Monday, May 11, 2015

Blog Tour: Holding You (Love Wanted in Texas #3) by Kelly Elliott

Holding You (Love Wanted in Texas #3)
by Kelly Elliott
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Rate: Average (3 stars)


Lauren Reynolds wanted only two things in life—to run her father’s horse breeding business and Colt Matthews. Fearing Colt would take her position within the family business, she tried to push him far away from her heart.

When life could no longer keep Lauren and Colt apart, their two worlds became one. Every second of every moment, they spent together. Their love bloomed into something neither of them imagined—a bond so strong Lauren and Colt believed nothing would ever stand in their way.

However, life threw a cruel twist into Colt and Lauren’s planned happily ever after. Will fate let them live out the life they dreamed of, or will one of them be left alone, lost and angry?

“I’ll spend forever holding you … even if it’s only in my memory.”

A passionate, sweet romance is how I would define all Kelly Elliot's stories and Holding You was no different. It's amazing to think how all started with Ellie and Gunner and now we're reading their kids love story. 

Holding You is Lauren and Colt's story. Lauren's been pushing Colt away despite her feelings for Ellie and Gunner's son, because she's afraid her father will choose him over her to run his business. All because her father thinks she's not responsible enough or not capable of doing what men can do, or at least that's what she thinks. Pushing Colt away was not easier, but it becomes impossible when their love for each other and their attraction has come to a point where denying it would be betraying your heart.

However, all the stories share the same pattern: sweet, romantic story of two people who have know each other their whole lives, grown together and been in the same group of friends thanks to their families. They get finally together and romance hits its climax point and something bad happens to one of the characters. Then they get better, realize they cannot live without one another, get married and have their happily ever after. If it was any other author and didn't know what I was getting myself into I might abhorred the stories. But they have something that even though you know they are predictable you cannot stop reading them. I have to admit that the Wanted series were more catching in the sense that you knew there would be a happy ending (because... come on!), but the rest of the plot was unexpected. But in Love Wanted in Texas, I miss that mystery in not knowing what's going to happen between the two characters.

One thing that I like about every single story that Kelly Elliott writes is that the title always comes with a good reason - not revealing it until the very end. It's not just a dreamy title promising some swoon romance, it goes a bit beyond that and it always bring a smile to my face when I found it. That, and the level of swoon that Kelly Elliott pours in all her stories - like you keep sighing at every single thing the characters say until the very last page.

I also want to mention that no matter what you read in books, guys, do whatever you want to do and it feels right. You can be anything you want in life and love, family and your professional career/college can all go together side by side. 

As I said, this story is a good one, everything you expect from a book written by Kelly Elliott.  If you want a romantic read where everything comes together perfectly and you are not bothered by knowing how all it will end, this is definitely your book. 

Despite all this, I have to say that I miss those first stories that still hooked me after having read them a bazillion times. I want the Love Wanted in Texas series to make me want to re-read them again and again like the Wanted series still do. 

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Kelly is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason...he claims it's because he loves her!

She’s also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message.

In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write.

One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus....her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you’ll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV.

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