Title :

Kiss Me That Way

Author :

Laura Trentham

Series :

Cottonbloom Novels #1

Release date : 31 May 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

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?

Review : When it only takes some “small” tracks to bring you on the wrong side of a town – just imagine what it does to someone when you are from the wrong side of a river ?
Laura Trentham dives deep into that question with “Kiss me that Way” the start of her new series of “Cottonbloom novels”.
It was the first book of that author that I read and I think she really managed to catch all the clichés (in a good way) that you would expect in a wrong side of the track novel. And than she topped it off with a big dose of small town novel.
While usually a “wrong side of the track” novel focuses on a certain person, this book/series really shows not only what it does to a person but to a whole town.
The story as well as the characters a developed to its fullest and during the flow of this first story it is easy to see where the next stories will lead us.
The side characters are almost as well developed as the leading ones so maybe – while this is good on one side – it is also a tad to much on the other. Because it takes the focus of the leading persons and at times I found myself wondering if it was Tally or Sawyer’s story already.
It might not be a “light summer read” in my eyes but it is a good story for a rainy autumn day. But in total I liked it and I am looking forward to what is really going on with Sawyer and Tally.
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