Friday, June 2, 2017

Blog Tour: Only With Me - Kelly Elliott

   
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Blurb

Life was great.

I loved my bachelor life and working my dream job with the Cngs SWAT team.

That all changed the day I stepped into her bakery. Her smile swept me off my feet, and hta was heaven.

Cue my very Greek family.

l broke loose.

The woman I was falling in love with was Italian, and my mother was hell-bent on proving to the worle better cook.

If my meddling family wasn’t bad enough, for the last six years Gabi had been on the run from a past she tried desperately to escape from.

Between a beautiful woman on the run, and a crazy family constantly in my business, would I be able to show her I’m the only one who can keep her safe … or will her past steal her away from me?  

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Review

Kelly Elliott is a master at weaving a sweet story with just the right amount of naughty.  And Only With You was no exception.  I was unable to put this book down, it kept me immersed in the story.  It had all the right elements to keep me engaged—sweetness, humor, naughtiness, and just a little bit of intrigue.  I couldn’t wait to discover all the little nuggets she had peppered the story with in order to find out what was really going on.

Gabi is a little Italian spitfire, she’s feisty and sassy, and definitely up to the task of taking on a Greek family.  But she’s got a secret, one that she’s terrified to tell.  Nic was Greek.  I mean that should say it all right?  The man was alpha—possessive, protective, and a damn good dirty talker.  The chemistry between the two was seriously hot.  They were definitely well-developed characters and complex.  Plus with Nic comes a cast of characters.  His family was absolutely hilarious especially his mother Katerina.  She was a whole other level of crazy mama.  I laughed so much at the shenanigans she got up to.

There is drama in the book but it works well with the storyline.  The only thing that really marred it for me was that it was a case of insta-love.  I’m not a huge fan of that type of story and it always catches me off guard if I’m not expecting it.  That being said, it didn’t really matter too much in the scheme of things.  There was plenty of other stuff to sink my teeth into.  I’m definitely going to have to go back and read the first of the series.

If you’re looking for a sweet read that’ll get you laughing, definitely pick this one up.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J

 

Excerpt

 My eyes swung over to look at my mother standing there with my aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes. “Shit,” I whispered.

“Oh God. This is not happening. This is it!” Gabi exclaimed as she covered her mouth.

I placed my hands on her shoulders and leaned in closer. In a whispered voice, I asked, “What is wrong?”

Her eyes met mine. “This is her challenge! I thought it was that day in the bakery. That was a merely a test! She’s here to take me down!”

I laughed. “My mother is not here to take you down.”

She slowly shook her head and asked, “How did she know?”

Then we both turned to look at Liza. She took a step away. “You didn’t.”

Liza’s eyes were everywhere. Me, my mother, back to Gabi, back to my mother. “I might have mentioned it that day in the bakery when she was there. But she saw the registration form and asked if you had entered! I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to say.”

“Nicholaus, don’t be rude. Introduce your Gabriella to your Aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes.”

Gabi took in a slow deep breath before turning and facing my mother and aunts.

With my hand on her back, we walked closer. “Mama, this is a surprise to see you here.”

She looked taken aback. “Why? I love to cook, this is a cooking competition. Why wouldn’t I be here?”

“Because you’ve never entered one before.”

The three of them laughed. “Please. Your mama has won more cooking competitions than anyone in this room.”

Gabi swayed, and I tightened my grip on her.

When my mother turned to look at Gabi, she wore a wide smile. “So, with you being a part of our family, I want to make sure you come in second so I’ve brought you some help.”

Oh for shits sake.

“Help?” Gabi asked with a strained voice.

And before our eyes appeared my cousins Sophia and Angie, and just when I didn’t think it could get worse, cousin Maria walked up carrying a giant bag with some rat looking dog in it.

“Um, I don’t think you can have a dog in here,” Liza said.

Everyone turned and looked at cousin Maria. “Are you shitting me? I don’t go anywhere without my Nikky.”

“Gabriella, this is Aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes.”

Gabi reached her hand out to theirs.

“Ahh! You made it!” my mother called out as her best friend came walking up. I couldn’t help but groan.

“Gabriella, this is my very dear friend, Maria.”

I didn’t think Gabi could look any more confused. “Oh, um, another Maria! That’s a lot of Maria’s under one roof.” They all stared at her like they didn’t get it.

They fucking got it.

“All right, well now that the gang is here, Mama you should be heading on over to your station.”

“You’re not coming over there with me?”

Gabi’s head jerked to the side to look at me. Oh shit. What the hell do I do?

I did the only thing I knew to do. I looked for guidance from Liza. My eyes were wide as she motioned to Gabi.

Right. Right. I needed to stay with Gabi.

“Well, Mama, I was planning on helping Gabi and being here for moral support with this being her first competition and all.” Gabi glared at me.

Shit, what did I do now?

Then my mother turned back to Gabi. “First, huh?” My heart dropped in my chest. That’s why Gabi shot me a dirty look. “Well, I better let you get going then. Good luck.”

With a full-on smile, Gabi nodded. “Thanks! You too. And may the best cook win.”

Tossing her head back and laughing before looking back at Gabi, my mother said, “Oh, I will.”



About the Author


author-photoKelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website. www.kellyelliottauthor.com

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