Friday Favorites: A Flashback – 12/2/22

I was excited when reading my old review of this week’s featured Flashback. When I first read a new-to-me author, there’s no way for me to know if they will become a favorite. Therefore, I don’t generally know when I first started reading the author until I come across an old review. That’s what happened here. This week’s pick was only the second book I had read by Sawyer Bennett. And it was before I read any of her hockey romance books, which I now adore. I even did a Friday Favorites post on her hockey gods, and even that was before her latest hockey series, Pittsburgh Titans, started.

It’s amazing to me that I’ve only been reading this author’s stories for five years, especially since I’ve read so many of her books. There are actually quite a few I haven’t read yet, though. The majority of which came out before I was introduced to her books that I have every intention of reading someday soon.

You can find my original post here from July 5, 2017. As per usual, the following review is only edited for grammar, spelling, and formatting. Also, I cannot provide content warnings since it’s been too long since I’ve read the book to adequately to even know if any are warranted.

by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date:  July 11, 2017
Publisher:  Loveswept
Book #2 in the Love Hurts series
Number of pages:  210
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Contemporary Romance
Ages 17 and up
Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.

Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be.

For those of you who notice this is book 2 in a series and haven’t read the first book, Sex in the Sticks, and think you don’t have time to start a new series let me assure you, these can be read as standalone books.  I honestly don’t know why this is a series.  Unless I’m forgetting something major, these books are not tied together in any way.  I guess the name of the series says it though, Love Hurts.  Sure it does.  And the characters in both books so far have had some crap to go through.  But you are missing absolutely nothing by skipping the first book to read this book. 

This book was fun and full of steamy scenes.  Eden and Coop definitely needed to clear the air.  The initial first day or two that Eden was in town were pretty funny between the two of them.  Yet the animosity didn’t drag on too long and instead we got to see the flirty, sexy, fun, and tender side of both characters.

Since this book has no ties to book 1 of the series, I’m not sure where things will go if there is a book 3.  But I really appreciated the character of Missy and would love to see her have a HEA someday.

This is only my second Sawyer Bennett book and I liked it even more than the first.  I hope to get a chance to read more of her books in the future.  And I must say, I now see what the fuss is about.  She really knows how to suck a reader into her stories.

4.5 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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