Release Date: January 21, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
CHERISHED by Kelly Elliott is the perfect pre-Valentine's Day read! I feel like I'm on the love boat, reading about Love in all it's faces, phases, troubles and triumphs. New & old, lovers, the forbidden kind, spousal relationships and happily ever after in all shapes and size. I was mooning over that waxing moon on the cover art at one point! If books can give a toothache, I would've had one from all the sweetness in CHERISHED.
CHERISHED is Scott and Jessie's book. These two had this on and off thing since High School and after so many years they've finally managed to make it work. And just when things are about to soar, Scott and Jessie went through a huge misunderstanding that set Jessie packing and heading off to Belize while Scott stayed in Texas, out of his mind, pining, searching and waiting for Jessie. It was eventually resolved but not without sticky situations. Scott and Jessie's story was good but it could've been great and better fleshed out if not for all the side stories that went side by side theirs. I really liked the premise of their love fest but it was hard to get invested in these characters because CHERISHED just scratched the surface. The conflict resolution was brief when it could've been better explored and expanded to drive the lovers' struggle home.
Now I understand that CHERISHED is the last in the series so KElliott probably want to give fans a good solid HEA tied with a neat, sparkly, cheery bow. So in between Scott and Jessie's POV, couples from previous Wanted novels also had chapters dedicated to them to show that they're living in marital bliss. Which isn't bad because I sure would like a glimpse of some of my beloved couples' HEA but these former couples occupied half of CHERISHED and in a way cluttered the story for me and surely ate a lot of facetime from Scott and Jessie.
Like I said, CHERISHED is a sweet read and I suggest that you read the series in order because the characters are interconnected in so many ways it can be quite dizzying to jump mid-series or late (like me). The good news is KElliott is expanding the Wanted world by writing spin-offs so if you're a current or future fan, stay tuned because there's two sweet romances coming our way this year.
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.