Saturday, July 30, 2016

Till I Kissed You (Cottonbloom Novels #3) by Laura Trentham



https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1632412488






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?




Before you read this book I can only recommend that you read the other two in the series.


Am I a fan of second chance romances? No.

Did this work for me? Yes.

Regan and Sawyer were sweethearts what they had was the real deal but with a lot of things in life it didn’t go as planned. Sawyer the swamp rat and Regan Lovell the sip couldn’t have come from more different worlds and yet they were the only ones they let their guards down around.

She would love Sawyer Fournette forever.

11 years later.

She hated Sawyer Fournette.


A lot has changed in eleven years. How do you get over the betrayal of the past? With great difficulty but if it is true then it will work out. The first cut of betrayal is always the deepest and the one that shall forever show a scar that will never cease to exist.

We experience how Sawyer and Regan try to deal with past hurts. Should they be buried in the past? But when it all boils down to it isn’t the past that counts but the future.

On top of that to improve Cottonbloom they have both entered the same competition. Heart of Dixie magazine caught wind of them both entering the festival to win the prize money. So what to do well pit the Louisiana Cottonbloom and the Mississippi Cottonbloom together and see what happens. Turns out a lot can happen in one summer. They wanted to play up the decades old rivalry.

In the end they team up together to find the culprit who is trying to sabotage both of the festivals.
Misunderstandings and immaturity but not fate had doomed them to nearly unhappiness. But they work it out. Even if it is hard and past hurts have to be put aside you know.

“I understand more than anyone what it is to protect yourself from being hurt. Just remember that living is laying your heart on the line for someone else to protect.”

I didn’t expect them to make each other jealous. Mistakes are made once again what had my blood boiling the most was that they could just have talked sooner but no lets our insecurities get in the way.

She had once been in love like Monroe. She had walked around pooping rainbows and smiling at rain. It was a once-in-a-life-time kind of thing, and she’d lost it.

Now I might compared to other reviewers be harsher but I’ll tell you exactly why I gave it 4 stars, Regan! Seriously woman what is your problem?

There were just some occurrences in the book where I could have smacked her.

She made exactly the same mistake as a grown woman as when she was a teenager and this is where I could have hit her. They pinkie swore. Pinkie swears are to be taken very seriously.

What she saw wasn’t what happened and well her mother is something else alright trying to stick a wedge between the two. In some ways Regan was still that teenage girl as well as Sawyer still being the teenage boy. Some have to fight tooth and nail for what they want. The echoes of the past are always strong especially when you live along the only person that you ever loved or in this case still love.

There are absolutely hilarious moments in the, it all comes back to the rabbit kafuffle. The pillow massacre but there are serious moments in the book as well there is the pavilion incident. The crayfish basket vandalism. A teensy weeny bit of B & E to keep things exciting.

“If I’m moving in, there’s one thing that has to change.” Her hand tightened. The gash on his arm throbbed. “What?” “I can’t handle living with all these pillows. I’m pretty sure they’re spawning.”
This is the end to a fantastic series and it went out on a bang. An emotional rollercoaster ride to a wonderful series. A farewell to a beautiful town filled with all sorts of characters. Not only is there a reuniting of the couples that are meant to be but a town that should have never split in the first place.

I couldn’t have said it better Sawyer. This reminds me of Friends with Ross & Rachel.

“Techically, you were on a break” Sawyer’s laugh was humourless. “That excuse has failed through the ages. I didn’t even attempt it.” Stand-up guy there Sawyer. He is a softy between the rough edges.

Even friends and family see what they can’t.

“Puh-lease. You are two are meant for each other. Like Romeo and Juliet. “They both died at the end. It was not a love story. “Okay bad example. How about Pretty Woman except she was a hooker. The Notebook? Wait, she lost her mind in the end, didn’t she? Never mind, you’ll write your own story. Like me and Cade.”

I would go all cougar on Jeremy. He has a chip on his shoulder and can’t seem to catch a break in life but I know his time will come. Ms. Trentham will give him all the love that he desires and needs.

To get the creativity running I listened to Winning Streak by Glen Hansard. Bang Bang by Lawrence Taylor. 7 years old by Lukas Graham. Picture by Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow. Twist the Knife by Leslie Clio.