Leave The Night On: A Cottonbloom Novel

Leave The Night On: A Cottonbloom Novel

by Laura Trentham

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ISBN-13: 9781250130952
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: Cottonbloom , #5
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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 big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

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CHAPTER 1

Wyatt Abbott spun a wrench in his hand and whistled appreciatively. He wasn't sure what was prettier, the cherry-red Camaro convertible being inched into Abbott Brothers Garage and Restoration or the woman driving it.

Peeking over the top of her sunglasses, Sutton Mize was sitting tall, moving forward in a series of brake checks, her bottom lip caught between her teeth. Ashy blond hair peeked out of a scarf and called to mind pictures of old school Hollywood actresses, but her red-checked, gingham dress was all Southern sophistication. From being around cars his entire life, he understood what counted was under the hood, but that didn't stop him from admiring a good paint job.

It had been years since he'd come face to face with her. Eighteen to be exact. Judge Mize, her daddy, was a car buff and had been a steady customer of the garage for more years than Wyatt had been alive. Back then, Sutton had been so pretty, he'd alternated between fighting his tied tongue and saying something stupid. Typical, but acutely embarrassing.

Even in as small a town as Cottonbloom, their paths hadn't crossed since. Not that unusual considering he was from the Louisiana side of the river, and she was from the Mississippi side. More separated them than just a body of water and a few miles.

She was probably nothing like the girl he remembered, sweet and a little shy but with a spark of spirit that had set him back on his heels.

His older brother, Mack, bumped his shoulder. "She's a beauty, isn't she?"

"She sure is," Wyatt whispered back. Sutton tucked a piece of hair behind her ear, the scarf falling back.

"Tarwater's car could be the key to breaking our restoration plans wide open."

Wyatt should have known Mack was referring to the car and not the woman. Mack was all business, all the time. Wyatt was pretty sure his brother hadn't gotten laid in that calendar year. Not that Wyatt was burning up the sheets around Cottonbloom, but at least he could appreciate a beautiful woman.

"What's Sutton Mize doing with Tarwater's car?" Wyatt asked.

"She wants us to rework the interior — new upholstery, instrument panel, the works. Wants it back to stock if we can manage it. An engagement present." Mack rolled his eyes to meet Wyatt's.

"I hadn't heard the happy news." Shock edged Wyatt's voice. Not that he personally knew Tarwater. Which was a good thing considering Andrew and his father made up Tarwater and Tarwater — lawyers who handled anything from personal injury lawsuits to criminal defense.

The Tarwaters were prominent citizens on the Mississippi side of Cottonbloom and rubbed shoulders with Sutton Mize's family both personally and professionally. A Tarwater-Mize wedding would be the social and political event of the year — hell, maybe even the decade.

Not that he would rate an invite. Wyatt glanced down at his grease-covered coveralls and shifted his feet farther apart. His social circle didn't align with theirs.

"I don't have to remind you how important it is that our work is impeccable." Mack clapped him on the shoulder.

Expenditures to update equipment had weighed heavily on the garage's finances the last three years. But committing to take the business in this new direction after their pop's death — from merely fixing cars to restoring them — had required major investment. Tarwater's car could get them a foothold across the river and even further north into Jackson, Mississippi. The challenge was drawing customers to their backwoods location.

"No pressure or anything." Wyatt laid the sarcasm on thick.

Mack ignored him and scrolled through his phone. "I've got invoices to get out, and Jackson is going to be tied up with the Pontiac. You can pull Willa if you need help."

Willa was the only non-family member who worked at the garage. She'd been working as a mechanic for them going on two years, and Wyatt still hadn't figured her out. He enjoyed her dry self-deprecating humor and skill under the hood, but she and Jackson had some Vulcan mind-meld in the garage. Watching them work was like watching a choreographed dance and he was loath to cut in.

"What about Ford?" Wyatt regretted the question before it was out. Saying Ford's name aloud was like Harry Potter speaking of Voldemort.

Ford was the eldest Abbott brother. He'd inherited a twenty-five-percent stake in the garage just like the rest of them. Problem was he didn't equate owning a stake to actually working for it. He was a decent mechanic, but whether he showed up any given day and at what time was anyone's guess. His business degree from LSU set him apart from the family or, more accurately, above them. In his own deluded little world, Ford was the only one qualified to run Abbott Brothers Garage and Restoration.

