Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge–

life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .


Cottonbloom #4

Laura Trentham

Releasing Aug 1, 2017

St. Martin’s Press


Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge–life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .

Sutton Mize is known for lavishing attention on the customers who flock to her boutique on the wealthy side of her Mississippi town. So when she finds a lace thong in her fiance’s classic cherry-red Camaro, she knows just who she sold it to: her own best friend. In an instant, Sutton’s whole world goes up in flames. . .

Wyatt Abbott has harbored a crush on Sutton since he was a young kid from the other side of the tracks. He witnessed Sutton’s shocking discovery in the Camaro at his family-owned garage–and it made him angry. What kind of man could take lovely, gorgeous Sutton for granted? But then Sutton comes up with an idea: Why not give her betrothed a taste of his own medicine and pretend that she’s got a lover of her own? Wyatt is more than happy to play the hot-and-heavy boyfriend. But what begins as a fictional affair soon develops into something more real, and more passionate, than either Sutton or Wyatt could have imagined. Could it be that true love has been waiting under the hood all along? 







If their first kiss was about revenge and their second about sealing their bargain, this kiss belonged to just the two of them. Gentle, yet devastating, the kiss made him want to stay in limbo with her forever.

Wyatt took her mouth in a series of gentle nips and forays, not wanting to push her too far, too fast. But, Sutton wasn’t playing by the same rules, her hands spearing into his hair and tugging him closer.

Her throaty, breathless sigh made his typical morning erection even more painful. Was she even aware the sexy little noises she was making drove him insane? He pulled back. Her eyes were closed but she’d pulled her bottom lip between her teeth, letting it go slowly, as if she was aware he was watching and wanted to tease him.

She ran her hand down his chest to his arm, the pull she exerted light but commanding, and hooked her leg over his. Her nipples poked at the thin fabric of her tank top. Through it all, her eyes remained closed. He didn’t want to be a faceless fantasy.

“Look at me.” His voice was roughed with sleep and more emotion than he wanted to claim.

Her eyes fluttered open, the shadows cloaking them both a blessing and curse. As much as he attempted to keep his thoughts hidden, he longed for all her secrets.

“Wyatt, please.” Her voice was husky and wanting.

His name on her lips offered satisfaction. If he could only have her for a little while, he not only wanted to leave her with memories she’d never forget, but make sure she understood how desirable and powerful she truly was.





This is my second trip to Cottonbloom, and like the first time, I just loved my time there. With this trip, I got to know Sutton and Wyatt. Sutton has a boutique that caters to wealthy clients, and she is engaged to someone who shares her privileged background. She is a judge’s daughter, and her future husband is an attorney. Sutton is waiting in a garage having her fiance’s Camaro restored when she finds a lace thong under the seat. She knows exactly who it belongs to, and her world tilts on its side. To make matters worse, all this happens in front of the man who used to torture her as a child….Wyatt Abbott.

Wyatt has had a crush on Sutton since they were kids. So, of course, when he sees her meltdown, he’s angry. He can’t imagine someone doing that to her. I fell in love with Wyatt right then and there when he goes into protective mode with her. He makes sure she is taken care of. When he drops her off at home, he thinks he won’t see her again. Despite his feelings for her, he knows she is way out of his league. However, Sutton, puts herself front and center in his life when she tells her fiancé that she has been involved and still is with Wyatt. Instead of balking at the idea, Wyatt goes right along with it, making it even more convincing with hot, searing kisses. What happens when their real feelings start becoming more evident? Can these two from completely different walks of life really find lasting happiness together?

Wyatt and Sutton are a great couple together. They complete one another. Sutton has always been concerned about what others think of her, so she is always trying to please others, and she has been afraid to fully live her life and achieve her dreams. Wyatt teaches her to have fun, have confidence in herself, and to reach for those dreams. Sutton calms some of the restlessness that Wyatt feels and gets him to open up about his past. Their chemistry is sizzling. The sex scenes were not graphic, but Trentham used Wyatt and Sutton’s feelings for one another to make them just as sexy. They will leave you with butterflies in your stomach.

Leave the Light on was the right combination of sexy and sweet. It was also very well-written, and I loved the addition of the secondary characters, especially Wyatt’s aunts and brothers. They really added to the story. In addition to Wyatt and Sutton’s romance was the backstory of Wyatt’s family. There are still some unanswered questions about his family that I’m sure will be answered in future books. I’m anxious to get his brothers’ stories, especially Ford’s. Ford wasn’t my favorite character at all, but I am curious to know his secrets. So, I bid Cottonbloom farewell again, and I will be looking forward to coming back again, hopefully really soon!





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. The first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. Then He Kissed Me, a Cottonbloom novel, was named as one of Amazon’s best romances of 2016. 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 large as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.