TILL I KISSED YOU by Laura Trentham: Review

Posted September 6, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

TILL I KISSED YOU by Laura Trentham: ReviewTill I Kissed You by Laura Trentham
Series: Cottonbloom #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

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?

 

Review

I have been waiting for this book since I read the first in the series and I can say that it was everything I’d hoped for. Ms. Trentham saved the best for last and she certainly knows how to bring the heat. The chemistry between Sawyer and Regan blew the scale and the emotions that that have been simmering for so long just bubbled over.

The Mississippi river is not the only thing that separates Sawyer Fournette and Regan Lovell. It’s their backgrounds and their shared history. In a community that has always distinguished between the haves and the have-nots, they were doomed from the start and in the ten years since their break-up, nothing has changed, not even their feelings for each other which have morphed into fierce competition and an openly antagonistic relationship. 

With the upcoming festival in danger of being sabotaged and Regan receiving threatening messages, Sawyer gets an opening to ease his way back into her life, but with the unresolved issues between them, is this a smart choice or will it just push them further apart?

The appeal of Sawyer and Regan is that you can actually see a bit of yourself in them. Both hiding insecurities that have plagued them for most of their lives, both determined not to let their fears keep them down. Sawyer is the calm and quiet Fournette but the loss of his parents and everything that happened afterwards, including losing Regan left a big hole inside him. For Regan, her insecurity and a desire to please left her open to manipulation from her mom and only she had the power to break free of that cycle.  

Apart Sawyer and Regan’s relationship, I also loved the renewed bonds between Sawyer and his siblings, especially Cade who is such a far cry from the man he was when we first met him. 

TILL I KISSED YOU is a mix of deep emotions, raw vulnerabilities and sweet romance that will keep a reader completely engaged and even though i have expressed a lukewarm interest in novellas, I would love it if Ms. Trentham wrote one to keep us updated on these couples.

 

 

 

 

About Laura Trentham

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. 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 large as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.


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