"If he drags his ass in, you can have him." The bitterness emanating from Mack was nothing new, but the last few months had seen the semi-contained mass spilling over more and more often into yelling matches between the two would-be leaders of the garage.

Wyatt's glance crossed with his twin brother Jackson's. Even from across the garage, Wyatt sensed the same worry he was feeling about the brewing trouble. What was the old adage? Never work with children, animals, or family? Sometimes his two older brothers acted like children and fought like animals, but they would be blood bound forever. It made for a sticky, tangled mess.

Mack walked off, his shoulders bowed up. Wyatt hoped Ford stayed away from the shop floor. Maybe he'd headed to New Orleans or Baton Rouge to schmooze vendors. That was the one thing Ford excelled at.

The ongoing family troubles had taken years to get knotted and wouldn't be resolved anytime soon. The sweet little Camaro, on the other hand, needed his attention now.

"This okay?" Sutton Mize called out, twisting in her seat to half face him.

He approached and propped a hand on the window frame. She was taken, and he was a professional, but that didn't stop his gaze from skating up her long legs to where her skirt had flipped up to reveal a toned thigh as she mashed the brake pedal.

"Perfect." He peeled his eyes off her leg before she could notice.

She threw the car in park. The diamond on her left hand sparkled under the fluorescent lights of the shop floor. Damn. Tarwater had definitely "put a ring on it." Sutton got out and came around the front to join him.

As she walked, she pulled her matching red-checked scarf to hang around her neck and ran fingers through her hair. The mass of waves tumbled around her shoulders, having lost its battle with the wind — pretty and wild. Her heels tapped on the concrete floor and her skirt swished above her knees. She was Southern femininity and grace.

And he was a grease monkey. A smart and talented grease monkey, who might have been called charming a time or two by the opposite sex, but a grease monkey nonetheless.

"I've been dealing mostly with your brother, Mr. Abbott." She raised her chin in Mack's direction and held out her hand. "I don't know if you remember me, but —"

"Sutton Mize. Of course, I remember you. I'm —"

"Wyatt. One of the twins." She glanced over at Jackson. "Yeah, I remember you too."

Wyatt transferred the wrench to his left hand, wiped his right across the front of his coveralls, and took her hand in a firm shake. "I'm the youngest by a minute, and Jackson never lets me forget it. But that's okay because I'm better looking." He tried on a charming smile, but it felt awkward, like he was twelve again.

"I've heard all sorts of stories about the two of you, Mr. Abbott." Usually that type of assessment was given as half curious, half teasing, but she said it like he might be hiding a communicable disease.

No telling what she'd heard about them. All the Abbott brothers been known to stir up a little trouble in their youth, but time and responsibility had matured them. Mostly.

"Mr. Abbott was our pop. Call me Wyatt. Otherwise everyone's liable to get confused. We have more Abbotts crawling around here than we know what to do with some days."

"I was sorry to hear about your father. He was a nice man. I remember he always had candy in the waiting room." Her smile was wistful and full of sympathy as she pushed her sunglasses to the top of her head.

His stomach swooped like he'd crested a hill going too fast. He stuttered out a rote thanks. Her eyes. He'd forgotten about her eyes, or maybe he hadn't noticed them as a boy. Not blue or green or brown, but a kaleidoscope mixture of all the colors.

Giving himself a mental shake, he slapped on a smile and forced nonchalance. He needed to regain control of himself and the situation. "Now you've got me curious. What have you heard about me and my brothers?"

Although nerves tinged her laugh, a natural throaty quality both relaxed him and cranked up his awareness of her in ways that would have lightning striking him in church. "Nothing bad. Just about the racing. And stuff."

Jackson was the one who raced dirt tracks, even though Wyatt was often pegged as the risk taker. The "stuff" she referred to was probably the occasional hell they used to raise down at the Rivershack Tavern or at bonfires out in the marshes. Since their pop had died, Wyatt had lost his taste for mindless partying.

Interesting the way that rumors carried upriver. He'd assumed his family was beneath the notice of the upper echelon of Cottonbloom, Mississippi — unless they needed a trustworthy mechanic for their precious Beemers.

"Racing is Jackson's favorite pastime. I spend my free time knitting baby blankets and escorting elderly ladies across the street." He waggled his eyebrows.

