Title: Unconditional Love
Series: Journey of Love #1
Author: Kelly Elliott
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Lark Williams leads a fast-paced life, always on the edge of danger. Running from his past and fighting to keep his present life a secret, he keeps his heart out of reach from love. The walls he built around himself come crumbling down when he meets Azurdee Emerson.
Azurdee lives a peaceful life in the small town of Wimberley, Texas. Her tame world quickly becomes heated as she begins to fall in love with Lark. He’s everything she has vowed to stay away from—dark and mysterious, and not to mention, sexy as hell and full of secrets.
Just as Lark and Azurdee give in to their feelings of love, Lark’s present life threatens the safety of the one person he would sacrifice his own happiness for. When Lark finds history repeating itself, he makes a decision that will forever change both of their lives, leaving one heartbroken and lost and the other fighting to survive.
Unconditional Love is a sweet southern love story that will have your heart melting and your emotions in overdrive. In true Kelly Elliott fashion, Lark is a swoon-worthy sweetheart with a bit of a past who is definitely book boyfriend material. Azurdee is the hardworking, kind, and innocent heroine we all love to see get swept away unexpectedly. As always in Kelly’s stories, there is also a surplus of supporting characters ready to steal your heart and leave you begging to know their stories.
“Azurdee, you’re everything I’ve ever wanted, and everything I’ve ever feared.”
This book is heart-wrenching right from the start and succeeds in making you experience the full emotional spectrum throughout the book. This story dives right into the substance of Lark and Azurdee’s relationship, beginning with them having known each other for a year and the heat between them already scorching. As we skip past the “getting to know you” stage of the relationship, we experience more of the challenges and choices that can alter the course of a relationship. Emotions run higher, more is at stake, and forever is on the line.
“I think he would have waited forever for her… or until he met someone who made him want more. You’re the one who makes Lark want more, Azurdee.”
I really enjoyed the complexity of Lark’s character. He has his share of secrets and painful past memories to navigate as he struggles to move forward. The darkness of his soul is offset by the bright innocence that is Azurdee and together they bring balance to this story. The angst didn’t overwhelm the story. There were plenty of happy, breathy-sigh-inducing moments to keep me smiling. I am anxious to get to know some of the other characters in future books as well as see glimpses into Lark and Azurdee’s future. Once again, Kelly Elliott will warm your heart and make you feel like you’re falling in love for the first time all over again. Unconditional Love is a perfect summer read.
I stood in the cold shower cursing Lark. I leaned my head back and let the cool water run through my long hair. It wasn’t too terribly hot out, but hot enough to make it miserable with my long hair. I reached for the soap and began quickly cleaning myself off. I hadn’t had any intentions of finishing off what Lark started, but the moment I heard the bathroom door open and close quietly I knew I had to do it. I pushed my hand down between my legs and began touching myself.
“Ohh…yes…oh God…” I panted as I began moving my hand faster. I was waiting for him to tell me to push my fingers inside myself and I could almost feel the orgasm building.
I heard something drop and opened the door to find Joyce standing there shielding her eyes.
“Oh my God!” I screamed out.
“Oh goodness…Azurdee, I’m in here!” Joyce cried out.
“I know! I’m oh my God-ing that you’re in here…while I’m in the shower.”
I quickly grabbed a towel. “Joyce! Why are you in here?” I asked as I turned off the water.
“Well, Michael asked me to bring you this lotion. He said you wouldwant it after your shower.”
I instantly felt the anger building up in my chest. That bastard!
“I’m going to kill him,” I whispered.
Joyce asked, “Are you covered? Can I look at you now?”
“Yes,” I said as I shook my head and said, “I’m covered.”
Joyce turned and gave me a weak smile. “Now I know it’s none of my business, but maybe you should talk to Michael, honey. I’m sure he can…well, he can…well, I don’t know if you’re having sex or not, but I’m going to go with yes, and if he isn’t performing to his…”
Dear God no. This is not happening. This. Is. Not. Happening.
“Joyce! Please. This is just weird. It’s all just very weird for you to be saying what you’re saying.”
She nodded her head and said, “Well I think so, too. I would think if you were happy in the sex department you wouldn’t need to masturbate.”
She tilted her head and looked up like she was thinking. “I should have Peter have a talk with Michael.”
“No!” I yelled out. “Joyce, I’m very satisfied. Beyond satisfied. Lark is a very good…well…he…umm…”
I closed my eyes and wished like hell I could go back in time about ten minutes ago.
“Can we just stop this conversation, and may I please have some privacy to get dressed?”
Joyce nodded her head and said, “Of course. Well um…dinner will be ready in about forty-five minutes, so…ah…”
She looked me up and down and her cheeks blushed. “I’ll just send Michael on up to um…well…help, I guess.”
My mouth dropped open and I stumbled back against the wall.
I slowly slid down to the floor after she shut the bathroom door and looked up. “I’ll do anything. Anything if you just give me back the last fifteen minutes or so. I swear…God. Anything.”
When the door opened and Lark walked in he was laughing his ass off. I shook my head and said, “No sex for you for the rest of this trip. None.”
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Don’t miss the rest of the Journey of Love series:
Undeniable Love (Journey of Love #2)
Unforgettable Love (Journey of Love #3)
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.