Readers who have been with the Parker crew from the beginning of Kelly Elliott’s Cowboys and Angels series are more than familiar with Cord’s extracurricular activities as well as his desire to remain single despite his brothers and sisters finding their happily ever afters, reveling in the love and commitment that’s found their way into their lives. Every time the discussion of being a one-woman kind of guy came up in the past, Cord adamantly denied his desire for that type of relationship and took things even further by stating unequivocally that he would never be Smurfed, and with every flirty look, lewd word, and storage room hook up, Cord stayed true to his self-professed manwhoring ways, making it quite impossible for anyone to believe, especially his brothers, that there was a woman who could bring Cord to his knees.
I have to be honest…I didn’t know how Kelly Elliott was going to win me over when it came to Cord finally falling for THE woman. I had my doubts that she could realistically illustrate Cord’s transformation, but after finishing Cord and Maehb’s story, I can wholeheartedly say that I’m so glad that Elliott proved me wrong, and while there is a bit of the ‘too soon’ vibe, the steps these Cord and Maehb take to work through their fears and give themselves to one another despite the risk was illustrated beautifully.
The fact that Cord and Maehb have been circling each other since she arrived in Texas lays credence to the fact that they’ve been slowly developing confusing feelings for one another, which is further illustrated by their reactions and their inability to get the other one out of their every thought. It’s more than clear that Cord’s past with women is a point of contention but the only way that anything could work between Cord and Maehb is if they figure out a way to move beyond the notches on his bedpost and focus on how it will be the first time Cord gives more than his body to a woman and that is a significant difference that they both need to realize as they move forward and try to build something lasting between them.
I do have to say that I felt like Maehb’s character was a bit underdeveloped, and I’m not sure if it’s because I already knew some about Cord due to his presence in all of the earlier books or if it’s because Cord’s the character who needed to change who he was, but I felt like I didn’t really know much about Maehb, except for the pertinent details of her life in Ireland, her dad, and her business. She is such a unique and beautiful Irish lass, and I just wanted to understand who she was and why she was as emotional as she was throughout the course of the text.
The fact that Maehb and Cord are in uncharted territory when it comes to an intimate relationship - one with commitment, strong feelings, and passion - makes it interesting to see how they react to each other and how their feelings translate through their touches, their words, and their need for one another’s body, heart, and soul.
This love that Maehb and Cord create is worth changing for…this love is one that guides them into the unknown and allows them to hold on despite the fear and anxiousness that comes with something so new. This love between them is everything and I loved watching it grow and witnessing these two feel strong enough to take the biggest risks of their lives.
Trevor’s story is up next and I’m anxious to see if Trevor’s mistakes can be rectified or if Scarlett moves on without him, feeling like she no longer has a choice or a chance to be what she wants and needs to be in his life.
4.5 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)