“Sawyer Bennett never fails to deliver heroes I fall hard for and heroines I adore.”—Violet Duke
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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Praise for Jilted
“Jilted is a beautiful second chance romance. . . . The epilogue of this story melted my heart and put a giant smile on my face!”—Shh Moms Reading
“A sweet, playful, sexy read that has characters you can’t help but love and an ending that will definitely leave you wanting more.”—What’s Better Than Books?
This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
About the Author
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 contemporary romance, she 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 daughter, as well as a full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others and that a bad day can be cured with a great workout, cake, or even better, both.
Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.
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What I needed was an escape, and I needed it to be somewhere no one would think to find me. And that place would be Newberry, Georgia, as I hadn’t returned but once in fourteen years, and that was for my grandmother’s funeral ten months ago. I wasn’t even back in my hometown a full day then. The paparazzi would never look here when they couldn’t find me at my home in Pacific Palisades and instead would be buzzing around either my vacation home in Vail, Colorado, or the getaway condo I kept in Miami. But more than hiding out, what I really needed was some peace and quiet. I needed time to lick my wounds before I ventured back out in the public eye. I could hide myself away at Goodnight House, and if I was lucky, I wouldn’t be found.
But I also felt Newberry calling to me. Over the last few days, I’ve latched on to the good memories of my life here, particularly the first fifteen years of my life before my parents died. I missed the small-town camaraderie and safety of being with my peeps. While I don’t really expect that to be the case now, because I’ve been gone too long and haven’t kept up with anyone, I do imagine just being at Goodnight House will be a balm for my soul.
“Just get yourself in gear and get over here,” Colleen says impatiently. “This problem isn’t going to go away.”
Oh yes it is, I think. At least for a little bit longer while I’m in Newberry. In fact, I might not come back at all. I’ve got more money than I could possibly spend, and the thought of telling Hollywood a big old up yours is very appealing.
“I’m not in Los Angeles,” I tell Colleen, and I hear her gasp.
“Where are you?”
“None of your business. I’m taking some time away for myself and I’m really going to try to figure out what I want to do.”
“What you want to do?” Colleen practically screeches into the phone. “There is no ‘want’ in this industry. You’re under contract to film a movie next month.”
I see the long gravel drive to Goodnight House in the distance flanked by large magnolia trees on each side. I slow down and put my turn signal on, even though there’s no one behind me. “That’s next month. This is now. I’m taking some time off and I’ll let you know when I’ll be back.”
“But Eden—” Colleen starts to argue, but I cut her off.
“For God’s sake, Colleen. I’ve worked my butt off for fourteen years with hardly any time off. It’s been really hard accepting the fact my fiancé cheated on me, I was publicly humiliated, and I’m being made to look like the bad person for it. A little empathy would go a long way here.”
As I turn into the driveway, which to my surprise has been paved since my grandmother’s funeral, I hear Colleen backpedaling. “All right, Eden. Of course, take some time off. Relax. I know it’s been stressful. And when you come back we’ll figure out how to make it work to suit you. Screw Brad, okay?”
“Okay,” I say on a soft laugh. For all of her blustering and pushy ways, Colleen has always had my back. Before I disconnect, I say, “Talk later.”
Tossing my phone into my purse, I bring my car to a stop and stare down the long driveway. It’s lined with massive oaks dating from before the Civil War. Their long, thick branches extend and form a shaded canopy so dense the sunlight can hardly breach it. And at the end of the driveway, I can see Goodnight House. I have a love-hate relationship with it, but as I take in its magnificence and grandeur, I decide to love it for a little bit.
In fact, I’ll love it the entire time I’m here.
The home is a Greek Revival, built in 1860, just before the Civil War started. It was the centerpiece of a massive cotton plantation built with the blood and sweat of slaves. I’m not sure who owned it then, but after slavery was abolished, the owners couldn’t make ends meet with the new sharecropping arrangements they had to make with their former slaves and they went into bankruptcy. The house passed through another set of hands before my great-grandfather Court Goodnight bought it. He was on the lookout for a nice home for his family, as he’d just opened up the South’s largest textile mill a mere seven miles outside of Newberry, and the Goodnights always lived in the best homes.
Yes, my family is wealthy. Textiles was the game and it did well for us. Still does, for that matter.
