Friday, May 5, 2017

REVIEW BLITZ, 4 1/2 STAR REVIEW: Sex in the Sticks (Love Hurts #1) by 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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My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review. 

I'm not saying that this book made me want to move to Alaska to find a man, but it definitely made me think about it for a hot second. No really, it did.

Valentine is sick of the New York dating scene. All the men are the same and she is completely bored with it all and it's not giving her any interesting blog material. When he cousin suggests that she go to Alaska (Yes, Alaska!) she thinks it is a great idea. Men outnumber woman by a lot up there and they are basically the exact opposite of the men in New York. So spending some time in Alaska could be what Valentine needs.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Valentine in Alaska is "fish out of water". She certainly makes her presence know only minutes after arriving and is immediately noticed by the police chief. Logan finds himself intrigued by Valentine and  even offers to give her a lift to where she is staying.

Valentine becomes a bit of a "celebrity" while in East Merritt. The men love her and lots of the women, especially one in particular don't like her at all. She manages to go on a few dates, some are absolute disasters and others are just not that great. Valentine finds that the only person she really feels at ease and has a good time is when she is s with Logan.  Either way, she gets lots of good material for her blog. But the longer Valentine stays in East Merritt, the more she gets attached to it, especially Logan. The two start a relationship knowing it has an expiration date, but they find that they like the other person a lot more than they thought possible.

I really enjoyed this book. It was lighthearted and fun. Valentin and Logan were fantastic characters and I was truly hoping things would work out for them. There are also some great secondary characters that helped move the story along and kept it interesting. This was a great start to a new series and I can't wait to see what comes next. 










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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