Till I Kissed You: A Cottonbloom Novel

Till I Kissed You: A Cottonbloom Novel

by Laura Trentham
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Till I Kissed You: A Cottonbloom Novel by Laura Trentham

It’s summertime in Cottonbloom, where two lovers find themselves at a crossroads just as things start to heat up. . .

Regan Lovell grew up on the wealthy Mississippi side of Cottonbloom—and now, as mayor, she’s determined to save it from the fate of so many small towns. Part of her plan to help the local economy is the Labor Day tomato festival. If only she wasn’t being undermined by Sawyer Fournette, who’s planning a crayfish-themed celebration on the Louisiana side of the river on the very same weekend. The pranks and sabotage are getting out of hand, and she’s had it with him—no matter how much she enjoyed those stolen hours in his truck bed, so many years ago…

Sawyer knows that Regan's never forgiven him for breaking her heart—but despite his reputation as a low-class swamp rat, he’d never hurt the woman who still secretly drives him crazy with desire. Someone in Cottonbloom has it out for her, though, and Sawyer intends to watch her back…and the rest of her too, if she can ever let go of her distrust. But will a common enemy be enough to unite them—and finally fulfill the promises they made one passionate night under the stars?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466889781
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Cottonbloom , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 15,941
File size: 982 KB

About the Author

Laura Trentham is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, including Caught Up in the Touch and Kiss Me that Way. She is a member of Romance Writers of America 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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Till I Kissed You: A Cottonbloom Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
JewelsBookPages 3 months ago
After all those teasing hints and highly charged run ins from the first two books, Sawyer and Regan's story definitely lived up to my expectations! This was a perfect second chance romance! Regan's sassy spirit meshed well with Sawyer's quiet strength, but the real draw was watching these two deal with hurtful misunderstandings from their youth. I'm utterly hooked on the Cottonbloom series!
Suze-Lavender 4 months ago
Regan and Sawyer were high school sweethearts, but not everybody was happy with their relationship. Regan is from the rich Mississippi side of Cottonbloom and Sawyer is from the poorer Louisiana side. After an awful breakup they stopped been part of each other's lives, but that is no longer an option. Regan is the mayor of the Mississippi side and Sawyer the Parish Commissioner of the Louisiana side of the river. They are competing against each other by organizing a festival on the same day. They both need funding for their side and are battling against one another to receive it. Regan is being sabotaged and at first she thinks Sawyer is behind it, but when the things that are being done to her are starting to get personal and are going pretty far she no longer suspects him. He even offers her his help. Slowly they're finding their way back to each other, but there's a lot of pain from the past they have to deal with before they can make a fresh start. Will they be able to mend each other's broken hearts? Till I Kissed You is a fantastic romantic story. Regan and Sawyer used to be in love, but they became enemies. At first there's plenty of animosity between them, but they can't keep it up. They still like each other and are trying to find a way to get along. I loved their chemistry. They're both doubting themselves and the other and there's a lot of confusion because of it. They have to talk and work things out, but that isn't always very easy. Especially not when other people are involved. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see where this would lead and hoped they'd be able to overcome their differences and have their much deserved second chance. Laura Trentham's Cottonbloom stories are terrific and I loved Till I Kissed You. Regan and Sawyer are perfect together and I liked the way they interact. The dialogue is fiery, their connection is deep and the story has many emotional layers. Someone is trying to sabotage the festival they're organizing and finding out who's behind the nasty incidents kept me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved Till I Kissed You, it's a dynamic, fun and endearing story with an unexpected gripping ending. I highly recommend this fabulous book.