Title: Without You
Author: Kelly Elliott
Release Date: Aug. 19, 2014
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Rating: ★★★ 1/2

Alex and Will have spent months keeping their relationship hidden from their families. Getting caught prematurely causes them to admit their love for each other to their parents.

One decision made by Alex’s father changes her entire world, shattering her plans for the future. Alex always thought Will was the very air she breathed, but life has a way of causing doubts for the one thing she thought was absolute…their love.
Can Will’s promise to Alex be enough for her to hold on to or will she find herself moving down a different path that she never imagined for herself?
Without You is book one in the Love Wanted in Texas series.

The tables are turned and the children are running the show. 

“Will and I will be married, and we’ll have lots of kids while we run the ranch.”

“What are you smiling about?’

I looked up at my mother, and my smile instantly faded. “Nothing, Mama. I just thought of something funny.” – 10 year old Alex
Alex and Will are the spotlight for this romantic tale. Love is never easy even when it’s homegrown. Form an early age both Alex and Will knew they were each other’s forever. With Gunner as your daddy love is downright hard. How do you spell love-block…G.U.N.N.E.R! 

“I swear to God, Lex…I promise you, you and me always.”

I enjoyed Without You but with an ever growing cast of characters I found the story hard to follow at certain points. The plot unfolded with extra drama that to me was unnecessary. I enjoyed the father/daughter dynamic and totally understand Gunners hold on his little bear but when Alex and Will find a bit of external drama, for me, it was a little forced. With that being said the story still held Kelly’s signature style and is an enjoyable read for any fan. Will and Alec’s love was story sweet and romantic. 

Will walked into the barn and dropped the saddle. “What’s the game plan today?” 
He smiled at me and shook his head slowly. “To make it look like we are training Banjo, but really all I want to do is kiss you.” 
My cheeks instantly heated. I closed my eyes and asked, “Oh I like that idea! Do you want to go for a ride?” 
Will’s expression changed and he took a step back. “What?” 
“A ride, you want to go for a ride?” 
He turned his head and slightly lowered it while he looked at me. “What exactly do you mean, Lex?” 
I narrowed my eyes at him and tried to figure out what in the heck was wrong with him. Then it hit me. 
“Oh my gosh! You’re such a guy William Hayes. Ugh.” 
He held up his hands and took a step back. “Hey, the way you said it sounded like you were trying to be all sexy and shit.” 
I let out a laugh as I placed my hands on my hips. “Really?” 
He reached down and grabbed the saddle and walked into Banjo’s stall. He began putting on the saddle as Banjo looked at me and bounced his head all over. He knew what was coming. I had been riding him for the last week more and more. He had really taken to the saddle. He didn’t like it when Will got on him, but when I did he was a gentle giant. 
“Yes, really, Lex.” 
I walked up to the edge of the stall door, placed my arms on it and rested my chin on my arm. “I didn’t think I sounded sexy.” 
He rolled his eyes and tightened the cinch. 
I slowly pushed away from the stall door and gathered up all my nerve. “If I wanted to sound sexy and shit I would have said something like…” Will stopped and glanced over to me. I smiled and bit down on my lower lip. “Will, I really…really…want you to take a ride on me. I want to feel the power between my legs and…” 
He stumbled back and tripped over Banjo’s feed bucket. I ran over laughing as I watched him spring back up. “Fuck, don’t do that, Lex.” 
I looked innocently at him and asked, “Don’t do what, Will?” 
He swallowed hard and adjusted himself. He moved past me and headed out of the barn. I closed Banjo’s stall door and went after him. “Hey, I thought we were going for a…ride!” I let out a giggle as Will threw his hand up and waved me off. 
“The only place I’m going, Lex, is home to take a cold shower.”

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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