Regan Lovell grew up on the wealthy Mississippi side of Cottonbloom—and now, as mayor, she’s determined to save it from the fate of so many small towns. Part of her plan to help the local economy is the Labor Day tomato festival. If only she wasn’t being undermined by Sawyer Fournette, who’s planning a crayfish-themed celebration on the Louisiana side of the river on the very same weekend. The pranks and sabotage are getting out of hand, and she’s had it with him—no matter how much she enjoyed those stolen hours in his truck bed, so many years ago…
Sawyer knows that Regan’s never forgiven him for breaking her heart—but despite his reputation as a low-class swamp rat, he’d never hurt the woman who still secretly drives him crazy with desire. Someone in Cottonbloom has it out for her, though, and Sawyer intends to watch her back…and the rest of her too, if she can ever let go of her distrust. But will a common enemy be enough to unite them—and finally fulfill the promises they made one passionate night under the stars?
After watching her from a distance for years, their lives running parallel on opposite sides of the river, close yet miles apart, the past weeks had closed the gaps and fate had entwined their paths until he couldn’t get away from her. Didn’t want to get away from her. He just plain wanted her. Had always wanted her.
ARC received from: Netgalley
Trope: Reconciliation Romance
Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio
One-Sentence Summary: Two lovers from different sides of the river are drawn back together by the upcoming festivals
Review: This has been the book I have been waiting for in this trilogy, ever since I read the blurb for it – who doesn’t love a reconciliation romance full of friction, sexual tension and a muddy past?
When we meet Sawyer and Regan in previous books in the trilogy, they have always been arguing and accusing each other of underhanded deeds. By the start of this book, they have moved past that a bit to a mutual understanding that someone is trying to sabotage their festival plans. The build-up of sexual tension between them is greatly helped by the fact they conveniently seem to run into each other in various dark and cramped places in Cottonbloom but what I loved the most was how Sawyer was always there to protect Regan when they realised she was being targeted by the festival saboteur.
This was one of those books where I raced through it, eagerly awaiting every new interaction between Sawyer and Regan until they finally got together and accepted that their love for each other hadn’t died but had just been lying dormant.
I am really sad that this series is over as I have fallen in love with Cottonbloom. I can’t wait to see what Laura Trentham writes next!