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How do you fight a demon from the past...hell-bent on destroying all that you love? Shattered by Clint’s final cold declaration — I don’t miss you. I don’t want you. I don’t love you — Axel struggles to make it from one day to the next beneath the crushing weight of his broken heart, knowing he must move on and let the cowboy go. When an attempt to love another fails, he How do you fight a demon from the past...hell-bent on destroying all that you love? Shattered by Clint’s final cold declaration — I don’t miss you. I don’t want you. I don’t love you — Axel struggles to make it from one day to the next beneath the crushing weight of his broken heart, knowing he must move on and let the cowboy go. When an attempt to love another fails, he is forced to face the reality that he will love his cowboy to his dying day — unaware that that day may be looming much closer than he knows. Battling his own feelings and emotions, Clint determines to do what is best, and safest for Axel; stay as far away from him as possible. With the threat of his faceless enemy pressing down on him and his ‘family’, coming at them hard and stealing away lives, the cowboy is certain he has made the right decision where Axel is concerned. Until the fateful night that has Axel staring down the barrel of a gun gripped in the fist of the one man intent on bringing down hell on Clint’s life…and his heart. NOTES: The Cowboy Gangster is a gay romance series. Not for readers below 18.

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How do you fight a demon from the past...hell-bent on destroying all that you love? Shattered by Clint’s final cold declaration — I don’t miss you. I don’t want you. I don’t love you — Axel struggles to make it from one day to the next beneath the crushing weight of his broken heart, knowing he must move on and let the cowboy go. When an attempt to love another fails, he How do you fight a demon from the past...hell-bent on destroying all that you love? Shattered by Clint’s final cold declaration — I don’t miss you. I don’t want you. I don’t love you — Axel struggles to make it from one day to the next beneath the crushing weight of his broken heart, knowing he must move on and let the cowboy go. When an attempt to love another fails, he is forced to face the reality that he will love his cowboy to his dying day — unaware that that day may be looming much closer than he knows. Battling his own feelings and emotions, Clint determines to do what is best, and safest for Axel; stay as far away from him as possible. With the threat of his faceless enemy pressing down on him and his ‘family’, coming at them hard and stealing away lives, the cowboy is certain he has made the right decision where Axel is concerned. Until the fateful night that has Axel staring down the barrel of a gun gripped in the fist of the one man intent on bringing down hell on Clint’s life…and his heart. NOTES: The Cowboy Gangster is a gay romance series. Not for readers below 18.

30 review for Wanted Hearts

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    4/2/16 I don't know why I read them... Yet I've read every damm one of them. They are really not written well. There are florid speeches and dialogue, mixed with philosophical religious overtones. There is an element of bi-erasure, and the sex scenes are almost laughable. I really don't understand why people try to spell sex noises. There are occasionally condoms, but always, always spit, even when lube is available. Then there are the brutally graphic scenes of blood, mayhem and rape. But they're 4/2/16 I don't know why I read them... Yet I've read every damm one of them. They are really not written well. There are florid speeches and dialogue, mixed with philosophical religious overtones. There is an element of bi-erasure, and the sex scenes are almost laughable. I really don't understand why people try to spell sex noises. There are occasionally condoms, but always, always spit, even when lube is available. Then there are the brutally graphic scenes of blood, mayhem and rape. But they're like crack! I have to keep finding out what happens to the characters. So it's a love/hate relationship with these stories. But I do just hate the horrible, horrible editing of these books. Reread 6/26/16 for book 5.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Oh my god - what an intense, torture filled book. I was so deeply hooked in this episode that I lost serious sleep ! The pain continues between relationships but love prevails in most cases. There is so much deception and anger, but through it all the truth begins to come out. Now for the final book - I want that motherfucker Vincent to pay !

