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Feels like Home

(The Southerlands #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,386 ratings  ·  237 reviews
Tired of living under the shadow of her mother's bad choices, Autumn Maddox left home the first chance she got. But when her carefully constructed life crumbles around her, Autumn's forced to return to the small southern town that never let her forget she came from the wrong side of the tracks.

Jude Southerland, the town doctor, is used to taking care of people and with a
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published May 3rd 2014
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Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is book one in the Southern Heart Series.
I gave this book 5 stars.
This is Jude and Autumn's story.

From the first page I read I was captured by this story. It is told in such a sweet way, but also has that steamy edge to it too. The sparks that fly when Jude and Autumn meet are off the charts! She has come home for her grandmother's funeral. She has had a hard life and was determined to make something of herself. She graduated and went to college and got a good job away from the small t
Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
What was turning out to be a good book fell flat at the end. The romance was good. The hero was awesome, the setting was so-so. What kill this book besides the ending was the heroine. She is the reason the ending suck.

Our dear hero comes from a wealthy Southern family. He is perfect in every golden boy way as the town doctor. When one of his patients past away, he sees the granddaughter at the funeral that the patient always talked about. He's attracted right away. Jude Southerland almost runs o
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Samaris Creech
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Autumn has been away from home for a longtime. What brings her back is not a happy occasion at all. She finally comes home to put her grandmother to rest and is saddened by so many things. Her siblings are something else. Theirs is not a typical family but it is a big one. Autumn has only wanted tow things out of life; to not be anything like her mother and to make her grandmother proud. That is part of the reason she stayed away she did not want to burden her Gran with her problems while she wa ...more
It was difficult in the beginning to know who the siblings and half-siblings were. Names just appeared, and I had no idea who Dwayne, Abby, Emory Smith, or Lindsey were. The plot was very predictable and easy to predict.

While the novel was fairly well-written, there were several instances of the wrong case of pronouns being used. The nominative was used (trying to sound learned, I guess) when the correct form for objectives ---singular or plural-- is the objective case.
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These sweet romances are just that sweet. I like a little more heat. This wasn't bad at all but there was no steam in it at all for me.
This Coull Chick
3 1/2 stars, this was a nice quick read and just what I needed after reading 2 highly emotional books in a row.

There were no great surprises, with in the first couple of chapters I had worked out the plot, and what was going to happen, but that was ok in fact it was kinda what I was looking for. I will be reading the rest of the series.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chick-lit, boring
It's actually 2.5 stars.

It wasn't a bad book, it was slow. Simply too slow for me.
I'm sure you'll appreciate it better than me.

But I'm honestly curious about the sequels, especially Travis and Summer's story :)
Set in western VA, we meet Autumn who has returned home for her beloved grandmother's funeral. We learn that she's from a troubled family, and she's just lost her job. She's a good person from a crappy family.

She meets Jude Southerland, who is the town doctor and treated her grandmother before her death. Jude's from the wealthy founding family in town and she continually questions her relationship with Jude because their backgrounds are so different.

There's lots of chemistry between Jude and Aut
Dec 21, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-freebie
Free on Amazon 12/21/2014 !
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Sweet and fun

A sweet and fun story. This is a good read for a lazy afternoon or a snow day. One of the better contemporary romance stories I have read lately.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Autumn grew up in a troubled family and never knew the identity of her father. It was common for her mother to date and bring home different men and her siblings were known for causing trouble around town. In the end, her mother became a drunk who drank herself to death. The only good person Autumn had in her life was her Gran. Autumn went to college, made good grades and left town to make something of herself and to make her Gran proud. When she passes away, Autumn is forced to come back home t ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Autumn left her hometown with hopes of only returning after she had made something of herself. She came from a small town that seemed to remember where someone came from. Growing up in a dysfunctional family and finally landing in her Grandmother home has shown her how tough it can be. She lived a life feeling like she was being judged for her mother’s mistakes.

Autumn’s life in the city was falling apart and she didn’t want her grandmother to know she had failed but now, her grandmother has pas
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a freebie available from Amazon, so I decided to give it a shot. Overall, I found the entire story somewhat juvenile. The story started out promising, but Autumn and Jude got off to a really awkward start. First he almost runs her over and gets out of her car to glare at her? Then they run into each other because he's best friends with her lawyer and there's more awkwardness. (By the way, the guy's medical practice is overrun with patients, but he has time to stroll out for leisurely lu ...more
Not really a big fan of this. The characters where cute, and the overall story was cute, but it all felt very rushed and unrealistic. There wasn't much development and it was just so quick, it almost didn't seem like enough time to connect with the characters and it was pretty obvious to tell from the beginning what was going to happen with Dwayne and Summed and with Jude and Autumn. Overall I'm not too impressed. It wasn't the worst book I've ever read but it definitely isn't something to rave ...more
Jamie Rhodes
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon this series by clicking this as a free book. I can tell you that I will be purchasing the other books as well. This book gripped me and didn't let go. Jude is a doctor who comes from a stable, loving family. Autumn has come home for her grandmother's funeral. Her family is a mixed bag. Her mother was a common topic of the town biddies. Her brothers and sisters, mostly from different dads, are good for nothings. She has one sister and a niece who you will fall in love with. Autumn ...more
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was a freebie on Amazon. I felt like there were too many details missing or parts of the book that didn't really need to be there. Autumn comes from a not so distinguished family. Jude is the town doctor and his family is one of the better known ones. Basically, Autumn is trying to find her own place in this town. Her other siblings don't make it do easy. There's Summer and her daughter, Abby, and the bum boyfriend. Jude's friends don't think she's the right girl to introduce to your family ...more
Jean Oram
This is a sweet southern romance with a bit of heat to keep the reader on their toes.

