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Then He Kissed Me

(Cottonbloom #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  398 ratings  ·  96 reviews
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 dis
Paperback, 301 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 - "Do you remember when I asked you to run away with me..?" Stars!

The second book in Laura Trentham’s Cottonbloom Novels series certainly doesn’t disappoint. Nash and Tally’s story is sort of second chance, in that they were friends who drifted apart due to circumstances beyond their control as children, but the attraction that simmers between them as adults, threatens to take that friendship into a whole new direction.

You get to know Tally quite well in the first book of the series in that sh
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Then He Kissed Me is a great addition to Laura Trentham's Cottonbloom series and had it not been for the fact that the day job got in the way, I can say with some certainty I would have devoured this in one sitting.


I love a best-friends to lovers romance and Tally and Nash brought pretty much all I could've wished for. There were some similarities to the first book, but that doesn't detract from a romantic story that I enjoyed from the start. Tragic circumstances for both families led
4.5 stars

Then He Kissed Me was a heartwarming friends to lovers romantic read.

I'm a huge fan of friends to lovers genre and Laura Trentham has written a beautiful, entertaining and heartfelt story in Then He Kissed Me.

I loved Tally and Nash, they were both fun, sweet, honest and likable characters who shared a very special friendship growing up. They were inseparable, until tragedy strikes and see's them being torn apart just when they both needed each other the most.

It warmed my heart watching
A feel good vibe, with great in-depth characters. Where the story is as beautiful as it equally is frustrating. Where I laughed, smiled & squeezes out a tear or two.

4 Behold & Salivate Stars

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We’re back in Cottonbloom peeps, where there is more than just a physical separation between Louisiana and the Mississippi ‘Sips and the blue collar swamp rats. I’m for the swamp rats.

Two childhood friends split due to tragic circumstances. But as grownups they meet again. This is a friend
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Reread – 7/19/2017
Still loved this one! The five star rating still holds strong :)

What I loved:
Nash Hawthorne
The years had been kind, maturing him into a man that could disintegrate the staunchest of panties.
Tallulah Fournette
Her face scrubbed clean of the smudgy eye makeup, her cheeks were pink, and she wore his T-shirt, a red one with a huge Superman emblem over the front. She was every comic-book nerd’s dream girl.

These two are great characters. I loved their past history
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a title, Then He Kissed Me, sounds kind of breathy and sweet, doesn’t it? In the town of Cottonwood, it can be anything but, unless you live on the right side of the divide. Laura Trentham brings us another tale about a small minded town that took which side of the tracks or state line one lived in as the sum of one’s character, making a second chance, seem like a dream when one woman sees herself as inferior to the man she once knew as a child.

Once again town of Cottonbloom has torn two yo
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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There is something about small town romance that has a way of capturing my heart. Maybe it’s the simplicity of the story, the raw heart-tugging emotions, or maybe it’s Laura Trentham heartfelt prose. Well, it was all of the above.

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Then He Kissed Me by Laura Trentham is the second installment to th
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
They were both innocent kids who became best of friends. But when their respective parents died, Nash Hawthorne was taken by his aunt across the Mississippi river, leaving Talullah Fournette behind. She financially struggled with her studies, he got bullied in his new school. A river separated them, but their hearts never forgot.

Twenty long years had passed and they saw each other again, this time they could no longer hide their feelings. But Nash's aunt Leora never liked her for her nephew, an
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love small town stories that are full of romance and friendship. This book is perfect for me and I enjoyed it so much.

Nash and Tally were best of friends growing up in Cottonbloom, LA. Then his mom and her parents died and they were torn apart when he had to move to the other side of the river, the rich MS side. Now they are both grown up and Nash has come home for good. He is a professor and she own a gym. They are a lot of differences between them but one thing remains, they have strong feel
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
THEN HE KISSED ME is a great addition to the Cottonbloom series, sweet and beautiful, filled with heart-tugging emotion and is the perfect best friends to lovers story. The connection between Nash and Tally was so strong that it survived two decades of separation and when they reunited, it felt like they had never been apart. Ms. Trentham paints such a compelling picture of their childhood that a vision of a young Tally and Nash sneaking off to spend time together made me sigh with pleasure.

