Leave the Night On is the 4th book in the Cottonbloom series but the first book I’ve read in it and it felt like a book #1 in a series. I was actually surprised when I noticed it wasn’t because I felt like I was being introduced to the characters and never felt like I had missed anything from a previous book.
This book centers around Wyatt who is an auto mechanic who is also breaking into the car restoration business. He works in a family owned garage with his 3 brothers and has known Sutton since they were kids. In fact, he had a crush on her when he was younger but showed it by teasing her mercilessly so Sutton has a very different view of their childhood relationship. Sutton is from the other side of the river and the daughter of a judge and hasn’t seen Wyatt in years. When she drops off her fiance’s car to have it restored she discovers her fiance has been cheating on her when she helps Wyatt clean out the car and Wyatt is so sweet and protective of her that the two form a bond. When Sutton is faced with her fiance and the other woman she tells them that she has been seeing someone else as well and then enlists Wyatt’s help so no one will know she made it up.
I really loved Wyatt. He is sweet, sexy, protective but with a bit of an edge as well. While I liked Sutton I’ll be honest she isn’t my favorite heroine and a bit to concerned with what other people think for me. However, she was also sweet and caring and has a big capacity for forgiveness. Although I didn’t always like the fact that she was so unsure of herself and even Wyatt I could understand it after finding out that two of the people you trust the most had betrayed you. I can see how that made her not believe in her own ability to judge people and that it would be hard to trust again. I liked the slow burn relationship between the two of them and I found it sweet and believable.
The small town feel of the community was wonderful and I feel a little in love with both Mack and Jackson and I can’t help but hate Ford and wonder how the author will eventually redeem him. I very much enjoyed the writing style and will definitely go back and read the previous books in this series as well as look forward to the future books that will no doubt feature Wyatt’s brothers.