Author: Lauren Trentham
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Jeremy Whitehurst has tried to leave his bad-boy behavior and tarnished image behind in Alabama for a fresh start in Cottonbloom, Louisiana. Unfortunately, trouble has dogged him across state lines. Stepping up and protecting a young woman from her abusive boyfriend earned him a beat-down and got him fired. Although the thanks in the girl’s dark eyes made it all worth it, he recognizes she’s just a different kind of trouble. A trouble he’s not sure he can stay away from.
One rebellious summer dented Kayla Redmond’s carefree innocence. Now her focus is on completing her associate’s degree for bookkeeping, and no one is going to derail her plans. Unfortunately, her job at Fournette Brothers Designs puts her in the path of the one man who has seen her at her worst, yet his blue eyes don’t judge her. He sees beyond the brokenness inside of her and rouses her wild side once more. But, that’s what got her in trouble in the first place.
Christmas is coming and Kayla’s ready to forgive herself and take a chance. But the holiday has only ever brought heartache to Jeremy. No Christmas miracle kept his mother clean or out of jail. Will one reckless night and some time spent in the back of a cop car be the best present Jeremy’s ever been given?
Review: Laura Trentham’s small town of Cottonbloom seems to be visited with handsome, studly men who have matured and seasoned to that fine ripeness we all look for. Recovering bad boys turned alpha male who have decided that there is room in their hearts for love. Women who’ve never been treated right finding themselves and looking for more than a man who’ll leave whenever things get tough. And Christmas? Well, it certainly brings out the small child in all of us. What better time for romance, right?
Kayla had met Jeremy before, and the circumstances of their meeting had been less than ideal. He’d come across her being brutalized by her now ex-boyfriend and had rescued her. The shame from that meeting keeps her tongue tied around him until he gently confronts her and assures her that he doesn’t think less of her for her past.
Jeremy is crazy about Kayla and he knows she’s uncomfortable about the last time they’d been together. Bringing it up not only makes her feel better–it gives him an opportunity to get to know her better and to ask her out.
When both of them give in to their feelings of attraction and allow themselves to move on from their less than perfect pasts, Jeremy and Kayla find a wonderful relationship growing between then. Now, can they keep fear and past memories from ruining their future together?
As always, I love Christmas books and Candy Cane Christmas is touching, romantic, and just like a candy cane–sweet with a little bit of pop! If you’re a fan of small towns and romances, this one is perfect!