SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE – Laura Trentham
A Cottonbloom Novel, Book 6
St. Martin's
ISBN: 978-1-250-13130-0
August 2018
Contemporary Romance

Cottonbloom, Mississippi – Present Day

Mack Abbott is furious that his oldest brother, Ford, sold his share of the family's auto body shop to socialite Ella Boudreaux who, he is sure has no knowledge of how their business is run. One day Ella shows up at the shop and Mack challenges her to change the oil on a car after she indicates she knows more about cars than he thinks. She accepts the challenge, but the truth of the matter is that she only has rudimentary knowledge. But Ella will do whatever it takes to win over the Abbott brothers…especially hardnosed Mack. Will Ella prove to Mack that she deserves to be a part of the business, or will she be forced to admit defeat and sell her share back to the Abbott family?

Ella is business savvy and sees the Abbott's garage as another business opportunity for her to invest in. She is divorced, having left her husband after he slept with her best friend and she moved to Cottonbloom to start over. She doesn't know many people in town, but the Abbott family is well respected. After her confrontation with Mack, he grudgingly starts to accept her…a little. But sparks also have started to fly between them. Both are single and unattached…will these sparks lead to a conflagration that will be hard to put out?

Mack and his brothers, Wyatt and Jackson, took over the auto body shop from their father and have built it into a successful business. Their oldest brother, Ford, never really took a shine to the shop and has moved on, but not before he sold his share to Ella. The brothers plan to buy her share as soon as they can get the money together. Yet, the moment Ella walks into the shop she proves that she might fit in. Her plan is to set up the books and get their finances organized. Wyatt and Jackson soon accept Ella, but Mack is a different story…

Meanwhile, Ella arrives home one day to find her ex's current wife (and her ex-best friend) on her doorstep. It seems Megan has had enough of the ex and needs to get away also. Ella knows her ex is a controlling jerk and Megan can do better without him, but is this any of her business? Yet, Ella and Megan are soon bonding. Will Megan end up staying in Cottonbloom?

Ella and Mack start out as adversaries in SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE but there are soon sexual vibes humming between them. Mack thinks getting involved with Ella is a bad thing, yet he can't keep his hands off her. Ella thinks his hands are a mighty nice thing…

In SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE there is lots of sexual tension between Ella and Mack before they finally do the deed. Ella came from nothing and married a man who likes his money…and women. But the moment he cheated on her, she divorced him and got a nice settlement in return. What people don't realize is that Ella is smart in business and she helped her ex make his money. Now Ella's business plans are to turn the Abbott garage into another success. Mack thinks she's an airhead. How will he react when he realizes that he is wrong?

While it might help a little to have read the prior books in the Cottonbloom series by Laura Trentham, SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE can be read as a standalone without too much difficulty. This tale is about the romance between Mack and Ella as they fight their attraction for each other. Of course, it's going to be a lost cause. Grab a copy of SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE for an entertaining and sizzling read that you won't want to miss.

Patti Fischer