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When the Stars Come Out

(Cottonbloom #5)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  189 reviews
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.
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 20th 2018)
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May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: smp, shit-hot-series
4 - "You don't really know me..." Stars!

When the Stars Come Out is another enjoyable addition to Laura Trentham’s Cottonbloom series.

Willa and Jackson were introduced to us in the last book, but Willa very much kept to herself as the only female mechanic at the Abbot brothers Garage. We find out why in this book, and also understand that Jackson Abbot isn’t as ambivalent towards her as much as he initially thought he was. I found his protectiveness towards her even though she was being less than
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars.

Over the past couple of years Cottonbloom has become one of my favourite places to visit and and book 5 brings us Jackson and Willa—co-owner and employee of Abbott Brothers Garage, respectively.

description You’ll never be the boss of me, Jackson Abbott.”

Whilst not my favourite of the series, When the Stars Come Out was still an enjoyable visit and there was nothing to dislike in either Jackson or Willa, it was simply a case that the story—in particular with regards to Willa—lacked the oomph t
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
HOT OFF THE PRESS on January 30.

WHEN THE STARS COME OUT by Laura Trentham is book #5 in the Cottonbloom series and can be read as a 'stand alone'.
Willa Brown, a mechanic at Abbot Brothers Garage and Restoration, has a secret crush on Jackson Abbot, whom she works with everyday repairing cars. The catch is - he is one of the four brothers that own Abbot Brothers Garage and Restoration and he sees her as a great mechanic, but does not notice her as a member of the opposite sex. What would she do i
DJ Sakata
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Country Aire trailer park wouldn’t get a magazine spread unless it was in Trailers and Trash, but she’d lived in far worse places.

With curly red hair and dark blue eyes, she crackled as if an electrical current gave her endless energy.

The Honda coughed like a lifelong smoker that needed an oxygen tank.

The only new clothes Willa splurged on were underwear. Apparently, the line she wouldn’t cross in the name of poverty was buying used panties.

Everything the man did was
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
I love returning to Cottonbloom and the Abbott brothers are feeding my addiction to this town and the characters that live in it.

Willa and Jackson have been working side by side at the Abbott family garage but they've both kept things friendly, professional and strictly platonic. I love the friends to lovers trope and Jackson and Willa were both sweet and likable characters.

I finished this with a smile on my face and all around feel good vibe. It was sweet, funny, flirty and laid back. There w
Deanne Patterson
Jackson Abbot has a twin brother, Wyatt and other brothers as well. They all work in their family auto body shop along with Willa. She is one of the best mechanics there is the guys tell her and she doesn't take the compliment lightly as she knows it is a respect given compliment. This is the fifth book in the CottonBloom series and my first read by this author. I'll need to look up more by this author since I really enjoyed this. Willa doesn't plan on stopping in Cottonbloom she just ends up th ...more
4 stars

When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham is a beautifully written and heartwarming read.
The storyline is entertaining, the characters are likable, relatable and will bring out the feels watching them fall in love.

I really enjoyed Willa and Jackson together, they made me smile and they made me swoon. They had amazing chemistry and I have no doubt they were going to have a happy life together.


Overall, When the Stars Come Out is a lovely addition to the Cottonbloom series and while each boo
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jackson Abbott is serious, strong, reliable, loyal to his brothers. When he finally opens his pretty peepers and really notices Willa for the first time (obviously he was buried in a hole to not fully appreciate all that is Willa), his legendary control goes out the door. And man, did I love seeing Jackson unravel! Discovering his well of emotions was amusing and messy, yet cathartic fo a guy whose mom abandoned the family as children.

Willa Brown was one character I loved analyzing. She was thi
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

There is nothing better then reading a series that you love. That's how I feel about Laura Trentham's Cottonbloom series. I just really enjoy them.

I will admit that even though I've loved the whole series I have a soft spot for the Abbott brothers. Not sure why, but for some reason the call to me. They each have such a complex relationship with each other.

Some of it is good, some of it not...

All the brothers stick
True Rating 3.5 stars!

