Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Book Release Blitz for Wylde by Sawyer Bennett (REVIEW)

A hockey star used to getting everything he wants finds his attraction to a smart and string-willed heroine being ignored in a tug of war romance full of steam and sass.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Wylde by Sawyer Bennett, along with my impressions of it, then add this seventh installment in the Arizona Vengeance series to your bookshelf too!

There’s a reason they call me Wylde and it’s not just because it’s my last name.
I might be one of the newest players on the Arizona Vengeance team, but I’m no stranger to the celebrity that goes along with being a professional hockey player. Whether it’s a fan seeking an autograph or a puck bunny looking for more, I’ve grown used to the attention. I not only thrive on it; I use it to my advantage. Let’s just say my bed is rarely empty.
When a quirky redhead at the local bookstore stops me dead in my tracks, I decide to pop in and turn on the trusty Wylde magic. As smart and strong-willed as she is beautiful, Clarke Webber isn’t swayed by my witty banter or charming good looks. And when she realizes who I am and the fame that comes along with it, she likes me even less. Thankfully, I’m always up for a challenge. The more I get to know about her, the more I know my playboy days are behind me.
If I’m going to capture Clarke’s heart, it’s time to be a lot less Wylde, and a lot more Aaron.



Readers looking for a romance featuring a realistic couple with witty banter and endearing encounters will get all that and more as the Arizona Vengeance is back in this slow-burn tale that put a smile on my face.  From the first page to the last readers will feel as if they’re at a reunion as couples from previous books make appearances here to help the two main leads find their own HEA.  With each turn of the page readers will become even more immersed in the outcome, wrapped up in a warm blanket of familiarity that makes this series so delightful.

Aaron Wylde seems to have it all as a star hockey player with a revolving door of admirers.  He’s fun loving, charming, and sexy and everything seems to come very easily to him.  At least that was before he met Clarke Webber, a strong-willed and overly serious bookstore owner who doesn’t fall easily at his feet.  From the start she makes him work for her attentions...and it’s a battle he intends to win as he knows she’s the one for him.  He shows from the start the substance behind his sexy persona and I adored seeing this other side as it showed a charming and personable young man with more to him than meets the eye.  As readers saw in the previous book, Rafe, Wylde has an emotionally painful past of his own that has him making the most of each and every moment now and that’s clearly on display in this story as he never gives up on Clark.  Through his words and deeds I fell a little bit harder for him as the story went along and by the end there was yet another book boyfriend to add to the list.

Clark Webber’s been burned by a man in the past and it was his notoriety that made her life miserable.  Since the end of that relationship Clark’s been left a bit battered and bruised.  She’s got a protective barrier around her, a barrier that brings out a bit of snottiness on her part early on that had me taking a bit more time to warm up to her.  Her preconceived notions about pretty boys were a bit understandable considering her past but they’re quickly dispelled when she meets Wylde and it made for a compelling first meeting.  She may have thought herself superior at first, but Wylde showed that he could give as good as he got where she’s concerned.  Being with him loosened her up, had her trusting him more and valuing herself more too and it made for a heartwarming romance.

Wylde and Clark were combustible.  I enjoyed their back and forth banter, the witty comebacks they level at each other, and the closer they grew with each turn of the page.  There’s an intimacy about setting this romance in a bookstore, a sense of quiet contemplation and time to really get to know each other that made this an entertaining journey.  I enjoyed seeing past couples and each contributed in their own way to bringing Wylde and Clark together.  I loved seeing this tight-knit group of people rally around each other as a family and it makes each story all the better.  On a whole this was a well-done tale with likable characters, both secondary and primary, and it took me down a lovely road to HEA.  Lots of warm fuzzies, lots of smiles, as well as a tear or two along the way we’re found in another satisfying addition to the Arizona Vengeance series.  And with the intriguing glimpses readers get of Kane and Steele I’m left in breathless anticipation of what’s coming next!

My rating for this is a B+/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 20
13, 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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