Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sex in the Sticks 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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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I absolutely loved watching Valentine turn from a city girl into a country girl or well, an Alaskan girl. It was amusing to watch her make all the mistakes someone who has never lived out of a sprawling concrete area as she steps into a bear-infested, man-dominated town.

Her blog writing was pretty humorous, but I love how even that changes as she does as she grows. The conflicts she has to deal with inside herself are really interesting to follow along with.

It's hard to say too much since there are a lot of surprises and turns in the story, but just trust me when I say that you don't want to miss this story! A strong heroine with a super sexy and just as dominating hero leading the way, you won't be able to put it down. I know I couldn't.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Loved the story and the characters. Valentine is a city girl from NYC who is tired of the same old dating scene. She wonders what it would be like to date men from other parts of the country. Thanks to her cousin, Jeremy, she's off to the wilds of Alaska to see if location really does make a difference.

Watching Valentine out of her element is both funny and scary and very relatable. Everyone has their own comfort zone and rarely do we strike out in such a way that we leave everything we know, and Valentine did just that. Logan is the first person Valentine meets in Alaska – aside from the ferry boat captain – and she immediately is charmed by him.

Logan, on the other hand, is slightly wary of the city girl who invades his town. Not in a "she's out to run amok" kind of way, but in a "why is she here" way. He knows she's way out of her element and the more he runs into her, the more he realizes that she's getting under his skin.

Valentine's trials during her stay in Alaska bring them closer together until her past and her job catch up with her. Turns out that what Valentine likes to blog about can cause deep and hurtful feelings that are hard to overcome.

Sex in the Sticks tells the story of Valentine, a New Yorker living off her trust fund, who runs a blog where she shares dating tips and her dating life. Sick of New York men, and at the urging of her cousin, she heads to the rural town of East Merritt, Alaska, to try a new dating pool.

The story switches between Valentine's point of view and the point of view of Logan Burke, East Merritt's police chief, who rescues Valentine when she first arrives in Alaska. Logan helps Valentine adjust to life in Alaska, has meals with her, and they become friends. While this is going on, she is checking out the local dating pool with interesting results.

The situations Valentine finds herself in make for some great laughs. Despite that fact that she is a city girl, she gets on well with most of the town's folk and there is a good supporting cast of characters. There is never a dull moment with Valentine around. But the story isn't all about the fun, it is very hot too. I loved the way the romance plays, it is perfect.

This is the first book I've read by Sawyer Bennett and she has the rom com thing down pat. Sex in the Sticks is thoroughly entertaining and is a great romance. I have to say I think this would make a great movie too.

I just really couldn’t get into this book, it was kind of disappointing and definitely predictable.

You’ve got a rich diva from New York, Valentine, who is a man-eater that blogs about it. She’s gone through pretty much all the men in her area and is ready to step way out of the “metrosexual zone.” So, she packs up and heads to a town of practically all men, in Alaska. Immediately upon arriving, Val meets the sexy sheriff, Logan, who is an absolute sweetheart. Though the attraction is immediate for Val, she didn’t move across the country for one man – she needs fodder for her blog and sets out to serial date the entire town. Of course, Logan wiggles his way into her heart and the two begin exclusively (or so Logan thinks) seeing one another… then he hears about her on a date with another man and things quickly turn ugly.

I will say that though I didn’t much care for the storyline, I’m giving three stars because I really liked Logan’s character and the book not only held my attention enough to finish it, but had me laughing out loud on more than once occasion. Val’s character wasn’t my favorite, I found her a bit shallow, but did love that she helps one of the local girls get a man she’s had her eye on by giving her a makeover and boosting her confidence. I especially love when Val gets caught table dancing and winds up being arrested by Logan – definitely my favorite part of the book. This isn’t my first Sawyer Bennett book and I was just really expecting more with this one, with as much as I’ve loved her previous ones. All in all, a 3-star rating and sadly, I probably won’t be reading book #2.

This is a really fun story which introduces small town Alaska to Valentine French, and to us. She is one of the upper echelon of New York society, but is getting rather jaded of NY metrosexual men. Her blog on the subject and is in need of more material – so rather on a dare from a friend, she ends up in Alaska.

We get to see all the ways in which she manages to miscalculate life in a cold climate – and her handbag dog, Sassy, has some big adventures. It only helps to make her like her regular hero and saviour, Police Chief Logan even more. To the extent that maybe her plan to date lots of locals may be under threat. Indeed, Logan seems to tick every box she didn't even know she had.

Watching these two seemingly mismatched people get it together in a snow-meltingly hot way is both fun and fan-worthy. But knowing there is a potential expiration date ups the stakes, as does a badly timed revelation which puts it all in jeopardy.

Highly enjoyable read, with a cast of fun side characters. I am very curious to see where this series goes next, and can't wait to find out!

USA Today and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series. She will be releasing her third book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series with Random House Loveswept, June 2015.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Sex in the Sticks (Love Hurts #1) by Sawyer Bennett to read and review.

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