Her laughter peeled through the garage, and multiple sets of eyes swiveled in their direction, making his coveralls feel like an oven. She clamped her lips together and twisted the engagement ring on her finger.

Childhood crush aside, the ring was a good reminder that she was off-limits. He pointed. "When did you get engaged?"

Her gaze shuttered. "Earlier this spring."

"When's the wedding?"

"Right before Christmas."

He nodded. The early August heat was cut by a breeze snaking through the open bay doors of the garage and the industrial-size fans. "Plenty of time then."

"Is it?" Her face took on a distant quality as if looking straight through the solid cement wall of the garage before she assembled a bright, brittle smile. "Daddy thought it would be nice to have the car done before our engagement party at the end of September. You can have it finished by then, right?"

Time to get down to business. Car business. He ran an assessing glace over the interior of the car. Instrument panel was an ugly, early computerized mod from the nineties. The dark brown leather upholstery was in decent shape but the wrong color. The carpeting would have to go too.

"Shouldn't be a problem as long as I can find parts. Do you want a stock panel or a replica?"

She shrugged. "Stock, I guess? Andrew insists on the best of everything."

"Might take me longer to acquire, but I can make it happen." He turned and propped a hip against the door. "We appreciate your business."

She gave a half shrug. "Don't thank me. My daddy's always loved your garage. He fancies himself a car buff, but ask him to change his oil and he's useless. And your brother Ford talked up the garage to Mr. Tarwater while they were playing golf at the country club. That cinched it."

Bitterness oozed out of old wounds. Wyatt's destiny was to molder away under exhausts and hoods. He couldn't compete with Ford's degree or the connections he was cultivating on golf courses around the south. And Wyatt couldn't blame anyone but himself.

The hammer of the air wrench from the other bay filled the ensuing silence, giving Wyatt a chance to paste a polite façade together. "We have everything we need. You got a ride outta here?"

"My best friend's picking me up at ten." She glanced around.

"It's only half past nine."

"Sorry. I thought the handoff would take longer, but you seem to know what you're doing."

"Hey, we're professionals." He held his hands up and grinned to take any sting out of the statement. Some people understood that restoring a car was a delicate, sometimes frustrating, recreation of the past. Other people thought all they did was change oil and rotate tires.

Her gaze shifted over his shoulder, and he turned to see what had caught her attention. Jackson molded a piece of chrome to replace the rusted one on the Firebird he was restoring. With a focused intensity, he ran his hands over the curve he'd created like an artist admiring his masterpiece.

"It must be satisfying," she said thoughtfully. "Improving things. Fixing them."

"Nothing like taking something that's been damaged or neglected and making it whole and beautiful again."

"Isn't it hard to let them go when you're done?" She transferred her unusual eyes to him.

"Sometimes, but like Tarwater's Camaro, the cars aren't mine. They're only being entrusted into my care for a short while. Once I'm finished, I'll move on to the next project, and it becomes my new favorite. A never-ending cycle."

Her hum was faintly sarcastic. "It has nothing to do with the money?"

"As I'm sure Mack has informed you, my love and devotion ain't cheap." He put a hand over his heart and winked. "But they are yours. For now."

"From what I've heard, I'm lucky to have your love and devotion even if it is temporary." Her sexy-sweet tease faded as her words hung between them. She shifted and fiddled with her hair. "I mean, the car is lucky. Not me."

The graceful play of her fingers at her neck was hypnotizing. She cleared her throat and took a step to the side. He needed to do something besides stare at her like an ignoramus. He reached inside the car and unlatched the glove compartment. The small space was crammed with papers, a couple drifting to the floorboard.

"You want to help me clean your fiancé's personal effects while you wait? I'll be ripping this whole panel out and the seats too."

Sutton twisted her ring and circled the car to the driver's seat. In Wyatt's opinion, the Camaro was designed with a woman in mind. The engine purred instead of growled. The lines were feminine. The cherry-red paint even matched her nails. Damn, she looked great behind the wheel.

"Are you going to be late for work?" He joined her, taking the passenger seat.

"Yes." She cocked her head to smile at him, her hair falling forward around her neck as she pulled papers from the glove box to her lap. "But, considering I own the place, it'll be okay."

