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It’s summertime in Cottonbloom, where two lovers find themselves at a crossroads just as things start to heat up. . .
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?
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When the Stars Come Out
Cottonbloom. A beautiful, faraway place where a woman can escape her past – and find reason to stay forever. . .
Willa Brown never planned to stay in Cottonbloom. She was on the way to somewhere else when she landed there and found work at the Abbot brothers’ garage. . .and a sense of comfort and safety that she had never known. The same holds true for Jackson Abbott himself. With one glance in her direction, he can make Willa’s heart melt. But what begins as an unrequited crush turns into something far more powerful than Willa could have ever imagined. . .
Jackson’s most meaningful relationship has always been with his car—and he’s not afraid to admit it. Still, he can’t help but become emotionally entangled with his new star mechanic Willa, who is definitely hiding some dark secrets of her own beneath the hood. Jackson desperately wants Willa to trust him, and to seek protection in his arms. But even as the two slowly surrender to their shared attraction, the danger lurking in Willa’s past remains a stubborn obstacle. Can she open up enough to give them both a chance at having real and lasting love?
I enjoyed this story of a woman who is hiding from a rocky and possibly dangerous past.
Willa Buchanan’s past consisted of a happy young girl who trusted the wrong people. Now and for the past few years she has been on the run from the threats of her drug dealing ex boyfriend. Taking her grandmother’s car and last name and continuing to run she finally lands in Cottonbloom with a job at the Abbott brother’s garage.
Jackson Abbott finds himself attracted to his new female mechanic. But Willa is hiding something from her past and Jackson has avoided emotional entanglements very successfully. His cars are his only love.
Will Willa’s past jump up to cause havoc or will her mutual attraction to Jackson lead to something lasting?
I enjoyed this read and gave it 4.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5.0 flames. The intimacy was a secondary part of this well written story.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
Set the Night on Fire
From award winning author Laura Trentham comes Set the Night on Fire, a novel about starting over, finding your way back home—and falling head over heels. . .
Ella Boudreaux has a lot to prove to her family, friends, and foes—and to herself. So when her marriage ends she decides to invest her energy and money into a place that brings back some of Ella’s happiest memories: the Abbott brothers’ garage. Maybe, if she puts her mind to it, she can teach skeptical, stubborn Mack Abbott how to make the business a true success. Which would be a lot easier if the hunky mechanic didn’t make her motor run quite so fast…and hot.
Mack was furious when his brother, Ford, sold his share of the business. He’s in no rush to team up with a wealthy divorcée who shows up to the garage in stilettos—and the longest, sexiest legs he’s seen in forever. But Ella’s grit and determination won’t quit…and soon Mack can see that she’s been down a few rough roads herself. Neither Mack nor Ella can deny the fierce attraction that’s revving up between them. Could it be that true love has been in the backseat all along…and they’ve finally found the key?
This is only the second book I have read in this series. I read mostly historical and time travel romance but this book and the previous one in the series drew me right in.
I don’t feel you need to read the entire series to enjoy this or the previous one but there may be a bit of back story that would help you understand what has occurred.
Our hero thinks his brother has betrayed him by selling a part interest in their family garage to Ella.
Upon meeting her though there is an undeniable attraction that pulls at him.
How will this story of wills end? Will this pair find love in spite of their differences?
I gave this book 4.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3 of 5 flames. This small town romance does have it’s intimate moments.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which was freely given.
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