Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Review: Till I Kissed You by Laura Trentham


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?



Regan and Sawyer have been secondary characters throughout the Cottonbloom series.  They've also been at odds with each other. 

Regan is the mayor of Cottonbloom, Mississippi, and Sawyer is the parish manager for Cottonbloom, Louisiana.  Both want their respective festivals to succeed.  Unfortunately, a series of pranks threaten the festivals, and then actual threats come against Regan. 

We learn more about what led to the original break-up of Regan and Sawyer, which I thought was a little underwhelming.  There are class differences and prejudices throughout the series, so I'm not sure why I was surprised Regan's upbringing came into play.  Once they give in to their feelings, however, nothing can keep Regan and Sawyer apart.  Ms. Trentham excels at sexual tension and heat between characters. 

I really enjoyed this entire series and am a little sad to leave both Cottonblooms.  

(A very special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Till I Kissed You.)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Love Blooms on Main Street by Olivia Miles





Love is always in season . . .

Florist Ivy Birch fantasizes about the day a man will surprise her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Especially if that man happens to be Brett Hastings. One stolen kiss at her best friend's wedding and Ivy can't get the sexy ER doctor out of her head.


In the small town of Briar Creek, you can't avoid anyone for very long. Not that Brett has been trying to avoid Ivy. He just can't afford to let anything distract him from his work-not again. So when a hospital fundraiser throws them together, love is the last thing on his mind. But with her quick wit and sweet laugh, soon the one woman he's tried to keep at arm's length is capturing his heart...


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review: Then He Kissed Me by Laura Trentham



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?



Then He Kissed Me features two childhood best friends, Tally Fournette and Nash Hawthorne, separated by the river when Nash's mother dies.  Nash is drawn to Tally once again, and Tally agrees to be his friend, even though she doesn't feel deserving.  Theirs is a slow-building romance -- Nash has to convince Tally of his intentions -- but it was one I greatly enjoyed.  This book didn't disappoint!  

(A very special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Then He Kissed Me.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt


HE CAN GUARD HER

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.



Captain Trevillion is one of those minor characters in Ms. Hoyt's Maiden Lane series that just pops up every now and then, and he is exactly what you need.  He has been injured -- and retired -- from service in the King's Dragoons, a position which gave him intimate knowledge of St. Giles.  When Lady Phoebe's brother, Maximus, hires Captain Trevillion as a guard for Phoebe, it seems a fitting employment.

But while Captain Trevillion must guard Phoebe's life, especially now that she is losing her sight, he finds himself quite attracted to her, which ups the stakes concerning his protection.

I really enjoyed the pairing of Phoebe and Trevillion, much more than I thought I would.  Perhaps it's because Phoebe is disabled and the normally gruff captain keeps his patience with her more than anyone.  Perhaps it's that Phoebe is vulnerable but she's also fearless and strong.  Whatever the reason, I thoroughly enjoyed Dearest Rogue


Friday, July 1, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Review: Missed Connections by Tamara Mataya



Missed Connection: I saw you standing there, and I was struck by your eyes. Gorgeous, but not as gorgeous as your smile.

What should have been a sizzling NYC summer has been hijacked by demanding bosses. To cope, I spend my nights cruising Missed Connections, dreaming of finding an uber-romantic entry all about me. Of course, the moment I finally find that Missed Connection, real life comes crashing down in a night of unbridled passion with totally off-limits Jack.Best. Hookup. Ever.Gorgeous and wealthy, hot as sin, Jack can give me everything I need-except an emotional connection. That I get from my Missed Connection, the romantic stranger who never fails to make me swoon. But there's only so much of me to go around. Torn between the bad boy I can't keep and the sensitive stranger who bares his soul online, my heart and body are caught in two very different relationships...or are they?



A new-to-me author with an intriguing cover.  I took a chance on this book, and I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.  While the dialogue seemed appropriate for Sarah's age, her behavior  -- and the fact that she stayed in a job where she was seemingly gaslit (I really wanted to find out what would happen there, but since she quit, a resolution was unnecessary) -- and Jack's deception really took me out of the story.  

(A very special thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Missed Connections.)
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