When the Stars Come Out is the fifth book in the Cottonbloom series and what drew me to this story was that the main character Willa was a mechanic. That is an unusual occupation for a female character to have and I was interested to see if she was a mechanic in name only in order to make the story different or if she truly played the part. I was glad to see that she was a character who knew her stuff and had a history with her profession as her father had been a mechanic a
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Reliable, Jackson Abbott, has always been too busy being their for his family and running their shop to make time to date, let alone even notice a woman... but then Willa Brown wanders into his shop and he suddenly finds looking under the hood of a car just isn't as appealing as it once was. He knows mixing business with pleasure probably isn't the best idea, but Willa is just too damn tempting to ignore. She is guarded and he is certain she is hiding from someone or something, and damned if ...more
Book Lover
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Jackson Abbot and his three brothers own a garage. He and Willa have worked side by side for the last 2 years. She’s always been one of the guys. All the brothers know she’s hiding something since she insists on being paid in cash.

Willa has been on the run for the last 5 years. It’s only the last two years that she felt safe enough to stay in one place longer than a few months.

It takes the possibility of Willa leaving for Jackson to suddenly realize she’s not just another grease monkey. I realiz
Rating: ★★★★½

Chemistry: ❤❤❤ ½

I have a lot of love for Laura Trentham's Cottonbloom series - it is wonderfully written and gives a great insight into Southern life. The first book in this second trilogy got me well and truly intrigued as to Willa's backstory and how things would progress between her and Jackson.

Needless to say, this book lived up to the expectation. I just wanted to give Willa a big hug for a lot of it and loved watching her and Jackson's relationship develop plus great set up f
Jackson Abbott is Wyatt's twin. The silent kind, he has worked alongside Willa Brown ever since she came to Cottonbush, without really thinking about her as a woman. All the Abbott brothers know that Willa is keeping secrets, most of them have guessed that isn't her real name, but they value her work as a mechanic in their family business and they aren't ones to gossip.

Willa has been on the run since she was eighteen years old, running from what was an idyllic childhood she soon found that life
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cottonbloom #5, I'm so glad we didn't have to wait for Willa and Jackson's story for too long. I am so loving this series, this town, and these people. This second story arc with the Abbott brothers is just as good if not better than the first three books. In this story arc the Abbott brothers, Mack, Ford, Wyatt and Jackson, inherited their father's garage, a four way split that left Ford annoyed and keep threatening to sell his share of the garage. The other three just added on to th
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
This is Book 5 in the series but can be read as a stand-alone, although it might be helpful to read the 4th books in the series because the couple from that book appear a lot in this story. However, I don’t think it takes away from the experience if you don’t.

Laura Trentham is a new author to me. This is only the second book I’ve read of hers but I definitely see myself continuing to read more from her because I like her writing style.

I thought the chemistry between Jackson and Willa was perfe
This the fifth book in the series but the second one featuring one of the Abbot brothers. Technically this book can stand on its own but since I actually read the previous one featuring another Abbot brother I'd recommend reading that one first just so you get a feel for the brothers. Jackson has been working side by side for Willa for two years and never really noticed her as a woman, let alone a woman harboring a crush on him. But once he does, all bets are off even if he has to convince a ver ...more
Christi Snow
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Willa and Jackson...whoohoo! The grumpy, serious twin...and Willa, the quiet, secretive mechanic.

Okay, first of all you should know that Willa has worked at this shop for two years and she's actively worked to fade into the the point where when Jackson does finally notice her, he's floored at everything that he missed...and feeling more than a little guilty about it.

The thing that causes him to notice her...the idea that she might be leaving. See, Willa is on the run..
Claire Scott
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Review of When The Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham

I was lucky enough to be able to read this book before it is released, and as a massive fan of the Cottonbloom series, I was desperate to read more about Willa and Jackson.

