by Laura Trentham
Series: Cottonbloom #4
Published on August 1, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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?
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Ah, I love couples who pretend to date but then actually start dating. Don’t know why but it’s one of my favorite tropes in romances and that’s exactly what happens with Wyatt and Sutton. Being a gentleman, Wyatt agrees to help Sutton get back at her ex-fiancée after he cheats on her with his best friend (conveniently leaving out that he’s been crushing on her since they were kids). And perhaps things will work out for the both of them.
I thought this was a really cute contemporary romance. Sutton stays strong as her life turns to turmoil around her and the expectations put on her shoulders by her parents finally becomes too much. She’s always done what she can to make everyone around her happy but throughout the book realizes that she needs to make herself happy too. I liked that she was able to be both strong and vulnerable. And Wyatt turned out to be the perfect person to help her with that. He has his own family expectations on him and is at constant war with what he should do versus what he wants to do. I liked the parallels with their characters and how, though they’re different personality-wise, they are able to support each other and bring out the parts of the other that they hadn’t seen before.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about Wyatt being almost a rebound (even though they’re faking it at first there’s still definite chemistry between them) but it becomes clearer that Sutton wasn’t really in love with her ex. It was going to be more of a political marriage than what she really wanted.
Speaking of the fake-dating, I am SO glad that they didn’t keep it up the entire book. I’m not sure if I could have handled the constant waiting for something “real” to happen. The story evolves with their characters instead, moving to a real relationship between them and the new challenges that come with it.
I’m not big on contemporary romances but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It’s a light, easy read telling the story of a relationship that was a long time coming but also brand new.