"I didn't realize —" He stopped himself before his foot made it all the way into his mouth and down to his stomach. He'd thought of her only as a socialite. "I thought you were big in that women's group over the river."

"The Junior League? It's a volunteer gig, not a paying one. Honestly, it's hard to find the time these days. My one responsibility this year is organizing centerpieces for the League gala." The fundraiser was the biggest social event in Cottonbloom and benefitted various charities and programs on both sides of the river. It got a huge spread in the Cottonbloom Gazette every year. "My day job takes up most of my time. My sister and I own Abigail's Boutique off River Street."

"I can't say I've ever been inside."

"No reason to unless you're buying a present for a mother or girlfriend ..." The lilting question in her voice had him narrowing his eyes. Was she fishing? Before he could answer, she continued on with a husky laugh that drew an automatic smile to his face. "Or maybe unless you like to wear women's clothes."

"I find women's underwear too confining under my coveralls." He kept his face neutral. "I prefer to go au naturel."

Her laugh sputtered out, and her gaze brushed down his body, but faster than a hiccup, she turned her focus to the steering wheel, her left hand squeaking the leather, the flash of her ring a reminder of her status.

The flush of color in her cheeks didn't seem to be entirely from embarrassment. Or, more likely, his wishful imagination was seeing what it wanted and not what was there. It didn't matter. He didn't matter. He was some Joe Schmo from over the river that she barely remembered from when they were kids and would forget again as soon as she drove off.

The glove box held a few receipts for oil changes and several from restaurants up in Jackson and down in New Orleans. Wyatt's eyes widened at the price of some of the dinners. Andrew Tarwater thought nothing of dropping a couple hundred of dollars for dinner on a regular basis.

(Continues…)



