Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on August 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Love, 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 all along?
Leave The Night On is the second Laura Trentham book I’ve read and I was very happy to return to Cottonbloom, both of them. Cottonbloom is a town that is split into by the river that divides it. Set partially in Louisiana and Mississippi, the residents couldn’t be more diverse or charming, on both sides. This story focuses on socialite Sutton Mize and the implosion of her heart, and the man that was there to witness the event that made it undeniable, that Wyatt Abbot. What begins with Wyatt helping Sutton avoid a public melt down turns into to something much more.
Trentham leads the reader straight into Sutton’s drama and it is harsh. I had anxiety for her from the very moment realization dawns on her. I felt my stomach fall as the extent of the betrayal. Everything about her life is about to change. Some in small ways, but this event will prompt Sutton to try to save face with a lie, and that lie becomes her reality. A new reality that includes Wyatt.
Wyatt Abbot is a man intent in keeping this simple. has a great sense of humor and he’s very at ease with Sutton. He puts her at ease, which is something she so needs. Everything about her life of late has put her on the offensive, well at least one big thing. There was something she recognizes in Wyatt almost immediately that made her all the more lovable. In Wyatt’s hand she see’s ” They built things. Fixed things . Put things back together. “, and it’s something that been sadly missing from her life. Her chance to create something.
Trentham also touches on an element of trust that has always stuck out to me. When trust is broken, often the human spirit finds it’s hard to trust itself, for us to trust ourselves. That’s one of the saddest parts of it. But Sutton is a fighter. The story is very much about Sutton learning to trust herself again. Wyatt helps her down the path, but it’s something she has to find in herself. Wyatt is such a sweet and adoring man, he was exactly the right man for Sutton and the story line and plot device that helps them there is not entirely unique, but it’s done really well.
The secondary characters, the architects of Suttons’ heart ache , Andrew and Bree, influence Sutton in a way no one could have predicted. I love how Sutton comes to understand whats she really feels. It doesn’t take the sting away, but it helps her to learning about forgiveness. Leave The Night On is a great addition to the Cottonbloom series and a touching and sweet read. 4 Stars and my recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
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If their first kiss was about revenge and their second about sealing their bargain, this kiss belonged to just the two of them. Gentle, yet devastating, the kiss made him want to stay in limbo with her forever.
Wyatt took her mouth in a series of gentle nips and forays, not wanting to push her too far, too fast. But, Sutton wasn’t playing by the same rules, her hands spearing into his hair and tugging him closer.
Her throaty, breathless sigh made his typical morning erection even more painful. Was she even aware the sexy little noises she was making drove him insane? He pulled back. Her eyes were closed but she’d pulled her bottom lip between her teeth, letting it go slowly, as if she was aware he was watching and wanted to tease him.
She ran her hand down his chest to his arm, the pull she exerted light but commanding, and hooked her leg over his. Her nipples poked at the thin fabric of her tank top. Through it all, her eyes remained closed. He didn’t want to be a faceless fantasy.
“Look at me.” His voice was roughed with sleep and more emotion than he wanted to claim.
Her eyes fluttered open, the shadows cloaking them both a blessing and curse. As much as he attempted to keep his thoughts hidden, he longed for all her secrets.
“Wyatt, please.” Her voice was husky and wanting.
His name on her lips offered satisfaction. If he could only have her for a little while, he not only wanted to leave her with memories she’d never forget, but make sure she understood how desirable and powerful she truly was.