Thursday, June 9, 2016

Then He Kissed Me by Laura Trentham (Cottonbloom Novels #2)

Then He Kissed Me
by Laura Trentham

My rating: 3.5 stars

Series: Cottonbloom Novels - Book 2
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 28, 2016)
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
ISBN-13: 9781250077646
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 320 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Can two hearts come together in one divided town?

As a boy, Nash Hawthorne spent countless afternoons on the Louisiana side of Cottonbloom with Tally Fournette, wading in the river, peeling oranges and catching frogs. When illness stole his mother, Nash yearned to take Tally and run away—for good. Instead, he crossed the state line to live with his aunt. It was a short distance as the crow flies, but it swept him into a whole new world…

After Nash left, Tally managed to struggle through her own losses without him. But now that she’s crossed paths with him again—at Cottonbloom College, where the grown-up, gorgeous Nash teaches history—she is reminded of their cherished youthful connection…and an attraction that has only gotten stronger with age. Between Tally’s possessive ex and Nash’s snobbish aunt, no one thinks they belong together. In a town torn apart by old resentments and rivalries, can they find their way back to the life they once shared—and turn their long-lost dreams into a real and lasting love?

Then He Kissed Me by Laura Trentham (Cottonbloom Novels #2)

Then He Kissed Me (Cottonbloom Novels, #2)What a title, Then He Kissed Me, sounds kind of breathy and sweet, doesn’t it? In the town of Cottonwood, it can be anything but, unless you live on the right side of the divide. Laura Trentham brings us another tale about a small minded town that took which side of the tracks or state line one lived in as the sum of one’s character, making a second chance, seem like a dream when one woman sees herself as inferior to the man she once knew as a child.

Once again town of Cottonbloom has torn two young friends apart when one must move across the dividing line that may separate them forever. That was years ago and their paths cross again, this time as adults. Will Nash and Tally rekindle the friendship they knew as children or will they find a more grown up version that includes love?

Tally seems to be a fractured soul, a whiner, but she must have her reasons, right? When she and Nash, now a professor meet again, his patience is almost saint-like. Will he find that Tally is not the rebel girl her remembered or will he see through her insecurities to the woman she could become?

Ms. Trentham does a great job setting everything up, but the characters felt a little off, not enough to not enjoy her fabulous storytelling, but enough to make me think I missed something. The romance screamed to be felt deeper, the damaged souls were apparent, but the past is gone and both have gone on to make something of themselves to be proud of.

A light read that will still make one believe that there is someone for everyone somewhere and the right time will come.

I received an ARC edition from St. Martin's Paperbacks in exchange for my honest review.



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