Kiss Me That Way: A Cottonbloom Novel

Kiss Me That Way: A Cottonbloom Novel

by Laura Trentham
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Kiss Me That Way: A Cottonbloom Novel 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466889798
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Series: Cottonbloom , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 7,377
File size: 920 KB

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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Kiss Me That Way 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
JewelsBookPages 3 months ago
Monroe Kirby grew up on the wealthy side of Cottonbloom, on the Mississippi side, where she seemed to have every advantage growing up..except for an alcoholic mother and her unfortunate luck with disgusting boyfriends. After one of her mom's handsy boyfriend gets too friendly, Monroe's world collides with Cade Fournette's. These days, Monroe is successful physical therapist, but she's still hiding secrets in her past. Seeing Cade brings back feelings she thought were long forgotten, but now she's curious to explore them as a grown woman..and hopes he is too. Cade Fournette was from the poor side of Cottonbloom, on the Louisiana side of the river. Way back when, he did what was necessary to make ends meet and keep his siblings together, sometimes making poor decisions that landed him in hot water. Now a successful inventor, he finds himself back in Cottonbloom doing a little PT for injuries, while counting the days he can go back to Seattle. He didn't really expect to see Monroe again, but he can't resist the temptation to see where their chemistry leads them. He's only in town long enough to recuperate, so what's the harm in exploring? I loved the romance and the emotional drive behind Cade Fournette and Monroe Kirby's blistering chemistry! The honesty, banter, and all the loaded conversations in between, kept me on my toes and had me rooting for a positive ending. Their sinfully passionate kisses made my heart melt into a puddle of goo and when these two finally got together.. it was well worth the wait! “I’m not sweet and innocent, Cade Fournette. You can lie to yourself all you want, but I know you better than anyone on earth. I know your secrets. And you know mine. If that scares you? Well, you need to man up and get brave.” The Cottonbloom series is small town romance at it's most charming! The town rivalry made for an interesting history, while the supporting, and sometimes quirky, characters reflected how far the division goes. (Sawyer and Reagan's festival rivalry had my cracking up so their hijinks!) What I liked most about the story was the diversity of characters. I could easily relate to any or all of them and found myself becoming invested in their lives. Maybe that's weird because it's fiction, but any author who can get me to care that much about the people in a story ends up becoming an auto buy author for me, lol! If you like mild family drama, small town hijinks, a great romance, and a cast of colorful characters, I'd definitely recommend this series!
cozylibrarian More than 1 year ago
Monroe has known Cade Fournette since she was 13 years old. He was always there for her, until he vanished for many years. He’s back now and things pick up right where they left off. Monroe is now a successful physical therapist and she’s only missing one thing in her life, love! Cade is a business success (former bad boy), coming back to his hometown to see his family. After all these years, he’s never found love either. Things in Cottonbloom are heating up! I loved this book! Yes, it’s a contemporary romance but it has wonderful dimensions that are so interesting and relevant. Laura Trentham has developed “touchable” characters who are so real. (Her style reminds me of Robyn Carr.) She takes the reader to two ordinary little towns and makes the reader feel “at home”. The depth that she gives to Monroe and Cade have you begging for more! The book touches the subjects of physical abuse, teen drinking, and the problem that some teens and women have with abusive relationships of all kinds. I loved the story line about teen drinking and young girls that allow men to abuse them. The author did a fabulous job on this story line and I appreciate that she wrote about it. Monroe is definitely not a weak woman and her character was so interested in helping young women. I loved it! Oh, I won’t even get into the character of Cade but Trentham did such a great job of writing him, I felt like I knew him towards the end. I am giving my honest opinion of this book in exchange for the egalley from the publisher, via NetGalley.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
Monroe shared things in her life with Cade, which she has never told anyone else. He was consistently there for her growing up just as he was there for his family without fail. Spending time with her was always a welcome respite from his burdens. She was from the rich side of the river. She had a nice house and money but lacked security and love. He was from the poor side. He had to quit school and work several jobs just to provide for his younger brother and sister. He had real love but lived in constant fear of not being able to take care of everyone. This has a little bit of the feel of a second chance at romance because Cade moved away and has come back, but it isn't. They were never lovers. Although, they do have a very close bond, and there is no denying the heat between them now. Kiss Me That Way is set mostly in a southern small town right on the Mississippi Louisiana border. Several quirky characters bring charm and humor to the story. It was a fun, easy read for me and made me smile often. If you're looking for sweet and sexy with a down to earth cast, check this one out.
