Review: Wanted (Wanted #1) by Kelly Elliott

WantedVerbally 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?

___________________

5 star review!

The whole time that I read this book, it reminded me of ‘Wanted’ by Hunter Hayes. I was not surprised when the song was mentioned in a major scene at the end of the novel. I may have got a tad excited cause I am a massive Hunter Hayes fangirl! :)

The story starts out with a seven-year-old Ellie and my heart broke for her in that very first scene. She is scarred by the mentality that she will never be wanted. Her mothers words “you will never be wanted by anyone..” constantly run through her head, making her hesitant in her decisions and her relationships. This scene is then followed on by a sixteen-year-old Ellie and then present day Ellie. She has had her fair share of heartbreak in her life with her father leaving, her mothers cruel treatment towards her and dating unfaithful boys. But this is all a lead up before Gunner walks into her life and shakes the foundations to her guarded heart.

“Maybe my mother was right; no man would ever want me or would ever truly love me. I needed to just give up on them for good.”

Gunner was told that he would never amount to anything by his father. He works tirelessly to prove that he can do anything that he sets his mind to. His best friend, Jefferson, is Ellie’s brother and he has never been allowed to meet her until an unfortunate incident when Jeff has to go and pick Ellie up. There is an instant connection between the two and it is so incredible to read how fast Gunner falls for her, though she is hesitant because of her belief that Gunner doesn’t really want her. I cried, laughed and smiled the whole way through this book; it really pulled on my heart strings.

“I knew I could honestly say I would do anything for Ellie. Anything to make her smile, hear her laugh or feel her touch. She was special to me.”

Though the story is mainly centred around Gunner and Ellie, we also get to meet Jefferson & Ari and Heather & Josh who have their own books following on from Wanted. It is the supporting characters that really make this story 100 times more incredible than it already is. And I can guarantee you will fall in love with Gunners grandparents.

Having already read Saved and Faithful after this novel, I can tell you that you don’t want to miss out on reading this series. Just make sure you have a lot of tissues for those moments that warrant tears; there is a lot of them!

“He made me feel… wanted.”

Available on iTunes and Amazon.
Books in the series:
~ Wanted (Gunner and Ellie’s story) – out now.
~ Saved (Jefferson and Ari’s story) – out now.
~ Faithful (Josh and Heather’s story) – out now.
~ Cherished (Scott and Jessie’s story) – released January 2014.

– Emily-Jane.

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