Early Review: Claimed by Elle Kennedy

ClaimedClaimed by Elle Kennedy
Book #1 in Outlaws
Genre: Erotic Dystopian
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
ARC provided by Signet and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

Angie’s Review – 5 Skulls – A+

Claimed was my very first book from Elle Kennedy, and what a hell of an introduction! Please excuse me while I gush. I loved Hudson’s character. You had to be tough to survive in this world, and she fit that bill. She was also smart and knew she couldn’t do it alone. When Connor and his band of merry men fell into her path, she knew she needed to join forces with them in order to survive. Connor was a natural born leader who also happened to be badass. As reluctant as he was to let Hudson join his crew, he couldn’t deny how useful her medical training would be, and she made it clear she could hold her own, even with him.

Claimed mixed two genres I enjoy – erotica and dystopian – and turned it into something I loved. Just to be clear, this book is heavy on the erotica. And it is so well written. Hudson and Connor (ahem…along with some others) will have your book or reading device singing your fingertips. The author was able to make the sex an important part of the storyline. It was a huge way for the whole community to unwind from the immense amount of pressure they were living under, and Connor was also able to use it as a tool to measure how truthful Hudson was about where she came from. There were some heart-pounding moments in this book where you were so afraid (and often times hoping) that Hudson’s secret would come to light. One of the things that made Hudson stand out: an outlaw’s view of sex was very different from those who lived under the Enforcers thumbs, and it was clear in that instant that Hudson was no outlaw. Make no mistake; plot was not sacrificed in favor of steam. This book was steady the entire way through – if there wasn’t something sexy going on, the outlaws were planning their next move. One of the images in my head while I was reading this book (I think because of the use of the word bandit) was the old west. It had such a Tombstone feel to it, and it made me enjoy it all the more. Who doesn’t love a hot cowboy? 😉

By the end of this story, I was invested in all the characters in this book. What is Pike’s deal? Where is Rylan the heartbreaker going to end up? And what the hell is going on between Xander and Kade? These are all things I must know, so I’ll be desperately awaiting the next book in this series. I loved every squirmy second of this book, and I’m thrilled to see that Elle Kennedy has a huge back list for me to dive into!

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:
1. Claimed
2. No Information Available

Thank you to SIGNET and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Angie Badge

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