Tuesday, May 31, 2016

KISS ME THAT WAY Review & Giveaway with Laura Trentham

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Cottonbloom #1
Laura Trentham
Releasing May 31st, 2016
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?

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Kiss Me That Way is the first book in another small town romance by Trentham. In this story we meet Monroe who was from a middle class and Cade who is known as a "river rat". Both hero and heroine grew up differently then each other but they still had problems.

While Monroe lived in a nice house and pretty much got everything she had asked for she had a alcoholic mother and had to deal with cleaning up after her. She was almost raped one night by her mothers boyfriend but got away which lead her to meeting Cade. Cade was content in life until his parents were killed when he was a teenager. After that he had to step up to take care of his younger brother and sister by dropping out of high school, working many jobs and stealing just so they would be fed. Late one night he comes across a 13 year old and they becomes close and share secrets. This friendship lasts a few years until Cade leaves town and Monroe hasn't heard from him since.

Now as an adult Monroe teaches self defense classes for young women so they are never put in the position she was when she was a child. She has grown into a lovely independent woman but she never could forget her secret friend Cade or the way he protected her. Now Cade is back and Monroe is helping him with his physical therapy but the more time these two spend together the more their chemistry grows and it's only a matter of time before choices have to be made.

One thing that I really liked was that this story was different. While both characters came from different social settings they had a strong friendship and very real but different problems. As adults I really enjoyed how they both changed. While Cade might have money now his self esteem isn't all there.

Trentham delivers another read that I just couldn't put down. While it contained some serious subjects and emotional moments it also had the cute and funny moments added in as well.

I'm really looking forward to reading more of this new series and I can't wait to learn more about Cade's siblings.

Don't miss the next Cottonbloom romance 
coming June 2016

About the Author

An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

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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