Tuesday, January 30, 2018

When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham

Title: When the Stars Come Out
Author: Laura Trentham
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Cottonbloom #5
Main Characters: Willa and Jackson
Release Date: January 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's 
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
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?
My Review:
Willa and Jackson...whoohoo! The grumpy, serious twin...and Willa, the quiet, secretive mechanic. 

Okay, first of all you should know that Willa has worked at this shop for two years and she's actively worked to fade into the wallpaper...to the point where when Jackson does finally notice her, he's floored at everything that he missed...and feeling more than a little guilty about it. 

The thing that causes him to notice her...the idea that she might be leaving. See, Willa is on the run...and plans to stay that way if that's what it takes to stay undiscovered. She has some big skeletons in her closet (although my personal opinion were that her personal demons were much bigger than the actual secrets that weren't as bad as she thought). So, yeah...Willa is not the most open person in the world...at all. She knows that connections will sink her and that she doesn't deserve them so when Jackson tries to connect with her, her walls go up. 

Jackson has his own issues, but I liked that they weren't much of a deterrent when it came to his feelings for Willa. No, he doesn't see himself as a forever guy, but that sure doesn't stop him from wanting to take care of and protect Willa...no matter what. 

There was a TON to love in this story. First, I love that Willa's skills as a mechanic are easily equal to or better than all the brothers. I also thought it was ironic that she drove such a crap car...just another small symbol of how she's always putting her needs very last. These brothers are a complex bunch. They have no problem getting into one another's faces and business up until the point where it looks like someone else might have a problem with one of them and then they present a totally united front (with the exception of Ford, although his brothers take care of him even when he doesn't want it). I also loved the story of River and the way she bonded with Willa. I even loved Sutton in this story and how she embraced Willa and forced her out of her shell a bit. 

This series continues to surprise me just in how much I'm loving every installment of it. It's small-town contemporary romance, but these aren't your mother or grandmother's stories. They are hot and sizzling with fantastic emotional hits that come along with the romance. I highly recommend this book and the others in the series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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