Coming Soon! SEX IN THE STICKS-A Review

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for a new contemporary romance from Sawyer Bennett. SEX IN THE STICKS marks the beginning of a new Love Hurts series and was a hoot of an odd-couple romance. It releases May 2nd, but you can get all the pre-order info below.

About the book:
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.

My Review:
Valentine French is a NYC socialite who writes a scandalous–to her upper crust parents–blog about her sexcapades. Dispirited of ever finding a strong, loving man amongst the self-involved metrosexuals of NYC, she takes her dear cousin Jeremy’s advice to go into the wild and find a Man’s Man. In Alaska.

Val is way out of her element when she lands in Ketchikan and learns there’s no taxis to drive her 45 minutes into East Merritt, a sleepy fishing village. Stranded, she’s lucky to be offered a ride by Logan Burke, a burly, manly man who happens to be both sheriff and mayor of East Merritt. Logan’s taken aback by what a beautiful wealthy woman, and her companion dog, Sassy, are doing heading into his neck of the deep woods. But, he’s a public servant, isn’t he? So he helps Valley into his truck, and into her plain-old, stripped-down boarding house. (Not quite the kitschy B & B Val had been expecting.) And, the threat of bears devouring her little Sassy has Val totally freaked about her plan to score some dazzling sexytimes with Real Men for her blog.

During her time in East Merritt, Val needs to be rescued more than once by Logan, mostly because she’s a hot mess in this locale. None of her clothing is suitable for the weather, and while she has more suitors than a girl could dream of, her eye keeps catching on Sheriff Logan. And that feeling is mutual, until the gossip-mongers have their way. Lots of yummy sexytimes in store for this couple, however. So much fun beneath the sheets has Val considering extending her stay, well, indefinitely. Meanwhile, the blogging goes sideways as Val decides what’s growing between her and Logan is too special to share with her thousands of fans.

Naturally, there’s a big conflict on the horizon, and Logan’s sure he’s given his heart to the absolutely wrong girl. Valley’s upset, but she’s unwilling to simply give up. Finding the perfect man is more than she’d dreamed possible. Letting him go, well, she’s not afraid to fight for who she wants. I loved the small-town support/gossip network. It was so funny when Valley went on some of these “dates” with loggers and lumberjacks and yes, one ornery sheriff. Logan had lots of making up to do–after he got schooled more than once on his prejudice. And wow do these two get it on, and on, and (oh yeah) on. Valley feared the metrosexuals had killed her orgasm, but Logan unquestionably brought it back to life. Fans of contemporary romance will surely like this odd-couple rom-com.

Interested? You can find SEX ON THE STICKS on Goodreads, and pre-order it in advance of its May 2nd release on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Google Play and Kobo.

About the Author:
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.

You can catch up with Sawyer on her website, Facebook, twitter, BookBub, Amazon and Instagram.

Caught Up In GLITTER AND GRIT–Review and Giveaway

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Hi there! Today I’m sharing in the blog tour for GLITTER AND GRIT, a contemporary cowboy romance from Jessie Evans. I’ve read two other books in this series, LEATHER AND LACE and SADDLES AND SIN, and loved them! GLITTER AND GRIT is no different in THAT regard. While all the books in this series feature recurring characters, to some extent, they are all standalone reads with complete stories.

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A sexy small town romance from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jessie Evans

This ride is going to last a lot longer than eight seconds…

Female professional bull rider, Reece Hearst, graduated from the school of hard knocks. With honors. Because life is like bull riding–when it sends you to the dirt, you do whatever it takes to get on your feet, even if you have to crawl. Like when officials stripped her of her rodeo queen title on the basis of vicious gossip years ago and not even her father would believe her side of the story. Reece could have stayed in the dust, wallowing. Instead, she fixed Lonesome Point in her rearview, joined the pro circuit, and never looked back. But now a serious injury threatens to end her career and she’s back in Lonesome Point, living next door to the family that once made her life a living hell.

After multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and his father’s death, all Grayson Parker wants is to get his family’s cattle business back in the black and live a quiet life. But the return of Reece Hearst opens old wounds, throwing his ordered world into chaos. Grayson was serving overseas when Reece was a teenager and can’t believe the girl he once knew has grown into a heartbreaker as hardened as she is beautiful.

Grayson finds a kindred spirit in wounded Reece and soon longs to be the man to show her that there is life after pain and loss. But can two people as damaged as Reece and Grayson find their way to happily ever after? Or will the scars on their hearts forever keep them apart?

My Review:
Reese Hearst is a champion bull rider on the professional circuit, but 12 years ago she was stripped as a rodeo queen for “consorting” with a judge–if nearly being raped by her trusted mentor/coach is “consorting”… Even Reece’s dad didn’t believe her side, but then he was best friends with Neil Parker. Reece ran away and hasn’t been back to Lonesome Point TX in all that time, but now she’s recovering from a severe head injury incurred in her last rodeo and needs a quiet space in which to recuperate. Knowing her parents are off in Montana visiting her sister over Christmas, Reece holes up at the Hearst Ranch, but not before making the acquaintance of a hot mature cowboy.

Grayson Parker is trying not to lose his family ranch, now that his father’s dead and he’s sheltering his sister from her abusive husband. He’s not looking for a little recreation when he meets a spitfire at the Lonesome Point tavern. But, if she hadn’t passed clean out, he’d have made a happy woman of that one–until he learns who she is the next morning. Grayson was never a fan of his father–not especially once his dad took to dating all sorts of young women when Grayson’s mom died–so he up and left at age 18. Joined the Air Force for 20 years, and this homecoming is more bitter than sweet.

Grayson knows he should stay away from a woman his father favored, but he soon learns all Daddy’s dark secrets and finds the truth more than nauseating. He’s determined to see right come from it, and that means helping Reece, if she’ll let him. Thing is, she’s real stubborn. And acknowledges herself to be crazy. But, it turns out she’s attracted to him, and the feeling is more than mutual.

Still, Reece has no illusions about love–and has even less desire to stay in Lonesome Point. Plus, the head injury she suffered seems to be worsening. And the investigation behind Neil Parker’s suspicious death turns up even more dirt. Can she and Grayson find something more than a brief spark between them?

I really loved this book. Reece is a headstrong, impetuous character who actually acknowledges the mistakes she makes and seeks to fix them. She loves deep, which makes the hurts she suffers twice as agonizing. She did a whole lotta healing in this book, both physically and emotionally. Grayson is a treat for a male lead. Confident, not cocky, and steadfast. He does the right thing, because it’s the right thing, even when it means trouble for his own family. He puts his love out on his sleeve, and wears it proudly. Excellent smexytimes. And, a swoonworthy couple. Loved.

Interested? You can find GLITTER AND GRIT on Goodreads, Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Google Play


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About Jessie Evans

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary Southern romances she loves to read.

She’s married to the man of her dreams, and together they’re raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.

When she’s not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.

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