Then He Kissed Me (Cottonbloom #2)

thenhekissedAuthor: Laura Trentham 

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in Series 

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Blurb: Can two hearts come together in one divided town?

As a boy, Nash Hawthorne spent countless afternoons on the Louisiana side of Cottonbloom with Tally Fournette, wading in the river, peeling oranges and catching frogs. When illness stole his mother, Nash yearned to take Tally and run away―for good. Instead, he crossed the state line to live with his aunt. It was a short distance as the crow flies, but it swept him into a whole new world…

After Nash left, Tally managed to struggle through her own losses without him. But now that she’s crossed paths with him again―at Cottonbloom College, where the grown-up, gorgeous Nash teaches history―she is reminded of their cherished youthful connection…and an attraction that has only gotten stronger with age. Between Tally’s possessive ex and Nash’s snobbish aunt, no one thinks they belong together. In a town torn apart by old resentments and rivalries, can they find their way back to the life they once shared―and turn their long-lost dreams into a real and lasting love?

 

Review: Amazing is the word I would use to describe this book in a nutshell. Not only are the main characters funny, courageous and meant to be, but several of the secondary people had great stories that I loved reading. Laura, I heart this book!

Tallulah and Nash were good friends growing up–actually best friends–until tragedy struck both of their families. Nash went to live on the Mississippi side of the river, leaving Tally alone and bereft with only her brothers and uncle to care for her. Nash didn’t fare much better staying with his aunt, too smart for his own good, living his life with books for friends.

But neither has forgotten the past. So when Nash sought her out at the Tavern, she was thrilled to see him even though she didn’t let it show. Her life hadn’t followed the predictable path–her dyslexia had kept her from going to college–while he’d gone on to get a PhD. in History. He was way out of her league now, but he seems to be interested in her, and he sure seems to remember their friendship. Maybe she can have her best friend back?

While they’ve missed out on a lot of time with each other, it’s as if they’ve never been apart. Both Tally and Nash find it easy to pick up their friendship, but it’s much harder to deal with the blazing chemistry between them that threatens to derail their previous platonic childhood relationship. Will trying to have more ruin their friendship?

Falling in love is easy, but revealing your weakness to another person is hard.

Laura Trentham draws out the sexual tension with Nash and Tally almost kissing, nearly kissing and then…not kissing. It’s crazy but it ramps up the heat while you’re reading so when they do get together–you can only imagine! What a wonderful build-up to the culmination of years of feelings for each other. The author did a wonderful job of letting us not only share in their excitement, but watch as they grew and changed for the relationship to work.

This book just flew by for me–I can’t wait for the next in the series. If Ms. Trentham continues to improve with each book she writes, the sky’s the limit! Thanks so much for sharing your great imagination with us!

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