires. I had no problem with her going for what she wanted. Connor was a well trained alpha male, who was so focused on revenged that he glossed over the inconsistencies in Hudson’s story. I liked them together but the oppressive regime by the GC and their enforcers wasn’t developed enough to satisfied my piqued curiosity. Also, the character development was rather weak in this story as the characters ended up being cliche and one-dimensional.

I have read the Off-Campus series as well as the Killer Instinct series by Elle Kennedy and so I know this author is a really good writer. This particular book failed to meet the quality that I have come to associate with her work. I hope that book 2 will focus on the world more and character building. There is a good story here, it just has to be brought to the forefront.

*Special thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook, which was given in exchange for an honest review.

About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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