Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge--
life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .

Cottonbloom #4
Laura Trentham
Releasing Aug 1, 2017
St. Martin's Press

Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge--life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .

Sutton Mize is known for lavishing attention on the customers who flock to her boutique on the wealthy side of her Mississippi town. So when she finds a lace thong in her fiance's classic cherry-red Camaro, she knows just who she sold it to: her own best friend. In an instant, Sutton's whole world goes up in flames. . .

Wyatt Abbott has harbored a crush on Sutton since he was a young kid from the other side of the tracks. He witnessed Sutton's shocking discovery in the Camaro at his family-owned garage--and it made him angry. What kind of man could take lovely, gorgeous Sutton for granted? But then Sutton comes up with an idea: Why not give her betrothed a taste of his own medicine and pretend that she's got a lover of her own? Wyatt is more than happy to play the hot-and-heavy boyfriend. But what begins as a fictional affair soon develops into something more real, and more passionate, than either Sutton or Wyatt could have imagined. Could it be that true love has been waiting under the hood all along? 

My Review

The Cottonbloom series was recommended to me by a good friend when it first came out and I have been hooked ever since. The first books were with the Fournette siblings and now we have the sexy Abbott brothers. I loved this book so much, I am reviewing it twice. Laura Trentham knows how to write unforgettable male heroes.
     Sutton Mize is a girl who you think has it all until she discovers that her fiance has been cheating on her. Wyatt witnesses her heartbreaking discovery when she brings a classic car to his family's garage for some restoration. He had a crush on her in school, but they were from two different worlds, She's from the wealthy side and he's from the blue collar side of town. 
     I loved watching the changes that happened to Sutton after she discovers who her fiance cheated on her with. It is really a painful moment in her life. Talk about a wake up call! She goes through some eye opening self examination and the sexy Wyatt is there to help pick up the pieces. She realizes that lately she has just been going through the motions and not really living her life for herself and her own happiness. Sutton strikes a deal with Wyatt for a fake romance in order to save face and it turns out to be the best deal she's ever made. With Wyatt's support, she starts to really enjoy life and the things she truly has a passion for, which now includes him.
     Yes, I still have a crush on Wyatt! He is such a sweet and generous hero. Though having Sutton's back may help improve business at his family's garage, he can't help falling for the girl of his dreams. I loved how he easily charms many of the women in Sutton's wealthier world. He's no fake either, even if their "romance" starts off that way. He is sexy, strong and kind and there is a sense of vulnerability in him that may have some readers swooning while these realize their deal may just be the best thing that has ever happened to them.
     LEAVE THE NIGHT ON  is a charming romance with a lot of heart. There are plenty of laughs and some sizzling fun between Sutton and Wyatt. I love this town of Cottonbloom on both sides of the river and I wonder which brother's story is up next.  I can't wait!


Jackson grabbed Wyatt's arm and forced him around. “You like her.”

Everyone likes her. She’s nice.”

I mean, you like like her. You have since we were kids—I’ve not forgotten how you walked around with cow eyes around her—and that kiss out front wasn’t pretend. You two nearly melted the asphalt.”

Jackson’s twin powers had veered sharply annoying. “I maybe, sort of like her. What’s wrong with that? She’s single; I’m single.”

She’s been single for less than a week. She’s using you.”

I’m using her too. In return for me squiring her around, she’s going to get her judge daddy to talk up the garage at the country club. Send some more projects our way to make up for the Camaro.”

That kiss was all a selfless act for the garage?” Jackson’s sarcasm was not appreciated.

Wyatt had to look away from his brother’s gaze which prompted a muttered curse from Jackson.

Do not fall for this woman, Wyatt. Whether she means to or not, she’s going to rip your heart into little pieces and feed it to the gators before she goes back to her old life.”

We’re not getting serious. In fact, we agreed that after I take her to the gala, it’s over.”

Jackson didn’t look pleased with the news. He looked worried. “As long as you don’t delude yourself into thinking it’s anything more than that. She’ll be back with Tarwater or someone like him by Christmas.”

Because the thought had already burrowed into his chest, Wyatt’s reaction was knee-jerk and defensive. “Someone like him?”

You know, sophisticated. Worldly. Rich. Well-connected. Well-groomed.”

Eff you,” Wyatt shot back, but there was little heat to it.

Jackson was right. “I’ve been told I clean up real nice.”

Jackson’s smile revealed his dimples. A rare sight since their pop had died last year. “Doesn’t count if it’s from a female relative over the age of sixty.”

An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. The first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. Then He Kissed Me, a Cottonbloom novel, was named as one of Amazon’s best romances of 2016. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she's shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as large as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

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