Title: Set the Night on Fire
Author: Laura Trentham
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: July 2018
Length: 326 pages
Series?: Cottonbloom #6
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Ella Boudreaux hasa 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 upbetween them. Could it be that true love has been in the backseat all along…and they’ve finally found the key?
This is the sixth (and final?) story in the Cottonbloom series, titled after a small town that sits along mirroring sides of state lines. But the reflections are anything but the same. In fact, the socioeconomics, businesses, residents, and everything in between is completely different about the two sides of the town. There wasn’t a lot of focus on this in the book, though, just a few comments here and there that didn’t bring down the story.
This story is for Mack Abbott, second son, and 1/4 partner in the Abbott garage and restoration business. Mack, like his two younger twin brothers, is a hard-working hunk that works with his hands in the garage. Since his brother Ford sold out his share of the business, Mack is both angry and spinning that the family business is no longer firmly in Abbott hands. That’s his singular goal.
Ella Boudreaux has amassed a fair amount of properties with her share of interests following her divorce from an abusive narcissist. She is the socialite from the other side of the river. Everyone in Cottonbloom believes she took her husband for all he was worth and is simply living off those funds. While it’s a harsh view to live with, Ella lets the town believe what they will. Little do they know that all of her husband’s success was due to her. And now his world is crumbling down around him.
Ella’s most recent venture was purchasing Ford’s share of the Abbott garage. She has a great background to help bring the garage into a more streamlined way of business, as well as market to more customers. Except Mack Abbott doesn’t want her there.
While Ella’s ex – and his current wife – show up in Cottonbloom, leaving Ella to carefully navigate those situations, Mack is also still struggling with his mother’s abandonment and Ford’s betrayal. Both of them slowly work through those emotional bags, and many things are revealed about each of their pasts.
The banter between the budding couple as well as the brothers was heartwarming and authentic. It flowed seamlessly like real life. I think that endeared me even more to Mack and Ella’s story. It was a slow, sweet, and sexy build! I think what I liked the most was the actual friendship that Mack and Ella develop and how honest they can be with one another. Now I want to go back and read the entire series!