I always make grabby hands when I see a new Sawyer Bennett book show up. It’s a bit crazy/obsessive, but hey, the woman’s got skills when it comes to sucking me into the story from the start and needing to see how things work out with the MC’s and Sex in the Sticks was no exception. It hooked me from the prologue, was a great balance of sweet, smexy and heart with a good dose of drama tossed into the mix and a slew of interesting characters that inhabited the small town in Alaska.
Ahhh Valentine. I honestly liked Valentine. Despite her upbringing she is quite down to earth, in her own way and I liked how she adapted to being in small town USA with grace. She is sweet, sassy and is quite witty, but she also has tunnel vision when it comes to certain things and it made her appear almost bratty in a sense. I got where she was coming from and could give her credit for sticking to her guns, but...Thankfully she grows throughout the book and finds that her agenda may not be as fulfilling as she once thought.
Chief Logan Burke. I swear this man is too good to be true and if I could convince myself to go to the BFE to find me one of him, I would, but for now he will just have to remain on book boyfriend list. But he is simply a good man with just the right amount of bad boy when the situation calls for it, just the right amount. He takes his position of chief seriously and yet isn’t a stick in the mud about things and just has that laid back vibe that makes you want to hang out with the man, and that he’s smexy as all get out doesn’t hurt.
Considering the reason Valentine is even in BFE Alaska, it wasn’t much of a stretch to figure out the problems that would cause once it came to light. So while I waited for that bomb to drop, I really enjoyed watching how Valentine and Logan’s relationship evolved. While there was mutual attraction, it wasn’t insta-love at all, it was two people drawn to each other time and time again by circumstance and finding that they liked being in each others orbit. They both dipped a toe into the TSTL realm once, but admitted it after the fact. The chemistry between them was there from the start and I swear once the smexy started between them I swear I thought my Kindle was going to melt. When the bomb dropped I was #TeamLogan, but was rooting for them to work through the muck and get back together and enjoyed how that all came about.
If you’re looking for a fun, quick read that is more sweet and insanely smexy with a low dose of angst, but just enough to keep things interesting and have a soft spot for small towns with charismatic characters then you should definitely give Sex in the Sticks a go!
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley ~
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.
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.