USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Wake up and feel the wood! In the first of a series of irresistible standalone romances from 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.
The Arizona Vengeance series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:
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The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:
SEX IN THE STICKS
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“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne
Praise for Sex in the Sticks
“Well, now the fuss around Sawyer Bennett’s books makes absolute sense. The woman is amazing. “—Collector of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends
“From the vivacious and fun characters to the unique storyline to the wild and rugged Alaskan experiences, Sex in the Sticks was a sexy and fun romance that was impossible to put down.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“I absolutely devoured Sex in the Sticks and I am already craving the second book in this amazing series of standalones!”—Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads (five stars)
“After reading Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett, I’m ready to pack my bags and head to Alaska, the last frontier in America.”—Smut Book Junkie (five stars)
This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Ms. Bennett does it again in Alaska
OK, I am not going to lie. When I first saw this title, for some unknown reason, before I read the blurb, my twisted mind thought “sticks” meant hockey sticks. Please, do not ask me why, I do not know, well maybe because Sawyer Bennett writes such phenomenal Cold Fury Hockey stories (which I totally love). Imagine my surprise, my delighted surprise, when the book takes place in the “sticks” of Alaska. A place that I can only dream of ever seeing, but is on my bucket list.
This is the story of Valentine French and Logan Burke. Val or Valley, as her friends call her, is a blogger about dating in New York City. But, lately she has been having trouble writing her blog. The men are all the same. They all seem to be self-absorbed men, more worried about themselves than anything else. She needs a change of scenery. When her cousin suggests East Merritt, Alaska, the inspiration hits.
Logan Burke is sheriff of East Merritt. He, like every other hot blooded male in East Merritt likes what he sees the first time he sets his eyes on Val. But, he also sees that this city slicker will be nothing but trouble. First, he must rescue her dog, Sassy when she runs off. Then, he must take her shopping for clothes fit for Alaskan weather. Then, he must rescue Val herself, when she gets lost in the forest. Nothing, but trouble.
I LOVED watching these two, the city slicker and the small-town sheriff, fall in love. It seems in this case opposites did attract. But when Logan finds out about the blog and what she…. stop!!! No spoilers.
I loved this sweet, yes, sweet, but definitely, a sizzling HOT story, with all of the ins and outs of small town living. And Logan really should have realized that the gossips, had their information wrong about…. Darn it, I said no spoilers. But, I will say Logan should have known better.
I was gifted with a copy of the wonderful, emotional story for my honest opinion. I will say this about this book, if you like a wonderful, hot, sexy romantic story, you can’t go wrong with Sex in the Sticks.
Thank you for reading my review.
I'm ready to move to Alaska! 💙
What a lighthearted and fun read! Valentine French is the classic "fish out of water" when she leaves her New York City life behind for a social experiment in the Alaskan wilderness. Logan Burke is the perfectly sexy "country mouse" sheriff/mayor to get our heroine's heart racing. Sex in the Sticks is the first book in the author's Love Hurts series, but is a standalone.
I really enjoyed this cast of characters, especially Logan and the quirky residents of East Merritt. Alaska is definitely different from the life I know, so it was fun to experience it alongside Valentine. I did find that the book started a little slow and it took me a bit to warm up to Valentine. I just didn't connect with her at first, but as the story progressed and you get to see another side of her, she definitely grew on me. I did like her fire though and her determination once she sets her sights on something. Her friendship (and eventual relationship) with Logan began very organically, even though the two were attracted to each other. I loved that they got to know each other without all of the fanfare or expectation of something more. But holy moly, when something more doeshappen, it's beyond hot! Logan and Valentine's chemistry and trust in the other made for some explosive scenes that almost set my kindle on fire. Handcuffs? Hell yes!
I really enjoyed the low angst in this story and that there wasn't a lot of unnecessary drama. There was lots of humor and funny moments that made this feel like a romantic comedy. After the slow start, things really picked up and I couldn't put it down. The ending seemed to move at warp speed and I would have loved to have an epilogue a bit further into the future. Overall, an easy, entertaining, and funny read that left a smile on my face!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
This fantastic and highly entertaining book is the first in the Love Hurts series and it features Valentine French and Logan Burke. These two are complete opposite's. The New York and Alaskan lifestyles are completely different. When she was blogging about the differences in the men and Logan specifically, I thought she went to far in detail but I also think Logan took his overreaction too far also. When you injure a man by embarrassing him in front of his friends and family, it's a big deal. She was remorseful and tried to right her wrongs but with a stubborn man it's going to take something drastic to change his mind.
The characters in the story were fantastic. The writing was fantastic also. Keep the fan on because this is another HOT one! I can't wait to read more from this very talented author.