Harley and I had our whole lives planned out, until her plans changed, and those plans didn’t include me.
After years spent trying to get the love of my life out of my head and repair my too-damaged heart, I thought I was finally moving on…but life sure has a funny way of letting you know when those best-laid plans are about to be turned upside down.
My entire world was rocked when Harley unexpectedly moved back to Oak Springs. Every miserable moment I’d spent trying to get over her and every hour I’d wasted trying to erase her from my life came back to haunt me the minute she walked into my office, fear in her eyes, and asked me for help. Would I…or better yet, could I walk away from her this time after all that she had put me through?
What I really needed to know is would I be able to forge ahead with the future I had so meticulously planned—one that didn’t include Harley—or will her return finally open my eyes to a future full of endless possibilities?
Blind Love is book five in the Cowboys and Angels series.
‘We make mistakes, and sometimes we live with the regret of that mistake.’
Sage words but a more than difficult lesson to learn, and in Kelly Elliott’s newest book in her Cowboys & Angels series, Blind Love, Harley Carbajal and Tripp Parker have had to live with a split second decision that monumentally reshaped the next 10 years of their lives and destroyed not only a lifelong friendship but a love that was supposed to last a lifetime.
After Tripp’s reaction when Harley showed up at the Parker Ranch at the end of Love Again, I was desperate to understand what happened between them…what made Tripp refuse to speak to Harley and led Waylynn to lay into the girl who used to be one of her best friends and Tripp’s first love.
Thankfully, Elliott didn’t make her readers wait too long to acquire those much needed insights, and for that reason, I have to admit, I wanted to throttle Tripp for most of the first half of their story, and while I know it’s probably not fair for me to immediately side with Harley once she unburdens herself with what happened that fateful night 10 years ago and the years after when Tripp refused to speak with Harley, I can’t help but rage against Tripp’s stubbornness and want to demand he temper his anger and at least allow a conversation between him and Harley that could provide even an ounce of closure.
Because readers are privy to both Tripp and Harley’s perspectives, it’s easy to recognize their individual struggles when it comes to the breakdown of their relationship and the pain and heartbreak that still consume their emotional state. The truth is not something that Tripp is ready to hear, which means that the way he handles Harley’s reentrance into his life and the lives of his family will not win him any favors with readers. It’s clear that Tripp is incredibly conflicted when it comes to the array of feelings he has for Harley, which means that his actions and his words are quite irrational and he says and does things that made me furious and question the kind of man Tripp is.
Once everything is explained about what happened to destroy Tripp and Harley’s relationship, it’s easy to understand why she did what she did, even if there were undoubtedly other ways to handle the situation, and what makes it even easier to side with Harley is the fact that she tried to make things right between them and Tripp refused to listen. But what’s also clear is that if Harley and Tripp want to move forward, they can’t keep living in the past, which means they come to terms with what happened and go their separate ways or reach an understanding and give what they had a second chance because while they’ve been apart for 10 years, the love between them is still there, even if it’s concealed by anger and sadness.
Blind Love is an incredibly emotional and heartbreaking second chance love story that proves how difficult it is to move forward when someone has lost the love of his/her life. Even though I struggled with Tripp’s behavior and wanted Harley to move forward without him, Kelly Elliott proves that these two are meant to be together and just need to work through what happened all those years ago and find a way to live in the now and work towards a future that they clearly both want.
Cord’s up next and I’m beyond excited to watch him lose his mind and his heart over a woman who makes him work for everything he wants and needs.
4.5 Poison Apples
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.