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Southern Bride #5

Feels Like Home

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Anson Meyer is world-renowned for his record-breaking country songs, his devilishly good looks, and his really short temper. So after a heated altercation with a reporter, one that puts him in a pretty negative light in the music industry, Anson is temporarily kicked out of Nashville by his agent and sent back to his hometown of Comfort, Texas, to “cool down” and “figure out where he sees his career going.”

When Anson shows up in Comfort, though, he quickly realizes that not everyone is ready to welcome home the bad boy of country music. Especially the woman he is still in love with who served as the inspiration behind all those hit songs. Brystol makes it clear to Anson with one good hit to his nose that she is the last person in town who is happy he is back — and, surprise, she isn't the only person not holding up a welcome home sign. There are countless others…and he soon realizes that he has got some fence-mending to do all on his own.

What Anson wasn’t expecting to find was a sense of peace and belonging that he hadn't felt in a very long time. He also stumbled upon the best parts of his past life that he hadn't realized he missed when he left to pursue his dreams of becoming a singer. And, more importantly, the love he had for Brystol Overmann that burned even brighter than ever before.

Anson soon finds himself needing to make one of the biggest, life-changing decisions of his entire career.

Choose staying home or going back to Nashville.

Feels Like Home is a complete stand alone in the Southern Bride series.

284 pages, Kindle Edition

Published September 1, 2020

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Kelly Elliott

102 books6,170 followers

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, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

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


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34 reviews16 followers
September 2, 2020
Just another one of a guy who breaks up with the heroine and sleeps with everything that moves.
Is it so hard to live without having sex?
Just what I want to read!
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940 reviews77 followers
September 5, 2020
Bristol and Anson

I loved this book so much. I will always go to any book Kelly writes. The connection between These two was amazing. The stopped their relationship and 6 years later they meet again. After Anson has a alteration with a reporter his manager Robert tells him to go home and work it out. And seeing Bristol gets him thinking.
Profile Image for Erin Lewis.
4,226 reviews134 followers
August 25, 2020
5 Star Review Feels Like Home (Southern Bride #5) by Kelly Elliott
Feels Like Home is a second chance at love story that will draw you in and keep you invested throughout; I simply couldn’t put it down.

Anson Meyer and Brystol Overmann have history, they planned to spend forever together but plans change. Now they are face to face again when Anson returns to Comfort, Texas after an incident in Nashville has his agent sending him home to get his head on straight and cool down.

Anson has never stopped loving Brystol but he knows that he hurt her badly and that she has never forgiven him. He knows that if he wants to have any chance with her, he will need to make significant changes to his life. The soul searching that being back in Comfort brings up, has Anson questioning his life and what he really wants.

There were so many swoon worthy and laugh out loud moments reading this story that I felt like I had a permanent smile on my face.

From the beginning you know that Anson and Brystol belong together, if only they can both forgive the hurts of the past. Their connection deep and once they finally come to terms with the past, the intense chemistry that still sizzles between them soon becomes impossible to resist since they have both never stopped loving one another.
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2,716 reviews
September 1, 2020
4.5, Home is where the heart is, Stars!!

“A woman needs to know she’s worth the fight.”

Feels Like Home is the 5th book in the Southern Bride Series and it follows the story of Brystol & Anson. Bristol and Anson were the dream couple. They were so in love and thought nothing could ever shake them. If only these two had any idea just how their love was going to be tested. Brystol and Anson both had big dreams, but somewhere along the way, their dreams didn’t line up. A last-minute decision will turn Brystol and Anson’s entire world upside down. Years later, Brystol and Anson have done their best to move and make their dreams come true. And when fate decides to reunite these two former lovers, only time will tell if the past can be forgiven and if home is truly where the heart is….

Kelly Elliott is quickly becoming my go-to when it comes to small-town romances and southern charm. No one writes second chance romances quite the way she does. Readers will fall positively in love with Feels Like Home.

Feels Like Home sucks you in from the very first page. I swooned hard over Brystol and Anson’s relationship and was heartbroken when they drifted apart. Brystol is the kind of girl that you can’t help but connect with. She loves big, and loves hard. She wears her heart on her shoulder, yet knows how to hold a grudge. And Anson….Well, Anson isn’t perfect. He did some pretty dumb things but never forgot about the one who got away. He would do anything to right all the wrongs of the past. He just needs a moment, one chance to make up for his wrongs…

Together Anson and Brystol steamed up the pages. While their hearts might have been broken, their chemistry was never too far behind. Both of them had so much growing to do, but if they could learn to be honest, own up to their mistakes, they could have a second chance on something truly wonderful. And that is why I found myself rooting for their happily ever after. I saw something in these two that was worth fighting for and I couldn’t wait to see if they would find their way back to one another.

