The first time I kissed Scarlet, I knew I was in trouble.
The night I slept with her, my life changed forever.
The day I found out I was going to be a father, I ran from her.
Now that I’ve been given a second chance I won’t be so reckless.
Will my love be enough to prove to her that even in the darkest times I won’t repeat the past?
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I have to admit…I didn’t know how Kelly Elliott was going to change my mind about Trevor Parker and his manwhore/asshole ways. He frustrated the living hell out of me even when he wasn’t the main character of the story, so the fact that I was going to get inside his head and hear all of his internal musings…his justification for how he treated Scarlett…his inability to settle down – yea, I wasn’t looking forward to it and I truly thought he was going to piss me off even more than he already has, and that doesn’t even include all of his acting before thinking gems that further put him in the dog house with Scarlett and other family members.
I love that Scarlett thought of herself and the baby first, not jumping right back into a relationship with Trevor after he broke her heart time and time again and made her feel used and misused whenever he wanted her. Trevor has a lot to make up for, and the fact that Scarlett held steadfast to what her head was telling her to do, even when she was clearly conflicted due to her strong feelings for Trevor and the extreme pressure she felt to do things ‘properly’ in the eyes of her parents. Keeping her distance from Trevor is definitely not something her heart wants her to do, but Scarlett refuses to be hurt by him again, so her cautious attitude is necessary, and I felt like that was the right decision for her and for them.
Once again, the Parker siblings and their significant others as well as their parents step up in big ways for Trevor and Scarlett, not only to help them fix what was broken between them but also to celebrate together, harass one another, anything and everything that a close and loving family should due for each other. The Parkers are a family full of big personalities, but at the end of the day, they have one another’s back and that means everything to all of them.
Trevor is certainly reckless with Scarlett’s heart and her feelings, but the fact that he understands exactly what his actions did to Scarlett and works to make amends for his behavior made me believe in his feelings for her and made me trust that he wouldn’t let her down again, as long as he could help it.
Scarlett’s recklessness is due to her love for a man who has always said he’ll never commit, never settle down, and it’s not that she thought she could change him, it’s more that her heart and her body wanted him so much that she willingly took what she could get until it came to the point where she couldn’t give so much of herself to a man who gave her nothing in return.
Kelly Elliott’s Cowboys & Angels series is a collection of amazing books with complex characters and the struggles and triumphs they face. I definitely feel like I’m an honorary Parker family member, and while I’m sad to say goodbye to them, I’m so glad I had the chance to read about them and witness them all get their happily ever afters.
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.