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Blog Tour – When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham, Book Review

Hello fellow booklovers, I have a fun, charming love story for you today. The books is released and now available at all booksellers, do get a copy and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Reading.


Title: When the stars come out
Author : Laura Trentham
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: January 2018
Set in: Mississippi, USA
Profession of lead characters: Car Mechanic and Restorers
Rating: 4.5 /5
Buy Links: Available across booksellers


Cottonbloom. A beautiful, faraway place where a woman can escape her past—and find reason to stay forever. . .

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?

My thoughts

Having read the previous books in the CottonBloom series, I was excited to read Jackson’s story. He was introduced in the previous story, that of his twin Wyatt and Sutton Mize’s love story. While Wyatt was fun, charming and adorable his twin Jackson was stoic, strong and quite a formidable, silent presence.

I was eager to see how he reacts to love, romance and happiness; I wasn’t disappointed. It was a pleasure to see him bloom and embrace life with all it threw his way. His Dimples which made some pretty rare appearances and his strength physical and emotional was well butterflies and nerves inducing. Jackson sure is a delicious combination of McDreamy and McSteamy (A reference all you Grey’s Anatomy fans will surely get 😉 )

The story is built around Jackson and Willa who works with the brothers, Mack, the elder one (his story is coming soon too, he is lovely and extremely lovable too) Wyatt and Jackson the twins, at their family car garage. Willa is running from her past and is flighty, she displays a behavior of fight or flight, more the later. Usually she keeps to herself and works well and hard in the garage.

She keeps to herself so much that she is one of the guys, but a chance incident makes Jackson pay attention to her flighty behavior. Once Jackson pays attention to Willa and sees her as the beautiful girl she is trying to hide under greasy coveralls of her garage uniform, everything changes.

Next, Jackson and Willa start this sensual, hesitant game of hide and seek which starts off their love story. We see them both trying to overcome their obstacles and be friends with each other. Friendship with a definite and sizzling undercurrent of sparks, chemistry and love. Their feelings for each other grow deep and they work to clear the issues rising from their dark past to create a happy future together.

I loved, loved how they tread with each other on a hesitant path of discovering and getting to know each other. Their chemistry and depth of feeling for each other has a charming simplicity to it. There is also fun and lighter moments with some great dramatic moments courtesy their families especially Jackson’s.

Overall it is a great story I would love to curl up and relax with anytime.

Praise for When the Stars Come Out

“The fifth installment in the Cottonbloom series, following Leave the Light On (2017) is hot and sweet, and readers will cheer for Willa and Jackson. Fans of Kristan Higgins and Susan Mallery will love the immersive world that Trentham has created in Cottonbloom, a small southern town divided by the Mississippi River.” Booklist

“When the Stars Come Out is a tender and sexy small-town tale of blossoming love.” BookPage

Returning to Cottonbloom has never been sweeter, When The Stars Come Out is pure literary magic, it’s sure to have readers mesmerized from start to finish!! Red’s Romance Reviews, 5 stars


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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Reviewed by Bharti

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