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Kiss Me That Way

(Cottonbloom #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  571 ratings  ·  144 reviews
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 m
Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Laura Trentham and definitely won't be the last.

I was on the fence about this one but the review of one of my gr friends was all I needed. And color me impressed. This book is gold.

This was a lovely story about second chances and a superb example of how difficulties behind closed doors can have a huge impact on some people's lives.

The writing was fabulous and the romance between Cade and Monroe was sizzling. I am such a sucker for romance filled with tension.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smp, shit-hot-series
4.5 - "Meet me under the cottonwood tree..." Stars!

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Laura Trentham’s writing, whether it be contemporary romance or historical fiction, she is an author that always manages to put a really engaging story together.

Kiss Me That Way is the first book in the new Cottonbloom series, in it we are introduced to the town of Cottonbloom that sits on the river; one side affluent the other not so much. The Fournettes sit firmly in the run-down part, whilst Monroe Kirby
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

This was my first read by this author so it was a completely new experience for me. I found myself drawn into the story after reading only the first few pages of it. I really did enjoy this decent, heart-warming love story between two old friends who came from completely different worlds.

What made this book really work for me was the heroine, Monroe. I liked her. I liked that she never denied herself the special feelings she had for Cade. She never played games with him. She was never afrai
4.5 Stars

The first installment in Laura Trentham’s new series is a touching and delightful story set in the middle of Cottonbloom, a small Southern town divided in two by the river : the wealthy Mississipi side and the poor Louisiana side.

Since the death of his parents, Cade Fournette lives with his younger brother and sister and their uncle in a trailer on the Louisiana side. His family is poor and he has to resort to poaching to feed them. One day, during his nightly activities, he meets Monro
Geri Reads
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

Sweet, second chance romance!

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Cottonbloom is a small town split in two do to a river and money. One side is Mississippi where the people are comfortable to well off. The other side of the river is Louisiana where people are called swamp rats and tend to be lower income.

Normally I have a problem reading books where a child is molested. Thankfully one of the main characters Monroe Kirby only had to go through an attempted molestation one night. This night though forever changed her lifer. She met Cade Fournette who helped defe
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 beautiful prose. Well, it was all of the above.

Kiss Me That Way by Laura Trentham simply stole my heart. This book made my heart flutter and left a big smile on face. This is a story where a man, who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks or in this cas
They were divided by a river and the small minds and hearts of a town that straddled two states, but love built a bond that knows no boundaries. Cade lived on the poor side of town, forced to leave school and his dreams behind to do whatever was necessary to raise his younger siblings when he parents died.

As a child, young Monroe ran for her life and away from the horrific advances of her mother’s lover. The only person to protect her was Cade, a teen with the weight of the world already on his
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Offering me all I could want from a romantic read, Kiss Me That Way is a strong start to Laura Trentham’s Cottonbloom series.

"You left Cottonbloom without telling me. Without saying good-bye. I want to know why."

Being a new author to me, I went into this with few expectations. And Laura Trentham delivered; with an engaging writing style, she brings her reader an endearing cast of characters, a beautiful setting and a story of two individuals from very different backgrounds, reacquainting a
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ by: Geri
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“I could take you right here, right now, with all the Tarwaters and all of crazy Cottonbloom a few rooms away. And I’d make it good, Monroe. I’d make your body sing. I’d make you beg before giving you everything you need. Then, you could walk back out into that damn party like nothing happened. No one would know the things you want to do in the dark with a poor, dirty boy from Louisiana.”

Small town romances. Are you drawn to them like I am? I think it was
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 "Hard to forget a damsel in distress on a hot September night." Stars

I really enjoyed this book. Contemporary, slow burn romance that takes the trope of bad boy/good girl and turns it completely on it's head. Trentham's writing draws into her characters and their lives exquisitely and holds you there from beginning to end. Cade and Monroe dance around each other after not having seen one another for ten years in a well executed slow burn tango that leaves you rooting for them both. The capers
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Somethings are just worth fighting for.

