Sex in the Sticks By Sawyer Bennett Release Date: May 2, 2017 Publisher: Loveswept Book #1 in the Love Hurts series Number of pages: 225 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 4/28/17 to 4/29/17
Sawyer Bennett is one of those authors I’ve been wanting to give a try for a while now. I’m constantly seeing her name pop up, so when I got the opportunity to read an ARC of this book I jumped at the chance.
Valentine French has all the makings of a heroine people will love to hate. Only you end up not hating her at all. By the end of the first chapter you quickly realize the persona of Valentine French is much different from the real Valentine French. Sure, she’s grew up rich and privileged. Yet aside from her clothes and the air of confidence she carries around with her she doesn’t shout “old money” to those she’s with. Truth be told, Valentine did a few things that pissed me off. But none of those things were done in a mean-spirited way. She was just holding on to what she thought she had to be instead of being true to her inner voice.
As for Logan, can you say perfect man? Holy cow! The man is sexy, strong, and sweet as sugar. He’s respectful to the point that Valentine isn’t even sure if he finds her attractive, but he’s still very alpha-male. The total package! Well, there is one part where he doesn’t exactly use his head and pulls a prickish move. But nobody’s so perfect as to never mess up, right?
Now, there’s a point where you can see the ultimate conflict between Logan and Valentine coming from a mile away. That’s okay though. The story is great fun leading up to that moment. And the way Valentine (with some help) decides to resolve the issue is great. It’s way more subtle than I expected from her, but it’s wonderful and it works.
Now that I’ve experienced Sawyer Bennett, I will be seeking out more to read from her. I really enjoyed this book (despite the cover…what the heck is he supposed to be holding?) and look forward to reading more.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**