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    3.5 stars only. A big disappointment for me. Such a shame that this, the 4th book in the series was once again riddled with typos, missing words, basic errors in grammar and punctuation...I had thought that things were improving, but the publisher of the story can't be bothered to get it edited so she must take the consequences, AND this story was also the first one in the series that I've skimmed, and I mean really skimmed. It was way too long, probably a couple of hundred pages too long, far t 3.5 stars only. A big disappointment for me. Such a shame that this, the 4th book in the series was once again riddled with typos, missing words, basic errors in grammar and punctuation...I had thought that things were improving, but the publisher of the story can't be bothered to get it edited so she must take the consequences, AND this story was also the first one in the series that I've skimmed, and I mean really skimmed. It was way too long, probably a couple of hundred pages too long, far too many sex scenes to pad the story out....the guys even managed to get it up when they'd just been shot/stabbed or both. Yes, I discovered who'd been after Clint and who'd assassinated Shay and nearly killed Cory, but it was fairly easy to work out the killer's relationship to Clint if you'd paid attention. Will I read the final book just to discover what happens to the characters I've come to care about?? Probably, but I suspect there will be further skimming involved unfortunately.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ♣️ Lynda ♣️

    You set the devil on your ass when you killed Shay. You hurt that boy as well...and all hell will come down on you. This book was a nail-biter to say the least. So many stories going on with one background theme of evil. I really love Clint AND Cochise. Watching them both fall in love against their will is great reading. I hope the next book comes out soon because I need to know what happens to all my men!! This book would have been 5 stars except there were so many grammatical errors that really You set the devil on your ass when you killed Shay. You hurt that boy as well...and all hell will come down on you. This book was a nail-biter to say the least. So many stories going on with one background theme of evil. I really love Clint AND Cochise. Watching them both fall in love against their will is great reading. I hope the next book comes out soon because I need to know what happens to all my men!! This book would have been 5 stars except there were so many grammatical errors that really started getting on my nerves.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tish Chtistian

    Gripping OMG!! This book was heartbreaking, violent, sad, and upsetting. It had me in Tears on more than one occasion. I couldn't WAIT for this book to come out so I could read more into Axle and Clint and, despite the heartbreak and violence, it did NOT disappoint. If you are squeamish in Anyway, err on the side of Extreme Caution because the Violence is Graphic but once you start reading you Won't be able to put it down. Hopefully the Next book comes out SOON!!!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nakristianna

    4.5 Stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mabel

    Welcome to hell....I need the conclusion NOW! I wish I could have given it 5 stars, but the typos drove me bat sh*t crazy ...Bishop needs a better editor.

  8. 4 out of 5

    booklover

    OMFG! No amount of words can describe the tsunami of emotions I went through when reading this story! Even though each book in this and the tie in series's have been full of angst, this book had even more than all those books put together. Had it been a film, I'd have been on the edge of my seat the entire time!! For my own sanity, several times I had to put the book down to regroup my emotions!! I was pulling my hair so often I'm surprised I'm not bald now!! I found myself several times wanting t OMFG! No amount of words can describe the tsunami of emotions I went through when reading this story! Even though each book in this and the tie in series's have been full of angst, this book had even more than all those books put together. Had it been a film, I'd have been on the edge of my seat the entire time!! For my own sanity, several times I had to put the book down to regroup my emotions!! I was pulling my hair so often I'm surprised I'm not bald now!! I found myself several times wanting to throw my kindle, shout, scream and throw a toddler tantrum at the things each and every character went through! This author REALLY knows how to torture both the characters they create and the reader! Absolutely fantastic read, definitely my favourite of the series so far! Five stars do NOT do justice to this book as I personally feel it's the best book of every book this author has written!! Definitely the authors "Piece de resistance"