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ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

Trope: Friends to lovers

Chemistry: Simmering

One-Sentence Summary: Two childhood friends reconnect

Review: Why is it that during all my years at the University of Edinburgh, a Nash didn't come into my life?! Sad times.

Anyway, that aside, it took me a little while to really fall in love with this book: the start seemed a bit of a repetition of Cade/Monroe's story with Tally/Nash playing in the river when they were young followed by years of separation.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
(Cottonbloom: #2)
Written by Laura Trentham
2016; St. Martin’s Press Paperbacks (301 Pages)
Genre: series, fiction, contemporary, romance, small town

Rating: ★★★ 1/2

Tally Fournette, has her own business, with the help of her brother but still feels like she is not smart enough. When her childhood friend and crush, Nash Hawthorne returns to Cottonbloom to take care of his aunt, Tally feels the old feelings again. Nash has always been brilliant and has returned to his hometown to teac
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nash and Tally were best friend, when they were children, but life tore them apart. Nash spent years away from Cottonbloom, but he is back now and he's going to teach at a local school, whereas Tally never left and is a owner of a gym. When they finally meet after almost two decades, they instantly connect. Nash is very down to earth and knows what he wants and how to get it, but Tally has to overcome the problems that reach to her past, which has left her insecure and whiny at times. Will Nash ...more
Mandie Foxylutely
This is the second book in the Cottonbloom series but each can be read as a standalone. I had not read the first book in this series but I will now go back and read it as I want to know more about the eldest Fournette.

Tally Fournette has not had an easy life since the death of her parents. Before that though her life lead a wealth of potential at the young age of ten with her best friend Nash. They both spent hot summer days down by the river thinking the heady days of summer would never end. B
Laura Trentham has blown me away again with this second installment in her Cottonbloom series! I loved every minute of Tally and Nash’s story! Its emotional intensity was perfectly balanced by some hilarious moments, that made me laugh-out-loud!

If you have read “Kiss Me That Way”, you know that Tally Fournette, is Cade’s younger sister. Like her brothers, her childhood has been marked by difficult living conditions after the loss of their parents. Nash Hawthorne was a neighbor from the Louisiana
Ann Lorz
I have to say this is one on my new favorite series. I just love the people of Cottonbloom, all the people. The whole idea of this series is a wonderful one. Two states, one town. What's not to love?

Then He Kissed Me is about Nash Hawthorne & Tally Fournette

I really enjoyed both of them. This is a love story that started while they were children, even if they didn't really know it.

Both of their childhoods are heartbreaking. You will feel yourself tearing up as you read about how it began for th
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second story in the Cottonbloom series. Although these stories stand alone, it is best if they are read in order. Nash Hawthorne and Tallulah Fournette are neighbors and childhood friends. They spend every spare moment together until the death of Nash’s mother changes everything. Nash is sent across the river to live on the Mississippi side of Cottonbloom with his aunt – the well-to-do side. His aunt doesn’t approve of Tally and tries to keep her and Nash apart. Not so long after, Ta ...more
Samantha Glass
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read on a flight and loved it! Sassy Tallulah and Nerdy Nash reconnect as adults and work through transitioning from childhood friends to more adult connections. Questions of self-worth and doubt on both sides. Will love be enough to give them a happy ending? Set again in small town Americana with the quirky bunch of background characters from book one. This series keeps going up! An enjoyable read.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one was even better than the first one. I LOVE NASH. New book boyfriend.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was another sweet one. H/h used to be childhood best friends but when his mom died and her parents died circumstances separated them. Now that the hero is back they learn who they are as adults; both of them shaped by what they went through, he being bullied in school and her feelings of inadequacy due to her learning disability. The heroine had a lot of fear that acted as an impediment to their relationship while the hero was all in.
Jane S.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cottonbloom What a Place.