Autumn is the gal from the wrong side of the tracks and has siblings from several fathers. Jude is a doctor who grew up enjoying a privileged life.

When Autumn returns home after her life falls apart in the city, she thinks she'll never get the life she wants--especially when Jude just about runs her down with his car and snips at her. But things change for the two and they find they actually like each other! Gas
Emily Goodman
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an unexpected find! I added this book to my TBR list because it was free and found myself absolutely loving this story! Autumn Maddox has made something of herself and has done everything in her power to separate herself from the expectation the small town has given her. After a horrible end to her career and the death of the grandmother who raised her, she moves home to take care of her younger sister and niece. Jude Southerland is the town doctor and also one a member of one of the most e ...more
Stacey is Sassy
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cont-series
Small town romance...

This was a fairly quick read about a woman who's from a dysfunctional family and a man also known as Dr McHottie.

Autumn escaped from a small town with narrow-minded views and when she returns there opinions of her family are still negative. Jude is from a loving family and doesn't believe in judging people because of their family connections.

Autumn and Jude don't start off well, but definitely feel attracted to each other. Lots of busybodies try to keep them apart. Some dram
Clarie Giselle Mercado
Boring and No connection

Need some proofreading. I cannot for the life of me connect to Autumn and Jude. There was no sense of time or balance everything was just rushed . Rarely does this book mention two weeks or a week from now weird . What I found most difficult was that I could not connect to the characters whatsoever it was like that love was a farce. I don't understand all the stars it got. It had potential but I just couldn't connect I was bored . I only finished the story because I was t
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I look past the writing and vocabulary (below average), the inconsistent characters (one minute he has a no-dating-an-employee rule, the next poof! it's gone), the lack of chemistry between the main characters, and the cheesiness of some replies (“Do you want dessert? I could heat up the apple dumplings or cider. I’m very good at heating things.” He laughed. “That you are, darling. That you are, but I don’t think I could eat another bite.”), then this is an okay read. It had potential but was ...more
Maria Lazarou--Obsessed by Books Blog
**** I received this arc in exchange for an honest review****

This is a sweet but steamy read.

Right from the start you can connect with the characters, and you will be hooked right from the start.

It was an easy going read, and so well written.

This was my first book from this author and I can tell you she is very talented.

So if you want something that is sweet but also steamy this is for you.
Black Butterfly
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Shelves: romance
Autumn ♥
2 Boring Stars

I guess after reading a lot of motorcycle club books this book was a little boring to me. There wasn't a lot of stuff going on and the heroine got really annoying. At about 65% she was still like "do I want to be with him or don't i?"/"I'm not good enough for him even though he thinks I am". It got really annoying real fast. I don't know. I think someone who likes light romances would like this book, but it just didn't work for me.
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-romance
I really enjoyed this book. Along with the steamy bits, it was also really sweet and had plenty of back story. It was well written and I liked the characters, although I'll admit to a little confusion about who was who (they both had a heck of a lot of relatives!). I liked Autumn's background story and we did get to see a relationship develop.

I liked Jude and his family. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. This was well worth reading.
Bette Stanek
This is my first Evelyn Adams book. It was fun, it was easy, it was quick. There are no really unexpected turns or twists. It follows the standard pattern, but the characters make it fun. If you’re looking for something quick, predictable, and fun, check it out. A solid 3 star read.

Daian Diaz
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really bad for a quick romantic read! Jude is amazing. I hope someone like him do exist in real life. hmmm, I think I'm gonna read the succeeding books in the Southerland Contemporary romance series. :)
Painfully predictable. I tried to jump around a while but never landed on any place that brought my interest back up.
Vivi Chatzikiriakou
"Just like its title, Feels Like Home has everything a romance story needs. Hearts and flowers!!! Enjoy."

There are so many styles of contemporary literature to choose to read! Light and sweet, inspiring and moving, having some action to fire up the plot, strong language for more eccentric readers, it will always be one style to full fill a reader's tastes. Even the romance genre, which I like so much to read, has uncountable styles to put a name on and chose as a favorite one. Although, I alre
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Evelyn Adams loves coffee, her kids, Netflix, and books. Not necessarily in that order. If she's not writing steamy romances, she's chasing kids, reading, or binging Mrs Maisel

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“When we make love, it’s going to be making love. I want more than just your amazing body, Autumn. I want all of you.” She felt him swallow against the top of her head. “I don’t know who broke your heart, but I’m going to earn your trust. And we will make love.” 2 likes
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