Book: Sex in the Sticks
Series: Love Hurts #1
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Main characters: Valentine French – wealthy blogger/columnist, tired of the New York dating scene. Logan Burke, local chief of police, mayor and one-man peacekeeper for the small Alaskan town of East Merritt.
Blurb: 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.
Why you should read it: Sawyer Bennett writes a LOT of books. So many that you’d think she’d be repeating herself by now. Not so – she somehow manages to inject a fresh new setting, or situation to her stories that make each one feel brand new. I truly enjoyed SITS because it reminded me of my favourite tv show in the 90s – Northern Exposure. It was fresh and Valentine was a joyful heroine. I enjoyed the slow build between her and Logan. It felt more natural than insta-love.
What you may not like: It was a gentle read – if you’re into more dramatic and action-packed stories, this may be a little too calm for you. I enjoyed it – it was relaxing and fun to see how the main characters would get their HEA.
Rating: 4/5 for a charming and entertaining story. Loved the characters and the wilds of Alaska.