Friday, October 27, 2017

Release Day Blitz for Wicked Envy by Sawyer Bennett (REVIEW)

Friends to lovers is a favorite theme of mine and with today’s new release readers will find themselves quickly consumed by this story and the unforgettable connection between three friends.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Wicked Envy by Sawyer Bennett, along with my impressions of this story, then add this third installment in the Wicked Horse Vegas series to your bookshelf!

The best of friends.
Two men. One woman.
A sinful playground called The Wicked Horse.
Entrepreneur turned millionaire, Dane Hawthorne, has been known to get his kicks at The Wicked Horse Vegas, and he has no shortage of beautiful women waiting for a shot at him. Driven to succeed, no matter if he’s in the boardroom or the bedroom, Dane never backs down from a challenge.
Avril Carrigan isn’t the type of woman to take risks in her personal life but after a broken heart and too much liquid courage, Avril decides to best way to get over one man, is to get under another. Looking to experience all the debauchery she’s heard about from her best friend and business partner, Dane, she requests one thing of him—take her to The Wicked Horse.
The request seems simple. One friend helping another in her time of need. But now that they’ve crossed the threshold, things aren’t as easy as they once seemed. Not only is Dane looking at Avril in a new light, but so is their other business partner and best friend, Andrew Collings. As Dane’s envy blooms, he wonders if he made the right decision when he agreed to show Avril his wicked world.
What happens when the lines of friendship are blurred and boundaries are crossed? Will their relationships survive or will jealousy tear them all apart?




Readers once again find themselves in the erotically-charged world of the Wicked Horse Las Vegas in this romance of friends-to-lovers.  When three friends who have known each other for years cross an intimate line it leads to heartfelt truths that will change their lives irrevocably.  As encounters become steamier complications arise that will leave their friendship hanging in the balance.

Avril Carrigan has always seen herself as just an average girl.  She never thought of herself as attractive or popular with men during her college years.  She was a good friend though and it quickly led her to Andrew and Dane and together they became the Three Musketeers.  The three of them were a strong support for each other, protecting each other when needed, and it solidified into a relationship that has withstood the test of time.  As adults they’re still an unwavering support to one another, co-workers and friends through thick and thin.  The moment Avril finds herself heartbroken over a cheating boyfriend is the moment that everything changes.  As an offer to go to the Wicked Horse introduces her to all sorts of decadent delights Avril finds herself letting go and embracing all sorts of fantasies.  Many of those fantasies revolve around her two best friends and as they indulge in numerous scorching encounters they find their relationship changing.  That’s especially true for her relationship with Dane, the man she’s always had a crush on and whose background ensures an inability to commit.  As her and Dane grow closer it’s clear that their time together is more than a fling, but when it comes time to prove himself his past comes back to haunt him and leaves their HEA in jeopardy.  Avril’s a likable heroine who’s never wanted to ruin the connection she has with Andrew and Dane.  A night of decadent delights sets her free though and has her embracing all sorts of possibilities.  At no time does she feel embarrassment over her actions.  She embraces the new-found connection between her and her friends and sees it as empowering.  She sees it as making their connection stronger which leant believability to their unconventional coupling.  Through it all I found Avril an immensely appealing heroine who told it like it was.  She never let their issues fester, she made them talk it out which showed their unwavering connection through any changes they indulged in.

Dane Hawthorne came from a childhood of foster care which led to a hardening of his heart as an adult.  He goes through women like kleenex, unwilling to involve his heart when it comes to any woman.  When it comes to Avril though, he can’t help involving his heart.  He’s always been drawn to her and been the one to protect her from hurt.  With her embracing her sexy side at the Wicked Horse, Dane finds feelings of jealousy rising to the surface.  He can no longer ignore the feelings he’s always had for her.  In an attempt to protect his heart though he uses their friend Andrew as a buffer.  While I found this unfair to Andrew, I can understand Dane’s fears and his reasoning for including Andrew.  Through each sweet and subtle word and deed it’s clear how much he cares for Avril and I was rooting for him to push past his fear to claim her once and for all.  Dane’s a sexy guy who clearly has a lot of emotional baggage from his childhood.  He oozes sensuality though which made his scenes with Avril even more scorching.

Andrew Collings is the likable third wheel.  He’s the glue that keeps this trio of friends together though as he’s not afraid to be the emotional one, the one most likely to comfort others in times of need.  He’s not afraid of commitment and it’s his heartache after being dumped that drives him to the Wicked Horse and to giving into his long-held fantasies.  He’s not naive though about his place in their menage, he knows he’s there as a buffer and it’s not long before he makes his friends admit the truth and admit what’s really in their hearts.  Andrew’s immensely likable.  He’s open, kindhearted, and wears his heart on his sleeve.  He was a good support to Avril and Dane and I hope to see him get his own HEA someday.

This was a quick read full of scorching interludes and heartfelt truths.  As three people traverse their burgeoning friends-to-lovers relationship readers will find themselves quickly immersed in the emotional ups and downs that soon emerge.  The characters are immensely appealing and their rocky road to HEA kept me on the edge of my seat.  From start to finish this was another satisfying installment in the Wicked Horse Las Vegas series that has me greatly anticipating what comes next.

My rating for this book is an A-

*I got this book from the author 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 multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
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 daughter, as well as full-time servant to her 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 even better, both.
Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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