Feels Like Home is a heartwarming second chance romance that will give you all the feels and will keep you coming back for more. This book has the right balance of heart and soul, drama and romance and all the small town feels. I loved every second of this story from beginning to end and had the best time falling in love with Brystol and Anson. Kelly Elliott is the queen of southern charm and romance and I’m excited to see what romance she’s got up her sleeves for readers next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
Profile Image for Izzie d.
4,062 reviews273 followers
September 1, 2020
Second chance romance.
During separation both have been with others.
She dated, it only really concentrates on the fact she date his former best friend.
He had a casual relationship with a reporter. He wasn't a man-whore type despite the impression of the media and rumours.
No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine.
Split over him pursuing his career but it was the way he handled leaving.
Some humour.
Other women drama.
No cheating.
Profile Image for Michele.
2,045 reviews
August 21, 2020
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars -- An HJ Top Pick!!
See the full review & many more at HarlequinJunkie

Feels Like Home was the absolute perfect name for Kelly Elliott’s new charming second chance romance in her Southern Bride series. And that sense of coming home is something I feel with each book of hers I pick up. But with this story, everything from the small-town setting to the captivatingly realistic characters made me feel like I was right there in Comfort, Texas, hanging out with everyone and watching the fireworks fly between Anson and Bristol when he drove back into town. And, oh did they have some major heat going on…even while they worked through six years’ worth of no communication and bad blood... Read More
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1,997 reviews85 followers
August 9, 2020
* A review copy was provided by the author *

~ 5 You’re My Home Stars ~

Kelly has done it again. She gave us a sweet southern small town second chance romance with a rockstar vibe.

I loved the storyline and characters in this story. I was instantly sucked into the story and I felt like I was living in Comfort, Texas. As usual, Kelly gave us some characters that I didn’t like much and wanted to throat punch them....but they always make the story more dramatic!!

I’m truly loving this series and all the love stories we have been introduced to. Kelly has an amazing talent for writing the small town romance. And who’s doesn’t love a swoony cowboy?

Feels Like Home is the 5th book in Kelly’s Southern Bride series. Each book can be read as a complete stand-alone novel. There are not any interconnected characters. This story is told in Dual POV. I thought the flow and pace of the story was great. Nothing was rushed but nothing dragged on either.

In this story we follow Anson and Bristol. Anson and Bristol were young loves. Dating all through high school and college, they planned for a future together. That is until one decision changed everything. Now years later and Anson is sent back to his hometown of Comfort, TX to cool off and get his mind back on track. Bristol still hurt by the past, isn’t happy to see Anson when he comes back to town. Anson is determined to set things straight with both Bristol and his dad. Can they overcame the past and hurt that his decision made? Will Bristol and Anson get their HEA? Read this book to find out.

If you are a second chance romance fan, then this is the book to read. It’s one of my favorite in this genre. It’s also a great starting place to read a book by Kelly Elliott if you aren’t already a fan. I am definitely enjoying this series and can’t wait for the next book to come out!!! Kelly is the master at the small town romance novel!!!

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2,091 reviews156 followers
August 30, 2020
Feels Like Home is a small town, second chance romance that will warm your heart.

Anson and Bristol have been in love for years, until Anson leaves without so much as a goodbye and becomes a famous country star. Bristol is heartbroken, the boy she thought she loved shattered her heart into a million little pieces. However, after a few incidents Anson is forced to take a break and returns to his hometown.

Anson and Bristol have a history. They have LOADS of chemistry between them. However, there is still so much pain and heartbreak between them. Anson never stopped loving her, he never once wasn’t thinking about her and that showed in his songs. Seeing Anson again brings up some unresolved feelings for Bristol, there is so much she didn’t know because she refused to listen to his music, however, she was so incredibly proud of him and everything he has accomplished in his career.

On a side note, I LOVED Bristol’s brother, Drake, and her best friend Mindy. They were fun secondary characters and I’m secretly hoping and crossing my fingers that they get a story, because there is definitely something to tell.