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways and I was sorry that I haven't been able to read the first two books in the series, but this book can stand alone. I now have to go and read the first 2 books in the series to understand some of the other relationships that are revisited in this book. When you have a chance for a 2nd chance of finding love again with your first love it is wonderful. Like the old saying says back in high school there was the good side of the tracks and the bad and in this case the good side of the river and the lower income. Regan came from money and Sawyer didn't and her mamma wanted things to clone her life and her daughter didn't. Sawyer gave Regan courage and dreams but she had doubts in her mind due to her mother. But ten years later they are both fighting for their town for a grant that would help bring life back into their towns. They find they both still care and work together after a bad Tornado just before both festivals. But they found a river couldn't keep from help from either side.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I hate to say it but it took me a little bit to get into this book. I absolutely loved the first two in this series (Kiss Me That Way & Then He Kissed Me) and was so excited at the idea of finally getting this couple's story … and it was because of that that I kept at it until I got hooked. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, maybe it was because I was so anxious to get their HEA that the build-up just got to me, but whatever it was I was very happy that I didn’t give up. Once it did get going I had a hard time putting it down. I love Sawyer. He’s got a good heart, cares about his family and his community. His only big weaknesses are his feelings for Regan and how his insecurities from his childhood still cause him moments of doubt. Especially with the wealthier ‘Sips (most importantly Regan’s mom). Regan isn’t my favorite of the heroines but she grew on me as we find out her secrets and fears. She’s a complicated person but she’s spent her whole life hiding every little thing and putting on a “face” for everyone. I think that it causes her to be misunderstood by not only those around her but the readers as well. As we get to see beneath the surface we start to understand her more. The threat to Regan wasn’t as big of a deal as I expected it to be after having it be a part of all three stories – if you’ve read the others, it pretty much continued on in the same vein, but of course we finally get to find out who is behind it, which worked very well with what we've seen so far. I was also thrilled to get the resolution on what happened to Regan & Sawyer all those years ago, causing such bad feelings between the two of them. Unfortunately those emotions are still present and give them all sorts of trouble in the present. But it was fun seeing them try to fight it out! As is to be expected from Trentham, complex personal interactions and layered personalities are present in the last of the Fournette stories. These stories are so much more than just a romance - it's the chance to get to know people and love them like family. I'm happy that there are more coming (most especially a HEA for my favorite Alabama transplant) and I definitely am looking forward to the new & sure-to-be interesting characters we will have the pleasure of meeting :) (This is part of a series but can stand on its own with minor overlap to other stories, which are explained well so you can easily keep up if this is your first book.) Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
AMF1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Sweet Stars! Regan was Sawyer's girlfriend in high school and eventually they broke up because Regan's mother didn't approve of him. Now we go several years ahead and they are forced to work together to solve the mystery of who is tampering with the festival. Sawyer also has to protect Regan because someone is threatening her life. As the two work together they become closer and start to fall in love again. Can Sawyer protect Regan and can they rekindle their relationship? This is a beautiful, well written story and the characters have great chemistry. This is a second chance story which is full of love, some mystery, honesty and compassion. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will look forward to reading more from Ms. Trentham. This is the third book in the Cottonbloom Series and it can be read as a stand alone novel. Highly recommend! I received this book as a ARC for an honest review. This book was read and reviewed by Annamaria for Alpha Book Club. Plot: 5 Chemistry: 5 Pacing: 4 Ending: 4 Character Development: 4 1 like ·