WendyAK More than 1 year ago
Wow! This is one of those reads that leaves you eager for more. I am sooo happy that I was able to complete the series, but at the same time I'm sad to say I've read the 3 books. I want more! KISS ME THAT WAY is a wonderful beginning. The storyline is engaging and fast-paced, the characters are realistic and pull you into their lives. The setting is one I'd love to visit! It may be fictional but it doesn't feel that way. KISS ME THAT WAY is a second chance at love kinda story, I say kinda because they really weren't "in love" the first time around but it still fits that type of story. Cade and Monroe were part of each other's lives but too young to be "in love" or at least Cade thought Monroe was too young. I loved watching these two reconnect, watching Cade come to terms with his past and recapture the family he had. I also really liked how the author give Monroe a chance to face her demons and to overcome them. Overall this was one of those stories that you really hate to leave. I wanted to visit with Cade and Monroe and the rest of CottonBloom some more. I loved the town. I want to see a map! I want to visit! Fans of small town contemporary romances will find this one to be perfect. I highly recommend KISS ME THAT WAY to all! You'll be so glad you read this one. Be warned once you find your way to Cottonbloom you aren't going to want to leave! So glad these books are being released so close together. So don't worry once you read KISS ME THAT WAY you won't have to wait long for the next two stories.
LittleMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Laura Trentham's new series about Cottonbloom, Louisiana/Mississippi. This is the first book that I've read by Trentham and I'm a bit on the fence as to whether I'd pick up another novel by her in the future. There seems to be a new trend going around these days with romance novels. The leading ladies all seem to have some sort of sexual abuse in their past. And this sexual abuse all seems to happen when they are children. I just can't stomach this stuff. I know that it's a horrific thing that happens probably more than I want to acknowledge because there seem to be more and more sickos out there but it is possible to create a character that has not been sexually abused. Every once in a while when you pick up a book, it's not too bad but when it seems to be every single book that you read, it gets tiring. It's like the dystopian thing in the young adult genre ... one comes out that's successful and everyone else has to do it. Anyhow ... I almost put the book down because of the child molestation. Unfortunately, the book is just really slow. There was quite a bit going on but there were just stretches of pages where nothing was happening and it slowed the book down tremendously. I felt like I was trudging through a swampy marsh during the last part of the book. I wanted to crack a whip and get the plot moving again. That being said ... I did like the characters. I thought that Cade and Monroe were interesting separately and then together, it was a perfect fit. I instantly just adored Cade and throughout the entire novel, I couldn't get enough of him. I would get irritated when he wasn't involved in a scene and then super excited when he was. Monroe was okay ... she was a bit boring to me as a character, even given her past. Monroe read like wallpaper ... you didn't really notice her until someone directed your attention there. But like I said, the Cade and Monroe characters really complemented each other, so maybe Monroe's boring-ness was intentional to get that balance. The author did an exquisite job of setting up the next novel. You're told quite a bit about the supporting characters and it amps up the excitement for their own story. This book was okay ... definitely not close to being the worst that I've read. A lot of my friends liked this one, I'm (once again) in the minority. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Cade and Monroe grew up together in the same small town of Cottonbloom. They became friends when Cade saved Monroe as a teenager. He left town suddenly and became Monroe's one that got away. Fifteen years pass and Cade returns to town to recover from a mountain climbing injury and needs Monroe help as a physical therapist. They renew the friendship and old feelings start to re-emerge.... Will Cade be happy in a small town o will Monroe be left with a broken heart again? I always enjoy Ms. Trentham's southern setting because she perfectly captures the spirit of the small towns that are common through out the South. I liked this book because the characters were well written, the pace was fast, and dialogue snappy. I look forward to her next book. