Set the Night On Fire Review & Excerpt Tour!
Set the Night on Fire
Series: Cottonbloom, Book 6
Author: Laura Trentham
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Publisher: St. Martins Press
From award winning author Laura Trentham comes Set the Night on Fire, a novel about 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 divorcée 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?
“How the—” Mack caught the curse in his hand. “You’re not a mechanic, Ms. Boudreaux.”
“Call me Ella.” At his stony stare, she shrugged and continued. “You don’t need another mechanic. You have plenty of mechanics. What you need is someone to market you.”
“And you know enough about cars to do that?” His skepticism hit her like a kid pulling her pigtails behind the monkey bars. Annoying.
She shouldn’t rise to the bait. Unfortunately, her mouth was less mature than her mind, and she reeled off facts her brother had recited with pride.
“That Datsun 240Z you were under? It’s a seventy-three with a 2.4-liter straight-six and side-draft carburetors. It can hit sixty in 8.2 seconds with 151 horsepower. Top speed is a hundred twenty-five miles per hour. Not that anyone should be driving that fast on parish roads.”
He looked . . . stunned. She confined herself to a small self-satisfied smile. She had a feeling nothing much surprised Mack Abbott, or if it did, he made sure the world didn’t realize it.
“How did you . . . How do you know all that?”
“That’s not important. What is important is that I can help you.”
“We don’t need help.” He shook his head and re-chinked the breaks in his wall of grump.
“Yes, you do.”
“No, we don’t.” The playground-level annoyance continued with his childish denials.
“Whatever.” She rolled her eyes, probably not helping to diffuse the situation.
“Name your price.”
“That’s not how this is going to work, Mack.”
“I say how things are run and done in this garage. Not you, Ms. Boudreaux.”
“I have a quarter stake and an equal voice.”
“Except, we handle things democratically around here and my brothers will have my back. Every. Single. Time.”
Dangit. He had her there. Pushing against Mack was like trying to move a mountain. She glanced at the twins. If she couldn’t move Mack, then she’d have to go around him. She wanted to stalk out and slam the door, but forced herself to mosey as if she wasn’t bothered at all by the situation or the man. He followed her to the door. She stopped with one foot out and one in. The breeze caught her hair, and she tossed her head to get it out of her eyes.
“You might vote me down, but at least give me a chance to be heard.”
“Name your price,” he repeated in a growly, grizzly voice that was meant to grind down her dissension.
Where she found the gumption she didn’t know, but she gave his cheek two pats and said, “You can’t afford me, tough guy.”
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. KISS ME THAT WAY, Cottonbloom Book 1, won the Stiletto Contest for Best Long Contemporary and finaled in the National Readers Choice Award. THEN HE KISSED ME, Cottonbloom Book 2, was named an Amazon Best Romance of 2016 and was a finalist for the National Excellence for Romance Fiction. TILL I KISSED YOU, Cottonbloom Book 3, is a finalist in the Maggie contest. LEAVE THE NIGHT ON, the latest Cottonbloom book, was named an iBooks Best Book of the Month and a Recommended Read from NPR.
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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When Mack's brother decides to walk away from the family business and sells his share of the company to a wealthy divorcee he is furious, he can't even begin to imagine what his brother was thinking, having her around definitely is not going to work! As soon as she starts to come to the garage, to share her ideas and make suggestions, the war ensues between them... he's isn't willing to give a measly inch, but Ella is a tough cookie, and she is determined to win the battle! But somewhere along all the arguing he starts looking at her in a whole new light...and he really likes what he sees!!
When Ella Boudreaux walked away from her disastrous marriage and abusive ex-husband she decided that it was time for a new chapter in her life, something that would make her feel good about life for a change, and she has high hopes for her new business venture. But once she meets her fellow partners, one in particular isn't too excited to meet her, he isn't happy about the sale and he really isn't happy to take any of her suggestions. With each battle they have, the heat between them continues to rise, and before long those trivial little arguments don't seem to be quite as important as the chemistry swirling around them. But Ella has her reservations about love, the last time she thought she found it, it didn't pan out..
Set The Night On Fire reunites readers with old friends in Cottonbloom and introduces to a new paring of lovebirds who aren't in the market for love, but unbeknownst to them love has other plans for them. These two brought lots of smiles, heartfelt moments, and a few blushes too, I really enjoyed my time with them. As much as they wanted to dislike one another, it didn't take long for their steamy chemistry to take a hold of the reigns and lead them somewhere unexpected, and so well deserved... they were both long overdue for a little joy and happiness! I have loved meeting all of the wonderful characters in this series, and thoroughly enjoyed every visit I have shared with them, each one has proved quite memorable and uplifting!
I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
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