Anson and Bristol are two people who just belong together. They are truly perfect for each other. They balance each other out. Their story is full of ups and downs, heartbreak and love, tears and laughs. It’s a beautiful second chance romance that will bring a smile to your face.

Feels Like Home is a MUST READ!

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1,433 reviews15 followers
August 29, 2020
What a wonderful small town second change romance with a big star view of the city mixed in. These characters, their love and chemistry will have you flipping pages from the beginning to the end.

Anson made a very hard choice six years ago, but knew it was his one chance to his dreams. Now living those dreams he finds himself missing something or someone more than he ever thought possible. When his temper get the best of him and he is sent home for a break, he never expected to feel the sense of home and comfort he was missing. Maybe this little break could lead to so much more.

Brystol has learned slowly to push the heartbreak away and keep moving one foot in front of the other. Working hard to make her dreams a reality and building her tea house in the wonderful little town of Comfort that she grew up in. Making the best tea from items grown on her parents farm. Now if she could just truly let the lost love of her childhood go, she might be able to move on.
When Anson shows up in town unexpectedly six years later, she wasn't expecting the whirl wind that followed.

Can this childhood love survive the six years of loss and heartache? Or are they both holding onto lost dreams? Could they find a fresh start?

*** Advanced copy received for an honest review. ***
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916 reviews11 followers
September 1, 2020
OOOH you did it again! Swoonworthy, hot bloodied male; sweet independent, tough as nails lady.

I just loved Anson and Bristol, they were so sweet, but fiery. The right mix of sass with plenty of sweetness and light thrown in.

Oh Ida! I hope I'm as much as a busy body with my grandchildren as she is :)

The whole Meyer family were a joy to get to know. Also loved Mindy and Drake, with the will they/wont they sweet storyline.

I just love smalll town romance, but then you threw a Country Singer and Nashville in the mix.... I was already sold but that clinched the deal!

The roller coaster of emotions had me laughing, crying, all chicked up, giggling, embarrassed but proud as punch of the both of them. Just loved their antics, and their sex life was off the charts hot.

I love that Kelly draws you in with the first paragraph, and that you get to live the story with the characters. Great storytelling.

Can't wait for the next sexy guy and fantastic lady. xx
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1,025 reviews21 followers
August 28, 2020
Small Town Charm and a Big Love! Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read

If you want a book with a lot of small town charm and a big love... this is your book! It’s filled with so much longing and a simple small town feel. Anson and Bri have been in love their entire lives, then one night and one choice brings all of it crashing down.

Six years later and Anson is forced to return him to make amends and win back the love of his life. It sure helps that neither of them have moved on at all.

5 Sweet Stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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814 reviews73 followers
August 16, 2020
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “No one would ever be able to heal the part of my soul that I had given to Anson. No matter how much I wished someone could.”
What you’ll find:
✔️Second Chance Romance
✔️Friends to lovers
✔️Country Star
✔️Small town
✔️Dual POV
Anson is a Nashville country music superstar. When his temper gets the best of him, he’s sent back home to cool down. Except he hasn’t been to his hometown Comfort in years. Not everyone is there to welcome him with open arms. Especially Bristol, the love of his life and inspiration behind his songs. She welcomes him back with a punch to the nose. But soon Anson finds peace and belonging again. Rekindling his love with Bristol gets tricky though, when he needs to make some decisions about his career and future.
I love second chance romances and this one was so enjoyable. The prologue pulled me and the story followed at a perfect pace. Just enough conflict to keep you on your toes. Anson- you couldn’t help but route for him. His love for Brystol is the kind of love that lasts a lifetime. Living this whole other life with her always in his mind. That grabbed my heart, despite the whole drama when they were young. I loved the small town setting and really enjoyed the side characters (as I always do with Kelly’s stories)! Drake and Mindy need their own book in my opinion, I want their full story! A sweet read, with a little angst, emotion and steam! Check this one out!
I received an eARC for my honest review.
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589 reviews44 followers
August 21, 2020
Kelly goes and does it again with her amazing words!!!

Every single time I think I love her newest Hero I then end up reading the next one and loving them even more. This book made me fall in love with Anson so damn much.

When Anson left I was so annoyed with him for leaving like that and leaving everyone behind without saying goodbye. But then he comes back and realises what he did all those years ago hurt the people who loved and cared for him.

The first meeting with Bristol after he's been gone for 6 years is brilliant. I did laugh at how annoyed she was with him.

I can't put into words how much I loved this story. Bristol and Anson are the most sweetest couple ever and then there's Zeus omg I want one of him.

