Candy Cane Christmas: A Cottonbloom Story

Candy Cane Christmas: A Cottonbloom Story

by Laura Trentham
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Candy Cane Christmas: A Cottonbloom Story by Laura Trentham

A very Cottonbloom Christmas!

Jeremy Whitehurst has tried to leave his bad-boy behavior and tarnished image behind in Alabama for a fresh start in Cottonbloom, Louisiana. Unfortunately, trouble has dogged him across state lines. Stepping up and protecting a young woman from her abusive boyfriend earned him a beat-down and got him fired. Although the thanks in the girl’s dark eyes made it all worth it, he recognizes she’s just a different kind of trouble. A trouble he’s not sure he can stay away from.

One rebellious summer dented Kayla Redmond’s carefree innocence. Now her focus is on completing her associate’s degree for bookkeeping, and no one is going to derail her plans. Unfortunately, her job at Fournette Brothers Designs puts her in the path of the one man who has seen her at her worst, yet his blue eyes don’t judge her. He sees beyond the brokenness inside of her and rouses her wild side once more. But, that’s what got her in trouble in the first place.

Christmas is coming and Kayla’s ready to forgive herself and take a chance. But the holiday has only ever brought heartache to Jeremy. No Christmas miracle kept his mother clean or out of jail. Will one reckless night and some time spent in the back of a cop car be the best present Jeremy’s ever been given?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250128577
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Series: Cottonbloom
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 70
Sales rank: 53,551
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Laura Trentham is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance including Caught Up in the Touch, Kiss Me That Way, and others. She is a member of RWA, and has finaled multiple times in the Golden Heart competition. A chemical engineer by training and a lover of books by nature, she lives in South Carolina.

An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. The first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. Then He Kissed Me, a Cottonbloom novel, was named as one of Amazon’s best romances of 2016. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she's shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

