Welcome to my stop with Laura Trentham and the first of her new Cottonbloom series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25 Gift Card for Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Kiss Me That Way
Rather than “wrong side of the tracks”, in Cottonbloom, it’s the “wrong side of the river”, providing the divide between affluence and all the privilege that comes with it, especially in reputation. Laura Trentham takes us into this small town that straddles two states and a river, and is replete with all of the issues of small towns, including small minded thoughts.
Monroe was a child of affluence, yet a key piece was missing: protection and safety for a young girl. Her mother’s drinking and all-around neglect combined with improper advances from a man she was dating sent Monroe running, right into the life of a boy from the wrong side of the tracks.
Cade had already been determined to leave town and show everyone that he’s not trash, but he couldn’t leave Monroe without a confidante and protector, just as he couldn’t leave his siblings without a parental figure. Struggling against a reputation not deserved, as well as the daily grind of responsibility, Cade’s options seemed limited while Monroe’s – purely by virtue of money, were limitless.
Taking a chance once his responsibility for his siblings had ended his immediate struggles, Cade went to Seattle to make a name, and new reputation for himself, never to think of the small river-straddling town of his youth. Early struggles in life made for a tenacious and tough minded individual, not willing to take no for the final answer. Now curiosity about the young girl he left being has surfaced, and he returns: determined to show them all that he’s worth more than they could ever imagine.
A second chance romance with questions abounding from both, it was nicely played to see the insecurities and fragility of Cade, despite all he has overcome. Monroe never did care about what he didn’t have, he protected her and was a sort of hero – and she only wanted the best for him. It just stung that he never contacted her after he left. Now it’s time to re-align their friendship, and see if all those feelings are just childish fancy.
Clever insertions and moments from secondary characters, a few hints to future couples in new stories and a small town atmosphere that shows the potential for forgiveness and growth for everyone when stereotypes and prejudices are left behind. A wonderfully paced story with plenty of heart, a touch of heat and just the right amount of feel-good southern-folksy moments.
Title: Kiss Me That Way
Author: Laura Trentham
Series: Cottonbloom #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Published on: 31 May, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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A river divides Cottonbloom in two: the upscale enclave on the Mississippi side and the rundown, rough and tumble side in Louisiana. They’re worlds apart—but nothing can build a bridge like love…
Cade Fournette never had it easy Cottonbloom. He stuck around long enough to raise his orphaned siblings and then hightailed it out West—and never looked back. Even though he’s made a success of himself in Seattle, Cade never lost the toughness and the angry edge that helped him survive down South. His only weak spot: the girl he left behind…
Monroe Kirby came from the wealthy side of town, but that didn’t protect her from her mother’s drinking—or her mother’s boyfriend. It was Cade who did that, on a long-ago hot September night, before he disappeared…along with a piece of her heart. Now Monroe is a physical therapist who can fight for herself, and it’s Cade who could use some conditioning when he makes an unexpected return back home. Will he and Monroe pick up where they left off and finally explore their mutual passion—or will the scars and secrets of the past divide them once more?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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