Release Day Giveaway: Saved: Kelly Elliott

Saved (Wanted#2)

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Arianna and Jefferson’s love is true but will it be enough? 

Ari who comes from a loving home with a family who has had more than their share of difficulties, is faced with possibly losing the love of her life. All she dreams of is growing old and having children with Jeff, but a family history and a conniving Rebecca could shatter that dream. Trying to support Jeff and cope with all the truths and possibilities of her own destiny may prove to be more than one person can handle.

Jeff’s dream is to raise horses on his ranch in Mason with the only women who has ever filled his heart and soul. But he’s running the risk of losing her by trying to be the man he knows he should be by taking on his responsibilities. He’s completely bewitched by the passionate and always outspoken Ari, but needs to do right for the child that could possibly be his.
Despite all the odds stacked against them can their relationship be…..SAVED?

See Kim's 4.5 star review of Wanted

I fell in love with Jeff and Ari in Wanted and could not wait to get back to their story. But if you are thinking it will all be sunshine and roses for them, then think again. This is a Kelly Elliott book so you know there is going to be angst, drama, fights, miscommunication, jealousy, heartache, heart break, and possibly some ass kickin'.

This starts the same night as the end of Wanted where everything literally went to hell for the couple who had already struggled so much in their quest to be together.

He came for me.

 Ari and Jeff. They are undeniably in love. They have loved each other most of their lives even when they did not realize it. The unthinkable happened on the night that was set to be their engagement night. Unfortunately they are dealing with a tough infuriating problem with possible long term ramifications. of course, Drama ensues. It is a stress inducing, heartbreaking, maddening and sad situation. And of course, Ari and Jeff's communication issues did not magically resolve either. Ari is strong willed, volatile, sassy, and loving. She tends to speak her mind and alternately pushes, runs away, and pulls him back. Jeff is a good guy. He knows what he wants, but he is responsible too. He  sticks his foot in his mouth often does not think things through in the heat of the moment. But you still just love the dickwad. Ari's word, not mine. She has quite the colorful vocabulary. So together they are like unstable dynamite and you never know if it will be calm or explosive. They deal with so much together in their quest for happiness. Insecurities, trust issues, tragedy, and pain accompany their times of happiness. 
"For once, I truly feel like Jeff and I are finally on the road we are meant to travel on. I don't think you can get to where you are truly meant to go until you travel that one road. the one that's filled with sharp turns, steep hills, and nothing but pot-holes that you have to try to get around. After you make it off that road, you find the one that is straight, smooth, and filled with nothing but happiness."

"I promise you, baby, that I'll always make you happy. Never in my life will I ever hurt you or cause you pain again. I promise you. Thank you so much Ari for saving me."
"You have it wrong, Jeff. You saved me."

Heather and Josh are another struggling couple or actually anti-couple. They actually make Ari and Jeff's rocky courtship look functional. Their communication seems to have 3 speeds: Avoiding, longing, and arguing. Heather is sweet, caring, and a "good girl". She has abandonment issues and fear of intimacy. Josh has a bad rep as a man whore that he cannot live down. I  felt bad for Josh because he really was trying. But Heather keeps him at arm's length.  They cannot seem to manage their feelings, deal with the real world, and make things work. How many times can one guy handle rejection and how much is he supposed to take? Granted he is no saint and still makes stupid choices at times, but he really has changed. They obviously have deep feelings for each other, but sometimes that is not enough. But they are the main story in the next book Faithful,  so we will be seeing more of them for sure. 

I've done everything I can think of. She's driving me crazy. One minutes, she acts like she can't stand me, and the next she looks pissed because I'm talking to another girl. 

"Josh, I don't hate you. Really, it's the opposite. I've had a lot to deal with in my life this past year. I just can't...I can't let anyone in right now. I don't think I could stand to lose another person I cared about."

Gunner and Ellie are back from their honeymoon. They are so sweet and functional. But they are also dealing with some family issues and trying to have a baby.  They are such a support system for their friends. Gunner is seriously the most thoughtful, loving man. Ellie is such a sweet and nurturing soul despite how she grew up. 

The characters in this series literally breathe. They are so well developed and feel so real. We see their flaws, insecurities, fears, and their immense capability of love. I love that the connections are not just with the couple, but also with the entire group of friends and extended family. Ellie, Gunner, Jefferson, Arianna, Heather and Josh are always there for each other whether they need a shoulder to cry on, someone to stand up for them, or someone to kick them(or someone else) in the ass.  The couples have incredible chemistry, passion, and love for each other. And the way they interact with Ari's little brother Matt who has fragile x syndrome is so endearing and special. It adds just another component of love that these people share. It makes me want to be part of their group and go buy a ranch nearby. I love that Kelly gives us multiple points of view and we are able to get inside the heads of all of the characters and not just one or two. But they are clearly defined and flow well.

This book was one intense situation after another. There are good times, bad times,  sad times, and there are times when you want to beat the crap out of someone. It is  humorous, sweet, touching, infuriating, and heart breaking. It hits all the emotional buttons. And there is baby talk. Yes, lots of baby talk! It leaves you  happy, sad, and shocked at the same time. Seriously, how does she do that? Just when you get a little happiness, wham she hits you with something new. And that is what is so fun about this series. The road to happiness is never easy for these couples. But you want to stick with them all the way. I cannot wait for Faithful this summer. I swear the end of this book and epilogue sent me running to my messenger to shout at Ms. Kelly Elliott. Sad but true. She is such a tease! She just really needs to get busy writing the next book now...

Thanks to Kelly Elliott for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 


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