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Rather than “wrong side of the tracks”, in Cottonbloom, it’s the “wrong side of the river”, providing the divide between affluence and all the privilege that comes with it, especially in reputation. Laura Trentham takes us into this small town that straddles two states and a river, and is replete with all of the issues of small towns, including small minded thoughts. Monroe was a child of affluence, yet a key piece was missing: protection and safety for a young girl. Her mother’s drinking and all-around neglect combined with improper advances from a man she was dating sent Monroe running, right into the life of a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Cade had already been determined to leave town and show everyone that he’s not trash, but he couldn’t leave Monroe without a confidante and protector, just as he couldn’t leave his siblings without a parental figure. Struggling against a reputation not deserved, as well as the daily grind of responsibility, Cade’s options seemed limited while Monroe’s – purely by virtue of money, were limitless. Taking a chance once his responsibility for his siblings had ended his immediate struggles, Cade went to Seattle to make a name, and new reputation for himself, never to think of the small river-straddling town of his youth. Early struggles in life made for a tenacious and tough minded individual, not willing to take no for the final answer. Now curiosity about the young girl he left being has surfaced, and he returns: determined to show them all that he’s worth more than they could ever imagine. A second chance romance with questions abounding from both, it was nicely played to see the insecurities and fragility of Cade, despite all he has overcome. Monroe never did care about what he didn’t have, he protected her and was a sort of hero – and she only wanted the best for him. It just stung that he never contacted her after he left. Now it’s time to re-align their friendship, and see if all those feelings are just childish fancy. Clever insertions and moments from secondary characters, a few hints to future couples in new stories and a small town atmosphere that shows the potential for forgiveness and growth for everyone when stereotypes and prejudices are left behind. A wonderfully paced story with plenty of heart, a touch of heat and just the right amount of feel-good southern-folksy moments. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
*sigh* Trentham did it again - made me fall in love with a small Southern town and the wonderful people who live there. My heart just breaks for how much Cade had to take on when his parents died. Too much pride and youth had him taking on too much, doing anything he could to make sure his siblings stayed together and had what they needed to have a chance at a future. Unfortunately that meant that he gave up a lot of his own dreams. But the same grit and smarts that had him surviving in the swamps had him making a name for himself as an adult. Guilted into a trip back home has him back with the girl that meant so much to him as a kid … but she’s all grown up. While it might seem that Monroe would have had a golden past, things aren’t always better on the other side of the river. Her childhood has left scars of their own and she’s still living with the fallout. Running into the one man that always made her feel safe throws her world off kilter. The man he’s grown into is hard to resist, especially as he was one of the bright spots of her past. But he’s not staying … right? You know that these two are going to get together and that he’s going to find a way to come home to Monroe & his family. But as with any romance, it is the journey that makes it so good and this one is a can’t miss. The characters are interesting, with great depth, and you easily find yourself sucked in as they try work their way through some long-held troubles. We’re also introduced to characters who are going to make appearances in the next couple of stories and from what I’ve seen they are going to be must reads! (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
***Warning: This book contains some heavy subject material including abuse and adult situations that may make some readers uncomfortable*** KISS ME THAT WAY is a cross between Romeo and Juliet and The Hatfields and The McCoys, sprinkled with comedic antics and a whole lotta love! When speaking of love, I’m not talking about the wooing of flowers, dining, sonnets of desire or declarations of affection. It’s not just defined as romantic. Love is doing whatever’s necessary to feed your younger siblings when your parents have died far too early. Love is finding friendship in an unlikely savior and discovering a kindred spirit. Love is taking care of a parent who can’t/won’t take care of themselves. Love is showing up to the same spot under the same tree every full moon for years in order to be what that person needs the most: a friend. Cade and Monroe’s story was heartfelt and beautiful. I loved that they had a history, unfortunately it wasn’t the best first meeting. The two had a unique friendship that they both needed, lasting several years. As fate (or the law) would have it, Cade leaves town unexpectedly, leaving a college-bound Monroe and Cade’s siblings behind. Thankfully, it’s that same fate that brings Cade back home to Cottonbloom. Cade’s siblings, Sawyer and Tally, were vital to the story. Sawyer’s feud with Regan (best friend of Monroe and town mayor of Cottonbloom, Mississippi) made for excellent comic relief. Not to mention the fact that they secretly dated in high school. Could they possibly get a second chance at love??? Tally also had some sparks of her own when her best friend Nash moved back into town recently. I believe their story will be told in the next book! This was my first read by Ms. Trentham and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was brilliantly written and exceptional. I’m looking forward to Tally’s story and I hope, hope HOPE that Sawyer and Regan can find that second chance at love they both so desperately deserve! ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Somethings are just worth fighting for... Monroe Kirby was from the rich side of the river. When her mother’s boyfriend makes inappropriate advances toward the young teen, Monroe she escapes to the river bank where she is saved by Cade Fournette. Cade is a young man, who had to drop out of high school, to provide for his siblings after a deadly car crash kills his parents. Desperate times cause Cade to resort to poaching to survive. One night on a crawfish poaching run, Cade finds a scared young girl in his boat, Monroe. Monroe ignites all his protective instincts. After a heart felt talk, Cade promised to protect Monroe from her mother’s boyfriend and does. As Monroe matures, she dreams that someday Cade will be hers. But Cade just sees her with sister like googles. Soon after Monroe graduates, Cade disappears from Cottonbloom. Monroe still has contact with Cade’s sister but now that his sister is grown Cade moves to the west coast to pursue his own dreams. An unexpected fall over a cliff, a trip back to Cottonbloom and an emergency visit to see a physical therapist reunite Cade and Monroe. Monroe just happens to be the physical therapist called into treat Cade. The chemistry Monroe has always felt starts to burn in Cade. Emotional scars and life choices work against Monroe and Cade but some things are just worth fighting for… Wonderfully sweet, Kiss Me That Way is a touching story that deals with emotional scars as well as difficult topics including abuse and the people strong enough to fight them. Kiss Me That Way is a perfect pick for the hometown loving, contemporary romance fan. I received this ARC copy of Kiss Me That Way from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for a honest review.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
Thank you to St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for a copy of this book! This is book 1 in the Cottonbloom novel series. This is my first read by Laura Trentham and it won't be the last! I love small town books! Cade couldn't wait to get out of Cottonbloom. He hung around long enough to raise his orphaned siblings and then he was gone. He headed out west and has become a success. His only regret about leaving Cottonbloom is Monroe. Monroe was raised with an alcoholic mother and her boyfriend, even though she was raised on the "right side of town". As hard as that was, Cade was always there for her....and then he left town and took her heart with him. Cade is back in Cottonbloom and the way some people feel about his "wrong side of town" upbringing, he's struggling mentally. He's still considered white trash in Cottonbloom, will he ever get rid of that label? Can a bond that was there so many years ago resurface? Does Cade still love Monroe? I loved this book! Loved the characters! Especially loved Cottonbloom!! A great beginning for a new series!
Smalltownromance More than 1 year ago
Love this Boy from the wrong side of the tracks story. Cade was always like a big brother to Monroe. He looked out for her as well as his siblings, but times were tough and there was never enough money. In order to stay out of jail Cade takes off, never knowing of the hurt he left behind. After an accident Case comes home to recope and finds all that he has been hinting from. More stills needs him, but does he have room in his life for her? And do they finally find what they have each kept bottled up for so long?
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
From the first book of Laura Trentham I was hooked. I just love her books. She does a wonderful job of small-town romance. I was so excited for this new series. It sounded so good. And it is! I admit, I'm a fan of the back to back books. I'll even go so far as to say that I'd take a smaller page count to get them. When I'm in a new series I want to know more and more. Here with the back to back books I get all the main characters I like, right away. Leaves room for more upcoming characters next year. Of course Christmas in Cottonbloom would look mighty pretty! Hint, hint!!!! When I first read about this series I was thrilled at the idea. Two states, one town! Cool right? Loved, loved Cade! He is such a great caring guy. He gives 100% and then some. You won't be able to not love him. You know pretty much right away about his past so you really want to see him get a great loving future! Monroe was also a great character. Of course I did have a little issue with her name in the beginning. It took me at least a chapter to remember shes a she, and not a guy. These two are perfect for each other. When you read this, and you will, you'll see what I mean. Right away I wanted to know everything about them. You'll be so happy after reading this heartwarming, funny & touching story. Not only do you have great charcters (hero & heroine) you will love the secondary characters that have stories coming soon. Secret here....you are going to love Sawyer and Regan! Yeah, yeah, it's not much of a secret....
