Kiss Me That Way (Cottonbloom Novels #1)
by Laura Trentham
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?
Thirteen year old Monroe Kirby sneaked out of her house one night when her mother’s lover came to her room and attempted to touch her. Her escape led her to other side of Cottonbloom, right where 17 year old Cade Fournette was hiding in his boat when authorities were looking for him. What was it about him that made Monroe to trust him? What was it about her that Cade couldn’t stay away from?
A decade had passed until their paths met again. Cade came back home and Monroe was pleased to be the one helping him this time. Time seemed to have forgotten their past secrets, but time also had a way to open new ones. Can scarred Monroe still trust her heart and Cade after all these years? Can Cade still keep up his promise to her when they were young?
This had been a beautiful story. At first, I had a heavy heart reading Monroe’s emotionally disturbing encounter with a man so vile and indecent. Imagine the trauma this had caused a 13 year old girl. Heartbreaking, I must tell you. My own heart broke for Monroe. And Cade’s protective stance melted away the anguish I felt. For such two young people, they already experienced the cruelty of the world. Couldn’t help but sympathize with them.
Ten years forward, they saw each other again, each one successful in their own chosen careers. Of course, problems continued to arise every now and then, and a decision was to be made in order for them to realize what would work best for them.
I liked the fact that these characters had matured and developed into better persons and didn’t live in their past. It made them more vulnerable to their surroundings and to the people that surround them. Although some would say that their love story is a bit cliche, I can’t help but root for them and be taken by their emotions. I love how the author had managed to successfully put drama, action, love story and a bit of comedy into this story and had me clamoring for more. A beautiful bedtime read, indeed!