Monroe Kirby was from the rich side of the river. When her mother’s boyfriend makes inappropriate advances toward the young teen, Monroe she escapes to the river bank where she is saved by Cade Fournette.

Cade is a young man, who had to drop out of high school, to provide for his siblings after a deadly car crash kills his parents. Desperate times cause Cade to resort to poaching to survive. One night on a crawfish poaching run, Cade finds a scared young gir
"Bravery is about doing something even though it scares you.”

This is one of my first surprise reads of 2016. I loved this book it had all the elements I love in a book.

Sometimes I have the knack of requesting books and when I do get them a couple of weeks later I wonder then why I requested the book. This occurred here as well but hey I read it and I frigging loved it.

Two states, one town split between them for reasons unknown. Cottonbloom, Mississippi & Cottonbloom, Louisiana. A quirky town w
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
This was a cute small town romance. It dealt with loss of family, self discovery and not giving up hope. Like usual, I ended up reading book 2 (which I loved!) and book 3 before ever getting a hold of this one. That being said, I loved that I made it full circle and the POV from Cade and Monroe clicked the whole series into place. It was a nice introduction to the unique little town of Cottonbloom. I really enjoy this author’s storytelling, the characters aren’t one dimensional but complex and i ...more
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
KISS ME THAT WAY is intense, sweet and appealing as only small town romance can be, with a complicated tangle of drama, emotions and secrets as well as characters that draw the reader into their journey but there is also a lot of humor to temper the emotional moments and I found myself laughing out loud at some of those funny moments.

Cade Fournette and Monroe Kirby forged a secret friendship the night he saved a thirteen year old girl from a terrible fate, a friendship that became more for her,
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Thirteen year old Monroe Kirby sneaked out of her house one night when her mother's lover came to her room and attempted to touch her. Her escape led her to other side of Cottonbloom, right where 17 year old Cade Fournette was hiding in his boat when authorities were looking for him. What was it about him that made Monroe to trust him? What was it about her that Cade couldn't stay away from?

A decade had passed until their paths met again. Cade came back home and Monroe was pleased to be the one
4.5 stars

Kiss Me That Way was such a beautiful, heartwarming read, loved.

I really enjoyed watching Cade and Monroe's romance unfold. They were fun, sweet, stubborn, likable characters that captured my heart with their heartwarming love story.
From the first moment these two see each other again you can feel their connection/attraction for each other. My heart went out to them, they each had insecurities and fears to get over to truly find happiness together. With communication, trust and love th
This is my first time reading from Laura Trentham and my, my, my... Cade Fournette is indeed swoon-worthy and who doesn't love second chance romances?

I had a wonderful time indulging Monroe and Cade- certainly will continue to embark and devour the series of Cottonbloom!

♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

When it only takes some “small” tracks to bring you on the wrong side of a town – just imagine what it does to someone when you are from the wrong side of a river ?

Laura Trentham dives deep into that question with “Kiss me that Way” the start of her new series of “Cottonbloom novels”.

It was the first book of that author that I read and I think she really managed to catch all the clichés (in a good way) that you would expect in a wrong side of the track novel. And than she topped it off with a b
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. First book in the Cottonbloom Novels---Fall in love with the characters. Cade and Monroe, Tally who is Cade's sister. Regan who is Monroe's best friend. Sawyer who is Cade's brother.
Cade comes to Monroe's rescue one night when she was only 13. Cade was older. The one thing is they have a special secret while things are strained at home for Monroe, but Cade will protect her at all costs. Well that's until he up and leaves Cottonbloom. Monroe makes something of herself after that
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monroe and Cade come from different parts of Cottonbloom and their lives seem to be quite different. When Monroe is just 13, she runs from a scary situation at home and finds solace in Cade. Cade is a few years older and is willing to protect her until he leaves Cottonbloom. When Cade returns due to an injury, he and Monroe meet again, after a long time. They are both older and wiser, yet the spark is still there. They both have their own secrets and life hasn't been easy for either of them, but ...more
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“You needed me?” Her voice was husky, and she lifted her gaze the last few inches to meet his, the green as dark and beautiful as a magnolia leaf.
“I do need you.” His whisper hooked her a step closer. His eyes flared and he cleared his throat. “I mean I need your help with my nuts.”
“Your nuts?” She dropped his hand and startled back a step.
“Of the nuts-and-bolts variety.” They both glanced toward his crotch. He scrubbed his hand over his head. Red tinged his cheekbones even as a small laugh