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Leave The Night On: A Cottonbloom Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the men of Cottonbloom and especially Abot's Garage. Jackson is the more quiet brother who prefers his car to most everything. Willa Brown is the dumpy mechanic that is majorly talented and hiding not only under her ballcap but dangerous secrets. Willa has been in town and working for the Abot's for 2 years when Jackson fears she might take her talent elsewhere and decides to entice Willa into staying with a raise. But now that the thought is in Jackson's mind that Willa might leave he begins to actually see WIlla as a person- a female- and likes what he sees. Willa has harbored a crush on Jackson since she set eyes on him 2 years ago. Needing her job and liking the town she's in, WIlla keeps that crush quite along with many other secrets that threaten her. WIlla is a strong female and struggling desperately. I felt for her attempts at remaining strong and realizing it was okay to accept help- she was very stubborn. WIlla is afraid to get involved with anyone out of fear that her past will cause them danger, but Jackson isn't going to allow her to push him away. Sutton is determined as well to get WIlla to relax and trust others all the while showing her true beautiful self. I enjoyed the chemistry between WIlla and Jackson. Jackson is like a new person that someone flipped the ON switch to all because of WIlla. He struggles to get her to trust him and allow him to help her. He understands she has fear and is trying to get her trust in the same manner Willa is trying to get River's trust. The parallel of those two relationships was great. WIll Jackson be able to know down the walls Willa has put up or will Willa's past cause the irreparable harm. Can Jackson focus on Willa's problems when his flight brother Ford goes off the rails? The lead up to the next book in this series is exciting.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Ah, I love couples who pretend to date but then actually start dating. Don’t know why but it’s one of my favorite tropes in romances and that’s exactly what happens with Wyatt and Sutton. Being a gentleman, Wyatt agrees to help Sutton get back at her ex-fiancée after he cheats on her with his best friend (conveniently leaving out that he’s been crushing on her since they were kids). And perhaps things will work out for the both of them. I thought this was a really cute contemporary romance. Sutton stays strong as her life turns to turmoil around her and the expectations put on her shoulders by her parents finally becomes too much. She’s always done what she can to make everyone around her happy but throughout the book realizes that she needs to make herself happy too. I liked that she was able to be both strong and vulnerable. And Wyatt turned out to be the perfect person to help her with that. He has his own family expectations on him and is at constant war with what he should do versus what he wants to do. I liked the parallels with their characters and how, though they’re different personality-wise, they are able to support each other and bring out the parts of the other that they hadn’t seen before. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Wyatt being almost a rebound (even though they’re faking it at first there’s still definite chemistry between them) but it becomes clearer that Sutton wasn’t really in love with her ex. It was going to be more of a political marriage than what she really wanted. Speaking of the fake-dating, I am SO glad that they didn’t keep it up the entire book. I’m not sure if I could have handled the constant waiting for something “real” to happen. The story evolves with their characters instead, moving to a real relationship between them and the new challenges that come with it. I’m not big on contemporary romances but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It’s a light, easy read telling the story of a relationship that was a long time coming but also brand new.
Nelles_Nightstand More than 1 year ago
This is my first introduction to Laura Trentham. I LOVED the Abbott Brothers!!! Except. For. Ford. JERK. Anyway, Wyatt and Sutton were good together. I say good because Sutton was just a little too, passive with her family. This book was a little too much "high society" meets "across the tracks" for me. I loved the opening! That's what caught my eye and made me pick the book up. I'm definitely interested in reading more of the Abbott brothers. I would love to dive into more of the small town of Cottonbloom.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Leave The Night On is a sweet, funny, and sexy read that is sure to warm the heart of any reader who picks it up and cracks the cover. The characters are wonderfully crafted and will draw you into their Southernfied world and have you never wanting to part from them. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, it had everything you could want in a romance story and so much more... it's my favorite Cottonbloom novel so far!! Highly recommend you get your hands on this one and meet Wyatt, the moment he wanders onto the page you'll be saying goodbye to your heart... and hello new book boyfriend!!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I love visiting Cottonbloom and this was no exception. Wyatt and Sutton are on opposite sides of the track or you could say river. Wyatt has always had a fondness for Sutton. When Wyatt finds the unthinkable under the seat of Sutton's car seat things change in their lives. Sutton needs Wyatt's help in a fake relationship but it turns into so much more. But there is a curse in Wyatt's family that he must overcome first. This is a feel good romance. Love the characters! I highly recommend this series, but can be read as a stand alone.