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?
When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham is the fifth book in her Cottonbloom series. As is true with all of the books in this series, this one can be read as a stand alone, however, having read the others in the series, I’d say I prefer to know the history of the characters when reading each new book in the series. While I had the opportunity to read books 1, 2 and 3, the only one that I posted on was the fourth book, Leave the Night On (see review HERE).
Jackson and his brothers, Mack, Ford and Wyatt own a garage left to them when their father died. (Wyatt was the main character in book 4). It’s true that Jackson has never had a meaningful relationship with anything other than his car. It’s also true that he can’t help himself from getting involved with the new female mechanic, Willa.
In the past, Willa Buchanan trusted the wrong people and she’s been on the run for a while thanks to threats of her drug dealing ex boyfriend. She takes her grandmother’s car – along with her last name – and heads on the run until she lands in Cottonbloom working a the Abbott brothers’ garage.
When the Stars Come Out had a great story and a great plot. The characters are believeable – I laughed at Willa’s wittiness and sarcasm, and I appreciated Jackson’s big heart while being a quiet kind of guy.
Often with stories like this, I don’t try to analyze the flow of the romance with Ms. Trentham’s stories because I know they will get resolved by the end one way or another. I trust her writing, so I just dig right in and enjoy the story cover to cover and escape real life for a little while. This story provides readers with just the right mix of drama, suspense and steamy chemistry to keep us connected. When I finished this book, all I could think about was the sixth and final book in this series, while hoping Mack and Ella’s story would be just as great as Willa and Jackson’s!
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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 big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.
Thanks to the author, Ms. Laura Trentham, as well as St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, all for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy of WHEN THE STARS COME OUT. I was not required to write a positive review and the thoughts expressed here are my own.