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
KISS ME THAT WAY is intense, sweet and appealing as only small town romance can be, with a complicated tangle of drama, emotions and secrets as well as characters that draw the reader into their journey but there is also a lot of humor to temper the emotional moments and I found myself laughing out loud at some of those funny moments. Cade Fournette and Monroe Kirby forged a secret friendship the night he saved a thirteen year old girl from a terrible fate, a friendship that became more for her, but he left Cottonbloom as soon as he could without giving her a chance to tell him how she felt, not that it would have done any good. What did a rich little girl and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks have in common? The river that divided Cottonbloom in two and marked the boundary line between Mississippi and Louisiana also served as a line between the haves and the have nots. Now Cade is back home after a long time away and the dormant emotions between them have returned, but Cade still struggles with his feelings of inadequacy and shame from the difficulties he went through trying to keep his siblings together after they lost their parents, never mind that he has become a very successful entrepreneur with the ability to buy and sell the small town that considered him white trash. Cade and Monroe have to deal with disapproving old timers who still consider Cade a swamp rat and not good enough for a woman from the right side of town, but their biggest obstacle is Cade. Will he let the memories of the past destroy their present? Will he be able to resolve his personal conflict between the boy he was and the man he has become or will he let the prejudices of the past define who he is? I really enjoyed this book and the growth the characters experienced. I especially liked Monroe because her past experiences shaped the woman she had become and drove many of her choices in life, in a good way. Cade was an emotional minefield with all those feelings roiling inside of him, but when it came to Monroe, he was very clearheaded and knew that she was worth fighting for. While there are some tough issues dealt with in this book, there is a fun cast of secondary characters as well as lots of hilarious moments and honestly, anyone who grew up in a small town will find something to relate to in this story. KISS ME THIS WAY is a really great start to this series and I'm looking forward to what promises to be explosive follow-ups to it. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! A wonderful start to a new series from this author. It's a small town second chance story that takes place in a small town split between Mississippi and Louisiana. One side affluent one side poor. An interesting relationship develops between Cade Fournette and Monroe Kirby. A relationship that they had to keep secret since the town would never approve. Then suddenly one day Cade is gone. Now Cade is back recovering from recent injuries and he's nothing like the young boy he was before. He's been able to accomplish great things since he left but the one thing he's never been able to do is forget Monroe. Cade needs to work with a physical therapist and Monroe is the best one around. Getting to know each other again may turn out to be the worst thing ever. Or maybe..... I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next in the series. I highly recommend this one!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Cade Fournette knows all to well what it's like to grow up on the wrong side of the river, and just how it feels to labeled and treated as such, and it's always been a sore spot with him. If you're from the Louisiana side of Cottonbloom your the lowest of the low and you have no business meandering to the upscale Mississippi side of Cottonbloom, but that didn't stop Cade from taking an occasional peek on the other side, and discovering a beautiful girl he knew he could never have. When his parents passed he was forced to step in as guardian of his two younger siblings, and it cost him a lot, but he wouldn't have had it any other way, they were family and you always take care of your own. As soon as they were old enough to venture out on their own, he packed a bag and left town, in search of his long awaited future, and the opportunity to become something better than what he had been labeled so many years ago. He was fortunate enough to find his calling, and build a successful business, one that afforded him a life he always dreamed of, but there has always been one thing missing... the girl from the other side of river that he left behind. Even though Monroe Kirby came from a life of wealth she has never acted like it, she may have grown up on the Mississippi side of the Cottonbloom, but that didn't stop her from occasionally wandering to the Louisiana side the river to make friends. She is quite certain that meeting Cade Fournette saved her life, he was her saving grace, and came to her aid any time she needed shelter from the dark world her mama fell into. But