Thursday, August 10, 2017

Guest Review by Julie: Leave the Light On by Laura Trentham

Series:     Cottonbloom #4
Pub. Date:Aug. 1, 2017
Publisher:St. Martin's Press
Length:350 pages

Sutton Mize is a good girl who toes the lines, worries about appearances, and always does what's expected of her. Her engagement to a prominent attorney is more of a merger than actual relationship and she's..mostly okay with that. Until she's presented with an incriminating set of panties, belonging to her bestie, under the front seat of her fiancée's Camaro..that she just drove in to Abbott's garage to have restored as a wedding gift. To make matters worse, Wyatt Abbott, the bane of her childhood existence, is there to witness her mortified reaction. Instead of embarrassing her, however, he agrees to her rash plan of a fictional relationship as payback. 

Wyatt Abbott is a charming good ole boy. He works as a mechanic with his brothers at their family shop on the Louisiana side of Cottonbloom. He's the peacekeeper in the family, always wears a smile, and is willing to lend a hand when needed. And Sutton Mize needs a big helping hand. He's got no problem playing devoted boyfriend to a woman he's been crushing on since childhood. But Sutton hails from the wealthy Mississippi side of the river and while he's not sure she'll be willing to make their arrangement permanent, he's going to do whatever is necessary to show her he's in it for the long haul.

I loved Wyatt and Sutton's romance! It was an interesting mix of vulnerable and strong, with fun tweaks of humor and sass. Sutton and Wyatt may have started out with a fake relationship, but their feelings escalate beyond the fun and harmless from the start. Their physical chemistry was undeniable, especially after a couple of steamy kisses, however, baring their real feelings to each other was much harder and exposed vulnerabilities neither one was readily willing to admit. When an Abbott family disagreement bursts Wyatt and Sutton's fragile bubble of trust, will she trust Wyatt to color her world or continue living a beige existence? 

Wyatt and Sutton's romance was a rocky road of trust, but the journey was the best 4 hours I've spent today! I loved the relationship dynamics between the Abbott siblings, Wyatt and Sutton..even the Mize family had their own quirky nest. New characters are introduced into the series and gettting to check in with the Fournette brothers from earlier books was an additional treat. With a heartwarming blend of small town charm, family, new friends and old, this series has bounced up my radar and reminded me of the joys of living in small town America. Obviously, I'm in love with the Cottonbloom series, considering I devoured the series in one weekend, but it's one I would happily recommend to contemporary romance lovers!

I reviewed an advanced copy of this book for the Bambi Unbridled blog.

About the Author

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.