Unconditional Love by Kelly Elliott
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.
What I loved about this book was that it was so different than any of Kelly’s previous books. Lark and Azurdee were hot, steamy and just oh so damaged in a perfect way for each other. With the perfect blend of action and romance. It was a read that I just couldn’t stop thinking about after reading.
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.
This series is one of the best, original series I have read to date. I sped thru these books, not able to put them down and the whole concept is ingenious! After a night-shift shooting of a drug dealer in The Coffee Cave, twelve strangers each walk out with more than $100,000 in dirty money, a pact never to meet again, and the chance to start over ….Each book is about each of the people in the coffee shop and what they do after they leave The Coffee Cave that night. Each book is written by a different author and it’s a fun and exciting adventure for each and everyone of the characters. The books go from mild to steamy and you can tell what the book will be by the number of coffee cups on the front covers. Love, this series of novella. The perfect quick read!
Until that night, Sasha “Sugar” Kovac spent her days selling coffee to the co-eds at ASU Rio Verde and her nights trying not to run back to her ex… or join the throngs of girls lusting after her friend, Adam.
But why should Sugar give in to the Harley-riding tattoo artist when his longest relationships haven’t lasted more than a weekend?
Sugar’s life takes a turn for the dangerous when someone comes looking for the people connected to the Cave shooting and the cash they split. To protect herself and those she cares about, Sugar has to get out of town–and fast. When Adam insists on coming with her, Sugar finds herself holed up in a tiny house with a hot man, a stash of cash, and a lot of secrets.
Can Sugar protect both her life and her heart when temptation is so close? Or is the past she’s fled going to catch up with her?
What she didn’t expect is how attracted she is to Dev or how much she’s putting him at risk. As the countdown to the final race looms, will Cass and Dev be able to make it to the finish line or will she end up in debt to Wrex for more than money?
Gun-club owner Declan Cavanagh is a guy with a plan — do whatever it takes to gain custody of his young half-brother from his violent, drunken stepfather, even if it means making cash fast in the bloody cage matches he thought he’d left behind. And he’s been doing some dreaming of his own about sweet, smart, sultry Jess.
Then came the gun. The blood. The body on the coffee shop floor, a whole lot of drugs and money, and a pact between strangers to cover up a crime that sees Jess go from college student to killer with the squeeze of a trigger. But someone else knows Jess’s secret and is determined to make her pay.
Declan’s always been a fighter. Jess is in trouble, and he won’t take no for an answer about helping her. Or having her.
Violet’s first unwitting walk on the wild side lands her in court, and – at her parents’ insistence – rehab. She has thirty days to resolve her non-existent issues with alcohol or she’ll be pruned from the family tree. Ever-helpful, Allie researches the very best and most expensive recovery center in the state, New Beginnings, where twelve-step meetings are mixed with spa treatments and equine therapy.
But Violet’s refusal to lie about past step one, admitting that she’s an alcoholic, labels her a “problem case” among the staff, particularly recovery counselor Cameron Wentworth. Violet is a puzzle to Cameron–someone who truly doesn’t have a substance abuse problem, stuck in rehab. He’s perversely drawn to her snarky irreverence for the work he’s so passionate about. And Cameron’s grumpy professor persona makes crawling into his lap and asking for “tutoring” seem like a perfectly reasonable option to Violet. But, even though Violet is technically assigned to another therapist, relationships between all staff and patients are strictly forbidden.
Can Violet face her actual addiction – chronic people-pleasing? Can her friendship with Allie ever be repaired? Or does Violet simply need the kind of deep therapy Cameron and his all-too inviting lap seem quite happy to provide?
Problem is, Lauren never learned how to swim—kind of deal breaker if you plan on saving lives Baywatch style. To make matters worse her new swim instructor, Will, is not only smoking hot, but has secrets of his own.
Maybe her parents had been right all along. Maybe it is better to settle for a life without risks than to bare your soul only to get your hopes crushed.
The only problem? Noah isn’t running an AA group—he’s the president of a celibacy club. Two years ago, to secure visitation with a daughter conceived during a meaningless hookup, ex-marine Noah Porter joined Worth The Wait and took an oath of abstinence. Noah’s restraint is a thing of legend among college co-eds, many of whom have tried and failed to make him break his oath.
But when Allie accidentally joins his club, desperate to quit drinking and put her life back together, he quickly realizes she may be more than even he can resist. As Noah shows Allie which temptations to resist and which to indulge, they begin to fall for each other, but the more intimate their relationship grows, the more aware Noah becomes that soon he’ll be forced to choose between loving Allie and raising his daughter…
When Blake uses his share of the money to help bail out his friend Misha’s cash-strapped dance studio, Misha is too desperate to turn it down, but he has one condition: Blake must accept free dance lessons in return. And that’s when the trouble begins. Because Stacy isn’t the only one who thinks their new dance teacher is hot as sin.
Stacy is painfully aware that Blake has been hiding something from her, and she’s determined to prove to him that his secret is not shameful. With Misha’s help, Stacy plans to break down all of Blake’s barriers. But will a man whose future career may rest on his ability to conform to his team’s expectations be willing to take a walk on the wild side and embrace everything that he is?
After finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman, Lily figures that a hot night in the arms of a sexy stranger will do the trick. But when Lily somehow becomes the overnight poster child of the abstinence movement, she’s desperate to put the one-night stand—and Joe Cunningham—out of her mind to maintain her image and help her mother win the primary.
All Lily and Joe have to do is make it through the election without falling into bed together, which proves more difficult than either could have imagined. With both campaigns willing to play dirty, there’s more at risk than just losing votes—there’s the possibility that both Joe and Lily will lose their hearts.
But the first person she runs into in tiny Creek Wash, AZ is the boy who wasn’t big enough for her. Five years later Nate’s fireman and, as far as she can tell, the town hero. And deservedly so if even half the stories she’s hearing are true. And if those washboard abs and muscular arms are any indication, there’s nothing small about Nate anymore.