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Review: Divided Interests ( Southern Bride #3) by Kelly Elliott

One house. Two owners.

Paige Miller has inherited a house in the small town of Johnson City, Texas. She’s elated to be back and has already started making plans to remodel the one-hundred-year-old home exactly how she remembered it as a little girl. There’s only one problem.

Lucas.

The moment Lucas Foster sees the old home sitting on fifty acres of prime land, he has one thing on his mind. Sell it. However, there is one obstacle literally standing in the way of his plan.

Paige.

Seeing Paige standing in the doorway of his grandfather’s old home instantly brought back the feelings he once had for her. The dream of one day marrying her and raising a family in this very house.

Neither is willing to budge on what they want, and soon they find themselves living together in the old home.

The house uncovers many old and hidden secrets, and Paige quickly discovers that it wasn’t a mistake they both inherited the house. It was fate.

MY REVIEW

“My momma used to tell me that once you open your heart to love, no matter what happens, you
always love that person”

“This kiss said a million unspoken things.”

Divided Interests is the third book in Southern Bride Series and follows the story of Paige and Lucas. Once upon a time, Paige and Lucas had the love and relationship that people dream of. But, when Paige wants to spread her wings and explore the world, she ends up getting her heart broken. Years later, a death in the family will reunite these former lovers. Paige and Lucas don’t want to be around each other, but fate has other plans. When Paige and Lucas are left a house, all Paige wants to do is restore it its former glory, while Lucas wants nothing more than to buy Paige out and sell the house. However, being in this old house brings back memories that neither one of them is eager to remember. It’s stirring up feelings that have been long forgotten. Will Paige and Lucas find their way back to one another? Or will the past be too hard to move on from?? There’s only one way to find out….

Divided Interests is a fantastic second romance with an enemies to lovers vibe. I loved the idea of these two former lovers becoming owners of the house they once loved. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with this scenario? I loved the push and pull and how the chemistry was still there, maybe even stronger than ever. Lucas is ashamed of the decisions he made in the past, but is letting his ego get in the way. He’s afraid of what will happen if he admits he was wrong. And then we have Paige. All Paige has ever wanted is Lucas. But, when Lucas broke her heart all those years ago, she was never able to heal. She was living life in a stand still. So, when fate threw these two back together, I couldn’t wait to see how their story would play out. I loved the emotions that this story pulled out of me and how it left me begging for more.

Overall, I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. The plot was fun and entertaining. I loved how Lucas and Paige were thrown together. I loved the will they/won’t they moments. I enjoyed the scavenger hunt that Lucas’ grandfather had them on. I loved the mystery that also surrounded the story. There was some drama, but thankfully, nothing over the top. It had the perfect balance of everything that I was looking for.

Divided Interests was a terrific story from beginning to end and I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in Lucas & Paige’s story.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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