Review: When the Stars Come Out (Cottonbloom #5)

Author: Laura Trentham

Publisher: St Martin’s

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in Series

Received from Publisher


Blurb: 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?


Review: These Cottonbloom books just get better and better! Honestly I can’t wait for the next one about Mack… I must confess, I did fall in love with Jackson in this book, and the heroine Willa just broke my heart.

Willa had run away from home and a terrible situation, but when she landed in Cottonbloom, everything had smoothed out. She found a job working in the garage and found friends in the men who ran it. Two years had helped her heal but it hadn’t taken away her fear that the past was going to eventually catch up with her. She was coming to care for her friends and didn’t want them to get hurt because of her.

Jackson had lost his father a year before, and now he was getting ready to lose his twin brother. It was a good thing–Wyatt was getting involved with a woman and they were probably going to get married soon–but his brother Ford was acting dicey and they didn’t know what he was going to do with his stake in the garage. They couldn’t afford to buy it from him, and they were afraid he was going to sell it out from under them. He couldn’t take losing the garage too.

When a series of events throws Willa and Jackson together, Jackson realizes that there’s more to Willa than meets the eye. Under this coveralls is a beautiful woman. She works for him, though, so can he successfully navigate a relationship with her while also being her boss? Let’s hope so because these two are meant to be together.

When the Stars Come Out is a great read that satisfies on all counts. Thanks

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