Jonathon Turner is going to be the death of me.
Maybe not the death of me…but my panties for sure! They seem to disintegrate the moment he touches me. Looks at me. Smiles at me. Talks to me.
It’s more than physical. He’s breaking through an impenetrable wall.
There’s a problem though—he’s younger than me.
Six. Years. Younger.
Let’s not forget he’s also one of my brother’s best friends.
Oh, the other problem I forgot to mention…
I never wanted to fall in love again.
But you know what they say….never say never.
When Waylynn Parker returned home to Oak Springs, she vowed to never love again because the first time almost destroyed her, and it left her picking up the pieces of her life and her heart, dealing with small-town gossip, and attempting to find her footing back in a place that’s so much smaller than her old life in New York.
Jonathan Turner was born and bred in Oak Springs, and he’s always had his eye of Waylynn Parker despite their age difference and despite the fact that he’s Waylynn’s younger brother’s best friend, and now that she’s back, he’s more determined than ever to get her to see him as someone worth her time, worth her thoughts, and worth her heart.
Jonathan’s goal of making Waylynn Parker his is not going to be easy, but what readers learn about him as his and Waylynn’s story continues is that when it comes to the right woman, there isn’t anything he’s not willing to do because he sees his forever standing right in front of him, which means he’ll fight like hell to prevent Waylynn from getting lost inside her head and from running away from something that they both so clearly want and need.
Kelly Elliott realistically portrays Waylynn’s struggles, not only with the age difference between her and Jonathon but also with Waylynn’s insecurities and self-recriminations. Her ex-husband verbally abused her, leaving her feeling like she’s not good enough and an embarrassment for everything she lost. And while it’s clear that Waylynn is struggling with how other people see her and what she’s allowed Jack’s words to do to her self-esteem, it’s also clear that she’s a fighter and that she’s strong and capable despite Jack’s punishing words.
There are multiple times in the story where the snarky and feisty Waylynn comes out, especially when it comes to her siblings’ antics, but there are also times where she gets so lost in her head that it’s impossible for anyone to get through to her, and it’s those times when she tries to shut Jonathan out, but like the alpha male he is, he refuses to allow that to happen because he knows Waylynn wants what is developing between them, so when she can’t fight, he’s there to fight for both of them.
The Parker siblings’ bonds and banter are a significant part of Waylynn and Jonathon’s story, which makes sense since Jonathon is Cord’s best friend and her brothers are quite the protective bunch, especially given what Waylynn has already been through at the hands of her ex. The scenes that include all the Parkers are definitely lively and adding in their significant others makes it quite the family dynamics, and while they can all be a bit overwhelming, every single one of them is the reason that Waylynn keeps fighting, even when she feels like her broken pieces will never heal.
Waylynn and Jonathon deserve every happiness in life and it’s with that thought that they weather Waylynn’s doubts, outside influences, and circumstances that almost destroy them because the risk is worth taking when there’s someone like Jonathon who stands at her back, vowing to protect and cherish her every single day of their lives.
4.5 Poison Apples
“Do y’all know what you want to eat or should I give you a few minutes?”
When the waitress handed me the sample of wine, I downed it. She tried to hide her chuckle but failed. “Yep, it’s good. Now pour me a big glass.”
“I think we need a few minutes, Evie,” Jonathon said.
“Sure! No problem. I’ll leave you lovebirds alone.”
I choked on the wine as Evie spun walked to another table. Setting the glass down, I glared at Jonathon. “What in the hell was that?”
He shrugged. “Evie being hopeful, that’s all.”
“Hopeful of what?”
With a knock-my-panties-right-off-of-me smile, he replied, “Us.”
Leaning closer, I whispered, “You say that like we’re an item.”
He poured a glass of wine and held it up. “I hope by the end of dinner we are.”
My eyes closed. “You drive me insane, Turner.”
With a grunt, he put the wine glass down. “No, you drive me insane. It was your flirty little text that had me in my hotel room with my hand around my cock.”
A lady behind us cleared her throat.
“Shut up!” I whispered loudly.
Frustration bubbled inside every time I looked at him. Was sexual frustration what got him in that fight? A small part of me hoped it had been.
“You told your family about me?” I asked, changing the subject.
Jonathon half shrugged. “I might have mentioned you at a family dinner.”
“What did you say?”
A mischievous smile played across his face. “Well, I didn’t tell them I got caught fucking one of my clients.”
My stomach dropped. “Stop being crass,” I said before adding in a lower voice, “Save that shit for the bedroom.”
His brows rose. “You like the dirty talk, do you?”
It was my turn to shrug. “I don’t know. I’ve never experienced a man talking dirty to me in bed before.”
“Is that a challenge, Waylynn?”
Taking a sip of my wine, I replied, “Do you want it to be?”
He leaned forward, his eyes full of hope. “Do you want it to be? I think you already know how much I want you.”
My teeth dug into my lip as I let the corner of my mouth rise into a slight smile. “I mean, it would be a shame for me to have gone panty-less for nothing.”
Jonathon hooked my chair with his foot and pulled me closer. When his hand touched my leg, I let out a gasp. “A little jumpy there, babe?”
“Don’t call me babe.” I looked around the restaurant. Not a single person was looking in our direction. The long black tablecloth was hiding the fact that Jonathon’s fingers were moving up the inside of my thigh.
“Spread your legs open…babe.”
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.