This is the first book in Laura Trentham's new series about Cottonbloom, Louisiana/Mississippi. This is the first book that I've read by Trentham and I'm a bit on the fence as to whether I'd pick up another novel by her in the future.

There seems to be a new trend going around these days with romance novels. The leading ladies all seem to have some sort of sexual abuse in their past. And this sexual abuse all seems to happen when they are children. I just can't stomach this shit. I know that it'
WTF Are You Reading?
The self-made world traveller and multi-patented inventor that is today's Cade Fournette, is a man far removed from his 'swamp rat' past, in Cotton Bloom, Louisiana. A past filled with the heartbreak of losing both his parents, and any hopes and dreams for his future. A past filled with being mother, father, brother, and provider to his younger siblings. A past that Cade has gone everywhere and done everything to escape.
A past filled with her.

Monroe Kirby never strayed far from her Cotton Bloom,
4-1/2 stars.

This review is also posted on Pretty Sassy Cool.

I love books set in Louisiana, especially when the capture the ambiance and culture of the place that I call home. I also love second chance romances, so I was pretty excited to pick up Kiss Me That Way by Laura Trentham. I enjoyed her Falcons Football series, too.

So. Fifteen years ago, Monroe and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks (in this case, river), Cade, formed a bond when he literally came to her rescue. They lost touch af
Pretty Sassy Cool
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review is also posted on Pretty Sassy Cool.

I love books set in Louisiana, especially when the capture the ambiance and culture of the place that I call home. I also love second chance romances, so I was pretty excited to pick up Kiss Me That Way by Laura Trentham. I enjoyed her Falcons Football series, too.

So. Fifteen years ago, Monroe and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks (in this case, river), Cade, formed a bond when he literally came to her rescue. They lost touch after Cade lef
Suze Lavender
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cottonbloom has two sides that are divided by a river. There's an upscale and a downscale part and there's some competition between the two. Monroe was born in the richer part of town. When she was a teenager she lived alone with an alcoholic mother who didn't always make the smartest choices. Monroe found safety with Cade, who's from the poorer side of town. He also didn't have an easy childhood because his parents died and he had to take care of his brother and sister. When they were old enoug ...more
Elizabeth H.
***Warning: This book contains some heavy subject material including abuse and adult situations that may make some readers uncomfortable***

KISS ME THAT WAY is a cross between Romeo and Juliet and The Hatfields and The McCoys, sprinkled with comedic antics and a whole lotta love!

When speaking of love, I’m not talking about the wooing of flowers, dining, sonnets of desire or declarations of affection. It’s not just defined as romantic. Love is doing whatever’s necessary to feed your younger siblin
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love small town romances so I jumped at the chance to read this new series about a not just one small town but technically two. Originally one town but because of differences was split in half the Mississippi side and the Louisiana side; one side the wealthy side and the other low income. I liked that concept instead of the railroad tracks it's a river. I'm new to Laura Trentham and I can say this will not be the last. The small town rivalry was as amusing as it was silly. I loved the connecti ...more
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it

This is my first time reading a Laura Trentham book and it certainly won’t be my last. The author does such an amazing job of weaving a romantic spell on the reader it’s a totally captivating read from the first page you’re wholeheartedly invested in Cade and Monroe and there tale. While this book is marked as romance there is so much more buried beneath it, grief, childhood trauma, love, acceptance, and difficult choices. I adored Cade and Monroe they are such great characters and there romance
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