Thursday, September 1, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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 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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Posted by Jo at 10:06 AM
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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?
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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.