Kiss Me That Way
By: Laura Trentham
Releasing May 31, 2016
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
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?
***Warning: This book contains some heavy subject material including abuse and adult situations that may make some readers uncomfortable***
KISS ME THAT WAY is a cross between Romeo and Juliet and The Hatfields and The McCoys, sprinkled with comedic antics and a whole lotta love!
When speaking of love, I’m not talking about the wooing of flowers, dining, sonnets of desire or declarations of affection. It’s not just defined as romantic. Love is doing whatever’s necessary to feed your younger siblings when your parents have died far too early. Love is finding friendship in an unlikely savior and discovering a kindred spirit. Love is taking care of a parent who can’t/won’t take care of themselves. Love is showing up to the same spot under the same tree every full moon for years in order to be what that person needs the most: a friend.
Cade and Monroe’s story was heartfelt and beautiful. I loved that they had a history, unfortunately it wasn’t the best first meeting. The two had a unique friendship that they both needed, lasting several years. As fate (or the law) would have it, Cade leaves town unexpectedly, leaving a college-bound Monroe and Cade’s siblings behind. Thankfully, it’s that same fate that brings Cade back home to Cottonbloom.
Cade’s siblings, Sawyer and Tally, were vital to the story. Sawyer’s feud with Regan (best friend of Monroe and town mayor of Cottonbloom, Mississippi) made for excellent comic relief. Not to mention the fact that they secretly dated in high school. Could they possibly get a second chance at love??? Tally also had some sparks of her own when her best friend Nash moved back into town recently. I believe their story will be told in the next book!
This was my first read by Ms. Trentham and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was brilliantly written and exceptional. I’m looking forward to Tally’s story and I hope, hope HOPE that Sawyer and Regan can find that second chance at love they both so desperately deserve!
I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.
She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. The first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she's shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as large as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.
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