Release Date: March 9th
Tristan Williams thought the path of his life was on the right journey. He had a successful career, good looks, and a carefree lifestyle. One conversation changed Tristan’s way of thinking forever as his father presented him with a bottle, representing his journey and forcing unwanted thoughts of a lasting relationship to the surface. Running from the fear of commitment, he pushed away the only woman he ever had feelings for and turned to the one girl he knew he didn’t love.
Ryn Webster was finally putting her past behind her. Moving to Texas and concentrating on the success of her own company, she had her life almost where she wanted it. One thing was missing though…love. She thought she had found love with Tristan until he casted her aside.
After being hurt by Tristan, Ryn does whatever she can to push him from her heart, even if it means being with a man she doesn’t love.
Regardless of the path one thinks they are on, the journey of life can cause unexpected turns, altering the planned course. Will Tristan and Ryn’s bottle be tossed about, lost in the rocky waves of life? Or will calm seas prevail to help Tristan and Ryn finally find their journey of love…together?
The sun shining in through the window caused me to let out a low grumble. I knew the moment I opened my eyes I’d feel the hangover. Yesterday was my younger brother Lark’s wedding to his spunky and beautiful new bride, Azurdee. I still couldn’t believe Azurdee had won over my brother and tamed his wild ways. For a while there I was pretty sure he was more against a committed relationship than I was. I heard my phone vibrate on the side table. Reaching over, I grabbed it.
Lark: Why the hell do you want to know about Dodge?
Sitting up, I let out a sigh as I ran my hand down my face. Last night I watched as Ryn said goodbye to my parents and walked out the door with this Dodge guy. A built blond haired, blued eyed asshole who had his arm wrapped around her waist and held her like she was his.
Me: Ryn mentioned him last night. He showed up and he is with her now. I remembered you mentioning a Dodge guy once when you and Azurdee were split up.
Lark: He manages Red 7. According to Azurdee, he is Ryns RFB.
RFB? Ryn had said that last night to Dodge. What the fuck is a RFB?
Lark: Before you ask it means Rebound Fuck Buddy.
My mouth dropped open as I stared at the text. “You’ve got to be shitting me,” I whispered.
Lark: Azurdee said Ryn is pretty much exclusive to the guy. They’re dating, but not really dating. Guess Dodge is into Ryn and she doesn’t feel the same.
Me: Thanks, Bro. I think I’m going to be staying another week … or two. I’ve got the time.
Lark: Ah shit. Don’t start any trouble down there. Have fun, Tristan.
Me: I’m gonna try not to. Later.
Setting the phone on the bed, I headed into the bathroom. I took one look at myself in the mirror and frowned. I looked like shit. Tired and hung-over was not going to work if I wanted to try and run into Ryn today.
Glancing back into the bedroom, I looked at the clock on the side table. Seven on the dot. Ryn would be heading out for a run any time now if I knew her.
I quickly splashed water on my face, brushed my teeth and changed into a pair of jogging shorts, a white T-shirt, and running shoes. One quick look at myself in the mirror and I was headed down to the beach.
Glancing up and down the beach I was almost positive Ryn would run this way. Looking toward the beach house she was renting for the next two weeks I smiled when I saw her heading down the steps to the beach. She did a few funky ass yoga moves and then took off running, in the opposite direction of me.
I pushed my ear buds in and started running. My full on run was quickly catching up to Ryn’s jog. I smiled as I took a good look at her ass. She had the nicest ass of any girl I ever dated. I loved Ryn’s body. She had curves and wasn’t afraid to eat me under the table when it came to a large buffalo chicken pizza from Double Dave’s. Liberty, my ex-girlfriend, was boney as hell and I swear the only thing she ate was carrots and cheese sticks.
Ryn’s long wavy brown hair was pulled back into a sloppy ponytail. Ryn never cared too much about being prim and proper. She could dress up and look like a million bucks easy, but she only did it when she had to. Otherwise she was in her favorite pair of comfy pants, as she called them, and a T-shirt.
Running by Ryn, I passed her up and acted like I didn’t know who she was. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw her glance up at me. I kept running at my speed. She had headphones on as well, the only difference was I was positive she had music coming out of hers and I didn’t. I needed to be able to hear her call out my name. If she called out my name.
