May 3, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Sex in the Sticks

SEX IN THE STICKS is here - check out my review!

Sex in the Sticks, by Sawyer Bennett
Publish Date:
May 2, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4 STARS

(Synopsis) 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 Proposal meets The Bachelorette in Sawyer Bennett's new standalone rom com, Sex in the Sticks. 

Valentine French is a high maintenance rich city girl who would like to know what it's like to date a REAL man for a change. So would all her blog readers. After hearing the man to woman ratio in Alaska is, like, 15 to 1, she decides to try her luck there, and is not only not disappointed, but soon finds herself in way over her head when she makes it to a small town and meets its only police officer. 

You would think that Valley French would be a hard character to like. She's completely ignorant about how the real world works. She's used to car services and full service salons and personal shoppers. Sharing a bathroom with a bunch of mountain men in her "bed and breakfast" (read: boarding house) and eating caribou stew at the bar down the street is way out of her comfort zone. 

But, Valley actually was extremely likable because she was willing to adapt and she never, ever was hurtful or insulting toward the locals. She knew enough to know that she was unprepared for her experience in Alaska and was willing to do what she needed to in order to fit in and function in her surroundings. 

It helped that she had a major crush on the town hot cop, Logan Burke. I'm surprised that Logan went for someone like Valley, but perhaps it was a combination of her difference from everyone else that he already knew and her easy going and likable personality. As much as he didn't like it, she was honest with him about her intentions to come to Alaska and do some dating around. And I liked that he sort of took that as a challenge to try and take her off the market. 

I liked that things were not easy for Valley. Aside from the usual challenges with adapting to an environment that is so vastly different from what she's used to, Valley also has to deal with some small town problems like everyone knowing your business and not everyone being happy about it. All this gave Valley a chance to flex her people skills, and heaven knows, it gave her plenty of fodder for her blog. 

Logan's and Valley's romance was a slow burn that soon combusted into smoking hot times and lots of sweetness too. They were a perfect odd couple, which made them endearing and easy to root for. They were playful with one another, and I loved their banter and the situations that Logan had to rescue Valley from. Sawyer Bennett has proven that she can do hot and serious and dangerous and angsty. Sex in the Sticks proves that she also has romantic comedy in the bag. 

Since 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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