Review and Excerpt Tour: Jilted: Sawyer Bennett

Jilted (Love Hurts #2)
Sawyer Bennett
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Release Date July 11, 2017

Sawyer Bennett's brand new series of standalone romances! LOVE HURTS!

Hollywood hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this fun, flirty second-chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, an aspiring starlet reconnects with her first love.

Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.

Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be. 

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Although this is the second in the Love Hurts series, it is totally not related and has completely different characters so can be read as a stand- alone.

Eden Goodnight is a famous Hollywood actress who seems to have it all--a handsome famous fiance, money, career, and an Oscar. But when she is humiliated by her fiance, she takes off to hide out in her old hometown of Newberry, Georgia where she has mostly avoided since she left fourteen years ago. This brings her face to face with her first love, Coop Mayfield. They were deeply in love,  but broke up due to her leaving for her career and unable to make long distance work. He now works as a landscape architect and owns a business in Newberry. He is the town playboy and most wanted bachelor, but he does not do serious relationships. 

Her return to town is full of surprises. She also meets some hostility and she does not even know why. There are a series of misunderstandings between her, Coop, and the town that eventually come to light. Eden and Coop initially have some battles, but soon the intense interactions begin swinging towards lust. Once they call a truce, the sexual tension heats up. What harm could some rebound sex do? No strings. Limited time frame. Win-Win. 

Their physical relationship is explosive and passionate. They also laugh and enjoy each other. But as both begin to get comfortable and  feel again,  the expiration date looms. There is also some outside drama creating some challenges.

Eden is sweet, sassy, and caring. She has a life many would envy, but did not realize how much she is missing. Coop starts out broody, surly, and kind of mean. But he begins to show his sexy, dirty talking, protective, and vulnerable side. I liked them together, but it was easy to see they were eventually going to end up in the same hard position they did in the past. 

What happens when the time has come for her to return to filming while his roots are strongly planted in Georgia? Both are pretty stubborn and set in their own opinions. 

This heartwarming, second-chance love story takes you from the glamour of LA to a close-knit small town in Georgia. It is quick, fun, sexy, and sweet. I liked some of the side characters, but there are a couple that I really wanted to smack, but they are part of the drama. It was told in dual points of view from both the main characters that are likable and have history. I enjoyed their banter and chemistry. It is light-hearted with just enough emotion, drama, and  swoon. It's a cute summer read if you want something not overly angsty or heavy. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
 If I had to compare the two books in this series, I enjoyed this one better than the first. I didn’t have nearly so many hangups with the premise this time around, and thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the plot arch. These two books do not overlap in characters or storyline, so stand alone perfectly.

Eden Goodnight had made it big, but hadn’t planned on cameras catching her most humiliating moments for public viewing. Returning to her hometown to recover out of the spotlight, she didn’t expect the cold reception she received. She knew it had been a long time (14 years) since she had been home for more than a few days, but she couldn’t imagine what she had done to earn the cold shoulder and outright rudeness from her small town neighbors.

I loved watching Eden settle back into her grandmother’s house again, learning that the man she left behind is also living in the house. Those first scenes as they confronted each other had me in stitches with the hilarity of their power struggle. But I loved the way Cooper quickly became her biggest supporter in town.

The chemistry between them was intense even after so many years apart. The feelings were long buried, but not extinguished and they rekindled right away. It was nice that though they had had such differing experiences during their time apart, they picked up almost where they left off.

This was a fun, sweet, sexy read with great characters. The addition of the side characters built a charming small town full of good people, and a few rotten ones to stir the pot. I enjoyed this story from start to finish and found myself grinning often at the antics.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Wake up and feel the wood! In the first of a series of irresistible standalone romances from New York Times bestselling author 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.

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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