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Leave The Night On is the 4th book in the Cottonbloom series! Sutton Mize thought she was taken her fiance's car to get restored but uncovers a huge secret that will change her life. Wyatt Abbott is 1/4 owner of a family-owned garage and having a long time crush on Sutton, has made him angry for what the fiance has done to her. With Sutton being a rich girl living on the Mississippi side of the river and Wyatt being a poor boy living on the Louisiana side, their paths never crossed much but Wyatt always had a thing for Sutton. It takes Sutton to suggest a idea that will lead to both Sutton and Wyatt finding real feelings for each other until a party changes everything. With a flood coming, Sutton and Wyatt are forced to face their real feelings for each other that will lead to an bittersweet ending for a couple that will defy the odds! As soon as I started this book, I know that it was gonna be a great read but I never once thought that this was part of a series that I'm gonna have to go back and read the other 3 books! You can just feel the emotions that Wyatt has for Sutton in this book and seeing how it all ends by the end of the book, was perfect for this couple! Like I said before, this book reads like a stand alone book that was shocking to see that other books are in this series and it's made me curious to see what else this series has to offer. Besides how can you not love a story that has a town that makes you wished that you lived there!! Thank You to Laura Trentham for writing a story that has made me want to go read more books by you!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best series I've read in a while. Sutton and Wyatt are the most recent opposite side of the tracks couples in Cottonbloom. Sutton thinks she's boring after her jerk of an ex blames her for his cheating. She truly is secretly spunky and a bit rebellious. Wyatt is charming, sweet and determined to show Sutton that she's truly fascinating. He's been infatuated with her since they were children. Their connection is obvious even when Sutton thinks Wyatt doesn't like her at all. The elders are always the backbone of the story. They're the glue that keeps Cottonbloom together. If you enjoy a small town romance that is sexy and a story of true love I highly recommend Leave the Night On.
StoreyBookReviews More than 1 year ago
When I picked this book up I didn’t realize it was part of a series. However, I don’t think the books have to be read in order, they just might give a little background on some of the characters in town. I like how this one town sits on the state line between Mississippi and Louisiana. It has that “other side of the tracks” type mentality but that doesn’t stop people when they are in love from finding each other. Such is the case of Sutton and Wyatt – they went to school together and Wyatt has always had a thing for Sutton. It is just good timing that she bring a car to him to be restored and he finds evidence of her fiance’s betrayal which only works to his benefit! But of course the path to true love can never be easy and both Sutton and Wyatt have different things to deal with from their past (or their reputation) but of course love is going to win. This was a fun read and it felt like a town that I wouldn’t mind visiting and perhaps living in..although I’m not sure I would want to be related to a majority of the town. We give this 4 paws up!
Romwrit More than 1 year ago
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!
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! It is one of those stories that you want to read again and again. Enjoyable and heartwarming.
Bube987 More than 1 year ago
Sweet, emotional, sexy small town romance :)
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a great, fun, well-written book. Sutton catches her fiance cheating and starts to re-evaluate her life. Wyatt has had a crush on Sutton since they were kids. Sutton comes up with an idea to get even with her fiance and asks Wyatt to pretend to be her lover. Could there be something real to it? This book can be read as a standalone story, though it is part of a series with related characters. The characters were sweet and engaging. I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more books in this series as well as others by this author.
MPruett More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by Author Laura Trentham but it definitely won't be the last. Ms. Trentham has a natural ability to develop her characters and storyline so that you feel like you are right there in the middle of it all and that you have a vested interest. I set down with this book and devoured it in an afternoon. The sign of a great writer in my opinion is if you are thinking about the story long after it has ended and I was thinking about Leave The Night On days after I finished the book. This book is about people pleasing Sutton Mize who grew up in high society as the daughter of the town Judge. She takes her fiancée Camero to the auto body shop of Wyatt a man she went to school with who is from the "wrong side of the tracks".She wants to have it redone as a wedding gift for him but Sutton & Wyatt start cleaning out the car they find evidence of an affair going on with her best friend. Wyatt who has secretly had a major crush on Sutton from childhood is furious that anyone could hurt her like this and he becomes her Comforter & Protector. He helps Sutton become stronger and have fun and helps her see that she needs to please herself sometimes. As time goes on Sutton and Wyatt grow closer and help each other see the things that were holding them back and learned what they needed to do to move forward. Wyatt and Sutton had great chemistry together and the story just flowed very nicely together. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves small town romances. I know for me I'm looking forward to diving into some of her other books immediately.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Chemistry explodes when Ms. Prim and Proper meets Sexy Bad Boy! Really enjoyed this story! It was exciting, sweet and oh so sensual! From the very beginning you're drawn in to see what will become of Sutton's situation, and as she and Wyatt spend more and more time together, you really fall for them as a couple. Native to Cottonbloom, Sutton Mize has a ritzy boutique on the uppity Mississippi side of the river where she caters to the upper class she's part of. When she ventures to the other side of the river to take her fiance's prized classic car in for some work, she makes a shocking discovery ... panties belonging to her own best friend in HER fiance's car! Wyatt Abbott sees the look of devastation on Sutton's face when he pulls the item out of the car and he sets out to do anything he can to help her. He might be from the lowly Louisiana side of the river, but he had a huge crush on her years ago, and the chemistry is alive and well as soon as he sets sights on her again. When Sutton decides to strike out with some revenge of her own, he agrees to pretend to date her all around town. Each time they are together, they find themselves fighting attraction and soon their dating is more real than either of them is ready to admit!
