It's a bitter sweet thing when a series you loves comes to a close, but WOW. Does Sawyer Bennett know how to close things out with a bang. Check out my review of WICKED BOND, which is Bridger's story - the one we've all been waiting for.
Wicked Bond (The Wicked Horse #5), by Sawyer Bennett
Publish Date: September 13, 2016
Format: ARC, provided by the author
Genre: adult erotic romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: 5 STARS
(Synopsis) Bridger Payne is an enigma that no one can figure out. Wise beyond his years, eerily intuitive and sexy as hell, every woman in The Silo wants him.None can have him.
Not the real man, anyway.
He might wield the lash for you if you ask prettily, but he’ll get no gratification from it. He’ll definitely make you scream, but he won’t think twice about you when he walks away.
Bridger carries the darkest of secrets. He’s filled with too much pain.
He’s utterly untouchable.
Until she came along.
If you’ve been following Sawyer Bennett’s Wicked Horse series even a little, you will be familiar with Bridger Payne, owner and proprietor of both the Wicked Horse bar and the secret super kinky sex club, The Silo, which resides behind it. This character is impossible to miss. He’s larger than life - hot, quiet, intense, complicated and aloof. Bridger is incredibly loyal to everyone he cares about, and he regularly uses his seemingly endless connections to help them. He also seems incredibly emotionally unavailable - heck, not just that, but at times it seems like he just doesn't have any emotions at all.
So, of course, his book is the last in the series, and the one we’ve all be dying to read. Bridger? Finding LOVE? I just knew this was going to be epic. And it SO was.
I already mentioned Bridger’s willingness to help the people important to him - that stems from a very sexy protective instinct that kicks in as soon as he meets Maggie, a woman who was beaten within an inch of her life by some super nasty people. In Maggie, he finds a woman with many of the same qualities as himself - loyal, brave, and selfless. And she has seemingly infinite patience when it comes to Bridger and his moods. She seems like the perfect match for him, except Bridger has a ton of baggage that stems from his truly horrific childhood. And, sometimes I found myself wondering if even the love of a good woman could drag him back from the hell he was living in every day.
I found myself thinking through most of the book that the bad guys were the people that tortured Maggie. And yes - they definitely qualified. But, really, the main “bad guy” was Bridger’s past and the fact that he has never let it go. It has shaped who he is now - a loner who spurns any and all intimacy with women.
The wait for Bridger’s story was a long one, but it was SO worth it. Seeing Bridger uncomfortable was new and exciting and I loved every second of it. Knowing that his discomfort was because of a woman was even better. The unflappable sexy club owner had finally met his match.
And, because Wicked Bond was the last book in Sawyer Bennett’s Wicked Horse series (say it isn’t so!!), we got to see all the previous four couples at different times during the book. If it all has to end, this was a great send-off.
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 Mary’s 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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