Author: Laura Trentham
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: 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?
Review: Just like the river that divides the small southern town of Cottonbloom in this book, so does the night that Monroe and Cade met. A lonely thirteen-year-old girl who needed protection and a not much older boy, suffering to make a better life for his own siblings, find common ground and someone to talk to. As they grow up and mature, their time is cruelly interrupted. Cade leaves town and Monroe always wonders where he went–and why he left without saying goodbye.
Returning to Cottonbloom wasn’t really in his plans, but Cade needed to stop and heal from his climbing accident. He also needed to re-engage with his siblings, Tally and Sawyer, who never knew he was forced to leave them a decade earlier. But he was having a hard time opening up to them, and they each seemed to have things going on in their own lives, especially Sawyer. Mostly, though, he needed to find out if the connection he’d had with Monroe all those years ago was still there.
For Monroe, Cade returning to town was unbelievable. Their connection was still there, and it made her realize she’d never given any other man a chance. But he’s there only temporarily, right? It’s hard not to care for him when he’s all that she remembers and wants in her life.
I loved this book. It was very reminiscent of a small southern town with the haves and the have-nots battling it out. The wonderful relationships and secondary characters made it even more interesting (serial bait!!) and I loved the way everyone in both of their lives intermingled. Great southern romantic read for the summer–I can’t wait for Tally’s story next. Thanks