Since the moment Kaelynn Dotson walked into my world, I haven’t been able to think, eat, or sleep. After having my heart broken by the only woman I’ve ever loved, Kaelynn has ignited something deep down inside me—a flame so hot that I cannot ignore, no matter how hard I try.
I vowed to never open myself up to a woman again, but there’s something about Kaelynn that is drawing me to her.
There’s just one problem.
She’s hiding something from me. Trust is something I need, but when it comes to Kaelynn, all the lines seem to be blurred. I know I should take this as a warning and walk away, but for some reason, it’s only enticing me more.
I’m living a lie.
I’m not the girl from a middle-class family in Utah like Nash thinks. I’m the heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, and that’s not what he’s looking for. He’s had that before, and it left him scarred.
If the truth comes out, I’ll lose the only man I’ve ever fallen in love with . . . I’m not sure I’m willing to give him up.
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I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of chance encounters and the role fate plays in making them happen. And while I’m not completely sure about fate and free will’s relationship or if they co-exist amicably, what I do feel strongly about is that timing is everything and that being in the right place at the right time allows people to heal, to succeed, and to move forward in their lives to the best of their ability.
Nash Barett and Kaelynn Dotson unexpectedly met each other, and from their first exchange, it was clear there was mutual attraction and perhaps even a spark between them. But these two come from different worlds and since Lily, Nash has sworn off women, which means that as much as Nash is intrigued by and interested in Kaelynn, the repercussions of those feelings might be too much of a risk to take.
I can’t say that I blame Nash for safe-guarding his heart after his ex cheated on him and his trust and faith in women was broken. It has to take a lot for those ill-feelings and unhappy memories to not dictate how to proceed in life. But there’s something about Kaelynn that calls to him…that makes him want to take a chance, the problem is, Kaelynn’s lack of honesty about who she is and where she comes from might make their connection impossible to keep.
On some levels, I understand why Kaelynn hid her real identity. She has
anonymity in Texas unlike in Utah – she can be herself and be accepted for who she is as a person not due to her last name or the status that goes with it. It has to be awful wondering if people like you and/or want to be around you because of your bank account and what you can do for them or if they truly want to be your friend. But because of what Nash had already endured, I would have thought that Kaelynn would understand the need to be completely honest, even if her reasons seem logical.
A relationship issue that frustrates the heck out of me is a couple’s lack of communication, and this flaw threatens to destroy what Nash and Kaelynn are building and that’s on top of the secret Kaelynn is keeping about her family background. Either one of these issues can upend a relationship, so the fact that they have to contend with both of them definitely makes it seem like there are just too many obstacles standing in their way.
I spent a lot of the story wondering when the truth would be revealed and how Nash would find out, at some parts, I was actually begging for Kaelynn to expose the secret because I knew the longer she took, the more difficult it would be for these two to get back what was more than likely going to break them.
It’s more than clear as the story progresses just how good these two are together, and while it does take them a bit of time to figure things out, once they do, the steamy and heartfelt scenes more than illustrate what they’ve come to mean to each other.
One aspect of Kelly Elliott’s stories that I always love is the roles that the main characters’ family and friends play in the lives of the hero and heroine. Kelly Elliott surrounds her main characters with supportive and comforting people, but also ones who are more than happy to call them on their crap and help them see the truth when it’s unclear to them.
Entice Me is another great read in Elliott’s Austin Singles series; it has a great balance of steamy scenes, dramatic encounters, and heart warming conversations. Nash and Kaelynn have a number of layers to their personalities and I like how the author unravels that information as their story continues and does so in a way that allows readers to truly understand who the characters are and how they feel about everything that plays out in their book.
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.