Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review: Saved by Kelly Elliott

Our 4.5 star review

While I liked Kelly Elliott’s Wanted, I loved Saved. This is Ari and Jeff’s story. Wanted was primarily about Ellie and Gunner. Ari is Ellie’s best friend and Jeff is Ellie’s brother. In the first book, Jeff fought his attraction for Ari and spread himself thin trying to have sex with as many women as he could to forget her. Between the fighting and the loving, finally they seemed to be moving towards their HEA, that is until the devil’s spawn, Rebecca, a crazy obsessed casual playmate of Jeff’s, lets him know she is seven months pregnant with his baby. And that’s pretty much how the curtain fell on Act 1.

“God Ari…I love you so much, baby. I hope that I’ve only just started making your dreams come true.”

Saved picks up where Wanted left off. Ellie and Gunner are happily married. Ari and Jeff are determined to live a life together, which is easier said than done when Rebecca is equally determined to snare herself a baby daddy. Meanwhile, another pair of secondary characters, Josh and Heather, are flip flopping in a love/hate relationship themselves. This book really needs to come packaged with a roll of antacids. There is so much delicious angst (and a whole lot of heartbreak) that every time I thought I could relax, that at least one of these two couples would find some semblance of happiness, it would get ripped out of my Kindle holding hands.
“You literally saved me Arianna.”

Elliott has really stepped up her game with Saved.  She spares the reader no emotion. Her books are full of humor, which is necessary, because Saved is also full of tears. My heart ached for Ari, she has dreamed of being married to Jeff since she was ten years old. Having to face the almost certain reality that it is another woman that will give him his first child, and not her,hurts both the character and the reader. She is feisty, and loyal, and a survivor. Jeff, on the other hand, drove me crazy. A part of him is hoping Rebecca’s baby is his (he has abandonment issues) and he constantly puts her needs first and jumps at her every beck and call. All the while feeling guilty, but still he continues to do it, with vile consequences. Readers will root for these two, who in spite of all their obstacles love each other almost to the point of madness. As for Heather and Josh, Elliott has ensured that we have to have our hands on book three, Faithful, to see how their story plays out.  I found I had to stop myself from devouring this book, I didn’t want it to end, but I didn’t want to keep dangling out on the ledge either. Some important storylines are neatly tied up with a bow, but at the same time, there is a whole new gift box full of questions and what ifs. This is one fantastic book and an angst lover’s dream.  

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. 


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