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3.5 -"Come on and take a chance on me..." Stars! Book four in Laura Trentham’s Cottonbloom series sees the introduction of the Abbott Brothers, and their Garage & Restoration business. I am a huge fan of all things Trentham, from the Falcon Football days, and all the way through the Cottonbloom series, Leave The Night On although a decent read, fell a little short on my expectations. She was Southern femininity and grace. And he was a grease monkey… I think my main issue was the fact that Sutton and Wyatt’s relationship wasn’t as well balanced as previous couples in this series have been. I don’t mean because of their difference in social stature in the Cottombloom hierarchy so much, as the fact that what starts out as a ‘fauxmance’ and then develops into more, seemed to be all on Wyatt’s part, bearing in mind Sutton is the one who lied, and expects him to play along with the charade, the way she treated him at points thereafter really grated on my nerves. I think this was exacerbated more by the fact, that Wyatt is a classic Laura Trentham male, sweet, caring, and willing to do anything for his woman. Sutton abused that amicability several times, and pretty much every time I started to warm a little to her she went and did it again. I’ll be honest I thought it would be the ex-drama that would be a problem for me with this one, and it actually turned out to be the characterization. "I knew going into this I would never be more than her rebound." That-said I still pretty much read the book in one sitting, the brothers all get a little page time, so you know who's, who and what they are about as well. The little teases for Willa and Jackson were there to keep me invested in the series as a whole too, and I cannot wait to get my hands on their book; When the Stars Come Out which sadly isn’t due for release until January 2018.
SMGlass More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Another entry in the Cottonbloom series involving folks who live on opposite sides of the river and how they deal with the attitudes that gives them from years of Southern raising. Full of fun, challenging moments, emotional discoveries, fashion, and classic cars. This is an enjoyable read not to be missed!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Leave The Night On' by Laura Trentham is book Four in the "Cottonbloom" series. This is the story of Sutton Mize and Wyatt Abbott. I have not yet read the other books in this series, so for me this is a standalone book. Sutton is engaged and thinks to do something special for fiancee by getting it restored. Which has her going to Wyatt families garage. While trying to clean it out some she finds a thong which she knows is not hers. Sutton does know its her best friends thong. Sutton runs an upscale boutique and she knows who she sold that thong too. Wyatt is there to catch it all and offers her a ride home. But when she confronts he Fiancee Sutton tells him she has been having an affair too with Wyatt. Sutton said the words in a heated moment and trying to save face. But can she get Wyatt to go along with what she just said? Wyatt has been infatuated with Sutton for a long time but knowing hes on the wrong side of the road compared to her...so nothing come of his feelings. But when she offers him the chance to play her boyfriends...he steps right up to do so. This was a really sweet romance story! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
What a wild ride I had while reading Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham, book four in her Cottonbloom series. Sutton Mize owns a boutique selling dresses and lingerie to the wealthy women of her Mississippi town. Wyatt Abbott has crushed on Sutton since he was a youngster. He was with Sutton when she discovers her fiancé has been cheating on her with her best friend with lots of evidence found in the fiancé’s classic red Camaro. To save face, Sutton tells the two cheaters that she’s been seeing Wyatt while knowing they were cheating. As Wyatt and Sutton show the towns they are together as they fake date, feelings actually do begin as the chemistry between these two builds. Sutton needs to learn to not be so nice and worry about what others think as well as allowing herself to have some fun. Wyatt has his own demons to deal with, including dealings with his oldest brother. Sutton had so much difficulty knowing her mind that it made it difficult to sympathize with her at times. Those times made me feel badly for Wyatt. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book and highly recommend this book to other readers. Although part of a series, this is a stand-alone story. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This is a great story about how you can overcome bad things in your life. When Wyatt and his brother inherit the family garage and decide to expand the business into more restoration that just fixing cars, his older Ford was suppose to be helping by drumming up business. Their first customer is Sutton and she is going to restore her fiancee Andrews Camero. But while she and and Wyatt are cleaning it out she finds out about his deception. The find receipts for fancy restaurants and a pair of underwear under the passenger seat. The bad thing is Sutton knows who owns the undies. Her best friend, who was picking her up to take her to her shop. She decides to end it with both of them. And find a friend in Wyatt, not knowing that he has had a thing for for a long time. She comes from the Mississippi side of Cottonbloom, she had money, he comes from the blue collar side. Can they work things out. Read the book, it's is so worth the time.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Leave The Night On is an entertaining, small town, heartfelt romance. Wyatt Abbott has had a crush on Sutton Mize since childhood. But, since he was a grease monkey and she a judge’s daughter, he stayed on his side of the Mississippi River and left her alone. That was, until, Sutton pulled into Abbott Brothers Garage and Restoration. She wanted to restore her fiancee’s Camaro convertible. It was supposed to be a surprise for her fiancee, but the real surprise was on her. While cleaning out his car, they found evidence that her fiancee, Andrew, had been cheating on her. Out of anger, Sutton told her fiancee, that she didn’t want him anymore, and that she too, has been seeing someone else, Wyatt Abbott. To Wyatt’s delight, Sutton asked him to be her “pretend” boyfriend. Wyatt was more than happy to oblige. He just hoped that when the ruse was over, he would be able to find all the pieces to his broken heart. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful, well-written, and captivating tale. The characters are likable, the dialogue, flowing and the situations realistic. Very enjoyable. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
