Moving back home to my parents’ cattle ranch in Texas was the last thing I thought I’d be doing.
But, here I stand … in front of my high school girlfriend. A beautiful, confident woman has replaced the young girl I once knew and loved. Hell. I’m still in love with her.
Yep. Paxton Monroe was my first love and the one girl in town who now hated my guts. So much so, Paxton swore her revenge on me if it took her until the day she died. The last words she spoke to me were a vow to cut my dick off and shove it down my throat.
The fight between my heart, my head, and last, but certainly not least, my dick starts tonight. Because all I can think about is how I want to be buried so deep inside Paxton she won’t remember how I broke her heart, or how I left her when she needed me the most.
But who will win? My heart is too broken to listen to my head. And my dick, yeah it’s not listening to anything or anyone. Not until it gets what it wants and what it wants is Paxton Monroe.
Lost Love is book one in the Cowboys and Angels Series
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Heartbreak. Grief. Anger. Sadness. Regret.
For the past 10 years, these are the emotions that have defined Paxton Monroe and Steed Parker’s lives. One fateful night of poor reactions and angry words cost these high school sweethearts a decade of making new memories and living out the plans they made as a young couple in love.
Steed’s return home gives him the chance to make amends and discuss everything that happened between him and Paxton all those years ago, but before Steed can work to earn back the only woman he’s ever loved, he’ll need to fight through the wall she created – one that seems nearly impenetrable because it’s layered with grief for everything she lost, anger for Steed’s abandonment, and fear for getting hurt and being left broken once again.
The small-town community in Oak Springs, Texas, is the perfect backdrop for Paxton and Steed’s story because at the heart of everything that they’ve lost and are hoping to reclaim centers around the idea of family. And the Parker brood are one heck of a tight knit family who go above and beyond when it comes to providing a variety of avenues for Steed to fight the battle for Paxton’s heart, and because Steed’s family is behind him, he knows that win or lose, he made the right choice in coming home.
There’s a lot of work to be done in order to heal Paxton’s open wounds. Steed’s return makes her heartache and despair feel as fresh as they were 10 years ago and it also forces Steed to truly understand just how much they lost when she sent him away and he never came back. But one thing readers will come to see about Steed is that he’s tenacious when he wants something and because Paxton is his everything, he’ll prove to her that she can trust him to handle her heart with care and build a life together that’s even better than the one they planned for when they were in high school.
Lost Love is my favorite Kelly Elliott book to date. Elliott always tells her stories in a way that allows her readers to feel EVERYTHING that her main characters feel, and that still holds true in Paxton and Steed’s story, but she seems to go even deeper in illustrating Paxton and Steed’s emotions and the people they become after walking out of each other’s lives, and as Elliott takes readers on the couple’s new journey, it’s clear what’s at stake for everyone involved in their lives and how forgiving one another for their past misdeeds will give them a fighting chance at a happily ever after.
I’m a sucker for a second chance romance story, and Lost Love by Kelly Elliott is a definite must read! Paxton and Steed’s story will melt readers’ heart, especially because of a certain outspoken and adorable 5 year old!
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I nearly jumped out of my skin as I spun around and clutched at my chest.
“Jesus, Amelia! Why would you sneak up on me like that?”
She tried to hide her smile and failed. Lifting her brows, she glanced past my shoulder. “Were you watching Steed and Chloe?”
My cheeks heated. “What? No! Are they here? I haven’t seen them. Why would you say that?”
When her eyes moved back to mine, I knew she saw right through my blunder of lies. “Uh-huh. I know I was little when you and Steed dated, so we really don’t know each other all that well.” She smiled. “But I can already tell you’re a terrible liar, Paxton.”
I dropped my head then peeked up at her. “I wasn’t spying.”
Amelia held up her hands. “I didn’t say you were.”
Chewing on my lip, I sighed. “Okay. I was spying. I’m lost, Amelia.”
With a soft sympathetic grin, she glanced at her brother. “So is he, Paxton. His eyes are so sad. Earlier this morning we all had breakfast together as a family and both Mom and I noticed it.”
“The family was all together?” I asked.
She nodded with a grin. “The boys have been working the ranch the last two days so they’re all staying at the house. It’s been nice having Steed home again. Dad’s thrilled he’s back and digging deeper into the business side of the ranch. The idea of having another son run day-to-day operations has him all kinds of happy.”
Guilt hit me square in the chest. It was my fault he left. I told him to leave.
He left his family and stayed away because of me.
“I’m so sorry he left town,” I said.
“Paxton, you didn’t keep him away all those years. That was his decision. A poor one, but his nonetheless.”
I shrugged. Turning, I glanced back at Steed and Chloe. “He’s such a good father.”
The sadness in my voice caused Amelia to put her hand on my shoulder and gave it a squeeze.
Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.
Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.
Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.
Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.
To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.