Kelly well done on another amazing read xx
Profile Image for Laiza.
618 reviews9 followers
September 11, 2020
Good read but nothing memorable. Not really a fan of second chance romance
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952 reviews19 followers
August 18, 2020
I fall so hard and so in love with every single one of Ms. Elliott’s books. Anson and Bristol are no exception! I love me a good second chance romance and I got exactly what I wanted and needed out of this book! Not to mention a side story of Mindy and Drake who I loved about as much as Anson and Bristol themselves! I couldn’t put this book down. And I needed to see what would happen with this couple who deserved nothing but the moon and and the world and everything!! So so good and just another wonderful story from Ms. Elliott!
Profile Image for Nancy.
360 reviews
September 4, 2020
Loved it!!!

Kelly has gone and done it again!!! This book was great! I mean what’s not to love we get a Cowboy that just so happens to be a Country Music Star all rolled up into one! Anson was a great guy who lost his way, but when he finds it, he is lead right back to his beautiful sweet Bristol.

I loved these two together! Their story was romance at its finest. And y’all are going to love the side characters, OMG they are just as sweet as the main characters. I wish they could all get a book. \

I have really enjoyed this series and can’t wait to see what’s next. Thanks for another great read!
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691 reviews35 followers
September 8, 2020

She never fails to write heartwarming stories like this. Every once in awhile, I would like to read romances like this. Light, lovely, not too much drama and has a family theme to it and Ms. Elliott's books are my go-to read for that. She always delivers a sweet and romantic story that we all yearn for and what's so nice about it is we crave it. At least, I do. That is why I always read her new releases.

If you want to read something light, romantic, also about family and just want to feel that giddy feel about love then this is the right book and series for you.

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125 reviews7 followers
September 1, 2020
Oh my heart!!

Bristol and Anson are the epitome of meant to be!!

Such a beautiful and funny story with incredible characters and strong chemistry between them!

I’m such a huge fan of country music so was a breath of fresh air to read a story of a country singer find his HEA

I have so much love for this read!!
Profile Image for Isha Coleman.
6,998 reviews135 followers
September 5, 2020
Take a walk down memory lane with a story that hits all the right notes with the heart. Kelly Elliott has done it again. Like a haunting melody Anson and Bristol refuse to let go. Feels Like Home is a sentimental look into a love gone wrong that feels oh so right. Sweet packs a salty punch.
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644 reviews4 followers
September 8, 2020
Feels Like Home begins strong and with each passing page, the story just gets better and better. It never loses momentum, the characters never fall flat and you just want to drag out reading it for you don't want the book to end.
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1,997 reviews22 followers
September 2, 2020
As it stands, I am not really sure that I want to finish this. I really don't like Arsehole... oops, Anson. He is coming across as a spoilt selfish irresponsible brat. Yeah, he can go off and do his own thing... but does he really expect for nothing to have changed in the SIX... SIX years that he has been gone? What an absolute dick. I would hold out hope that Bristol or Brystol would just tell him to get lost. But, sadly, that won't be the case... also, I really don't want to read about the sex with an ex-whatever. Just pointless. We know it happens... it doesn't need to be mentioned. All it does is devalue the lead characters for me.

So, I did finish... haven't changed my opinions at all.

Profile Image for Jenn Amy.
893 reviews70 followers
December 19, 2020
Feels Like Home is the 5th book in Kelly Elliott’s Southern Bride Series. Anson and Bristol’s story is heartwarming and beautiful. Their second chance love story pulled me in from first to last page.

Both learned lessons the hard way and getting back together was not an easy feat with reporters, crazy fans and jealous exes but it was all so worth it.

Anson and Bristol have been in love since teenagers. They had big plans and big dreams until Anson gets the opportunity of a lifetime to move to Nashville to sign a record deal. Bristol couldn’t easily up and leave their hometown in Comfort, Texas with no notice and they end up parting ways.

Fast forward six years Anson lands back in his hometown and it becomes evident that neither moves on and their still belong to one another. I loved their connection and intense chemistry. I loved how Anson was able to mend his relationship with Bristol as well as his father.

There is so much to love about this story and all this couple has overcome to get their HEA. It’s beautifully written with the perfect amount of heat, angst and emotion.
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Author 4 books24 followers
August 20, 2020
Feel right at home with the latest instalment in the Southern Brides Series by Kelly Elliott. A title befitting the story within so much so, you will feel right at home alongside its main characters as the tea is more than drunk, it it spilled!

