Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Book Tour for Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett (REVIEW)

Fans of steamy romances with a few laugh out loud moments have reason to rejoice today with the release of this Love Hurts novel.  When a city girl heads to the wilds of Alaska in search of the most endangered of all species...the perfect man...sparks will fly as truths and emotions are revealed.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett, along with my impressions of this fish out of water romance, then add this scorching tale to your bookshelf!

Wake up and feel the wood! In the first of a series of irresistible standalone romances from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, a city girl rediscovers love and lust in the Alaskan wilderness.
Valentine French may be the sassiest dating columnist in New York City, but the abundance of metrosexuals in her adopted metropolis is seriously cramping her style. Where are the beefy all-American boys? Hoping to find some inspiration, Val heads to Alaska, where the men outnumber the women fifteen to one and wrestle grizzly bears for sport. Or so she can only imagine. Suddenly the most eligible bachelorette in a town full of horny lumberjacks, Val is writing her best columns ever. But if she doesn’t get her nose out of her laptop, she just might miss out on Mr. Right.
Logan Burke is the sheriff of the little podunk town that Val finds so charmingly backward. He’s not that different from the guys she’s using for her little experiment; it’s just that one date would never be enough for Logan. As he listens to Val complain about love over beers in the local tavern, he realizes that she can’t see the forest for the trees. Because if she would ever give up her Prada bags and fourteen-dollar martinis, Logan would give her the only luxury that matters: his heart.



It's an entertaining and sexy journey to HEA for a pampered city girl when she heads to Alaska in search of that endangered species...a rugged and sexy man's man.  It's an eclectic group of men she soon meets but it's the commanding and caring sheriff who has her ready to swap her silk for flannel.  From sexy encounters to humorous exchanges theirs is a fun and flirty relationship.  Once the truth about what brought her into the wilderness is discovered hurt feelings and forgiveness abound as readers watch them work their way to an immensely satisfying conclusion.

Valentine French comes from wealth but hates the pressure put on her by her parents because of it.  She hates their mockery of marriage which has dimmed her own feelings when it comes to relationships.  In an act of rebellion she starts a blog where she critiques dating the men of New York along with the trappings of the wealthy.  The handsome but bland men she's been dating frustrate her and finally have her fleeing the city in search of men who are the true definition of maleness.  Arriving in Alaska is both a bust and a success once she meets Sheriff Logan Burke.  Theirs is a crackling connection from the moment they meet with her citified air and his rugged demeanor.  The more he challenges her the more self-assured she becomes though, the more down-to-earth as she learns to do things on her own.  She may start off as a fish out of water but she quickly finds a place for herself amongst the colorful town denizens.  She's a breath of fresh air upon her glamorous arrival but soon becomes reliant on herself as she takes up permanent residence which had me cheering her on.  Val may start off a bit superficial but there's surprising substance behind her glittery facade that slowly endeared her to me.  She was sweet and likable and I enjoyed her awkward start that belied her strong will. Once the truth comes out about her blog she yearns to make amends in a way that showed just how strong she's become and which made me like her all the more.

Logan Burke once thought he had his whole life planned out with a career a woman by his side until all that fell apart and he escaped to the wilderness to start over.  He loves his job and the people of his town and it's clear he thinks of them as family.  The moment he sees Val his entire life gets turned upside down as her city ways charm him along with her curvy body and confident nature.  As they quickly evolve from friends to lovers their encounters melted the pages while forging a more definitive connection.  He's caring yet dominant in the bedroom while being a true gentleman as he helps whenever he can and encourages Val in living life her own way.  He values truth above all else though and it's what pulls them apart in a choice that's frustrating but made their reunion all that much richer.

This was a fun and flirty read with an erotically-charged romance that showed Logan and Val as friends and lovers.  They're immensely likable as individuals and as a couple they're formidable.  Val may have bumbled her way into town but she quickly became another colorful member of their family which ultimately helped bring her and Logan back to one another.  The denizens of this small town were equally likable with their own romantic issues and it was endearing seeing them be won over by Val's breath of fresh air.  Add it all up and it's a story that put a smile on my face while charming me every step of the way.  On a whole readers will find a scorching romance full of heart and soul that puts another feather in Ms. Bennett's writing cap!

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

1 comment:

  1. I love Bennett's Cold Fury books! I should really try out some of her other books.