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?
ARC received from: Netgalley
Trope: Friends to lovers
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. Then there was the emphasis that they were best friends in present-time but they hadn’t seen each other in twenty years – I’m sorry but you’ll never convince me that you can stay away from each other for two decades and immediately slip back into the best friend status.
So I was convinced that this book was a 3.5* all the way until the last third where it finally clicked for me and I fell in love the story. The added layer of Tally’s Uncle and Nash’s Aunt made it all the more interesting as did Nash’s reconnection with his Dad.
Overall though, whilst I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would at the start, I still feel that this is the “filler” book for me, bring on Sawyer/Regan’s story!