December 5, 2013 | by Stacia |

Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home and no parents around to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other.

When a tragic accident takes Mike away from Layton, and the only other person that he ever let into his heart walked away from him, leaving his heart shattered, Layton focuses all of his time and energy into the ranch he and his brother dreamed of. He makes a vow to himself to never let love in again. The last thing Layton needed or wanted was more heartache.Whitley Reynolds grew up in a privileged home in upstate New York. When she landed the star football player in high school no one was surprised, not even Whitley. She dreamed of a life with Roger living in New York City and happily followed him there.

The first time Roger hit her for arguing with him about a dinner party, she forgave him. The more it happened, the further Whitley withdrew from her friends and family. One fateful day things go too far. Whitley makes a promise to herself and finds the courage to do the one thing she thought she’d never be able to do.

Fleeing with her best friend Courtney, Whitley was determined to put her past behind her and start a new life in the small town of Llano, Texas, where no one would ever find out about her past.

Will they both ever learn to trust and love again, or will their pasts come back to haunt them, keeping them both alone and…


Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes | Kobo Heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, sadistic…these are all the things that went through my mind just from the prologue alone.Whitley Reynolds and Layton Morris are almost destined to meet. They don’t know it yet, but the stars have aligned to bring them together. While Whitley is running from an abusive situation and heading to Texas to try and start fresh, Layton is running a successful ranch and is busy pushing everyone away; afraid that they will leave him like everyone else he has ever loved has done. Whitley and Layton are the perfect match for each other, he can keep her safe and she will never leave.

“I mean I almost feel like I’m dreaming, like the rug is going to be pulled out from underneath me, and I’m going to fall flat on my ass. I’m not supposed to be this happy.”

I am a big fan of Kelly Elliott’s books. She knows how to write a sweet, sexy, love story that always has a swoon-worthy male character. I did feel that this book had some similar aspects to her other series. There were even a few times that I felt like I was reading the same story with new characters. I also feel like so many books lately are rushing the characters into falling in love… I call it ‘insta-love” and it is one of my new pet peeves. I felt as thought Whitley and Layton fell in love rather quickly, especially considering the hurt that both of them had been through before.

However, once I got over this, I enjoyed the story. I look forward to Courtney and Reed’s story in the 2nd book in this series.

“I was so broken, but your love healed me and made me a better man. I don’t want to live a single minute without you.”

I rode along the fence line, just trying to clear my head. This was where I did my best thinking. I loved it out here. I could get lost, just being in the quiet of it all.

“Motherfucker! Son of a bitch! Stupid-ass car! Oh my God, I hate you!”

What in the hell?

I came up over a small hill and saw a silver Lexus RX pulled off on the side of the road. The girl standing next to her car, kicking the wheel was obviously from the city. She was dressed in light gray slacks and a sheer white blouse. Her brown hair was pulled up and piled loosely on top of her head. The way she was screaming at the tire and yelling at the car made me smile instantly.

Too fucking cute. Damn city girls.

“Piece of-shit car!”

I let out a small laugh. “Excuse me, ma’am. You’ve got a problem with your car?”

She spun around and threw her hands on her hips as she tilted her head. When she crinkled up her nose, I guessed it was something she did when she got mad.

“No, cowboy. I like standing on the side of the road in Texas in the middle of July, yelling at my piece-of-shit car. I get a kick out of it.”

Wow. What a bitch. Yep, city girl. Bet she’s from New York or somewhere like that.
“Wow. Full of spit and fire, and here I was trying to be a Southern gentleman and help you out. if you prefer that I keep moving along, I’ll be more than happy to-”

“No! Wait! Oh God, please don’t go. I’ve been here for almost an hour, and not one car has gone by. Not one! My cell phone doesn’t have a signal, and you’re the first person I’ve seen. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to be such a bitch. I’m late for my first big job interview, and I really wanted this to go so differently.”

When she tried to hold back a sob, my heart sank.

Ah, shit.

I guided Cricket up again the fence, and then I pulled my leg over and jumped.

“Oh shit! Aren’t you afraid your horse is going to run away?”

I smiled at her and turned to look at Cricket, who seemed just as amused by her comment as I was. “You know, I think Cricket might actually like you. She’s not one for taking to people, but look at how she’s staring at you.”

I turned to see the city girl peeking over at the horse with a serious face. She slowly turned back to me and smirked.

“Are all Texas cowboys so…friendly?” She used air quotes as she said friendly.

I gave her my oh-so-famous smirk with a dimple. She didn’t want to, but her lips cracked with the slightest grin. My heart dropped, but I quickly pushed away the feeling.

“Nah, I’m one of a kind,” I said with a wink. “What’s going on on with the overpriced piece of junk?”

She looked back at the car and then at me. “I didn’t call it that.”

“No, ma’am, you didn’t. I did.”

Really I’m just a wife to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a nack for making me laugh almost daily and supports my crazy idea and dreams for some unknown reason… he claims it’s because he loves me… so, I’ll just go with that one!

I’m also a mom to an amazing daughter who constantly is asking me to make her something to eat while she has her fingers moving like mad on her cell phone sending out what I’m sure is another very important text message!

Oh… and I like to sit down and write in my spare time!

I live in Texas hill country and one of my favorite things to do is go for hikes around our property with my second favorite man, Gus… my chocolate lab and my sweet girl Rose, our golden retriever. When I’m not outside helping the hubby haul brush or move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for me that day, you will find me inside reading, writing, or watching HGTV and soaking in a nice hot bubble bath… yeah that last one I just made up, but it sure does sound nice!!!