I lived my entire childhood in Goodnight House, and it was the stuff girls’ dreams are made of, if she has a romantic bone in her body. The house is what every princess dreams of. It’s done in white stucco that’s been restored and stands three stories high. There’s a wide sweeping staircase to the main landing, with wrought-iron balustrades across the long front porch. There are matching full-length balconies on the second and third floors, also bordered with iron. White pilasters extend from the ornate molding at the roofline down to the first-floor porch, and set back on either side of the main area are two rounded wings with balconies on the first, second, and third floors. When my great-grandfather bought the home, he’d had the right side circular wing converted into a two-story master chamber, with the third floor housing a plush library and sitting area to relax.
It was a monstrous house occupied by four people. Me, my mom, my dad, and my grandmother, Valeria Goodnight, although she wasn’t around much. As a perennial globe-trotter, she was gone far more often than she was at home. Valeria Goodnight loved spending her money on extravagant travels, wild adventures, and looking for that next perfect husband. Well, that is until my parents died in a sailboating accident and she was forced to return to Goodnight House to take care of me when I was fifteen. That was a hard three years living with an emotionally distant woman who didn’t like her wanderlust being tampered with. It is, after all, how she met her best husbands.
Coming under my grandmother’s rule was an extremely difficult transition, especially since I was so lovingly close with my parents. They were the type of parents who gave me enough freedom to let me spread my wings, and did so because they believed I had a good head on my shoulders. They trusted me, and I didn’t abuse it. On top of that, my parents were just cool as hell, and funny and warm and everything you’d want a parent to be. I always wanted to be around them. I desperately missed my mom’s southern cooking and the times when my dad and I went fishing. Going from a secure, inclusive, and interactive family environment to a sterile sort of relationship didn’t make for the best years of my life. It’s the main reason I never returned to Newberry after I left except for her funeral.
Stepping on the gas, I start the quarter-mile drive to the house, which grows bigger and bigger the closer I get. The line of oaks ends about a hundred yards from the front of the house, with an expansive green lawn spreading out to the left and right, encompassing about five acres. The entire property is only about forty acres, as much of the land had been sold off, since the Goodnight family didn’t need it for anything other than privacy. Past the lawn area is thick, dense forest that has grown wild, since the land isn’t farmed anymore. There’s a small trail that my father had cleared out that leads down to a bubbling stream, which is an offshoot of the Satilla River that leads out into the Atlantic Ocean about twenty miles east of us.
It’s hard to take my eyes off the house as I turn into the circular driveway that will bring me right to the front steps. The house is so big it’s always made me feel like a little girl, and yet at the same time there’s a level of comfort there that I haven’t felt in a long time. That was the hate part of my relationship with the house . . . it didn’t feel like home once my parents were gone and my grandmother ruled it.
I remember our first Thanksgiving after she’d come to live with me. My mom had always gone all out with the turkey and many different side dishes, plus three different types of pies. I wanted to re-create it, hold that specialness close to me.
“I was thinking if you give me your credit card, I can run to the grocery store tomorrow and get everything we need for Thanksgiving dinner. I can make all of Mom’s favorite recipes,” I’d told my grandmother one day as she drank her morning coffee and I was eating toast and some of my mom’s homemade strawberry preserves.
“I won’t be here,” my grandmother said tersely. “I’m going to fly to New York City for a few days.”
I just stared at her openmouthed. How could she not want to spend Thanksgiving with her granddaughter, who had just lost her parents three months prior?
But I didn’t argue with her, because she was never around, and I didn’t know her all that well. I’d spent that Thanksgiving eating some macaroni and cheese from a box while watching TV in my bedroom.
It was the first of many trips she would take, leaving me home by myself quite a lot. I didn’t mind, though, because she provided me nothing of value. She had no interest in my school activities, and outside of making sure I had money for food, she didn’t think she owed me anything else. She’s quite possibly the coldest person I’ve ever known, and it boggles me how my father could be so loving with her as his mother.
Now that she’s gone, I can open my heart up again to my home.
I stop my rental car, place it in park, and start to open the door, when movement on the west lawn catches my eye. A man on a lawnmower is cutting long strips of grass on the diagonal. I get out of the car, shut the door, and peer harder through my sunglasses. The man is wearing a baseball cap and is too far away to see any details, but I’d recognize the height and brawn of that body anywhere, not to mention the posture infused with confidence bordering on cockiness as he sits atop his John Deere.
