Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham

Title: Set the Night on Fire
Author: Laura Trentham
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Cottonbloom #6
Main Characters: Ella and Mack
Release Date: July 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Cottonbloom is the perfect place for starting over, finding your way back home--and falling head over heels. . .

Ella Boudreaux has a lot to prove to her family, friends, and foes--and to herself. So when her marriage ends she decides to invest her energy and money into a place that brings back some of Ella's happiest memories: the Abbott brothers' garage. Maybe, if she puts her mind to it, she can teach skeptical, stubborn Mack Abbott how to make the business a true success. Which would be a lot easier if the hunky mechanic didn't make her motor run quite so fast...and hot.

Mack was furious when his brother, Ford, sold his share of the business. He's in no rush to team up with a wealthy divorcee who shows up to the garage in stilettos--and the longest, sexiest legs he's seen in forever. But Ella's grit and determination won't quit...and soon Mack can see that she's been down a few rough roads herself. Neither Mack nor Ella can deny the fierce attraction that's revving up between them. Could it be that true love has been in the backseat all along...and they've finally found the key?

My Review:
*happy sigh* I've just really enjoyed every book in this series and with Mack being the oldest and grumpiest of the siblings, I couldn't wait for his book. It did not disappoint. 

But what was a surprise in this book was just how much I loved Ella. While she's invested in the garage fully expecting to make a profit, her reasons for investing are much more heartfelt than that. Her older brother died a few years ago and he was a wrench-monkey, who lived for rebuilding his cars. She invested in this garage as a tie to him. I loved that so, so much. I also loved it every time she was able to surprise Mack, especially in the beginning...and that happened a lot. 

There is a lot of character growth in this book, especially for Mack. He's a stubborn guy and doesn't acquiesce to being wrong very often. But that hasn't served him well...with his family or with Ella. But when he begins to fall for Ella and starts to see her in a different light, he begins to realize that maybe he's been too quick to judge in several aspects of his life. Yay...great character arc.

And I did like how things developed between Mack and Ella. The respect is slowly earned for both of them, but it works so well.

Family is at the core of this series and I love the relationship between the brothers that continues to flow throughout the series. But now I'm curious....will the fourth brother, the prodigal brother, Ford get an HEA? I need to go do some research on the author's website because that would be an interesting challenge to see him as a hero. I think I'd like it.

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

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