Y’all. Y’ALL. Cottonbloom is MY FAVORITE romance setting, as of now. I was leaning that way, thanks to all of Laura Trentham’s Fournette siblings’ books. Cade, Tally, and Sawyer (click the links for reviews) Fournette and their perspective loves all won my hearts last year. But Wyatt Abbott and Sutton Mize have officially taken the top spot that belonged to Sawyer and Regan.
In Leave the Night On, we meet Wyatt Abbott, who had a young crush on Sutton Mize, seeing her when her dad would bring her to Wyatt’s dad’s garage for car maintenance. Wyatt did the usual to get her attention—the equivalent of pulling her pigtails. He just wanted her to notice him. But life, you know, and being raised in different areas of Cottonbloom (her on the Mississippi side, and he on the Louisiana one), gets in the way of his youthful desires.
Twenty years—give or take—later, Sutton brings her fiance’s car to be restored by the Abbott brothers, placing her right in the path of Wyatt. After finding evidence of her fiance’s betrayal, Sutton acknowledges all her decisions have been determined by what she should do, rather than what she wants. She decides she wants to have some adventures. And Wyatt is just the fun-loving guy to help her.
Except Wyatt has depth, and Sutton, and we, realize it immediately. It also doesn’t hurt that he earns the reward as the MOST ROMANTIC HERO, like, EVER!! He takes her to have fun, but he also looks out for her. And the ending scene where he organizes help for Sutton in an emergency without her asking? SWOON!
I like Trentham’s romances because the characters have chemistry and usually have a connection (not necessarily romantic) that pre-dates the novel. I love how her characters are fully developed and how the men are utterly romantic and swoon-worthy. (None more so than Wyatt!) And we even get a brief visit from my formerly-favorite Cottonbloom couple, Sawyer and Regan. (Sorry, guys! You’ve been usurped!) Also, I do like how the romances grow naturally; no insta-love here, thank goodness.
Plus, Trentham brings believable angst. Sutton simply wasn’t in place for a serious relationship after her engagement collapses, but Trentham makes the reader want Sutton to overcome the insecurities she feels and embrace life with Wyatt. It helps that Sutton is a positive-thinking girl; she doesn’t let the chips get her down. She moves forward, which is always my favorite trait in a heroine.
Oh, and the steam. Whoa, boy, is there steam! 😛
So, y’all, it’s definitely time to visit the South in your reading adventures. Take a trip to Cottonbloom with Wyatt and Sutton’s story and prepare to meet Trentham’s newest heartwarming family of Cottonbloom, the Abbott brothers (all of whom I’m sure will get their own stories). And if you’ve never been there before, check out the Fournettes’ stories, too. You won’t regret it! 🙂
Ta-ta for now, my romance aficionados,