I try to ignore the fluttering in my stomach, pretty damn sure its indigestion at the sight of him and nothing else. Our breakup caused a lot of emotional upheaval between the two of us, and while ultimately we parted on friendly terms, we both went our own ways and didn’t look back. I’m not sure why Coop never made any effort to keep in contact with me, but I know I didn’t stay in touch because it was too painful. I didn’t want to be reminded of the wonderful guy I’d left behind on a roll of the dice for my new career.
Since we broke up, I’ve only seen him once, and that was at my grandmother’s funeral, but I didn’t talk to him. I was there for the service out of a sense of duty only and I made a hasty exit back to my car and off to Atlanta to catch the next flight back to LA. At that point, Newberry was as much of a stranger to me as my grandmother had always been, and I felt no affinity for it. I was anxious to leave and get back to the familiarity of Hollywood, which wasn’t always comfortable for me, but at least it I knew what to expect.
I knew Coop was going into the family landscaping business, and since they’ve always maintained our property, it’s no real surprise to see him here now.
As if he senses my stare, his head turns toward me slightly, and I can see the way his body stiffens that he recognizes me as well. I can almost hear the sigh coming from him as he stops the mower, disengages the blade, and then turns it off. He hops down and, when his work-booted feet hit the grass, he takes off his cap briefly to wipe his forehead with the long sleeve of his shirt before putting it back on. It always amazed me how yard crews would wear long-sleeve shirts even on boiling hot summer days to protect their skin. Even so, Coop never had pale arms. He spent plenty of time outdoors, particularly at the beach, working on a great tan.
Coop in board shorts. At the beach. An absolute panty dropper.
Or at least I seem to remember.
As he gets closer, I feel my heart rate start to pick up and my palms begin to sweat. Because I’m wearing sunglasses and I can get away with it, I check him out as he nears. Age seems only to have enhanced his handsomeness. His body has filled out with more muscle and he carries himself with a certain swagger he didn’t have when we were eighteen. Even with his ball cap pulled down, I still get sucked into those aqua blue eyes that seemed to hypnotize me. His hair is a little longer and it curls out from under his baseball cap. His jaw is stubbled as dark as his nearly black hair, and even though he’s only thirty-two, I can even see a few silver hairs glinting in the sun just above his ears. His father has lovely silver at his temples, and I know when that comes in on Coop, he’s going to go from gorgeous to devastatingly beautiful.
Because he’s not wearing sunglasses, I don’t miss Coop’s gaze as he lets it wander down and then up my body. His jaw hardens as he takes in my designer linen pants in lavender with a sleeveless silk blouse in a contemporary print of orange, lavender, and buttercup yellow splotches, all of which is set off by a pair of cream-colored Stuart Weitzman pumps. I reek money and sophistication, and not that it ever bothered Coop back when we were younger, I think it’s a pointed reminder of why we broke up.
“What are you doing here?” he asks gruffly as he comes to a stop in front of me. There is no welcome to his tone and I could be a virtual stranger off the street to him. Let’s face it . . . we spent two wonderful years together and experienced our first love, and then we broke up and haven’t talked to each other in fourteen years. We’re strangers actually.
“Um . . . I . . . well, I came to stay for a bit,” I stammer, because I get a little sidetracked by those blue eyes that are just north of frosty at this moment.
“For how long?” he says curtly.
“I don’t know,” I tell him honestly, a little put off by his tone. “I’m taking an impromptu vacation.”
“And you chose Newberry for that?” he asks suspiciously. “Isn’t that a little dull when you could be jetting off to Paris or something?”
My hackles immediately rise, because I’ve had just about enough of people attacking me lately and that is so untrue, but he wouldn’t know what I like to do anymore. “My vacation plans aren’t any of your business.”
“That’s true,” he says as he leans in toward me. He smells of hardworking man and sweet grass, and that really shouldn’t smell that good to me, but it does. I blink my eyes hard as he adds, “But if you’re staying here in my home, it is my business how long you’re staying.”
I blink again.
“Excuse me?” I ask, and then blink again. “Your home?”
I actually turn my head to look at Goodnight House to make sure I didn’t imagine it being there, and then turn back to look at Coop. He grins like a Cheshire cat. “Yeah . . . my house.”
“This is my house,” I say, although it’s without confidence. He has me rattled.