  9. 5 out of 5

    ✿-Anna-✿

    WOW this book had a little of everything... it was LONG, a little draggy, but ALL in a SO GOOD WAY. Axel and Clint have gone through hell... but thankfully came out in the end still in love. The enemy that has been after them since book one has FINALLY been captured. Even though the hell they went through seems to be making Clint rethink his decision to try and have a "normal" life with Axel, I think this hell will make Axel stronger. I think it'll make him strong enough to fight for Clint and ha WOW this book had a little of everything... it was LONG, a little draggy, but ALL in a SO GOOD WAY. Axel and Clint have gone through hell... but thankfully came out in the end still in love. The enemy that has been after them since book one has FINALLY been captured. Even though the hell they went through seems to be making Clint rethink his decision to try and have a "normal" life with Axel, I think this hell will make Axel stronger. I think it'll make him strong enough to fight for Clint and have that happily ever after they both deserve.... I guess we'll see in Book 5 I'm also dying to find out what happens to the other couples that came out of this series... Cory (Jimmy) & Colton... Kane & Cochise... Cruz & Sanchez.. and especially the Triple A's (Angelo, Anthony and Adrian)... I hope we get stories for them. I especially hope Donny, a young boy who got mixed up in this horror by ended up in the hands of Clint's psycho enemy, will get the HEA he SO BEYOND deserves. There was SO MUCH going on, you really have to read it to understand it all to enjoy it...so don't skip any of the books in this amazing, crazy story

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Bergendal

    Great - like the others in the Phoenix Club series. I do have one not so small complaint though. Why didn't it occur to anyone in this book (or in the previous ones) that Axel could be Bi? Axel is confused about his sexuality and doesn't know what to think when he's suddenly attracted to Zoe. But no-one tells him about bisexuality, that it's OK to be attracted to more than one gender. No, instead we are told that there are only two options, gay or straight, when that's just not true. It's up to Great - like the others in the Phoenix Club series. I do have one not so small complaint though. Why didn't it occur to anyone in this book (or in the previous ones) that Axel could be Bi? Axel is confused about his sexuality and doesn't know what to think when he's suddenly attracted to Zoe. But no-one tells him about bisexuality, that it's OK to be attracted to more than one gender. No, instead we are told that there are only two options, gay or straight, when that's just not true. It's up to the person themselves how or even if they label themselves. No-one is allowed to force a sexuality onto another person (like Angel does in these books). But even if he was determined to do it anyway, there's not enough basis behind his conclusion. He's only had one serious attraction in his life, so until he starts checking out only guys and never girls, you can't really assume anything about his sexuality. And even then...you shouldn't. Also, I know it's not a very known term, so I understand if you've never heard of it, but I'd like to talk to you about Romantic Attraction. It's what defines who you fall in love with, not necessarily who you are sexually attracted to. For most people their romantic attraction and sexuality is the same - which is why people in general don't talk about this. But there are some where it's not the same. For example, you could be heteroromantic and bisexual (meaning that you fall in love with the opposite gender, but you feel a sexual attraction to both genders). In Axel's case, I believe he's biromantic homo- or bisexual. He has only been sexually attracted to Clint yet, so no positive identification can be made about his sexuality, but the reason I say he's biromantic is because of the tingles in his stomach when he was with Zoe. It wasn't love, because the love of his life will always be Clint, obviously, but even so - he felt an attraction. Now, all of what I've written here might be wrong, and there's a very good reason for that. I'm not inside Axel's head, so I can't definitively know what he's feeling, and that is exactly the point I'm trying to make. Let Axel figure it out himself, and stop bullying him into a label he's not comfortable with, telling him that if he chooses to be with Zoe it would be like going backwards and that doing that means that he can never be attracted to men again. This is a gay strip club after all. You've (we've) been exposed to all kinds of kink over the years. What is so strange about a person being attracted to both genders?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laudie