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Till I Kissed You by Laura Trentham is the 3rd book in her wonderful sweet romance series, Cottonbloom. This has been a fun series from the beginning, and we have been waiting impatiently for Regan and Sawyer’s story. In Till I Kissed You we get our wish. Every book thus far has been fun, but this one is the best one so far. I suspect this is a trilogy and it ends with this book….. :( This book can be read as a standalone, but there is too much background information about all the main characters that I strongly suggest you read the first two books before you read this one. And you should read this series. A quick refresher: Cottonbloom has two sides; the poorer Louisiana side and the wealthier Mississippi side. Sawyer lives on the Louisiana side and Regan lives on the Mississippi side. Regan is the mayor of Mississippi’s Cottonbloom. Sawyer is now working with his brother, Cade (1st book hero) in a new business. We have known Sawyer Fournette and Regan Lovell from the start, and have been privileged to be part of watching the animosity and constant fighting between them. When they were kids, they were in love, only to have family dynamics (they come from different sides), and misinformation break them up. Each blamed the other, which led to their current hate relationship. In the last book, Sawyer discovers that someone has been threatening Regan about the upcoming festival that they are competing on. His true feelings for her may be hidden, but he makes it his business to watch over her. At first Regan is suspicious why she is seeing Sawyer so much, but soon they begin to work together to try and find the culprit. Slowly, the old love they had for each other rises again and their hate/mistrust relationship begins to change. It was fun to watch them rediscover their feelings for each other; a love that was always still there. It wasn’t easy, as there was always something or someone coming in between. I loved Sawyer better in this book, as he was so sweet, sexy and caring for Regan. She was the star of this story, as she was such a great heroine; strong, fun, smart, fearless and totally in love with Sawyer. What follows is a sweet romance between an awesome couple, wonderful family and friends, and bit of mystery. Till I Kissed You is a wonderful & fun second chance romance that was well written by Laura Trentham.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Reagan and Sawyer were high school sweethearts from different sides of the track who broke up but never really got over each other. They have risen to political prominence in their respective communities, and are now in competition in a "Taste of the South" small town festival contest. Reagan is convinced that Sawyer is trying to sabotage her plan, and he is trying to change her mind. As the competition draws closer Reagan become the target whomever is trying to stop the festival. Will Sawyer be able to Reagan safe? I loved the Cottonbloom series and patiently waiting for this story! It didn't disappoint! I liked both main characters and was happy to get a visit previous stories. Overall it was a fun small town romance, but it should definitely after the first two books in the series. I was given a free copy for a honest review.
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
This story has been building through the prior two stories in the series. I don't know about you but I was so excited that it was finally here. I've really fallen in love with Trentham's writing. She does a great job of mixing small-town with a heartwarming story and humor. All the things you want in a story! Like I said, each book led up to Sawyer and Regan's story. In each of the books prior you learn that they have history and that at this time in their lives they don't really trust or like each other. Which sucks for them but leaves us with some very funny moments. I will tell you that it would be best to start with the first book in this series Kiss Me That Way. Like I said above you start to get to know the couple in that book. Plus, there is a story that runs through each of the books. Also, the first two books are so good too! I will admit that in the first book I wasn't really a fan of either Regan or Sawyer's. In book one, they both came off a little unlikable. Regan more so. She was a little crazy about what was going on in the town how she thought that everything that went wrong was Sawyer's fault. I'm not telling which parts are his fault. For Sawyer because it was his brothers book and his issue was with the brother, you sided more for the hero of the book. In the second book I still was so-so with Regan, but liked Sawyer. Regan I liked more by the end of the second book. I was a little worried that I would't care for her in her book. I shouldn't have worried at all. Once you were in Regan's head you understood so much. You learn more and more about them and their past. Understanding is like a slap in the head. After about a fourth of the book I was on a roll with them. I was already invested in their story, but now I needed to know more. Believe me by the end of the this book all you question will be answered and you'll be happy how Trentham tied up all the loose ends from the other two stories.
