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?
“Bravery is about doing something even though it scares you.”
This is one of my first surprise reads of 2016. I loved this book it had all the elements I love in a book.
Sometimes I have the knack of requesting books and when I do get them a couple of weeks later I wonder then why I requested the book. This occurred here as well but hey I read it and I frigging loved it.
Two states, one town split between them for reasons unknown. Cottonbloom, Mississippi & Cottonbloom, Louisiana. A quirky town which I love. But a quirky town where both sides are competition for one another? Even better.
Cade Fournette has a chip of his shoulder the size of Texas. He came from the wrong side of the tracks in this case the Louisiana side, the swamp rat side. His became an orphan. Along with the crazy uncle he looked after his younger brother Sawyer and sister Tally. Cade had it tough and sacrificed a lot to keep his family fed and out of the foster homes.
Monroe Kirby grew up on the right side of the tracks in this case the Mississippi side of Cottonbloom. Appearances can be deceiving after her father left and her alcoholic mum things were tough.
That is until one fateful night. A young Cade and Monroe cross paths although they shouldn’t. A friendship of sorts is born. They went their separate ways until something beautiful could have blossomed.
Fast forward – they are both grown up and the feelings are still there.
After an accident his brother Sawyer drags him back home from Seattle to recuperate with the help of a PT, enter Monroe. Even right from the beginning there was banter.
“Can you fix me?” “According to Tally, you’re a hermit curmudgeon who is humourless and insufferable. In short, unfixable.”
Their relationship progresses naturally and there is no instalove which is refreshing. A feel good, engaging romance story from a very talented author who kept me thoroughly entertained throughout the whole book. He tries to convince himself that he will leave but not really believing it himself. Choices are made and happily ever after are there.
“I’ve loved you since I was thirteen. Three days won’t change that. Nothing will.”
This had a pinch of everything and the dose of each ingredient was spot on. There were hot scenes, great chemistry between the main characters. Banter and funny moments all the way throughout the books. A dose of sweet and spicy.
There were two things that bothered me, one was I would have liked to have seen that Monroe’s mum went to rehab especially after admitting that she is an alcoholic. And two Cade’s chip on his shoulder it could have been slightly smaller. That is why I can’t give it 5 stars and only 4 stars.
I can’t wait for Tally’s and Nash’s book and although I don’t like second chance romances I will read Regan’s and Sawyers book as well.
Please think of me when it comes to the next one Ms. Trentham.