A stand-alone romance novel in the Southern Bride series

Coming October 18, 2019


At eighteen-years-old, I made a promise with my best friend in high school. If neither one of us were married by age thirty-two, we would marry each other. Now Miles Warner is back in town and wants to cash in on that promise we made all those years ago.

The fact that Miles is still unmarried and single baffles me. The young man I remembered from high school has grown into one of the most handsome men I’ve ever laid eyes on. And he refuses to take no for an answer. You see, he needs a bride, and I’m his last resort. Romantic, isn’t it?

Well, no thank you. That is not going to happen.

At least that’s what I keep telling myself. But as the days pass by and Miles settles back into life in our hometown, I find myself falling head over heels in love with him. Again.

What is the lesson I’ve learned, you ask?

Never make a promise you don’t intend to keep.

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My Review

I’m a sucker for a romance story that has been years in the making, especially one that started with a promise between two best friends and ended, albeit after years apart and a litany of missteps, with an opportunity of forever. And while nothing seemed to go as planned, not the amount of time Miles spent away from his hometown and the love of his life or the way he couldn’t seem to express his feelings in a way that would make Kynslee believe in his love and trust that he would never leave her again, in their heart of hearts, they were fated to be together, to make a go at a life together that no-one else could given one another.

Because readers are privy to the reasons behind Miles’ decision to remain away from his hometown for an additional five years, we know his true feelings for Kynslee. But she doesn’t know what’s in Miles’ heart because he seems to suffer from foot in mouth disease anytime he tries to prove how much she owns his heart.

Miles’ reasons for wanting to marry Kynslee go way beyond their adolescent promise to each other and her being his last resort is not something that holds credence, but, once again, Kynslee only goes off of all the wrong things he says to her and the pain that she’s carried since Miles first left for the Marines. 

I get Kynslee’s bitterness and her belief that Miles doesn’t truly want to marry her because he loves her, and I can’t say that I blame her for distrusting him, for questioning his motives, for worrying that he’d up and leave her again, but once she let go of some of her pain and fears, she saw Miles for who he truly is and what he truly wants, which made my frustration over their antics a little more tolerable, even if there were plenty of times I wanted to throttle one or both of them.

Second chance romances are some of my absolute favorites because there’s a history between the characters and a foundation that can help heal the heartache experienced. Miles and Kynslee may have needed to work for their happily ever after, but they understood it would be worth it in the end if they could overcome their issues and make their delicate promise all those years ago, a reality.

4 Poison Apples

Meet the Author

Kelly 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, The Playbook, and Lost Love, to name a few.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, two pups, four cats, and endless wildlife creatures. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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

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