Series: Wanted #2
Author: Kelly Elliott
Release Date: April 1, 2013
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?
Wow. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book. Kelly Elliott made me a fan with Gunner and Ellie’s story in Wanted. With Saved she has managed to earn the no-questions-asked one-click from me. This book is absolutely stunning in it’s inimitable depth and emotional weight. I swear I felt every single page of this book. I adored Saved for not only being Ari and Jeff’s story, but for being everyone’s story. Every member of the Wanted family has won my heart in some way and I loved getting to hear this story told from each different point of view. This story felt whole somehow, despite everything that was tearing Ari and Jeff apart. Ellie and Gunner continued to make me believe in romance, while Ari and Jeff proved to me over and over the power of unconditional love. Heather and Josh were right there as well, reminding me that you just can’t fight fate.
“I’ve only ever wanted to be with him, to wake up next to him every morning, and to go to sleep next to him every night.”
Ari and Jeff have always been a force of nature. They clashed as strongly as they are connected. Kelly Elliott did a fantastic job digging deep into these characters. Ari’s bold and independent nature was pulled away to reveal the girl who is just as scared, insecure, and flawed as the rest of us. She never felt like a character I could emotionally connect with before, but this book did just that. Jeff on the other hand was repeatedly put to the test and he falls down. A lot. But watching him fight for what he wanted had me falling hard for him. The chemistry Kelly Elliott has ignited between these two has never burned hotter and both their love and lust for one another flooded the pages of this book. Their stubborn attitudes and colorful language also made for some hysterical dialogue that made me laugh and roll my eyes. Their love and spunk is infectious and Kelly Elliott definitely had me feeling every bit of it in Saved.
“I wouldn’t be able to breathe without her. I wouldn’t want to breathe without her.”
This story is not all rainbows and butterflies. It hurts. It crushes you until you’re certain love can’t possibly survive. My heart felt like it was repeatedly being broken, but every time that Kelly Elliott put it back together was more breathtaking than the last. We get to see more of Gunner and Ellie in this story, which I LOVED, but we also get our first real look at Heather and Josh. I can only imagine how heartbreaking their book will be, because my heart was already aching for them. I’m so glad we got to watch this fantastic family grow, evolve, and strengthen. I’m more invested now in these characters than I’ve ever been. I swear sometimes I felt like I was out on the ranch with all of them. Kelly Elliott has such a gift for writing heart wrenching and intricate stories that keep you riding that emotional rollercoaster. I laughed at Ari’s ridiculous antics, ugly cried at Heather and Josh’s pain, and found perfect contentment in seeing all of these characters take on the next part of their journeys. I can’t wait to see what Kelly has in store for the Wanted crew next!
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Check out the other books in the Wanted series:
Wanted (Wanted #1)
Faithful (Wanted #3)
Believe (Wanted #3.5)
Cherished (Wanted #4)
A Forever Love (Wanted #5)
The Wanted Short Stories (Wanted #6)
All They Wanted (Wanted #7)