Author: Amanda Lance
Release date: 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance
I shouldn’t have stolen that girl.
And I sure as hell shouldn’t have fallen for her.
Charlie Hays knows two things: how to steal, and the red—the rage that keeps him going. In Wanted when a last minute heist goes bad, he kidnaps the only witness, Addie Battes. But just when everyone begins to think he has gone and made the biggest mistake of his criminal career Charlie wonders if he hasn't made the best one.
Every love story has two sides...
A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.
When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say (review): I somehow ended up reading the Wanted series out of order by starting with Outlaw, but have since gone back and read Wanted & Conviction. Outlaw follows similar events told in Wanted but this time we get the added bonus of being inside Charlie's head with his POV. Charlie is the bad guy (sort of), who ends up kidnapping teenager Addie after she witnesses a crime. In Wanted we see Addie come to find the good in this brash man but it was good to see in Outlaw how Charlie felt about everything. Charlie makes a great anti-hero!
I ended up feeling sorry for the situation Charlie is in and I loved how protective he is of Addie. At first I wasn't entirely convinced about their age difference, or by how quickly he's drawn to her, but as I read on it sorta made sense. She really helps bring out the best in him. It was also surprising to see how much self-doubt this big, strong guy has; he really has no self-worth. I liked this vulnerability and seeing Addie bring out the soft non-'Red' side of him.
I wasn't always convinced by Charlie's 'voice', by how he spoke, because he seems kinda bumbling. However I think this is actually part of the charm of the book and is why I ended up reading the other two books.