Tuesday, December 29, 2015

[Release Day and Review] Who We Were by Kelly Elliott

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My Papai always said wine made everything better. Countless times he uttered those familiar words to me— “The Merlot will melt your problems away meu amor. With a good bottle of wine in your hand, you hold the magical key to anything you want.”
I believed my father whole heartily, until my world came crashing down on me at twenty-four years old.
It wasn’t going to take wine to help Brody and I find our way back to one another. It was going to take fighting … not only for our love—
But for my life.

My Thoughts

After reading so many books by Kelly Elliott I think I will run out of things to say. I never do but in this book I was kind of left without thoughts. Only my feelings remained. It was hard to read this book. The things that Brynlee endures were hard to deal with at times because it just made me think of family. 

I loved when Brynlee and Brody met! I thought it was cute and I loved how he saved her from another man's flirting assault. He wasn't doing it for her or me. Brody on the other hand...those dimples! I love dimples. 

"He was looking straight at me as I felt my entire body warm 
just from his stare. Then he smiled. And I died. 
Holy Hell. He has a dimple, my weakness. 
Perfect white teeth. 
Oh crap...there are two dimples."

Brody and Brynlee are quick with their love but Kelly Elliott creates the perfect balance because it doesn't seem rushed. It feels perfect for this couple. They really hit it off right away. Their love is beautiful until two bad things strike. Both of them make me furious but Brody made me angrier. I was so mad at what he did to Brynlee. So mad. He hurt Brynlee so much and that hurt me. She needed him at a time of so much need and he messed up.

Brynlee is so forgiving and kind. I love her fight and her strength. This book will have you mad, angry, sad, but it will also give you love and a reason to keep living. A lot of struggles were seen with this couple the struggle was worth it. The side characters were also amazing. Melanie, Brynlee's sister was amazing and she made me laugh so much. She lightened the book a lot and I loved that. A little bit of romance outside of the main couple is seen and it is perfection. 

Kelly Elliott spoke for her heart when she wrote this book. It felt like her story and she shares that this book is dedicated to her sister. That make it even more special because I felt like she gifted us with a little piece of herself with this book. It was amazing. 

Her eyes met mine, and I swear I’d never felt my stomach twist and turn like that. She was gorgeous. Dark brown hair pulled up neatly on her head, green eyes that danced with excitement, and skin that looked like it had been kissed by the sun. When I accidentally brushed my hand across her shoulder, my entire body caught fire. It only took me a few minutes to get myself back under control so I could speak to her, but the jerk sitting across from her started talking to her. “So, Brynlee, what are you getting your degree in?” he asked. Brynlee smiled politely, but I got the feeling she didn’t want to talk to him. “Business management.” Bingo. My cue. “Really? Same here,” I cut in as I turned to Brynlee. “Well, chemical engineering with a minor in business.” Brynlee turned and looked at me with the sweetest smile. I actually had to concentrate on breathing while I looked at those beautiful bee-stung lips. “Wow, that’s impressive. I wonder if we’ve had any classes together?” Hell no. I’d remember seeing this beautiful creature. “Must not have.” Keeping the grin on her face, she shrugged. “Well, some of those classes were huge. You could have been in the back or something.” I lifted my beer and took a drink as Brynlee’s eyes fell to my lips. Setting my beer back on the table, I gave her a panty-melting smile, ensuring to show my dimples. She seemed to like them. Her breath caught every time she looked at them. “I’m pretty damn sure I’d have noticed you if you were in any of my classes, Brynlee.”

About Kelly Elliott

Kelly Elliott 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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