I like that Sutton was down-to-earth and didn't judge Wyatt, unlike most people that were raised on the wealthy side of Cottonbloom. When she suggested a fake relationship with him to get back at her cheating fiance, she had no idea that Wyatt had a crush on her from when they were kids. I loved everything about Wyatt! He is all-around great guy and I enjoyed seeing his fake relationship with Sutton turn into so much more. I hope that Wyatt's brothers, Mack and Jackson, get their own story. I look forward to reading more about the Abbott brothers to see if any of them can surpass Wyatt to become my favorite. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary Advance Reader Copy.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I really felt sorry for Sutton. She lost her fiancée and best friend all in the same day. But, she got to know Wyatt better because of it. And with his encouragement, she came out of her shell. I really liked three of the Abbott brothers. I hope we will find out why Ford acts the way he does and where he went when he disappeared. I want to hear more from the Abbott brothers.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: The advantage of being related to half the parish means that I have plenty of people to call on if I need help. Of course, the disadvantage is my dating pool is drastically smaller. Unless I aspire to become a redneck joke. Hyacinth could spout scripture from one side of her mouth while tippling moonshine with the other. The gossip about her and Wyatt had legs like a Louisiana jackrabbit. He might not be invited to the governor’s mansion anytime soon, but Hyacinth and Hazel had taken it upon themselves to domesticate them after a fashion. He knew enough not to fart in public or eat with his fingers. He tensed while the woman’s gaze traveled the length of his body down to his black boots, not in a sexual way but rather like she was sizing him like a female praying mantis before she devoured her mate. My Review: Despite this being book number four in the series, Leave The Night On was my first trip to Cottonbloom, and I could kick myself for my lax in awareness. I adored this charming and cleverly amusing story from beginning to end. The main characters were endearing, nuanced, and absolutely adorable as a couple despite their inauspicious beginning. Written from a dual POV, the storyline was engaging, humorous, easy to follow, and well-plotted. The main protagonists were a blue-collar mechanic named Wyatt from the “swamp rat” side of town and a Junior Leaguer Judge’s daughter named Sutton, who happened to have been Wyatt’s childhood crush. The morning she pulled into his garage lead to a comical discovery that was life altering although initially devastating for Sutton. I savored the comfortable and easy flow to the writing style as well as the quirky characters and their colorful phrases. I want to go backward and read all the previous installments as well as every book this talented wordsmith has and will ever produce. Laura Trentham has a new fangirl.
EverAfterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! The story is brilliantly written and amazing! I love the dynamics of the Abbott family and I love that they are a blue collar family that works hard and sticks together… well mostly anyway. Wyatt is strong and loyal and nothing like the reputation that is gossiped about on both sides of the state line. He’s also a sweet romantic and a stand-up guy. Heart of gold all the way! I am completely enamored! I liked Sutton. She’s a woman fighting for her own happiness, trying not to get crushed under the pressures of her wealthy family, her jerk of an ex-fiancé and her “station” in society. Sutton’s character was easily relatable and I enjoyed watching her grow into a confident woman. Wyatt and Sutton had great chemistry. Their pretend relationship quickly blossomed into something special and hard to define, for both characters. I loved watching them maneuver through all the obstacles thrown their way. What I really loved was the struggle Wyatt, his twin brother Jackson and his older brother Mack had with the eldest Abbott brother Ford. Well, I didn’t love the struggle, per se, but I loved the passion and the raw emotions that go along with grieving for a beloved father and trying to carry on the family business after such a tremendous loss and all that that entails. The story was so powerful and so real. I felt what they felt and I grieved when they grieved. And P.S., I am totally in love with Mack! I will gladly volunteer to be his happily ever after! This is contemporary romance at its finest. Every time a Laura Trentham book comes out, I claim it as my favorite, and this one is no exception. LEAVE THE NIGHT ON is a heartfelt and passionate read full of everything you need to fill your heart and soothe your soul. ***I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own***
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I adore the quaint little town of Cottonbloom that Laura Trentham created and I'm so glad to be returning in this amazing new story. The town may have always been split not only by state lines and the river but also by social status. Times are changing though and sometimes the heart wants what it wants. Sutton Mize may not have spent a lot of time on the Mississippi side of Cottonbloom but after her personal quickly implodes, she can't seem to stay away from Wyatt Abbott. There's just something about the kind and funny auto mechanic that pulls at her heart but what would her friends and family think?? She's about to find out~ A fantastic small town romance that I recommend to everyone!