By Sawyer Bennett
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.
SEX IN THE STICKS is the first book in a new series from Sawyer Bennett and, after the last book of hers I read, I was grateful that it was a lot easier on my emotions.
“You are seriously the sexiest man I’ve ever known. I swear your words could probably make me come.”
“We can try that out later. But right now I want you on my face.”
I liked Valentine and the shameless attitude she displayed from beginning to end. She believes that women can be just as sexually active as men, but she doesn’t sleep with every man she dates. She simply enjoys dating and is trying to find a good man to be with. Although she did behave like a diva when she first arrived in Alaska, she’s really quite down-to-earth despite her wealth and snotty upbringing. She’s generous and friendly, but don’t get on her bad side because she will fight back.
Logan is a nice and easy-going guy, one who enjoys the simple life that his little Alaskan town has to offer. He’s well liked and respected by the locals and is certainly no slouch between the sheets, but what I liked most about him were his apologies. Especially his first one, which was one half sincere apology and one half alpha demand. It made one hot combination.
SEX IN THE STICKS is told in dual POVs and comes with a HFN ending for Logan and Valentine. There is an epilogue where you get a small glimpse of their future, but I hope we’ll get to see a little more of them in the other books in this series. Of course, that will depend on whether the other books take place in the same town, which I can’t tell from the blurb of the next book. I will say that the conflict was easy to predict, but I loved how Logan and Valentine came back together because their reconciliation wasn’t rushed and it didn’t happen overnight. Their forgiveness took time and made for a better ending, in my opinion.
If you’re looking for a light hearted read with some wilderness adventure thrown in, SEX IN THE STICKS is for you.
Sex in the Sticks (Love Hurts # 1)
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