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CHERISHED
AUTHOR: KELLY ELLIOTT
RELEASED: JANUARY 21, 2014
BLOG TOUR JANUARY 27th – FEBRUARY 1st
TOUR HOSTED BY: BOOK PLUG PROMOTIONS



Synopsis:

Jessie Rhodes has been in love with Scott Reynolds for most of her life. But he ran away from her once, leaving her heartbroken.

When they find their way back to one another, things seem to fall into place, and they begin to plan their future together…

Until Scott’s ex-fiancée deceives them all. With yet another broken heart, it is Jessie’s turn to run away. During her retreat, she meets an intriguing man, and they form a bond that makes Jessie question everything.

Scott’s world collapses when the only girl he has ever loved disappears with no word on her whereabouts. When he finally discovers where Jessie has been hiding, he also learns of her new relationship.

Will deceit tear them apart? Or can Jessie and Scott survive their mistakes and choose to love and to cherish?

Cherished is the fourth book in the Wanted series. 



Review:

Wow, this book had a lot going on. Not only do you get the story of Jessie and Scott, but you get to catch up with all the other couples from the previous books in The Wanted Series. The fans from all the other books will of course love this, because they aren't just secondary characters, you get to read from their POV throughout the book. Meanwhile, Jessie and Scott's journey was a crazy emotional ride. I was shaking my fists in frustration a lot during this read, especially in the beginning. My poor kindle probably had a mild case of whiplash. 

"I have to find her, Drake. I have to. She's my whole life. I don't want to live if she's not in my life. She's...she's..." I started shaking my head. "She's my whole life." -Scott

The story starts off with a flashback of Scott and Jessie in high school. They both liked each other, but never acted on their attraction. One night after a Scott's football game, he gave in and kissed Jessie. The emotions that ran through him afterwards scared him so much, that he ran right into bed with Chelsea in order to rid those intense feelings. This broke Jessie's heart and she left to college right after she graduated. Scott ended up engaged to the harlot, Chelsea. Eventually Scott sees the light and dumps Chelsea, to be with the girl he always new he was destined to be with. A whole jumble of effed up events unfold and it's all because of HUGE misunderstanding concocted by none other then Chelsea! Jessie walks into Scott's house to see Chelsea in his bed riding him like a prize winning cowgirl...except it isn't Scott she is riding, it's his brother Bryce. She doesn't stick around to find out any details though. She hightails it out of there and goes to the airport to get as far away as she possibly can. With no destination in mind, she randomly decides to go to Belize to escape the torment and betrayal. Jessie tells no one where she went, so everyone back home is frantic and upset. 

"Ells...I miss her so much. I have such a bad feeling, and I can't shake it. What if she meets someone else? What if she doesn't believe me when I tell her it wasn't me? Oh god...what if I never see her again? I want to marry her and have children with her. I don't want anyone else, Ellie. I only want her." -Scott

Can you see all the hair-ripping madness going on here? Poor Scott is being punished for something he didn't even do, and he can't even defend himself or fight for her. I can't imagine how tormented and helpless he must have felt. Oh, and of course Jessie does meet someone in Belize, the very first day she got there. Jessie and Trey bond over their mutually broken hearts. He makes his intentions clear, that he wants more from her then friendship, but she isn't quite ready for that. Even though in her eyes, Scott had committed the ultimate betrayal, she still loved him. One day, things got pretty hot and heavy, and all she wanted to do was forget. In the end, she couldn't go through with it and made him stop before they went all the way. It felt completely wrong and she was filled by an overwhelming wave of guilt. One night during a tropical storm, she finally saw everything more clearly then before. She decided she needed to talk to Scott, but couldn't get ahold  of him. After talking to her father, she found out that it wasn't Scott that night. Jessie was filled with a unbearable amount of dread for the damage she unintentionally caused to her and Scott's relationship...all because she ran away and didn't stay to hear him out. If that night wasn't bad enough, she also found out that she was pregnant with Scott's baby this whole time, even when she allowed Trey to touch her.

"Scott we were both hurting. I would have never...I didn't...I stopped him. All I could think about was you and how wrong it felt, even when I thought you had cheated on me. Please, Scott. You have to know that I wish to God it had never happened." I sucked in a breath of air as I sobbed. I tried to keep talking. " If I just hadn't run away, none of this would have happened."- Jessie

Will Scott be able to move past all that has happened. He can forgive what she did, but could he look past the fact that she could possibly have feelings for Trey? This tested their relationship and trust to the max. Jessie knows in her heart that it has been, and always will be, Scott. Just when you think everything is getting better, an unexpected desperate act threatens to end their HEA for good. 

"Scott, I don't want you to ever again doubt my love for you. My whole heart belongs to you and only you. It always has, and it always will."

"Jessie," I said softly, "baby, I love you so much. You have no idea how much I love you, and I will fight for you until the day I die."

She took a deep breath and slowly let it out. "You don't have to fight for me. You already have me," she said with a smile.

I enjoyed this story and the frustratingly emotional roller coaster ride that was Scott and Jessie's journey. I was captivated by Scott's dedication to Jessie, which never faltered, even in his most desperate lows. The only part of this book that I tended to struggle with, was the amount of the other character's POV. Don't get me wrong, I love to catch up with previous characters of a series, it was just a little distracting at times. It was almost taking away from the Jessie and Scott's story. I was desperate to find out what was going on with Scott and Jessie, but I had to get through everyone else's  POV chapters first. Other than the possible downsizing of secondary character POVs, I liked the book. Ms. Elliott did a great job of setting up the story for the next book, which will be Zark and Azurdee's story. That will be a steamy one for sure! Make sure to check out her other book Broken...another hot as sin cowboy that will make you salivate. The next book in that series, Broken Dreams, will be coming out soon. 

3.5 out of 5 Dedicated, Cherished Stars!




Purchase Links:


Amazon UK: Cherished (Wanted)



Author Low Down:


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.

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Twitter: @author_kelly


The Wanted Series
Wanted (Book #1) è http://amzn.to/WTtLDj
Saved (Book #2) è http://amzn.to/19AxUAa
Faithful (Book #3) è http://amzn.to/14WpLap
Believe (Novella) è http://amzn.to/1bdfZgh
Cherished (Book #4) è http://amzn.to/1bUL6S8



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