I love love love this series of books.Thank you for inviting me to visit
The folks are beginning to feel like long lost friend.💞
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Then He Kissed Me by Laura Trentham is the second novel featuring the Fournette siblings, who were once considered orphaned swamp rats as children and left to survive the best way they could, with no help from their community. This small town romance spotlights Tallulah “Tally”, the youngest Fournette sibling who owns a gym. Tally has lived in Cottonbloom all her life, and was once a rebellious teen who barely graduated high school. The reason is Tally has dyslexia, and she feels lacking because ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Nash Hawthorne met the girl of his dreams when he was just a young boy, and he always told himself that one day he would make her his wife, but life ended up getting in the way and took him across the state line and to a whole new living environment... one that Tally didn't belong in. Through the years they lost touch, Nash moved onto to college, dated some, but never really found someone who quite "fit" with him like Tally. He has often thought of her, wondered what she is like now, and if that ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Amazing is the word I would use to describe this book in a nutshell. Not only are the main characters funny, courageous and meant to be, but several of the secondary people had great stories that I loved reading. Laura, I heart this book!

Tallulah and Nash were good friends growing up–actually best friends–until tragedy struck both of their families. Nash went to live on the Mississippi side of the river, leaving Tally alone and bereft with only her br
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it

Once again one of the Fournette siblings has a friendship that goes sour and know it's time to kiss and makeup. This wasn't a secret friendship Tally and Nash were practically inseparable until Nash's mother finally succumbed to the cancer that was slowly killing her. Tally's own peaceful life was upturned with the sudden death of her parents. Nash moved to the other side of the river to live with his aunt and was kept from Tally. As a genius Nash skipped grades and soon found himself
Aliaa El-Nashar
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

Tally has always rebelled and lashed out growing up to cover up her feelings of inadequacy. Being reunited with her childhood friend Nash fills her with mixed feelings of joy, abandonment, comfort, pain and that she cannot measure up to him. Nash used to be a swamp rat like her, until his aunt took him to the Mississippi side when his mother died and they never got to see each other after that. Not only is he on the rich side, but he's much smarter than she could ever hope to be. Nash has hated
Susan Gorman
Laura Trentham’s descriptive prose shines in Then He Kissed Me, the second book in The Cottonbloom series. I could see the town of Cottonbloom with all of its shops and the river that divides the town. Then He Kissed Me is a heartwarming friends to lovers story with several interesting twists.

Nash is my favorite character in this series (sorry Sawyer!) Ms. Trentham has written a to die for beta hero. Who wouldn’t fall in love with a sexy college professor who reads comic books? And the fact that
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Coming back to Cottonbloom in Then He Kissed Me is like getting to visit with old friends you haven't seen in a while. This addition to the series picks up right where the first book leaves off, but it still reads very well as a stand alone effort.
In Then He Kissed Me, we are spending time with Tally and Nash. They were childhood best friends separated by their individual tragedies and have reconnected as adults. This is a gentle, well written story. Tally and Nash are both characters that are
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Then He Kissed Me is the first book I have read by Laura Trentham. I looked through all my books to see if I had anything else by her but sadly not yet. I plan to rectify that as soon as possible since I loved this childhood friends who find true love together novel. This is not the first book in the small town of Cottonbloom series. The first chapter is heart breaking which rightly served to make me fall for both for Nash and Tallulah (Tally). From there I was hard-put to put the book down.

Bette Hansen
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adore geeky nerd heroes in my romances and this book has one of the best! Nash Hawthorne is back in Cottonbloom after spending time in Scotland on his studies. Now he's a professor at the local college. Nash and Tally Fournette were inseparable as kids until Nash's mother passes away. Then he's whisked away by his aunt to live on the Mississippi side of the river. While the miles are few, the differences in their lives were great. In the small divided town of Cottonbloom, which side of the riv ...more
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