May 2, 2017

 

 

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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Sandra's Review

Sex in the Sticks is the first in Sawyer’s new series of standalone books. I always know I am going to be hooked when I open one of her books and in this one, we are headed to Alaska for a dating adventure.
Valentine is tired of the New York metrosexual men she attracts. She wants more. She was a real man that will look at her instead of his smartphone while sipping of expensive wine. Wine that doesn’t even taste good but has an expensive name on it. She might be a millionaire but she isn’t like the rest of her family…snotty upper crust. She beats to her own drum. She writes a sex and dating blog instead of being a socialite 24/7. And that is why she is hitting the Alaskan Wilderness. To date lumberjacks and write about her adventures in the backwards town of East Merritt. It might not have a Ritz-Carlton or fancy boutiques like she is used to but it has men. With a fifteen to one ratio she might just be a hot commodity. A New York City girl could get used to this. Or will run for the hills the first chance she gets. Especially, if the rest of the men are like the hot chief of police with dimples for sinning that saved her when she pulled into port.
Logan has seen tourists but he has never seen anyone like Valentine French. She is a drop-dead gorgeous redhead with a fiery mouth. At first he didn’t know what to make of her but he soon realizes that she is more than just a pretty face. She is smart, flirty, and is on a mission to cause some trouble in his town. And that is causing some trouble in his pants. They just keep getting tighter and tighter when she is around. And in a small town, she is around a lot. This woman intrigued him from the moment he saw her and more so as time goes on. He isn’t into hook-ups but he is dying to know if she is a true redhead.
Logan and Valentine develop a friendship. One that she is very grateful for. He is sweet, helpful, and not bad to look at it. Or ogle at. He is a gentlemen. He looks at her. Really looks at her and not just her body. He genuinely wants to know more about her. And that is where things get complicated. She is there to date the men of Alaska. To share her experiences with her fans. Can she give her fans what she wants while seeing Logan? Just Logan. He seems to be the full package and more but is it all too good to be true? Plus, this thing has an expiration date. What will happen when that date hits?
I loved this book. The characters. The scenery. It has the perfect blend of heat, heart, fun, and emotion. Valentine is tougher than she looks. When she sets her mind to something, she doesn’t back down. She might be rich and grew up in boarding school but she isn’t snobby. Yes. She loves to shop but who doesn’t? Anyway…I thought she is smart, feisty, beautiful, and sexy. Logan is not only a gentlemen but he is also a dirty-talking one with a few sides to him. Hot damn. Together…it’s intense, sweet, and all around delicious.
Overall…It’s an amazing start to a new series. It’s actually is one of my favorite books written by Sawyer. I laughed out loud, cried, and could picture the scenes coming to life. Yeah…that was both beautiful and hot.
Quotes:
“You know I don’t do love. But, Jeremy… I think the metrosexual did kill my orgasm.”
“Well, when in Alaska, you do Alaskan things,” she quips.
“Serial dating isn’t an Alaskan thing,” I say lightly, to which she gives a hearty laugh.
“You know I was talking about fishing, Logan,” she teases me. “But honestly… so many men in this town, I’m not quite sure why serial dating isn’t an Alaskan thing.”
“You won’t arrest me, but I am not averse to you using those handcuffs on me anytime you want.”

Sex in the Sticks is the newest hit from the amazing Sawyer Bennett. It’s the first in a series of standalones and I can’t even tell you how excited I am. This story is funny, sexy and sweet. It’s a smoldering romance that hooked me in from the start, kept me engaged and had me cheering for this couple! Valentine needs a change of scenery. The men she’s been dating are all the same. Perfectly coiffed, self-absorbed and too pretty. She’s looking for a real man, so off to Alaska she goes. Her first encounter is the sexy, handsome chief of police. He’s sweet, helpful and smoking hot. They seem to end up at the same places, so they share meals, beers and fun conversation. But, she’s here to date so dating she does. No one seems to compare to Logan, but she’s not sure he’s interested. Until he calls her gorgeous and sexy and then it’s on. Logan is attracted to Valentine, but he’s not willing to get involved with her if she’s dating all the men in his town. He takes a chance and tells her exactly how he wants her. What he’s going to do to her and how much she’s going to like it.

Now that’s Logan’s had her, he wants more and he wants to be the only one. Can he convince Valentine to only date him? Will Valentine realize how much she cares for Logan before it’s too late? I loved this story! It’s fresh, unique, funny and sexy! Valentine is rich and classy, but she’s tough and not afraid of change. Logan is seriously one of the sexiest heroes I’ve read in a while and I love his dirty, filthy mouth! He’s not afraid to say what he wants and how he feels. Overall, I laughed, got hot and bothered, laughed some more and wanted to go hiking and fishing!

 

He looks up at me, those blue eyes shimmering with laughter, and oh my God… he has dimples. How did I not notice that before? And… oh my fucking God… he shaved, and not I can see his dimples, and wow… that face is just… wow.

 

“I want you all to myself. Might as well spread it around town… you’re off-limits.”

“Many hearts will be broken.”

“And yet I don’t give a fuck.”

 

AuthorPhotoSince 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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