Author: Jennifer Peel
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Date: January 29, 2015
There is a law irrevocably decreed in the state of Alabama that you must choose a team. You’re either an Auburn fan or an Alabama Fan. There is no fence sitting or waffling. It’s one or the other. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t fall in love with someone from the opposing side. They even have a name for it… House Divided.
Ellie Eaton and Brady Jackson were just such a couple, but unfortunately they were separated by more than just their loyalty to a university. Against the odds and against the rules, Ellie and Brady dove right into the forbidden current of friendship and then love. Their sweet, innocent romance was one for the storybooks, but old rules and family prejudices ultimately tore them apart, just as they were each ready to depart to their beloved universities, Ellie to Auburn and Brady to Alabama. But years later, when near tragedy strikes, they’re brought together again and given a second chance at love, this time with help from some very unlikely sources.
Cute story! Loved the school rivalry thing, the Southern charm, and the forbidden love story.
Wow, there is quite a bit of emotion in this story. The friendship between Ellie and Brady is so sweet, and he is so determined to win her heart again. His relentlessness is my favorite thing about this book. It was refreshing for the hero to know exactly what he wants and goes for it. Of course, this laid the conflict at the feet of Ellie, who repeatedly thought/said how much she wanted him, but it was impossible to be together. Major angst-fest. The prologue was written well about Ellie and Brady’s early relationship; it made me invested in them and rooting for them from the beginning to the end. Ellie’s Aunt Lu is a fabulous secondary character and helps show Ellie’s more compassionate and nurturing side. She has an unwavering devotion to her aunt that tells us how deeply she loves. I couldn’t put this book down and had yet another late-night reading hangover 🙂