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.
I will admit, when I initially started this book, I was not a fan of Valentine French. I could not relate to her at all. She is a blogger, who writes about sex and relationships while living off a trust fund, pissing off her family and kind of acting like spoiled brat. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it through the book because Val just didn’t work for me as a genuine heroine. But then I met Logan Burke and well, not only did he keep me reading, but he also transformed Valentine into a redeemable heroine.
Valentine is tired of NYC men and jets off to Alaska on her cousin Jeremy’s suggestion to test the difference between city men (aka metrosexuals) and the big, brawny men that live in Alaska. This is all a piece for her blog, but Valentine is completely and utterly out of her element from the moment she lands in Alaska. In comes the glorious police chief Logan to save her day on more one than one occasion. Though he finds her instantly attractive, his feelings for her didn’t appear instantaneous. Between his saving her dog, her lack of an Alaskan wardrobe and then saving her life, he gets to know her through conversations and breakfast. Their relationship was fun to watch develop.
What I loved most about Valentine was despite her not-so-intriguing beginning, once she reached Alaska, her vulnerability shown through. This element of her shot her from snooty rich b!tch to a woman who knows that money can’t buy everything. Ms. Bennett did a great job developing her throughout the story. I enjoyed watching her grow.
The sex scenes were scorching, which is a typical Sawyer Bennett craft. And she doesn’t disappoint in this story either. I look forward to the other stories in this new series.
I give Sex in the Sticks 3 shiny silver buckles.
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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.