I could feel her eyes on my back. I slowed down just a notch so she could catch up to me. “Tristan?” I heard her call out. Acting as if I couldn’t hear her, I kept on running.
Smiling, I kept on running. This was turning out to be a successful run. My plan to run into Ryn on accident while we were both here was starting out with a bang. Inhaling a deep breath of crisp ocean air, I kept up my steady pace. The cool morning air actually made it a great morning for a run. Finally, I felt her coming up next to me. Keeping my eyes straight ahead, I attempted to appear as if I was in the zone. Grabbing my arm she yelled again, “Tristan, goddamn it stop running!”
I stopped on a dime, causing Ryn to run a few feet ahead of me. Glancing at her, I pulled my ear buds out. “Ryn?”
She leaned over and put her hands on her knees as she dragged in a few breaths. “Jesus, now I realize … I’m only… a light weight jogger.”
I knew damn well I was running faster than Ryn was able to run. Looking at her like I was confused, I asked, “What are you talking about, Ryn? I thought you’d be heading back to Austin?”
She shook her head. “Nope … staying here for two weeks.”
Pulling my head back to act as if I was surprised, I grinned. “Really? So am I.”
Suddenly stiffening her posture she practically shouted, “Wait. What? You’re staying here?” She started pointing to the sand. “For two weeks?”
Glancing down at the sand, I nodded and shrugged. “Well, not in this very spot but here in South Padre. Yeah.”
Ryn swallowed hard. “I see. Did you have this planned?” She raised an eyebrow at me.
“Yeah, I was playing it by ear, one to two weeks, maybe three. I have the time to take and I have to burn it before the end of the year or I lose it.”
Ryn stood and stared at me. I couldn’t tell if she was happy or pissed. “You look like you didn’t sleep much last night. Rough night, Ryn?”
Ryn’s eyes widened and she went to talk but shut her mouth and looked back toward the house she was renting. We hadn’t run that far and now I was wishing we would have. Looking, I saw Dodge standing on the back deck.
Ryn snapped her head and looked at me. “Excuse me?”
Gesturing with my hand, I pointed and asked, “The guy, is he your boyfriend?”
Ryn’s eyes searched my face as if she was trying to read my reaction to seeing some douche bag asshole, who I was pretty sure fucked her senseless last night, standing on her deck.
“Um … no … he’s um … well … he’s …” Turning to look at Dodge she let out a sigh before looking at me.
“A fuck buddy?”
Her eyes narrowed as her hands went to her lips. “What?”
I lifted my shoulders in a shrug. “I don’t know Ryn, you seemed to be stumbling on your words so I just guessed.” Smirking, I winked at her.
“Are you still seeing Liberty?”
My smile faded a bit. “No. We’re over.”
Lifting an eyebrow, I could tell she was holding back a smile. “How come? You get bored with her and pick up another girl on the side?”
Ouch. That hurt.
“No, she wanted something with me that I didn’t want with her.”
Clearing her throat, she whispered, “And what did she want?”
Ryn’s eyes widened in shock as she took a step back. “Oh. Well um … I guess I’ll see you around, Tristan.”
My heart instantly felt as if someone had put a vice around it and squeezed the hell out of it. I wanted to take her up in my arms and kiss her. Show her why the fuck buddy couldn’t wipe me from her mind.
I barely nodded my head. “Yeah, I’ll see ya around.” Turning, I went to start running again.
I stopped and turned to her, “Yeah, baby?”
Her eyes closed briefly before she opened them and looked into mine. My knees wobbled when I saw the hurt in those beautiful blue eyes. “Why did you bring me to your parent’s for Christmas? Why didn’t you just bring Liberty if she was the one you wanted to be with?”
That … I was not expecting.
I absolutely loved Undeniable Love by Kelly Elliott. This is book two in Kelly’s Journey of Love series and it tells the story of Tristan and Ryn. We first meet the couple in Unconditional Love and get a glimpse in to the start of their relationship. This book can be read as a standalone but in order to get a better understanding of the characters I recommend reading Unconditional Love first.
