Kelly Elliott’s Lost Love is a wonderful start to the Cowboys & Angel’s series!!! This second-chance romance is sweet, spicy and just plain delicious!!
Paxton and Steed’s love story will stick with me for a long time. The author does a tremendous job making you want to root for this couple in spite of their painful history. Kelly Elliott makes you feel Paxton’s anger, resentment and her tremendous yearning for her lost love regardless of the horrific mistakes that he had made in the past.
“The way he stared into my soul had me feeling unsteady. My heart was telling me to run to him, but my head was guarding my heart.” ~Paxton
Paxton’s vulnerability is emotionally evocative and serves as a foundation for the story, but Steed’s regret, sorrow and determination to win back the love of his life is also apparent. At one point in the novel I wanted to cry for Paxton, yet at the same time I hoped that Steed would man up, earn Paxton back and redeem himself.
Part of Lost Love’s appeal is how much Southern charm emanates from the pages of this novel. The entire scene surrounding the setting of Oak Springs, Texas had me reveling in the true appeal of the South! I could envision the Parker’s ranch, the high school football games and the tiny town that captured a piece of my heart. Plus, I have a weakness for cowboys and their cowboy boots, cowboy hats, form-fitting jeans and roping skills, and Lost Love has all of that and more!
Though Lost Love is very entertaining, has lovable characters and the writing is excellent this novel lost a star for one plot point that I just could **not** get past. Luckily, I was well invested in the story due to my love for Steed and Paxton’s characters so I managed to overlook it….but barely.
Overall, this story about love, loss, grief, sadness and resurrecting a strong, passionate love from the ashes is a page turner. In spite of the heartache in the first quarter of the book, the last quarter of the book is enough to make any romance lover nearly crack a tooth from smiling.
My rating is 4/5 stars for a satisfying summer read!
Moving back home to my parents’ cattle ranch in Texas was the last thing I thought I’d be doing.
But, here I stand … in front of my high school girlfriend. A beautiful, confident woman has replaced the young girl I once knew and loved. Hell. I’m still in love with her.
Yep. Paxton Monroe was my first love and the one girl in town who now hated my guts. So much so, Paxton swore her revenge on me if it took her until the day she died. The last words she spoke to me were a vow to cut my dick off and shove it down my throat.
The fight between my heart, my head, and last, but certainly not least, my dick starts tonight. Because all I can think about is how I want to be buried so deep inside Paxton she won’t remember how I broke her heart, or how I left her when she needed me the most.
But who will win? My heart is too broken to listen to my head. And my dick, yeah it’s not listening to anything or anyone. Not until it gets what it wants and what it wants is Paxton Monroe.
Lost Love is book one in the Cowboys and Angels Series.
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I nearly jumped out of my skin as I spun around and clutched at my chest.
“Jesus, Amelia! Why would you sneak up on me like that?”
She tried to hide her smile and failed. Lifting her brows, she glanced past my shoulder. “Were you watching Steed and Chloe?”
My cheeks heated. “What? No! Are they here? I haven’t seen them. Why would you say that?”
When her eyes moved back to mine, I knew she saw right through my blunder of lies. “Uh-huh. I know I was little when you and Steed dated, so we really don’t know each other all that well.” She smiled. “But I can already tell you’re a terrible liar, Paxton.”
I dropped my head then peeked up at her. “I wasn’t spying.”
Amelia held up her hands. “I didn’t say you were.”
Chewing on my lip, I sighed. “Okay. I was spying. I’m lost, Amelia.”
With a soft sympathetic grin, she glanced at her brother. “So is he, Paxton. His eyes are so sad. Earlier this morning we all had breakfast together as a family and both Mom and I noticed it.”
“The family was all together?” I asked.
She nodded with a grin. “The boys have been working the ranch the last two days so they’re all staying at the house. It’s been nice having Steed home again. Dad’s thrilled he’s back and digging deeper into the business side of the ranch. The idea of having another son run day-to-day operations has him all kinds of happy.”
Guilt hit me square in the chest. It was my fault he left. I told him to leave.
He left his family and stayed away because of me.
“I’m so sorry he left town,” I said.
“Paxton, you didn’t keep him away all those years. That was his decision. A poor one, but his nonetheless.”
I shrugged. Turning, I glanced back at Steed and Chloe. “He’s such a good father.”
The sadness in my voice caused Amelia to put her hand on my shoulder and gave it a squeeze.
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.