So far with each standalone series, we have been treated to a different flavour from the cowboy spice rack, each promising a differently unique story in their own right. With Love at First Sight, it was a rekindling of a lifelong love. Delicate Promises added a military flavour when two lovers reunited. Divided Interests brought us the butting of two heads under one roof, and most recently, Lucky in Love was a laugh-a-minute love story with a refreshing lead male many of us could relate to. Feels Like Home adds the wholesome element to the series, completing it like lemon in Earl Grey Tea.

In this book, the fifth in the Southern Bride Series, we get to meet Anson Meyer and Bristol Overmann, two new characters in this next standalone in the series. Immediately their separate introductions are interesting, as it is clear we have an impending reunion on the way, and the road to it would be fun to journey along with.

Heavily invested in the series from the previous instalments, what initially drew me to this read—aside from the stunning cover—was the prospect of something a little different with one of the main characters, Anson. From the sneak peaks and teasers from Kelly on Facebook/Instagram, Anson and his guitar drew me in outside of the go-to cowboy aesthetic of a main male character. Anson had something else going for him, no matter if that would end up to be a good or bad thing, and discovering his hidden depths proved promising.

What exactly makes Feels Like Home a must read, aside from enjoying the pages from start to finish, would be the emotional pull. Kelly always manages to put a heap and then some of emotions into every book she writes, though Feels Like Home has to be up there with the rollercoaster of emotions felt as if you were the character yourself. We are well aware of grabbing the tissues for a tear-jerker of a scene/chapter but this time, you’ll be screaming at the pages as if trying to catch the character’s attention. It is both thrilling and gripping, a delightful change of pace and dynamic for those scenes usually seen on the most brilliantly written of dramas. A scene from Passionflix would best describe the most heated of scenes in this book, and I enjoyed every moment of them.

Reading through the story, you will be pleased with the balance realism in terms of the events surrounding and involving the characters, the well-written plot/storyline, and the conclusion which for want of a word, brings a comforting ending to the story which started from two youths who had the whole world at their fingertips. This is not a story which rushes into love, or at pushing the two main characters together, but like the perfect brew, blends them together seamlessly. One of Kelly’s many strongpoints as an author, is this technique she continues to master with every new write she creates.

If you’re a long time Kelly fan like myself, you’ll know how amazing she is!

Usually when reading, I find myself drawn to a specific character, able to relate to them by either their situation or them as a whole. This time, it was on a whole new level. This time, the emotion was raw. You didn’t just read the emotions that described how a character was feeling, you felt it. I am in awe of how Kelly does this with an expert hand. Not every author can do this and still keep readers hooked on each word but I am proud to say, Kelly can do this with her eyes closed and still turn out a masterpiece.

Of course, there were other aspects of this book that I greatly admired other than the amazing use of raw emotion, such as the intense drive and determination of many of the characters. Anson paths the way in this book for a man going after what he truly wants, in the way he wants, no matter what the cost. Most of the time in novels, this is seen through the female main character, but this time it is Anson. A refreshing and welcome change. He might go about it in a unique way, but that is what makes the story ten time as interesting on how he finds his way back home. With Bristol, she almost runs parallel to Anson in terms of her own passion and dreams, going about it in her own way in making them happen. We are almost being given a side-by-side here of both series of events playing out, before the two words collide—quite literally—back together again.

Feels Like Home far exceeded my expectations in every single amazing way, taking me down roads in which I didn’t expect but was happy to follow, strapping me into the rollercoaster without a seatbelt. There is a little something for everyone in this book, weather that be the country, music, emotional or romance element, this is a wholesome love story—much like the a pair of star-crossed lovers—who have to fight for their place in this world both as individuals, and as a couple.

There was no doubt in my mind that I would enjoy this book, as I do all of Kelly’s books, but I did not anticipate just how much this read would impress me. Take a chance, step out of your comfort zone and straight into Comfort, Texas, with Anson and Bristol, and feel right at home.

