Loving You by Kelly Elliott
Series: Love Wanted in Texas, #6
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Other books in the series: Without You, Saving You, Holding You, Finding You, Chasing You
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4 LOVING YOU STARS (★★★★)
*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion of this book and the words in this review. ***
I was so sad to know I didn’t have the time to read every single installment from the Wanted, Broken and Love in Texas series before I started Loving You. But with school and everything, there just wasn’t any time. To make up for it just a little bit, I read explicit reviews for these books before I gave Loving You a chance. Just to get acquainted with everyone’s stories and the family and friends dynamic. I knew I had an amazing novel waiting for me, and I was right!
After fighting their feelings for a long time, Taylor and Jase give each other a chance with a night together in Paris. But after their steamy encounter, the doubts come creeping in. Jase doesn’t think he’s good enough for Taylor. He is very insecure. So to protect Taylor, he walks away. All Taylor has ever wanted was for Jase to want her. They both can’t forget each other and Jase realizes he made the biggest mistake of his life, but a lot of mistakes and misunderstandings screw it all up. Until fate brings them back together and gives them a second chance at love.
Will they be able to make future plans together or will insecurities and fate break them apart and take away their second chance?
I fell in love with all the characters that played a role in Loving You and there were a lot of them. They seriously were a cute bunch and I was really sad I didn’t read about their stories first, but that doesn’t mean I won’t still read every single novel. The way they interacted with each other was amazing. Every single time, the love and support simply shone through. Especially, at the moment Taylor needed them the most, they were there for her. I also liked how the families from the Wanted series and the Broken series came together in this conclusion. Jase was really swoon-worthy. He was just so caring and romantic. The things he said got my heart melting into a puddle.
From reading Adrenaline, I already knew I liked Kelly Elliott’s writing. It was the same for Loving You. I can’t really pinpoint why I like her writing so much, but it may have something to do with the metaphors Kelly uses. The only thing I think could have been a little bit more was the level of drama and angst. I was used to a lot of drama from Adrenaline, but I think the moments of drama in Loving You were at a minimum. I found it in the beginning, but after that everything went perfect. I kept reading and waiting for shit to hit the fan. It took a very long time before I was rewarded with just that. I do have to admit that moment ensured a lot of drama, but still…
Loving You is a family and love story containing insecurities, leading to mistakes being made. But when fate comes to play and forgiveness is given, this beautiful couple has a second chance at love. It’s also about holding onto hope when things go horribly wrong, and the love and support friends and family can provide at that moment. Loving You had me swooning and warmed my family heart from the very first page. There are two bonus epilogues, but I haven’t read them yet. I want to save them until I’ve read the other novels as well.
Lifting my mouth up in a smile, I asked, “What?”
The back of his hand moved softly down my face. “Loving you.”
Her hand moved lightly across my back as she softly repeated the one thing no one had told me I could do.
“Taylor, let it out. Just cry and let it out.”
My emotions were beginning to mix together. I wasn’t sure if I was angry or sad. My throat and my chest ached. Looking at her, I shook my head. “He promised me, Libby. He promised me!” I shouted.
Standing, I began to pace across the room. “He was my everything and he’s gone. How am I supposed to go on? I can’t go on! Damn it, I don’t want to go on without him.” Tears began to stream down my face as Libby wiped hers away. “He’s gone and I feel so lost.” A sob escaped from my lips as Libby stood up. Holding my hand up to stop her, I shook my head. “I don’t know who to be angry with! If one more person tells me everything will be fine, I’m going to punch them!”
“Grace. We can use Grace for that,” Libby said.
My eyes widened in surprise as I let Libby’s words sink in. “I think Meagan would be the better choice. She used to steal my make-up all the time.”
Libby cracked a small grin. “It’s okay to be angry.”
My lips trembled. “I don’t know what I am, Lib. All I know is I feel so lost without him.”
Libby took me in her arms as we sank back to the bed.
I wasn’t sure how long Libby had stayed in Jase’s room with me. We sat on his bed in silence as I stared out into the darkness.
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