Morgan Barrett is off limits.
She’s my best friend’s sister and insists that she isn’t interested in a relationship.
That didn’t stop us from sharing one incredibly passionate night together. However, one night was not enough for either of us.
I want more.
She needs more.
When we give in to the temptation, something amazing happens. But can we keep the past from destroying the future we both desire?
Being attracted to and/or falling in love with your best friend’s younger sister is definitely not an easy situation, so it makes sense why there’s an adamant struggle to contain those feelings, working to never act on them for fear of what could happen if things didn’t work out.
But as difficult as it is, it’s one of my favorite tropes to read because, as someone on the outside looking in, I’m privy to just how deeply these two characters feel about each other and why it’s worth the risk of ruining a friendship or even breaking a heart because those feelings felt just might lead them to their happily ever after.
In the previous two books in Kelly Elliott’s Austin Singles series, readers have learned the loss that Morgan Barrett is dealing with, but because she wasn’t the main characters of those stories, all we had were secondhand insights, so her vulnerability, her grief, her guilt, and her inability to move past what happened weren’t present, but now, in Adore Me, we understand the reasons for Morgan’s struggle and all of the emotions that seem to weigh her down, in ways that she can’t truly break free from.
Readers familiar with this series also know who Blake is, and now that he’s the hero of Adore Me, Elliott dives into all that he is beneath his easy going, playboy demeanor. And what we learn is that a particular event in Blake’s past defined how he lived his life for quite some time, and because he never truly faced what happened and how it changed the dynamics of his life, it makes sense that he would choose to live in a way that wouldn’t provide any further pain, but what he also learned, thanks to those around him finding their perfect match, is that he deserves to have a love like theirs and now that he’s back where Morgan is, he’s ready to act on what he feels for her, even if the reason things start between them is technically a proposition from Morgan that he refuses to turn down.
Blake and Morgan have bought fight their attraction to each other because there never seemed to be a significant amount of time to see where their desires for one another could take them, but now that they’re back in the same town and still harboring strong feelings for each other, they have a chance to see if what they feel can go the distance, and despite their respective pasts and the tension that might be created with a certain older brother, with all of the pain and heartache that Blake and Morgan have dealt with, they deserve their shot at happiness, and I’m so damn glad they took it.
What I adore about series with standalone stories is that authors allow readers to reconnect with past main characters – those individuals who we witnessed fight for love – so the fact that we get to catch up with them and see what’s happening in their lives makes everything seem like it comes full circle and for the hopeless romantic in me gaining that insight makes each hero and heroine’s story more complete.
And this is exactly what Kelly Elliott gives readers at the end of her Austin Singles series, which means that Nash and Kaelynn, and Tucker and Charlie, along with Blake and Morgan are all present to bring this amazing collection of stories to its conclusion, and I have loved every minute of being with these characters and Elliott’s amazing storytelling.
4.5 Poison Apples
“Blake, I have a proposition for you.”
“What’s that?” I asked, glancing at the boxer lying under the table outside on the patio.
Maybe I should get a dog. I could see myself with a dog. Someone to hang out with. A running partner. A warm body to snuggle up to at night.
Snuggle up to at night? Jesus, what is happening to me?
“It’s a onetime, no-strings-attached kind of thing.”
That piqued my interest as I looked her directly in the eyes.
“Okay, is it a party or something you need a date for?”
The corner of her mouth rose slightly. “We could make it a party…for two.”
Drawing in my brows, I let out a confused chuckle. “What?”
She leaned in, letting her tits sit all nice and pretty on the table as if they were on display.
Eyes, Blake. Stay focused on her eyes.
Then she said the word. The magical word that had my entire body coming to her full attention.
“Sex. You and me. One night together with as much sex as we can fit in. After that we go back to this…to being friends.” She motioned between us with her hand and flashed me an innocent smile.
I coughed, which led to a full-on coughing fit, which had everyone in the place looking at me. One man stood up and came over to see if I was
okay. He patted his hand on my back a little too hard. I was pretty positive he had overheard Morgan’s…proposition.
Lifting my hand, I said, “I’m fine.”
Morgan sat there, leaning back in her chair, arms folded across that perfect chest of hers, a smirk on her face.
Once I could form words, I glared at her. “That was not funny. And it was mean, too.”
Her brow quirked. “It wasn’t meant to be funny. Why is asking for a night of sexual pleasure mean?”
I wasn’t sure how many times I opened and closed my mouth to speak. Ten? Maybe even twelve. Possibly twenty. It felt like an eternity before I finally could answer. Morgan ended up talking first. Saving me from looking like a complete fool.
“Thank you for taking me home last night and making sure I was safe. I should have started with that before I told you I wanted a night of sex.”
I reached for my water, finished the entire glass, and set it on the table. Someone was there instantly to refill it. When they walked away, I leaned in and narrowed my eyes at her.
“Do you hear what you’re saying? Are you still drunk?”
She laughed and leaned forward. “I am very sober, and I’m being serious. I need sex, Blake. I haven’t been with a guy in a long time, and I’m tired of using…other means…to make myself come.”
I groaned and closed my eyes as I buried my face into my hands. It was like both a dream come true and a nightmare. This was my karma coming to cash in on my ass.
Meet the Author
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, The Playbook, and Lost Love, to name a few.
Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, two pups, four cats, and endless wildlife creatures. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.
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