Blog Tour: Uncivilized: Sawyer Bennett

Sawyer Bennett
Erotic/Mature Adult Contemporary Romance
Released September 8, 2014

Putting a woman on her knees before me is what really makes my cock hard. I fuck with dominant force and absolute control. I demand complete surrender from my conquests.

Savage man, loner, warrior… I am dangerous at my core. I have lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest, in a society that reveres me and where every woman falls before me in subjugation.

Now I’ve been discovered. Forced to return to a world that I have forgotten about and to a culture that is only vaguely familiar to my senses.

Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She wants to tame me.

She’ll never win.

I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to fuck her into submission.

She wants it, I am certain.

I will give it to her soon.

Yes, very soon, I will become the teacher and she will become my student. And when I am finished showing her body pleasure like no other, she’ll know what it feels like to be claimed by an uncivilized man.

**Warning: This book is a wild, sexy beast of a read. 18+**

When anthropologist Moira Reed takes on a mission to bring Zacharias Easton back from the Amazon where he has lived for the past eighteen years after being orphaned at age seven, she gets more than she bargained for.

Zach is not just alpha or dominant...he is primal, savage, intense, and despite his strong sense of self control also exhibits behavior that is out of control for polite society. And he is not happy to be returning to the states and leaving his tribe behind, so Moira and his godfather who orchestrated his return are the subjects of his bitterness and anger. He pushes boundaries whenever he can and takes pleasure in riling Moira up in any way possible.

Sad, little boy. Savage man form the jungle. Loner, warrior...dangerous at his core. Curious man who doesn't belong here or there.

Moira is an intelligent, caring, capable woman, but her reactions to Zach are strong and inappropriate given the nature of her research. They have a magnetic, primal sexual pull that causes them to circle around each other.  She knows it is not right, but it feels like it is in the heat of the moment. They make each other lose control, but at the same time they battle for who is really in control. He is used to domination and complete submission. She is confidant and has hew own needs. So they have some differences that make them clash at times.

What I can't figure out is if I'm falling prey to a new culture, or I'm just falling prey to Moira. Neither option seems satisfactory to me.

It's raw, intense, confusing, and forbidden. The dichotomy of the alpha wanting control coupled with the lost, vulnerable man underneath really got to me. He was a man caught between two worlds, two sets of customs, and not sure where he belonged. And with a woman who does not want to completely change him, but wants help him straddle the line between both.I loved Zach's changing personality and how he embraced much of the modern culture, terminology, and slang. He had me laughing often especially when he was challenging her and his creative use of the internet to learn info. It made him appear more alpha, dirty-talking, sexy but still has his savage edge.

"Oh baby...I'm going to teach you how good it's going to feel to be f***ed into submission by an uncivilized man."

This is one scorching hot read. The sex scenes are steamy, passionate, and evolve throughout the book becoming more emotional and profound. Let's just say Zach is not only virile and primal, but he is also creative and does his research and is willing to try new things. Their connection felt real. They gained an understanding of each other that was deep and sensual. The whole story pushes boundaries. It made me cringe a few times. It made me think and analyze some things about cultures and society. In the beginning I felt tentative about the circumstances, but it did not take long for me to buy into it. But I came to really like Zach, Moira, and them together. All along I was swept up in the fierce, all consuming need they had for for each other. And worried about how it would all play out. They had such challenges to face since Zach felt he did not really belong in her modern world and she knew she did not belong in his primitive one. My heart completely broke at times. Then it would be put back together and stomped on again. I was totally invested in this unconventional coupling. 

"I don't know who I am anymore."

When a man is torn between people he cares about and does not truly belong in either place, what will he choose?

This was truly a journey for Zach...towards civilization, technology, relationships and connections, sexual expression, and love. But it is complicated for a man who has lived in both worlds, cares about people in both, and has a sense of obligation to both. He has a vulnerability, fears, and a issues with self worth under his dominant personality. It also about control...learning to accept that you do not always have to be in control of every situation, but can benefit from finding balance.

Sawyer went out of her comfort zone for this one and I will admit that there were a few things that made me cringe, raise an eyebrow, and even blush. A few things were so off the norm for our society they were a bit shocking. But it also flowed well and was an interesting, engaging, unique story.  I saw such change in the characters, especially Zach. And Moira was such a strong heroine accepting him and guiding him without forcing him to change completely who he was. It was erotic, romantic, funny, intense, unique, and emotional. I fell for the characters, loved getting both of their points of view, and completely bought into their situation and connection. I was completely tense and dying to see how it all would end. So I think Sawyer was able to accomplish what she set out to do when she challenged herself to write something different than her usual style but that her fans will still appreciate and  enjoy. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Uncivilized was at the same time exactly what I expect from Sawyer Bennett and so completely different.

This takes the idea of an alpha male to the extreme. Zach has been raised to protect, provide, and dominate. His life in the Amazon allows for no sign of weakness, between threats from rival tribes and those from nature. The women in his tribe are subservient to the men who protect and provide for them, providing food and sex at the whim and pleasure of the men. This was a case of taking Tarzan out of the jungle, and trying to turn him into a gentleman. No matter how he dresses, or how he acts, there is still that primal male underneath. 

Moira is fascinated by the man she had been sent to retrieve from the Amazon. Fascinated by and attracted to. But acting on that attraction would be unprofessional, as the anthropologist hired to reintroduce Zach to American life. She is an independent woman, as a college professor and anthropologist, but she is also caring and empathetic. She easily understands what Zach is feeling as he is thrust into American culture, and pushes his comfort zone without belittling or emasculating him. 

Zach is constantly pulled between the two cultures that make up the two parts of his life. Even as it appears he is adjusting to the modern American world, he is completely torn by his loyalties to the people he called family for so long. 

I loved watching the progression of their relationship. It was as much about Moira teaching Zach as it was about the two of them learning each other as individuals. The first few weeks they are in the US provided some great comedic moments as Zach’s curiosity about sex lead him to uncomfortable questions (for Moira) and internet searches (when her answers don’t satisfy his curiosity). But the entire situation was an interesting look at cultural norms and customs. 

The only thing that I was never fully comfortable with or clear about was how Randall felt like he could compel Zach to return to the US as an adult, though I did come to understand why Randall wanted Zach closer. He was no longer a child, and with as against leaving the village as Zach was, I had a hard time believing he would capitulate, even with a time limit placed on his time away. But this one thing wasn’t enough to take away my interest in the story, or last in my head past the first quarter or so of the book. 

This was, at times, raw, primal, and full of uncertainty. I loved that on top of the relationship building, there was as much to think about why we as a culture view things a certain way. Once upon a time, I wanted to be an anthropologist for just that reason. Uncivilized made me think, nearly as much as it simply entertained.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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USA Today 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. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two 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.


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