Review: Till I Kissed You by Laura Trentham

Author: Laura Trentham
Series: Cottonbloom #3
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 320
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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It’s summertime in Cottonbloom, where two lovers find themselves at a crossroads just as things start to heat up. . . 

Regan Lovell grew up on the wealthy Mississippi side of Cottonbloom—and now, as mayor, she’s determined to save it from the fate of so many small towns. Part of her plan to help the local economy is the Labor Day tomato festival. If only she wasn’t being undermined by Sawyer Fournette, who’s planning a crayfish-themed celebration on the Louisiana side of the river on the very same weekend. The pranks and sabotage are getting out of hand, and she’s had it with him—no matter how much she enjoyed those stolen hours in his truck bed, so many years ago…

Sawyer knows that Regan's never forgiven him for breaking her heart—but despite his reputation as a low-class swamp rat, he’d never hurt the woman who still secretly drives him crazy with desire. Someone in Cottonbloom has it out for her, though, and Sawyer intends to watch her back…and the rest of her too, if she can ever let go of her distrust. But will a common enemy be enough to unite them—and finally fulfill the promises they made one passionate night under the stars?

Elizabeth's Thoughts
Second chance romances are my absolute favorite reading trope! I love that the characters have a past and I love seeing how they’ve changed and learned from their mistakes. I think it makes the romance richer and deeper and that much more special.

Regan and Sawyer were high school sweethearts…but they had to keep their love a secret because Regan’s mom didn’t approve of Sawyer. Even though Sawyer was a high school sports star, popular and handsome, he had a huge secret: he and his brother and sister were living in poverty. Having to get clothes and food from the local church charity and his oldest brother dropping out of school to support the family after their parents died was a something Sawyer refused to speak about. Not even with Regan.

Regan and her parents were wealthy and lived on the “good” side of Cottonbloom, Mississippi. Regan’s mom was living vicariously through her and Sawyer Fournette was not in the plans. She did everything she could to separate the pair, including exploiting her daughter’s doubts about the future she had with Sawyer. Needless to say, the breakup was monumental and devastated both Regan and Sawyer, causing irreparable damage and feelings of animosity, opposition, resentfulness and extreme hatred. Years later, those feelings have only increased and have become more inflamed as Regan and Sawyer battle it out for some well-needed prize money for their communities.

Regan and Sawyer are the perfect antagonists. Almost comical in their arguments, the pair face off several times in the series as well as in this book. What is not comical is the genuine pain that both characters are suffering from. When town pranks turn into serious sabotages and threats, Sawyer puts aside his animosity to protect Regan. As they spend more time together, Regan and Sawyer start to fall in love again…only to figure out, they never stopped loving each other!

Laura Trentham has quickly become a favorite author of mine. Her stories are heartfelt, funny and full of love. Regan and Sawyer’s story was tough to read but their love for one another superseded all the pain and heartache of the past. I loved them and all the people of Cottonbloom. I hope there are more books in the series because I’d love to spend more time in this wonderful community!

I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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