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?
Cottonbloom (introduced in Kiss Me That Way) is a town divided by the Mississippi River: poor "swamp rats" live on the Louisiana side, and wealthy 'Sips on the Mississippi bank. After a brief childhood idyll, Nash Hawthorne and Tallulah Fournette are separated by the river's unspoken rules for 18 years. Then Nash returns from Ph.D. studies abroad to take up a professorship at a local college. He's as nerdy as Tally remembers him, but now he's also handsome, socially adept, and trained in self-defense. She's as magnetic as he remembers her, but enigmatic in her prickly manner and tied to dead-end habits like her connection with Heath Parsons, school bully turned MMA fighter, who's determined to take Tally for himself. Trentham's handling of the big battles class struggle, stalking, physical violence is deft and personal, making for an easy read but disappointing conclusions. Readers who believe that economic and social discrimination can be solved by identifying personal insecurity and being rescued by a privileged man will find this pleasant beach read ticks all the right boxes.
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Loved this must read
The second story in the Cottonbloom series brings Nash and Talley (Tallulah) together. This sweet story of life-long friendships, loss, pain and love is so charming. I could not put it down. I loved the character development; Learning about Nash & Talley's pasts individually and together. I thoroughly enjoyed every swoon-worthy and sexy moment! Can't Wait to read the next installment.