life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .
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
Fiance (or boyfriend) cheating with best friend may not be a unique story line, but the way this flirty and sexy, yet sweet and heart-warming romance is carried out is. Impressed and relieved Trentham avoided the cliche rich-parents-don’t-approve-of-the-lower-class-lover, I read this one-sitting read with a smile on my face and anticipation in my heart. Bring on the rest in the series!
Sutton Mize is as unique as her name. She is the privileged daughter of a judge- the town’s only judge it seems- but she’s warm and caring. Her vulnerable side is on full display and she has a surprising, yet believable mix of confidence and questionable self-esteem. Totally human and lovable.
The same can be said about Wyatt. Sweet, chivalrous, loyal, alpha-male Wyatt is what most women dream of. He may not be rich, but he works hard and makes an honest living. He wears his heart on his sleeve, but he’s strong and doesn’t play games. He faces challenges with decency and respect, and he stands up for himself and those he loves. These two made my heart sing and I absolutely, totally adored them both.
Aunts Hazel and Hyacinth made their mark. They’re funny and memorable, and I’d love to read more about them. Mack and Jackson also have my attention, and I can’t wait to see what’s up with Willa. There has to be a story there. Andrew was the typical jackass of an arrogant ex, and I was thankful the story didn’t revolve around him getting revenge or trying to ruin her and her family. Another avoided cliche, just like the way the situation with Bree was handled – all testaments to Trentham’s excellent writing skills.
A definite must-read!
Rating system: Cups of Coffee (the less the better)
0: You won’t need any coffee to stay up for this one. It’s intriguing enough all on its own.
1: You’ll stay up late, but not all night. Brew one cup.
2: You’ll read as long as you’re not tired. If you are, two cups should do the trick.
3: I hope you got plenty of rest; you’ll need it, or at least 3 cups.
4: If the cable goes out, read the book. It’s better than nothing, I guess. Oh, don’t forget your brew!
5: Find anything else to do- it doesn’t matter what it is. Don’t waste your coffee. Too much caffeine is bad for you.
My rating: 0 cups of coffee
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.
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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