Most Wanted by E.L Friel

February 3, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Most Wanted by E.L FrielMost Wanted (The Shadow Blade #1) by E.L Friel
Published: June 28th 2013 by Self Published
Format: Ebook, 175 pages
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Purchased
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4 Stars

From a top YA author writing under an assumed name comes this thrilling and intensely erotic new fantasy romance series for adults only.

Bounty Hunter Ariel McQueen has just days to find and capture a lowlife vampire, claim her reward and pay off a debt. Being fifty percent demon herself (and one hundred percent kickass), she’s not sweating it.

What she doesn’t count on however is the mysterious millionaire demon slayer Jax Sayer killing her bounty and totally screwing up her life in the process.

Teaming up to hunt down a serial killing bloodsucker, the two born enemies find themselves fighting an army of demons, underworld mobsters and the ghosts of their own pasts. But nothing’s as dangerous or as deadly as the white hot desire that’s simmering between them.

Between love and slaying there’s a very fine line.

I picked this up because it’s written by a prominent YA author (and one of my favourite YA authors, at that), and I’ve enjoyed reading it a lot!

We should keep in mind that Friel wrote this book in ten days – which makes this accomplishment all the more amazing.

Ariel is a kick-arse bounty hunter who owes money to a shady underworld money-lender, so when a strange man kills her target (a misguided attempt to protect her), she’s pissed off. She’s surprised when he asks her for help taking out a coven of vampires – after all, he’s a Blade (a demon-slayer), and he should be more than capable of handling a few Suckers. What follows is a sexy adventure with plenty of blood and action, and a few raunchy sequences.

I really liked the story because I find most NA / erotica stories with supernatural elements don’t take the time to explain the world to readers – everything is filler before the ‘good-stuff’ kicks in. Maybe I’m reading the wrong ones. I like that Friel has built a great world around her characters (in fact, it’s the same story-world as one of her YA series), and enjoyed getting to explore it.

While the story isn’t predictable, I was able to guess most things before they happened. I think this comes from having read a lot in the genre rather than because the author wasn’t able to hide the twists well. In fact, I don’t think the developments were meant to be surprises for readers. It’s a quick, uncomplicated read that most will enjoy.

There are a few improvements that could be made – not surprising when you consider the short timescale this story was written in. It needs another round of editing – his was spelt as hic, some words were missing, that sort of thing – and it definitely could use more fleshing out. Although I found Ariel’s character well rounded, I think the Jax could have been more developed. I have no real grasp of his character: what does he do when he’s not hunting, how are his relationships with friends, etc. He’s definitely sexy though!

Most Wanted is a page-turner. I’d gladly read many more books about Ariel and Jax, and their adventures taking down demons most people don’t know about. Knowing that the author wrote this book as a way to keep writing while on a break, I hope she takes long breaks, and often, to keep giving us stories like this, especially the sequel that’s hinted at called Most Desired.

So who is this mysterious YA author who’s tried her hand at fantasy erotica, and claims it might be her hidden talent? (Her words, not mine). Well I won’t give away the secret, even if it’s a poorly kept one at this stage, but I will give two clues (my favourite lines from her YA books):

  1. “I want to be able to give you one hundred percent of my attention.”
  2. “When you came down the stairs, and fell into me, that was the moment.”

*swoons* Yeah OK, I’m re-reading those YA books now.

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