Title: Kiss Me That Way
Series: Cottonbloom Novels #1
Author: Laura Trentham
Release Date: May 31st 2016
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
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?
Monroe and Cade come from different parts of Cottonbloom and their lives seem to be quite different. When Monroe is just 13, she runs from a scary situation at home and finds solace in Cade. Cade is a few years older and is willing to protect her until he leaves Cottonbloom. When Cade returns due to an injury, he and Monroe meet again, after a long time. They are both older and wiser, yet the spark is still there. They both have their own secrets and life hasn’t been easy for either of them, but some bonds can not be broken. Cade’s life is in Seattle and Monroe’s life is in Cottonbloom, can they make their relationship work?
I really enjoyed reading this book, the setting, main characters and secondary characters were all great. The main focus was on Cade and Monroe, but there’s enough background for the secondary characters as well and I can’t wait to read the next books in the series. It was a lovely book about hope, love and family.