Five stars for Feels Like Home.
501 reviews6 followers
September 3, 2020
I absolutely loved Feels Like Home, the fifth book the Southern Bride series, by Kelly Elliott! I could not put it down. I loved every page. Feels Like Home is a wonderful love story. Each book in the series keeps getting better and better, but I think that Feels Like Home might be my favorite book in the series. Kelly Elliott has once again proven that she is an incredible story teller. I love that she writes her stories in the first person from the perspective of the main characters. I love getting inside their minds and knowing their thoughts and how they really feel. Feels Like Home is a story about getting a second chance at first love. I love the lighter moments where I found myself smiling and laughing. My favorite moments are the ones that cause me to sigh, say aww to myself with tears filling my eyes. Feels Like Home is filled with such moments. Feels Like Home is about high school/college sweethearts and first loves, Bristol “Bri” Overmann and Anson Meyer. Anson Meyer is a country music superstar who left Comfort, Texas six years ago to move to Nashville to pursue a music career, and left Bristol behind. To make matters worse Anson writes an angry song Let It Burn, that immediately becomes a hit for him and instant stardom. Bri hates the song and even though she has secretly followed Anson’s career, she has not listened to any of his songs. Which Anson writes expressing his feeling for her. Anson punches a reporter and his manager and record label tell him to take a break and cool off. He returns home to Comfort. The first time Anson sees Bristol she punches him in the face and walks away. Anson not only needs to repair his relationship with Bristol, but also with this father. Anson’s grandmother, Ida sets them up on a date, and that changes everything for them. Anson tells Bri that he dedicated every album to her, and she never realized it and that every song is written with a guitar that she gave him. I love this quote from the first dedication, "Love is still there, deep within my heart" and this one from the last dedication, "For her....because I don't know where I begin and she ends." Bri is willing to make the sacrifices to be with Anson, and Anson is willing to make changes, too. I love when one of Bristol's employees tells her that "Today's gift is yesterday's memory." My favorite part was the proposal. Once again Kelly Elliott writes about strong, beautiful women and hot, sexy men, I love all her characters in the book, and I love the descriptions of the setting in Comfort, Texas. . I love that we got a love story within a love story. I love that Bri’s best friend, Mindy also gets her own second chance at first love. Feels Like Home is filled with bittersweet and poignant moments and the surprise plot twists, that I have come to love and expect in Kelly Elliott's stories. Feels Like Home is a wonderfully written story and I loved every moment. I especially love how the title was part of the story. I was slightly disappointed that the that details of the dress on the cover of Feels Like Home were not included in the story like the other books in the series. Highly recommend this beautifully written story. I truly love how all the epilogues in the series go above and beyond the happily ever afters. I love that this epilogue takes place several years later, so that the reader gets to see how Bri and Anson, and Mindy and Drake’s lives have changed. Feels Like Home is an incredible love story.
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68 reviews3 followers
September 2, 2020
I am a reader who loves a second chance romance!! Author Kelly Elliott is one of the absolute best at weaving those beautiful stories. Feels Like Home, the 5th book in her Southern Bride series had this reader over the moon. There is absolutely nothing mundane about Mrs. Elliott's writing, books and series.....each book is like sitting down with an old friend!

Nothing can breath the bonds of true love....nothing can alter its path. That's what Bristol and Anson thought. They both wanted....a life together. They both had dreams but living those dreams would take them down different paths.

After an altercation with a reporter sends Anson home to mend his reputation with the press, he finds his welcome home is not what he thought it would be. While living out his big dreams in the music world, life in his small town has continued on. Bristol the girl he loves and has always loved.... the inspiration behind the hits that pushed his name up the charts and into the limelight.. doesn't welcome him in the typical small-town way. Anson finds that mending those relationships comes at a price. Nothing worth having is easy....it takes work. He is willing to do whatever it takes to prove that to Anson and his family.

Bristol loved Anson, always thought they would have a life together. They would follow their dreams TOGETHER. When Anson walked away to follow his dream leaving her behind he shattered her heart. She always knew Anson was talented, always wanted the best for him. Wanted him to follow his dream and share his talent. She thought they would do that together. That he wouldn't just leave...not thinking once about their relationship. What the cost of leaving would mean for them. He's back and Bristol cannot let the wall around her heart crumble. She can't go through loving him only to have him leave again. It shattered her once, she can't allow that to happen again. What the hearts wants is another thing. Can Anson prove he is a changed man, that he wants her to share his life. Share their dreams, like they talked about years ago.

OH. MY. Heart. This book!!!! Mrs. Elliott has a talent in her process of weaving a story. Each character is well developed and let me say, the host of characters in this book were amazing. There is absolutely nothing mundane about this series. The flow was flawless......smooth and seamless. I have to say, I loved how the author built the story. There was no childish play, back and forth in how she brought the story to life.