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Candy Cane Christmas: A Cottonbloom Story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
JewelsBookPages 8 months ago
Kayla and Jeremy made their first appearance in Kiss Me That Way when Jeremy helps Monroe Kirby (now Fournette) and Kayla out of a bad situation with Kayla's ex-boyfriend. A couple of years later, Jeremy and Kayla's paths cross again, this time in the workplace.. and with much better results! Considering the length of the story, Kayla and Jeremy were reasonably well developed characters. Both are learning to deal with insecurities from their perspective pasts and with some outside help, and each other, they learn to shake off the past and look towards the future. Their honest conversations and steamy romance had me blitzing through, however, I just wish their story was longer! I'm a sucker for holiday stories and Candy Cane Christmas was the perfect treat! A Christmas romance, along with a generous serving of family and friends, round out this sweet holiday romance!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This short novella was an extremely quick read. I have not read the previous books in this series, but I need to. I recommend you have read them in order to truly appreciate this story. Jeremy Whitehurst had a terrible childhood and became rebellious and got into a lot of trouble back in Alabama. He moved to Cottonbloom, Louisiana. He now leads a quiet and low-key lifestyle that suits him just fine. He works for the Fournette Brothers and is treated like family by them. Kayla Redmond has a troubled past as well. She got involved with an abusive man who has left her reluctant to trust again. While going to school to become a bookkeeper, she is hired by the Fournette Brothers. Can she and Jeremy, the man who saved her from her ex, have a relationship? Can they trust again and get over their pasts? Will love between employees cause problems? With Christmas fast, approaching can these two damaged and weary souls find the strength to take a chance on love again?? This was a sweet Christmas romance, but be prepared for the descriptions of their sexual antics. This did not spoil the book for me, but if that is not your cup of tea, you might be disappointed with the book. I recommend this to romantics everywhere. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
CarolOpal More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars for this wonderful Christmas novella! Candy Cane Christmas is both sweet and sexy. The novella brings together two slightly wounded characters who find happiness and healing together. I loved Jeremy, the ultimate wounded bad boy and fell harder as each layer was peeled back. Kayla was the perfect heroine for him. She’d made some bad choices too but didn’t let her past overshadow her bright future. I highly recommend Candy Cane Christmas. It’s a fun holiday read! I received an ARC from Netgalley and choice to post an honest review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Candy Cane Christmas is the perfect present that bridges Ms. Trentham's Falcon Football and Cottonbloom series. The novella features Jeremy Whitehurst and Kayla Redmond who were introduced in the previous books. The story starts when Kayla gets a job as an accountant in Fournette Designs and Jeremy is put in charge of showing her the ropes. Their story unfolds as they date and get a well earned happy ending. I really enjoyed this book and still have a smile on my face! Jeremy is the perfect reformed bad boy with a heart of gold and Kayla was realistic and interesting. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Candy Cane Christmas by Laura Trentham is a novella that is part of her Cottonbloom series. It was nice to be able to revisit Cottonbloom, as I really loved the first three books. Candy Cane Christmas was a sweet romance that had a fun Christmas theme. Kayla Redmon, our heroine, was rescued from an abusive boyfriend in the first book by Morgan, our then heroine. Kayla has pulled herself up from those dark days, and with Morgan’s help, gets a job working at Fournette Brothers Designs. Jeremy Whitehurst also had a rough childhood, and moved to Cottonbloom for a fresh start. Jeremy , who works for Fournette Designs, still feels that trouble follows him. He remembers Kaya, whom he helped with the rescue and now with her working at the same place, feels the attraction to her. Both of them are somewhat unsure of their future, and each does not want to become involved. However, their new friendship will eventually over time escalate into a romance that will heal them, and give them a life together. Kayla loves Christmas, and Jeremy does not believe in it. It was nice how Laura Trentham brought them together in this sweet fun romance, and tied it into a Christmas celebration for the Fournettes, Cottonbloom and our wonderful couple. Candy Cane Christmas was a sweet, heartwarming story. I hope we still get the visit Cottonbloom again.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I’ve been waiting a long time for Jeremy to get a HEA and Trentham delivers beautifully. She gives us all of his background info that we’ve been waiting for, plus forgiveness and a chance at something more than just living for him. Jeremy’s been beating himself up for his bad decisions for a long time but he’s proven himself to be a better man, to have learned from his past. Now he just has to realize it :) Kayla also has a little self-forgiveness to do and to realize that bad choices don’t define us. Like Jeremy, it’s what you do from then on that’s important. While there isn’t a lot of conflict here, the growth that they go through is just as important. It’s a Christmas novella so there’s the requisite heart and emotion, learning and moving forward, fresh starts and healing old wounds … but of course with Trentham flair! She’s not going to give us just any old holiday cheer – ours has leather, motorcycles and cop cars just to keep things hopping. (Honest review given voluntarily after receipt of this ARC)
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Candy Cane Christmas is a lovely short holiday novella, set in Cottonbloom, Louisiana with characters that touch on the settings of both the Cottonbloom and the Falcon Football series by this author. I’ve read one of the football series and quite enjoyed it, but hadn’t read any of the Cottonbloom ones yet, so the secondary characters were not particularly familiar to me but the story reads well as a standalone. Kayla has embarrassing memories of the night Jeremy saved her from her abusive ex, but he’s been in her thoughts on occasion since then. Interviewing for a job at Fournette Brothers Designs (run in part by her good friend Monroe’s husband), she knows that if she gets the job, she’ll have to face Jeremy on a daily basis as he has a job there as a mechanic. Jeremy had a rough upbringing, and got into several scrapes with the law, so having a full time job with men who have taken a chance on him is something he cherishes. He and Kayla have both experienced emotional heartache and abuse, and neither judges the other as a result, making them soon on the path to friendship. Can it turn into something more, with a little holiday sparkle to brighten the way? The attraction between Jeremy and Kayla, now that they meet again under better circumstances is clear from the outset. But both are shy and hesitant to get involved for obvious reasons, not the least of which is concerns about how working at the same business would affect a relationship. Kayla is just finishing her college degree in accounting and this will be her first big break, so she can’t afford to screw things up. But their friendship soon leads to more and some sexy scenes as a result. While Jeremy doesn’t believe in Christmas, having had very poor experiences with his mother as a child (a woman who is now in jail), Kayla is able to ease him back into the holiday spirit. There are some sweet scenes too as they share their pasts and trust their secrets with each other. It’s kept fairly lighthearted even with the emotional undertones, and has a lovely happy ending suitable for this young couple. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. 3.5 stars.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully sweet holiday read that will leave you smiling. Laura Trentham takes us back to Cottonbloom with the story of Jeremy Whitehurst. He was a troubled bad boy back in Alabama but since coming to Louisiana and working for Fournette Brothers Designs he's shed is bad boy image and started over. All his hard work is put to the test when the sassy new bookkeeper at Fournette's shows up. Jeremy has never been too fond of the holidays but this Christmas might be his best ever! A really cute short read that will brighten your day. I definitely recommend it.