Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Cherished by Kelly Elliott


Cherished (The Wanted Series Book #4)
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?

Bachelorette Party Scene
I looked up and saw a DJ in a booth. He started laughing, and then Eminem’s “Shake That” started playing. I couldn’t believe how Heather could move her body. I just stood there and stared at her and Ellie dancing. 
“Years of dance lessons and getting nasty in the bedroom will do that for ya,” Ari said as she hit me in the arm. 
I snapped my head over at Ari and busted out laughing. “My god…she could make serious money doing that,” I said as I shook my head. “What are we doing in here anyway?” I yelled over the music. 
Ari smiled. “I have a surprise for you.” She pulled out two pieces of red satin and wiggled her eyebrows up and down.
“What is that for?” I asked as the music stopped. 
Heather and Ellie were laughing their asses off as they walked back over toward us. Ari reached for my hands and pulled me over to a chair that someone had put in the middle of the room. 
Oh, hell no! She did not…
“Sit down, Jessie,” Ari said with a wicked smile. 
“No! Oh my god, no, you didn’t, Ari. I said no strippers.”
Azurdee jumped up and down. “Stripper? Yes!”
I quickly looked at her, and my mouth dropped. “Azurdee!”
She shrugged her shoulders. “What? Do you know how long it’s been since a man has touched me? The least you could do is let me touch a hot guy dancing.”
Heather, Ellie, Amanda, and the rest of the girls all started laughing. 
“For me, Jess?” Azurdee practically pleaded with a smile. 
Ari pushed me down in the seat and grabbed my hands. She pulled them behind me and quickly tied them. 
“Ari, so help me God, if a strange dick comes anywhere near me, I will never talk to you again!” I yelled at her. 
“Ari, you promised us no strippers,” Ellie said.
“Stop whining, Ellie, and just trust me,” Ari said with a wink. 
I looked up at Ari. “Ari…please. I don’t want to do this, so please…” 
Ari put the red satin cloth over my eyes, and I instantly started panicking. 
Oh my god. Scott is gonna find out, and I’m not going to get married. He won’t marry me!
Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” started playing. 
“No! Absolutely not, Ari. Scott loves that song!” I yelled out. 
Then, I heard all the girls start yelling and hollering. 
What in the hell is wrong with them? Is that Ellie yelling? Ellie, of all people, is going crazy over a stripper! Oh, I am so going to have a talk with her after this. Gunner would be devastated!
Oh god…he’s in front of me. The moment I felt him near me, I wanted to puke. I tried hopping back in the chair, but I was getting nowhere. 
“Take it off, cowboy!” Heather yelled out.
“What?” I screamed. “Oh my god, Heather! What is wrong with y’all?” I tried to figure out where he was. “Just stay back, stripper cowboy.” 
Then, I felt him straddle me. He must have taken off his shirt because I felt something wrap around my neck, and Ellie screamed something about how hot his abs were.
“Um…no…I’m not happy with this at all. Really, go dance with one of the horny drunks.”
Then, I felt his breath on my neck. Oh god…he smells like Scott. For about ten seconds, I lost my wits.
“Please…I really don’t want…” 
I felt someone untying my hands. 
Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. 
“You have got to feel his abs, Jessie!” Azurdee said with a laugh as someone grabbed my hands. 
“Azurdee! If that is you grabbing my hands, you are no longer my maid of honor. I’m stripping you of the title.” 
The only girl I couldn’t hear was Amanda. 
“Amanda! You’re my new maid of honor!” I yelled out. 
Ari started laughing. “Sorry, sweets. Amanda is busy making out with one of the stripper’s friends.”
What. In. The. Hell?
“What? She’s not even drinking. Ari, please…you’re gonna get everyone divorced and—”
The minute my hands touched the stripper’s chest, I felt a funny feeling zap through my body. I froze for two seconds until he straddled me again. I moved my hands across his chest and then slowly down to his abs. 
I’d know this body anywhere.
I slowly smiled and then felt his lips against my neck. My body instantly jumped to attention, and every sensation kick-started. He slowly kissed along my neck and up to the side of my face. 
“Wait,” I said.
He stopped moving, but he kept his lips against my face. He was now putting more pressure on my legs, and I could feel his hard-on. 
“I’d like to take off this blindfold, so I can see my future husband strip for me,” I said.
Scott started laughing as I reached up and pulled the silk cloth up and over my head. He didn’t even give me time to say anything before he started kissing me. All I heard was everyone whooping and hollering. His kiss felt like heaven, and I wanted nothing more than for him to pick me up and just take me out of this stupid club. 
“For a second there, baby, I was getting worried that you might be liking this a little too much,” he spoke softly against my lips. 

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.

The Wanted Series

Wanted (Book #1)
Saved (Book #2)
Faithful (Book #3)
Believe (Novella)
Cherished (Book #4)

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