A river divides Cottonbloom in two: the upscale enclave on the Mississippi side and the rundown, rough and tumble side in Louisiana. They’re worlds apart—but nothing can build a bridge like love…
Cade Fournette never had it easy Cottonbloom. He stuck around long enough to raise his orphaned siblings and then hightailed it out West—and never looked back. Even though he’s made a success of himself in Seattle, Cade never lost the toughness and the angry edge that helped him survive down South. His only weak spot: the girl he left behind…
Monroe Kirby came from the wealthy side of town, but that didn’t protect her from her mother’s drinking—or her mother’s boyfriend. It was Cade who did that, on a long-ago hot September night, before he disappeared…along with a piece of her heart. Now Monroe is a physical therapist who can fight for herself, and it’s Cade who could use some conditioning when he makes an unexpected return back home. Will he and Monroe pick up where they left off and finally explore their mutual passion—or will the scars and secrets of the past divide them once more?
Small-town Southern romances may be my favorite. I grew up in a small town -- at least it felt small -- so these kinds of stories really speak to me.
Both Monroe and Cade have scars and problems in their past, yet their joined past, something that remained private, keeps them connected. The main difference between them really is that Cade left his side of Cottonbloom while Monroe stayed on hers.
Monroe and Cade may have connected when they were younger, but theirs is a mature romance, one that grows from mutual respect and love in the here and now. Cade certainly doesn't expect to stay in Cottonbloom, although Monroe -- and his family, possibly in equal parts -- keeps pulling him back. I am glad he decided to go with his heart.
(A very special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Kiss Me That Way.)