Saturday, May 6, 2017

Review Tour: Sex in the Sticks - Sawyer Bennett


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.

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As a fan of Sawyer Bennett’s hockey series, I was super excited to see that she was starting a new series.  I waited on baited breath to get it and then…

It ended up being just meh for me.  It’s a solid story, well-written and at times humorous.  But for some reason I just couldn’t connect with it.  The plot line with the blog frustrated me, Valentine at times annoyed me and Logan was a prince until the drama at the end.  At that point, his book boyfriend badge ended up a little tarnished in my eyes.  Valentine’s a big city woman on a mission; she’s independent, confident and a bit awkward once she inserts herself into the Alaskan wilderness.  Logan is a sexy, alpha male with a soft spot.  The chemistry between the two definitely got steamy.  But I just didn’t feel a connection that spoke to long-term romance between the two.  Sometimes opposites attract but I didn’t think I got enough “meat” of their relationship to be completely sold on it this time around.

But the drama was on the low side, with little to no angst.  And as I said, it is well-written with some humor and heat.  If you’re looking for a sweet and sexy story, though, I would give this a chance.  While it didn’t work for me, it just might work for you.  -Peace and love, Buxom J


About the Author

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. 

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