then one night he was gone, and didn't even take the time to tell her goodbye, and it crushed her, and her heart. She has since made a decent life for herself working as a physical therapist, and teaching young girls self-defense in her free time. She enjoys her life in Cottonbloom, but has always felt like something was missing... perhaps the boy from the other side of the river who captured her heart so long ago. From the moment I heard that Ms. Trentham was writing a new series to follow-up her Falcon Football series, I was eager to get my hands on it, and have myself a little reading marathon. The minute I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I was in for a treat, so I dived in and felt myself immediately falling for a whole new set of well crafted characters that lured me in with their down home southern charm, witty one liners and hilarious shenanigans! I loved every minute of this one, it had me laughing and smiling the whole way through, and left me anxious for more time with the charming folks of Cottonbloom!! Anytime you have the opportunity to read something from this author I HIGHLY encourage you to do so, I have yet to read a book by her that I haven't ABSOLUTELY loved!! She has this uncanny ability of creating stories centered in these idyllic little towns, equipped with these eccentric and endearing characters, that take you by the hand and pull you into their world, and have you feeling like you have belonged there all along. Each new story gives readers a broader view into the lives of all of its residents, old or new, and does an amazing job at connecting each characters story to the next, giving the series a very realistic feel. But, with that being said, I also think she also does a great job at keeping each book versatile enough that you could still read each book as a standalone, but my guess is after you read one you'll be dying to read more!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Kiss Me That Way by Laura Trentham is the first book in her new Cottonbloom series. This is also the first book I have read by Trentham, and after reading this, it will not be my last. Monroe Kirby is our heroine and you will love her from the start. We get a glimpse at the beginning of the past of Monroe when she was 13 years old, as her mother’s drunken boyfriend tries to rape her. She managed to escape into the woods, and ran into Cade Fournette, an older & tough young boy from the other side of the tracks. Cade protected her, and managed to watch over her from a distance for many years, until he left Cottonbloom. Now in the present time, Cade has returned home to recover from a serious injury. Monroe is now a physical therapist, and is surprised to see Cade after all these years. She never knew why he left town, and can feel her attraction to him still stands after all these years. Cade looked at Monroe as a kid; someone he wanted to protect, but never had any romantic feelings. But now she is a beautiful young woman all grown up. What follows is a slow build romance that will find Monroe helping him recover, and Cade slowly beginning to have feelings for her. Cade has a successful business in Seattle and has every intention of returning there when he recovers. He doesn’t want to act on his newfound feelings for Monroe because he would hurt her. Cade has had a hard childhood, and doesn’t believe in permanent relationships. Will Monroe be able to convince Cade to stay, now that they have begun to act on their feelings? This was a fun story, with many characters in this small town of Cottonbloom. I loved Monroe’s best friend Regan; Cade’s sister Tally. I also liked Sawyer, who is Cade’s brother, who I suspect will have his own story with Regan in the future. Monroe and Cade made a wonderful sexy couple, but I did get annoyed at him with his stubborn refusal to accept how much he was falling in love with Monroe. Laura Trentham not only created a nice fun sweet romance in a small town, with great secondary characters; but she also touched on subjects such as, physical abuse and self defense for teens, which Monroe teaches in her spare time. If you are a fan of pure romances, that are also fun, I suggest you read this book.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
From the outside looking in, it's easy to judge the have and have nots. Money, power and privilege equals happiness. Poverty equals misery. But is that always the case? With her latest novel, Laura Trentham removes the blinders and gives readers a clear view of how dark and unfair circumstances can be no matter who you are, or what you have. Cade was used to looking out for himself. He had to be the strong one in order to provide for his family. Monroe was his complete opposite. She had an enviable life. A wealthy family that kept her safe from the painful existence that Cade had to endure. But appearances can be deceiving. Kiss Me That Way delivered some hard truths about pride, life and prejudice. It takes a strong person to endure the obstacles that Monroe and Cade did and rise above the anger and bitterness.