BOOK REVIEW- SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE by Laura Trentham
Cottonbloom is the perfect place for 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?
I liked this book with it's really good main characters and the equally interesting secondary characters. Mack's brothers are front and center along with their love interests. There is also the two Aunt's who manage to keep things interesting in a more minor way. You can get the feel the community in a good way without being overloaded with too many people in the story. This book is packed with a lot of emotion and for the Abbott's some things that are in need of healing. Of course people have to talk to get to more of the truth and that is going to hurt for a bit too. It involves some secrets and not letting bitterness and fear of change from stopping them. This was a major thing for Mac to deal with because he had learned bitterness about his mother from his father's knee. The other thing that he saw his father do was put the garage #1 in is life even above his sons and their needs. Like they said, He was a good man, but he had flaws. Mac begins to recognize he had some of those very flaws and he needed to do something about it. He was just so used to having the weight of the world on his shoulders and it often wore him down with all the responsibility. Ford has a lot to answer for by selling his share to an outsider like Ella and she feels the heat of it right away. Mac is not going to pull his punches when it comes to wanting his garage back. It makes for some really interesting encounters between Mac and Ella. After her divorce she no longer was going to let another man ever make her feel less than ever again. She had spunk, sass and she stood toe to toe with Mac. That is something that he began to admire. Yes, he admired her beauty, and her body but he also began to see her smarts and big heart too! Ella's ex does show up in the story to try to continue to rattle her cage and cause some trouble. There is also a surprise guest who shows up. It's someone Ella never expected to ever see again. The story ends with a H.E.A. for Mac and Ella with a very satisfying Epilogue. I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion of it.