    There's not much I would have a problem with in this book but what I didn't like happened to repeat excessively.... Like many I find the fact that I know I'll have to figure out some parts of a sentence in this book, before even reading it, quite troubling. You KNOW you have poor editing when your readers don't get flustered by them any longer. Also and I said this before, I find it highly irritating that you can't go 10 pages in any kind of book in this series without having someone's eyes tear There's not much I would have a problem with in this book but what I didn't like happened to repeat excessively.... Like many I find the fact that I know I'll have to figure out some parts of a sentence in this book, before even reading it, quite troubling. You KNOW you have poor editing when your readers don't get flustered by them any longer. Also and I said this before, I find it highly irritating that you can't go 10 pages in any kind of book in this series without having someone's eyes tearing up or glistening with unshed tears. They're described as major mob bad asses yet they have a lower threshold for tears than I do..... Go figure. It's like they're ALL wearing their heart on their sleeves, hyper emotional and touchy feely almost pushed to being teenaged girl like. That bothered me immensely with 800 pages of someone tearing up at some point. Also, can we stop with the sanctification of angel.... We get it he's a miracle, an angel, been through but still has that light that blinds just about anybody.... Enough! Didn't care got Zoe, I found her motivation toward staying clueless to axels state quite pathetic but I guess it's just me. What else? Oh right, the inta love between Adrian, Angelo and Anthony and also Colton and Cory was a hard sell, also can we maybe get the author a name dictionary since her characters name either start with the same letter or end the same. There are like 15 characters, so it'd be nice if there were more than 1 letter to distinguish one character from the other. (Dane and Kane, abel and Caleb, Cole, Cory and Colton....). I think that's it, word of advise for the story of Ax3, make sure that Angelo and Anthony have their time on their. Quite often in threesomes the story revolves solely on the guy in town in this case Adrian and often the old couple doesn't get to exist on their own. That's actually what happened when Anthony and Angelo were supposed to have their first time together but adrian got between them nonetheless....odd thing that happens quite often in threesomes romances. Other than that, it was a good book, good story, although there are holes to fill especially in colton's childhood story. So for the next books, please try to buff them up a bit, these are men, make sure they talk like men. Make them a little more manly, we don't need to shed a tear at every page and neither do they.... Thanks

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sandie Pikel

    I went back and re-read books 1-3 before I started book 4. I'm glad I did because her writing is so good that I tend to read faster just to get to the next page to see what will happen a couple events I missed the first time. All I can is OMG what a fantastic book should be 10*. Alex and Clint belong together and I like the way she shows that both men are hurting by being apart. I was mad at Clint for hurting Alex but then I can see Clint reason for why he's telling Alex they are over because he I went back and re-read books 1-3 before I started book 4. I'm glad I did because her writing is so good that I tend to read faster just to get to the next page to see what will happen a couple events I missed the first time. All I can is OMG what a fantastic book should be 10*. Alex and Clint belong together and I like the way she shows that both men are hurting by being apart. I was mad at Clint for hurting Alex but then I can see Clint reason for why he's telling Alex they are over because he's afraid the person after him will come after Alex to hurt him to get back at Clint because he loves him . I cannot say to much about the story because I don't want to give away some of the events that happen. The book had me laughing and crying at the same time. I never saw it coming the traitor who was at Anthony and Angelo house. Now you need to do a book on Cochise and one on Cory.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tammie Hardwick

    Wow This book had me on the edge of me seat from the first page until the last. My heart was broken and mended countless times. As with the first 3 books in The Gangster Cowboy the men are hot and the sex is hotter. If you like action, romance and hot m/m sex...what are you waiting for. If you haven't read the first 3 books in this series....what are you waiting for If you are CJ Bishop and are reading this.....STOP...put down, your reading device and go write the promised last book in this serie Wow This book had me on the edge of me seat from the first page until the last. My heart was broken and mended countless times. As with the first 3 books in The Gangster Cowboy the men are hot and the sex is hotter. If you like action, romance and hot m/m sex...what are you waiting for. If you haven't read the first 3 books in this series....what are you waiting for If you are CJ Bishop and are reading this.....STOP...put down, your reading device and go write the promised last book in this series All in all...Wanted Hearts is a 5 star winner!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    AMAZING !!!!! Again !!! Again, we may have waited a little while for this chapter to come out but OMG !! Over 400 pages !! More every chapter/book that comes out and the writing was fantastic. I read it from start to finish ! And...another book ?!?!?! ..It just does not get any better!! If you have not read this series you are missing out but you are missing out on a lot if you have not read all of her other books !!! Will be dying while I wait on the next one