If you love a small town romance this book is for you. If you love a second chance romance this book is for you. If you love a happily-ever-after this book is for you. I just cannot recommend this book enough. Kudos Author Kelly Elliott you once again captured the true heart of romance in Feels Like Home.
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September 6, 2020
5 Coming Home Is Sweet Stars!!!

There’s nothing I love more than a Kelly Elliott book. She is an author that no matter what she writes, I’m going to read and I can honestly say there isn’t a book of hers that I haven’t read and/or listened to multiple times. With the Southern Bride Series I’ve fallen in love with every single couple and Anson and Bristol are no different.

They’ve known they were going to have their forever since they were little kids and when Anson potentially gets his “big break” he fully expected Bristol to come with him regardless of what she was planning and this is where things go awry for this couple. I completely understood both of their feelings on it and can’t find fault with either of them. But, I knew deep in my heart that their HEA was pretty much doomed with this move. Even if everything goes the way it’s supposed to go in Nashville.

Fast forward several years and Anson returns home a huge country music star, but he’s not nearly as happy as he always thought he’d be having this fame and fortune. But coming home really is what his heart and soul needed because it recognizes home and Bristol as its other half, even if there’s obstacles in the way!

I loved so much about this book. I loved that Anson had to work for it and that Bristol didn’t just fall back into his arms. Her life has moved on as has her heart, somewhat. There’s a peace that comes to Anson being back where his life started that he’s been missing all these years and seeing him return to the person he used to be brought a sense of peace to me too. It was clear to me that this is exactly what he needed to find the happiness he had all those years ago and of course getting the chance to get his girl again gave him a goal that he set his sights on!

Bristol is a woman after my own heart. She wasn’t willing to give up her dreams for anyone else and having Anson come back and see what she’s accomplished brought a smile to my face because I really wanted her to say “neener neener!” LOL!!

I loved their progression as a couple now that they’re a little older and can appreciate every nuance of what true love means and that with work and compromise their successes are attainable and possible while still being “home.”
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September 1, 2020
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5 You're My Home Stars

Kelly Elliott is one of my absolute favorite authors. She consistency delivers sweet southern romance with down to earth characters, and family themes incorporated throughout, that will leave you with a smile on your face. Feels Like Home is aptly named because reading this story, it was so easy to picture Comfort, Texas and imagine myself being there.

Feels Like Home is the fifth book in the Southern Bride series, which are all standalone, second chances romances. This is Anson and Bristol's story and let me tell y'all, it's beautiful. From the very beginning I was consumed by their love and heartache.

Anson gets a once in a lifetime opportunity that he knows in his gut will be his big break. But it comes at the cost of leaving his first love, family, and home behind. It's now 6 years later and Anson is country's hottest star. He has everything hes ever wanted, except the girl of his dreams. But when tempers flare and anger gets the best of him, Anson is sent back to Comfort, Texas to get his sh*t together. Bristol is still heartbroken that Anson up and left. Lack of communication between them over the years has led to pain and heartache that both have to deal with. When Anson shows up in Comfort, despite being angry, the love that Bristol has for him comes rushing back.

Feels Like Home is my favorite in this series. I'm sure I've said it about the others in this series but truly, Anson and Bristol stole the show. Their story is everything I love in second chance romances. Elliott brings all the feels with this emotional tale of love, heartbreak, and second chances. I was completely enamored with this world, the small town charm, and the realism to which Elliott portrays these characters. Hands down, a top 2020 read that I can't recommend enough.

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August 24, 2020
Absolutely obsessed with this series! Per usual, my obsession for Kelly’s books run so deep, and I can add this book to the list of my favorites from her (which are all of them!). Anson and Bristol had been together forever, until he decides to take a shot on his dream with or without her. Trying to make things work but realizing things are now different, especially with Anson not fully disclosing his plans and dreams, their relationship fades away. Years later, after he’s forced to return home, he’s met with hostility from the town that built him, and a pissed off Bristol. A blessing in disguise because it forces Anson and Bristol to talk through everything that happened and the feelings the both of them still had. Thankfully, this couple rekindles their relationship and learns about each other as adults rather than how they left things as teens, and they are able to communicate and work together through the problems that originally ripped them apart. I loved this storyline and per usual Kelly’s writing brought these characters off the page for me. I also love the secondary storyline she added with Bristol’s brother and her best friend, although I would’ve loved them to get their own story! I can’t wait for the next installment in this series!
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