Wishfull_Miss More than 1 year ago
4 - "Maybe being good enough doesn't matter when you're perfect together" - Stars!!!! Finally, after months of circling each other warily Sawyer and Regan finally come to a head. With the festival competition fast approaching, a saboteur on the loose and the whole town watching, these two star crossed lovers have more than their emotionally complicated history to worry about. This was a great way to bring this series full circle. I loved Regan and I loved Sawyer. Getting a glimpse into their past was both heart melting and emotionally charged. Sawyer and Regan's love story was sexy and angsty. It was riddled with nostalgic moments and bittersweet memories as these two navigate their complicated past for a chance at a loving future. Till I Kissed You was another great read with funny banter, burning chemistry and lovable characters. I enjoyed returning to Cottonbloom and revisiting with Nash, Tally, Monroe and Cade. Although they make a few appearances they don't detract from the main couple, which was nice. I liked catching up with them but they stayed in the background. This story was 100% focused on Regan and Sawyer. It was a bittersweet second chance romance that had me laughing, crying, and voraciously reading the whole night through. The bleary eyes I suffered the next morning was worth it! This was such a good read!!! *** ARC provided for an honest review ***
WendyAK More than 1 year ago
TILL I KISSED YOU is book 3 in the Cottonbloom series, and I have to say I hope it's not the last story! I'd love to see more from this town, and these characters. This whole series has been wonderfully written and very engaging. I love the setting, I would love to visit a small town like that. This is Regan and Sawyer's story. This is truly a second chance at love story. Sawyer and Regan were high school sweethearts who had their love destroyed and now they each are leaders in Cottonbloom. Sawyer on the Louisiana side and Regan on the Mississippi side. I loved "watching" these two find their way, not just how to act around each other but how to deal with their past, and to find a future. Fans of small town second chance romances will adore TIL I KISSED YOU. I have to admit I'm sad to think this is might be the last book for Cottonbloom..........it just makes such a great setting. I think I love the setting almost as much as the characters. All of these stories, KISS ME THAT WAY, THEN HE KISSED ME, and TIL I KISSED YOU are well written engaging stories that leave you eager for more. The characters are well defined, realistic and fun. This is one of those stories that leaves you smiling and wondering if maybe you could talk the author into at least ONE more story. I want to see how it all turns out a few years down the road.......I highly recommend this series and especially this story to fans of Susan Mallery. I've found a new must read author and so will you once you read this story. I will add that while each story could be read as a stand alone, there is a small plot-line that flows through each story and I feel that reading them in order will work better and will allow readers to connect to the characters and story a little more easily. A keeper book, and Keeper series!
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
Second chance romances are my absolute favorite reading trope! I love that the characters have a past and I love seeing how they’ve changed and learned from their mistakes. I think it makes the romance richer and deeper and that much more special. Regan and Sawyer were high school sweethearts…but they had to keep their love a secret because Regan’s mom didn’t approve of Sawyer. Even though Sawyer was a high school sports star, popular and handsome, he had a huge secret: he and his brother and sister were living in poverty. Having to get clothes and food from the local church charity and his oldest brother dropping out of school to support the family after their parents died was a something Sawyer refused to speak about. Not even with Regan. Regan and her parents were wealthy and lived on the “good” side of Cottonbloom, Mississippi. Regan’s mom was living vicariously through her and Sawyer Fournette was not in the plans. She did everything she could to separate the pair, including exploiting her daughter’s doubts about the future she had with Sawyer. Needless to say, the breakup was monumental and devastated both Regan and Sawyer, causing irreparable damage and feelings of animosity, opposition, resentfulness and extreme hatred. Years later, those feelings have only increased and have become more inflamed as Regan and Sawyer battle it out for some well-needed prize money for their communities. Regan and Sawyer are the perfect antagonists. Almost comical in their arguments, the pair face off several times in the series as well as in this book. What is not comical is the genuine pain that both characters are suffering from. When town pranks turn into serious sabotages and threats, Sawyer puts aside his animosity to protect Regan. As they spend more time together, Regan and Sawyer start to fall in love again…only to figure out, they never stopped loving each other! Laura Trentham has quickly become a favorite author of mine. Her stories are heartfelt, funny and full of love. Regan and Sawyer’s story was tough to read but their love for one another superseded all the pain and heartache of the past. I loved them and all the people of Cottonbloom. I hope there are more books in the series because I’d love to spend more time in this wonderful community! ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