Reading the previous books, the reader is aware Willa is hiding something, and my heart broke for her as we discover the loneliness, fear and guilt she has being carrying over the last few years. Showing weakness, or asking for help isn't something she is willing to do.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Not too bad. h has worked with the H for two years but he has never noticed her while she has always had a crush on him. Our heroine hides behind her work, and her clothes and hat. She is running from mistakes she made as a teenager and really kept her secrets for too long and the hero had to pry everything out of her, even his place in her life. Decent!
Norma Jean
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved returning to Cottonbloom! Ms. Trentham has written another wonderful contemporary love story. Willa works as an auto mechanic in the Abbott brothers’ garage . . . an unusual job for a young woman. She does her job well and tries to keep a low profile so that they won’t find out about her troubled past. She doesn’t want to get romantically involved with anyone because she might have to leave town if her past catches up with her. Jackson Abbott is impressed with Willa’s knowledge and abili ...more
Books and Spoons
Willa and Jackson took my breath away, broke my heart a bit, and gave hope for the better days to come. This story literally left me gasping for a breath with the heart-wrenching realities of how tough life can truly be, how sometimes we just have to survive, and if we stick it out life can spur a surprise that can change our destinies.
Jackson Abbott is a hardworking man who is trying to get a grasp of life after his father past away and one of his brothers got in trouble. The last thing that co
Katherine Hayward Pérez
After having read and reviewed Leave the Night On (Cottonbloom #4 ) awhile ago which was my first ever Laura Trentham book, I was very happy to get to read and review book 5 in the series.

In When the Stars Come Out, we learn more about Willa and Jackson. Willa is the only female mechanic at the Abbot Brothers' Garage in Cottonbloom.

I've liked Jackson since book #4 which is so far the only other Laura Trentham ARC I have read and reviewed, His twin Wyatt features a little here, as does Sutton M
Karen Whittard
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely, beautiful and romantic read. Fantastic I loved it.
Isha Coleman
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A girl has to have a few secrets. In Willa's case secrets are a way of life. Her demons are well hidden but her fears hover close to the surface. On the run from her past, a charming piece of heaven catches her eye and convinces her to put down roots, while looking over her shoulder every step of the way. Trouble finds her when she meets a sexy guy, willing to take a chance on a drifter like her. Jackson Abbott has a good heart, reliable soul and a sense of family that draws her in, even as she ...more
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ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

It is always great to go back to Cottonbloom, and When The Stars Come Out is another beautiful addition to this series.

If you have read the previous books, you will remember that Willa is hiding something - other than her crush on Jackson. She won't let anyone know what is going on though, she is strong and resilient and as a reader you can't help but adore her.

Jackson - sigh, what a wonderful, sexy, broody man he is. And persistent to when it comes
Barb Lie
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham is the 5th book in her wonderful Cottonbloom series. I have enjoyed every book in this series, and this book is no different….I loved When The Stars Come Out.

Willa Brown, our heroine, has worked at the Abbot garage for the two years she has been in Cottonbloom. Willa loves her job, as she grew up fixing cars, but she keeps secrets about her past life, knowing when anyone gets too close, she will run. Jackson Abbot and the rest of the Abbot boys think hig
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first foray in to the small town of Cottonbloom. A unique town that is separated by a river and has one side in Mississippi and one in Louisiana. The Abbot brothers own a garage that is left to the four of them by their late father. The three brothers, Mack, Jackson and Wyatt work together along with one of the best mechanics that they have ever seen. Willa is a mystery to allow them. A woman who seems to have a lot of secrets and keeps to herself but who is also hard working and frie ...more
Susan Gorman
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laura Trentham’s When the Stars Come Out is a heartwarming, friends to lovers romance which pairs hardworking Auto body shop owner Jackson Abbott with mechanic Willa Brown. The Abbott bothers storyline continues in book five of the author’s Cottonbloom series. The compelling storyline and the unique characters appealed to me and set this book apart from the others in the series.
Jackson Abbott is the quiet, dependable Abbott brother who oversees the repair and restoration work in the family owned
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
When the Stars Come Out is the fifth book in the series but the second book that is centered around the Abbott Brothers so while it can be read as a standalone I recommend reading book #4 first.

I really enjoy the Abbott brothers and the dynamics within their family. This book is about Willa who is the only female mechanic in the garage and Jackson. Willa was introduced in book 4 but she mainly kept to herself and it seemed as if Jackson wasn't all that aware of her as a woman. In this book when
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