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    Luv it Oh my goodness sweet baby Jesus!!! This was worth the wait CJ, but hot damn must you continue to torture me. This book was fast paced, nail biting, suspenseful , exciting, and twisted. It truly lived up to any and all expectations I may have had. Now I must implore you to write quickly because I can hardly wait to see what happens between Clint and Axel, Cochise and Kane and what is in store my beautiful Corrigan!!! Well Done!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shiraya

    OMG I'm pretty sure my heart stopped at least 5 or 6 times reading this book. I can't fucking deal! I was on the edge of my seat the whole damn time, and I'm legit ready for the next book now. If you like sex, read this book. If you like vengeance, read this book. If you like heart stopping drama, READ THIS BOOK. I'm pretty damn sure CJ Bishop is trying to kill me with this series. Not a bad way to go.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Billy J Stratton

    Hate to wait for the next book. I have been on this series of books since the first one started with Abel. I loved everyone of these books and these guys. I hate what Clint and Axel went through in this book and want them so desperately to get there happy ever after. All these guys believe in helping anyone they can that truly needs it. I am dying to get the next story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Worth the wait! Book 4 was so worth the wait! Not only was it long as hell, it also wrapped up so many unanswered questions from all of the previous books, including things we caught a glimpse of in the Phoenix Club books. While I'm going to be sad for the end, I can't wait till we get book 5 for our "hopefully" happy ending for all, except Vincent/Arnett!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan Reeves

    I don't think I have an addictive personality, but this series is like my own personal crack, slot machine, french fry, or "buy" button. Despite everything, I devoured it like a Slurpee on a hut summer day and just glossed over all the things that had me rolling my eyes and twitching for my red pen. All I can say is: "I don't know why I love you, but I do." :D Can't wait for the final book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maddie M1RiH

    Cowboy ( Clint) and axel's story must be read I can't give spoilers. Wow this one was soul ripping, I think I needed to buy shares in a tissue company :) This series is a must read but caution it's heartbreaking/ graphic but so so right. Enjoy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Bookers

    OMG I can not even believe I have to wait for the next book. I have cried, laughed and hung on the edge of my seat and then it ends. How my heart survive. Please hurry with the next one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Jesus, this was some twisted, cruel, sick crazy sh*t....this was heartbreaking to read. I'm hoping Clint and Axel and the rest of these guys can find some peace, calm, love. ...this story was FANTASTIC this series is AMAZING

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christie

    That's how you do a follow-up book!! Bam! That's how you do a 500 pages follow-up book!! Those pages were full of passion, action, prime, love, tears and blood. Welcome to hell, motherfucker!!!!!! That people it's all I'm gonna say about that! Just get it and read it!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Really? I waited for the release of the fourth book... 82 chapters and still have to wait for another book for closure... I just don't get why this book couldn't include an epilogue...smh

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shunte Moore

    4.5 stars... She has GOT to do something about editing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nickea Williams

    Another Hit!!! I loved this series. To see everything play out and to hear clints story was beautiful. Well done can't wait for the last installment

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anziza

    OMG !!! Can't wait for the next !!!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Shit. C.J. Bishops writes hard books but, damn. Nothing to say right now but onto Beneath the Bullets and Blood. Will review when finished.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sayletta

    Excellent! I didn't want to sleep it was so good. All those pages were a blessing and it still wasn't enough. I got my fix but am looking forward to the next saga.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wild Flower

    !!# this entire series, starting from the Phoenix series, have been the best journey of my life. let's hope there is a Kane and Cochise story as well!!

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