Tristan Williams is a sexy cowboy that always gets what he wants except when it comes to the one woman he can see spending his life with. Commitment is the one thing in life that Tristan is afraid of. There is a side of him that he keeps hidden away as he is afraid that revealing this side of him will push her away forever. So instead of opening up to Ryn he pushes her away by spending time with a woman that he doesn’t have feeling for. Will Tristan ever be able to open up to Ryn and reveal his true feelings for her or will he continue on with his meaningless relationships? Will he be able to get Ryn to give him a second chance or will she decide that he isn’t worth it?
“I got confused, Ryn. I started feeling these things…I mean…I had feelings for you that I’ve never had for any other woman before.”
Ryn is finally happy with the way things are going in her life until the night Tristan walks out on her. She is devastated with how Tristan treated her so she decides to hook up with her friend Dodge and use him to forget about Tristan. She knows Tristan will be hard to forget as he is the only man she has ever truly loved. Will Ryn be able to move on from Tristan or will she decide he is worth fighting for?
Life gets messy for these two when they are suddenly thrown back into each others lives. They are both using other people to try help them forget their feelings for each other. Will these two keep denying their true feelings for one another or will they finally open up and get the HEA they both deserve? I guess you will have to read to find out!
This story took me on quite the emotional rollercoaster and I loved every minute of it. I loved all the twists and turns the story took. It was nice to be able to catch up with the characters from the first book in the series. I can’t wait to see what Kelly is working on next!!
I had the privilege of sitting down and doing a fun little Q&A with Ryn and Tristan last week. It was so much fun interviewing this sweet couple. Ryn is one lucky lady that’s for sure. Tristan is one of the sweetest sexiest cowboys I have ever met.
Ryn – What is your favorite thing about Tristan?
Smiling, Ryn turns to Tristan. “Probably the way he loves me so much. I feel it not only in his touch, but in the way he looks at me.”
Tristan- What is your favorite thing about Ryn?
Taking Ryn’s hand, Tristan grins. “Her heart. She amazes me with how caring she is. And of course the naughty side of her when she comes out to play.” Wiggling his eyebrows, Ryn playfully slaps Tristan.
Tristan- When you realized the depth of your love for Ryn, what was your first thought on how to tell and show Ryn?
Inhaling a deep breath, Tristan stops and thinks a moment. “When I first realized how much I truly loved Ryn it threw me for a loop. I think that was my problem. I didn’t know how to tell or show Ryn. The easiest thing for me to do was to ignore it and push her away.”
Ryn- Did you already know you would like the things in Tristan’s playroom or were you shocked by it?
Moving about in her seat, Ryn giggles nervously. “I can’t say I was shocked. Stunned for a few moments but I knew when I saw the toys in had down in south Texas. I was more intrigued than anything. The thought of Tristan doing anything … naughty … makes me.” Ryn stops talking and looks up with a smile. “It makes me happy.”
Tristan- What is your favorite toy to use in the playroom?
Letting out a laugh, Tristan turns to Ryn. “Damn, that’s a hard one to answer. I think it’s not so much any certain toy, but one thing I love to do is tie Ryn up and have my way with her. Tease her to the brink where she is begging for release.”
Ryn- What is your favorite toy to use in the playroom?
Ryn swallows hard as she stares at Tristan and bites down on her lip. “My favorite toy? The flogger, while being tied up.” Smiling, she winks at Tristan who is now the one squirming in his seat.
Tristan and Ryn- Do you both keep in touch with Sierra and Dodge?
Laughing, they both nod their heads as Tristan answers. “Oh for sure. Those two keep us … entertained to say the least.”
Tristan and Ryn- How are the kids? Any plans for more in the future? Are you both enjoying life on the farm?
Ryn and Tristan both smile. “The kids are amazing. I don’t think Tristan and I have any plans to had any more little ones to the bunch just yet. They keep us pretty busy.” Tristan let’s out a small laugh and nods his head in agreement.
“Life on the ranch is beyond amazing. It’s the most peaceful place I’ve ever been and I couldn’t see myself living anywhere else. Tristan has certainly made his father very proud.”
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.