As the mayor of Cottonbloom Regan Lovell takes great pride in her little town and would do just about anything to save it from falling by the wayside, including going head to head in a heated battle with her ex-boyfriend Sawyer Fournette. Her past with Sawyer is filled with lots of hurt, regrets, and as much as she tries to maintain an disinterested front when he's around, she can't seem to fight her attraction to the man. No matter what he did in the past, her body and heart can't deny what they still feel for him, but she has no plans of letting them get the upper hand this time... that is until danger finds a way into her life, and she knows the only that will make her feel safe is Sawyer. Years ago Sawyer Fournette met his soul mate, but they were from different sides of the Cottonbloom, and her mother was determined to keep the two of them apart, and in the end Sawyer ended up breaking her heart. But everyday since he has regretted his choices back then, and would love nothing more to redeem himself in her eyes, and find a way back into her heart, but she isn't so willing to let that happen. So he settles for glimpses of her here and there, and takes a little pleasure in getting under her skin arguing about their upcoming Labor Day celebrations. But when he learns that her life is in danger, he instantly steps up to play her hero and be the man to keep her safe... secretly hoping the extra time might help heal their old wounds. Once again not only has Laura Trentham given readers another enjoyable read but also another enchanting glimpse into the lives of her endearing characters from Cottonbloom, I have to say this one has been my favorite so far in the series! The minute I met these two in the first installment, Kiss Me That Way, I knew their story was going to be a fun discover, and filled with lots of Ms. Trentham's trademark witty banter... and true to my thought I found that and SO much more!! Their road back to one another was filled with lots of little trials and tribulations, but I ensure you it is one VERY enjoyable literary ride, their story warmed my heart, made me smile, laugh out loud a few times and swoon the whole way through!!! Highly recommend this read!!!! If you like small town romance, with quirky characters, and southern charm, then look no further this is definitely a series for you!!! The people of Cottonbloom will grab you by the hand, welcome you into their world, make you feel right at home, and have you never wanting to leave! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Finally we get Regan and Sawyer's story and it's exceptional! Whether you've been reading the series all along or if your just picking this one up you will enjoy reading about these two. This is the third book in the series but is easily read standalone! As both sides of Cottonbloom get geared up for the upcoming festival competition, things are getting out of hand and it seems getting personal. Regan is receiving threats and of all people to help her find out who's behind the threats, Sawyer Fournette comes to her aid. They have a history. One that ended in a not so pretty fashion but now needs to be dealt with. Will these two be able to put an end to the threats and pull of the festivals?? You definitely want to read this one and find out. I highly recommend it.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "Things worked out just the way they were supposed to..." Stars! The relationship between Sawyer Fournette and Regan Lovell that has been on a high simmer through the previous two books in the series, finally gets bought to the fore in Till I Kissed You. The Town Mayor of Cottonbloom, Mississippi and Parish Commisioner of Cottonbloom, Louisiana have more than a little history, and we are finally given the reasons as to why they went from lovers to frenemies, and now back to lovers. The physical attraction was an inconvenient echo from their past lives together. The mystery of the festival the saboteur comes to the fore in this one as well, when it turns out that some of the threats have been made towards Regan in particular and not just the towns in general, it sparks a reaction in Sawyer. They may not like each other very much for public perceptions, but the fact the woman he has never forgotten, and still cares very much for, is potentially at risk, brings all-sorts of protective (overly-so) alpha instincts out in Sawyer. "How do we keep managing to get ourselves into these dark and secluded situations?" Ten years have passed for this couple, and I loved the frenemies feel the author gave this one. Both of them are still nursing hurt from the pasts between them, but as they start to open up and talk more about what happened it appears that not everything was as it actually seemed at the time. The years without his smile made her aware of how much she’d missed it. Missed him… The sexual tension between the two of them was an off the charts sizzle throughout, I think I felt it more as these two have been battling with each other through the previous two books as well, and there actual coming together after seeing their friends and siblings find their happily every afters, was combustible, especially when they are both initially still trying to deny their attraction and feelings for each other haven’t ever really gone away in the last decade. She didn’t need a light to find his lips. He’d been her constant for enough years that she could find her way to him even in the darkest night. ❤ ~ ❤ ~ ❤ The boy she’d given her virginity and heart to so many years ago had turned into a man in every sense. I feel like this series came and went in a flash what with all three books being released within months of each other. On the plus side, it was great to keep the stories and characters fresh in my mind as the gaps in-between were minimal. But on the negative, apart from the good news that we are getting a Christmas novella to round the series off, Cottonbloom is another town that Laura Trentham has taken me too and like its predecessor; Falcon, has left me with lots of happy memories, and hopes that there will be more visits at some point in the future. "Some things never die, but they can change." I cannot wait to see where she will take me next and who she will introduce me too on the journey. "The future is all that matters." ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was, as it always is, my pleasure to provide the above honest review.