The first book in the brand new series, Southern Bride.
Each book in this series will be stand alone books.
All based in small towns in Texas.
Full of love, hope, and second chances!
Love at first sight.
That’s what it was when Rip Myers came up to me in kindergarten. From that point on, we were inseparable best friends.
When I work up the courage to tell Rip I love him, I am met with rejection. He tells me he treasures our friendship too much. That statement might as well be a knife to my heart.
I want to hold out hope that he’ll change his mind.
Instead, he moves on.
The only choice I have is to pretend that doesn’t slay me.
So, I say yes…to the man I love. But he isn’t the man I’ve been in love with nearly my entire life.
Chloe Parker and her animal best friend, Patches, will always hold a special place in my heart because Kelly Elliott introduced readers to these two in Lost Love, book one of her Cowboys & Angels series, my favorite of hers, and Chloe and Patches always brought a smile to my face throughout each scene they were in, stealing hearts and causing chaos.
So when I found out that the first book in Elliott’s newest series, Southern Bride, would be about Chloe and Rip Myers, another character readers met in Cowboys & Angels, I couldn’t wait to see how these two would finally acknowledge that their best friend status since they were in kindergarten turned into something so much more then either of them were willing to admit out loud for fear of ruining a friendship that had become essential to both of them.
As you can imagine, trying to get Chloe and Rip on the same page after Chloe shared her true feelings with him and Rip was a coward and lied about how he felt about her was not an easy journey or something that could be easily fixed; in fact, Rip’s rejection seemingly forced both of their hands and prevented them from experiencing every important first together, breaking their hearts and reshaping the future that they thought they would have together.
As expected, the fact that Chloe and Rip gave up on each other a bit too easily frustrated me as someone on the outside privy to both characters’ perspectives. Like their family and friends, it was abundantly clear just how much Chloe and Rip loved each other, beyond the friendship status, but feelings can be overwhelming and frightening, so the fact that neither of them handled things well wasn’t surprising, but as a hopeless romantic, I just wanted them to get it right from the start!
But there are no redos in life…there’s not a way to turn back time and change their reactions, so if Chloe and Rip want a chance at forever, they need to let go of the past, let go of the hurt, and fight for what they’ve always wanted – each other.
Even when Chloe and Rip struggled to find their way back to each other, I knew that Elliott would help them figure it out, and when that happens, it’s full steam ahead, which I thought was perfect for these two based on how long they’ve known each other and what they always knew they would be one day, making Love at First Sight not just an expression but a fact, which is exactly what everyone who knows Chloe and Rip wanted them to have and is why their story was the prefect start to Elliott’s Southern Brides’ series.
4.5 Poison Apples