Then He Kissed Me: A Cottonbloom Novel
Then He Kissed Me by Laura Trentham is the second installment to the Cottonbloom series, and this time around Trentham continues to charm her readers with a friends-to-lovers story line. Nash Hawthorne and Tally Fournette were childhood friends, but when Nash’s mother died, he moved to live with his aunt, and soon Nash and Tally’s friendship drifted apart. That is until Nash finds himself reuniting with Tally. “She was why none of his relationships had ever lasted. He hadn’t left part of himself on the river, he’d left part of himself with her.”
Right off the opening pages, readers can feel the strong connection brewing between Nash and Tally. Maybe it’s the simplicity and charm of small-town romance that makes readers yearn for more, but I love reading stories that make you believe in second chances, especially when it comes to childhood friends becoming lovers. Though the path may not be easy, I loved the banter and sexual tension between Nash and Tally. It only heightened the believability that second chance reunions can be real.
Though this second installment had a similar theme to the first book, I still loved the message that love is love. Love doesn’t need to be grand or exuberant. Love just needs to be felt. And Trentham truly captured this sentiment as she took her readers on a journey where emotions run deep, just like the river in Cottonbloom, and where friendship and love are meant to be simple and stickily sweet. Then He Kissed Me is a great small-town romance filled with love, friendship, and charm.
|Page Count||320 pages|
|Publisher||St. Martin's Paperbacks|
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