Once again Elliott brings us a group of twenty something's looking for love. But, she ups the anti. With troubled pasts, domestic abuse, and abandonment, she covers the gamete and deals with each scenario in a really authentic and delicate way.
I take exception to other reviews who posted that the characters were "cookie cutter" from her other series. While they resembled them some, they were different and authentic enough for me to connect with. It's just that down home, unapologetic writing style that I love from Elliott. And frankly if she changed, I wouldn't be as big a fan.
Yes there was language, but don't kid yourself, we all use swears now and then. Especially in the world these characters are coming from. The sex was hot and sweet. The story flowed really well, and I felt a lot more time was spent with the main characters than in previous books Elliott has written. Which was great, not too many story lines vying for attention.
At one time I found myself saying geez, I thought she was going to take the Roger story line this way, but I guess not. Than, low and behold, she took it the way I expected, but it didn't play out how I expected. (A lot of double speak I know, but I'm trying not to give spoilers here. Roger was the perfect villain, a little predictable, but just crazy enough.)
Bottom line. I read and write romance to escape. Who puts a time line on when you fall in love or where? That's why we love these books. Elliott mixes just enough reality with a whole lot of hot escapism to remind us why we fell in love with romance books to begin with. Allow yourself to get lost in Layton and Whitley's world. You won't be sorry. Hell, you will be looking for a tender, romantic cowboy of your own. I give this one 4 1/2 stars :)