“Yes, and it’s my house too,” he returns as his eyes glitter with amusement. “And I’m guessing you really didn’t look too hard at your grandmother’s will, or you’d know that.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I make no secret that Sawyer Bennett is one of my go to authors, I love her style of writing, I love her characters and I love how I feel after reading one of her books, this standalone gave me everything I want from a book, It's a second chance romance that's also a fun read. Eden Goodnight is in Hollywood to make a name for her acting career not a name that's associated with a cheating partner so when she is humiliated at a red carpet premiere by her fiancé she heads home to lick her wounds. Cooper Mayfield was the man she left behind and he still lives and works in the small town Eden has run too. Will the time spent together rekindle old feelings and what happens when Eden is offered the role of a lifetime, will she leave Cooper for a second time..... I fell in love with Eden and Cooper, they felt real, they felt like friends and their lighthearted banter was a breath of fresh air. This book has it all, its emotional and funny and let's not forget the Hollywood glamour. I read this book in one sitting, it drew me in from the first page. Once again Sawyer Bennett has shown that she is very good at what she does and she has given us yet another 5 star read.
This is a standalone novel and one that was an amazing read. I love Sawyer Bennett's writing style; her characters are well rounded, easy to relate too and believable. I love a second chance at love story which is what Jilted is. When Eden Goodnight returns home to lick her wounds after being publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancee, she expects to find peace and support. The opposite occurs, it appears the locals think she is a spoilt brat and have little sympathy. Ironically the one person who offers support is the very man she left behind, her high school boyfriend, Cooper Mayfield. Coop has never forgotten or gotten over the beautiful Eden. Despite initial misunderstandings, passion quickly reignites between Coop and Eden. The chemistry between them sizzles and their banter had me laughing out loud on several occasions. I really loved Coop, he is the total package. It is obvious how much he cares about Eden and he was sexy yet tender and totally melted my heart. Will Eden take a chance on her relationship with Coop or will she return to the bright lights to pursue her career?
Another wonderful story from Sawyer Bennett!
(4.5 stars) I’m a sucker for second chance romances and Jilted delivers. I could hardly put it down because I was dying to see what would happen next. Eden and Coop were young and in love. But when she gets an opportunity of a lifetime they slowly drift apart. Fast forward 14 years and Eden is desperate to escape her hectic life even just for a little while. When she returns to her small hometown she realizes a lot has changed and it’s not all for the better. I immediately loved Eden and Coop. Their interactions early on may have been childish but they were funny as hell. You could just feel the years of resentment boiling under the surface. Jilted is probably one of my favorite Sawyer Bennett books to date and loved that it was topped off with a sugary sweet epilogue.
Jilted was an interesting read. This was the second book I’ve read by Bennett. The first one I read was good. So I thought why not? Eden leaves home to become an actress and leaves Coop behind. I get it their young and they didn’t think it would work. So as the years go by, she’s pretty much put her old town in the past. But comes home expecting that everything was still the same. I had some issues with this story. I honestly, had no connection with Eden or Coop. I didn’t feel that passion that was between these two characters. Without the depth and passion, it just comes off a little awkward. The writing was on a good level. It just didn’t grab me. I didn’t have the urgency to finish the story and get to the end. Overall, I have to be honest and give this Two Boundless Stars. It was okay, but it could have been better.
Eden and Cooper were high school sweethearts, but life tore them apart. Cooper continued his life in their hometown, but Eden became a famous model and actress in Hollywood. While attending a red carpet event Eden finds out that her fiancee cheated on her and the next logical step for her is to go back to her hometown. When she gets back to her home, she find out that the house doesn’t belong only to her, but also to Cooper. Being back in town isn’t as great as it seemed, the people in town aren’t that nice to her and living with Cooper, the only man he ever loved, can it all be right again? I did like the first book a bit more, but it was still a fun read. I didn’t warm up to Eden so much, but I really liked Cooped, he was very sweet, hard working and determined. It’s a well written novel with interesting plot and characters who stand out. Overall I enjoyed reading about Eden and Cooper’s story.
Such a great second chance romance! When Hollywood star Eden Goodnight is jilted by her Hollywood fiance, she heads home where she runs into her ex-boyfriend Cooper Mayfield. They grew apart, but never really got over each other. Now, back in town together, the old feelings reunite. Can they keep their rebound status or will it be so much more this time around? I really liked the character in this book. My heart went out to Cooper and Eden as they tried to work their way back to each other. I could feel Eden's pain and frustration at what her life had become. I loved who Cooper became, but I have to say at the beginning, I was a little put off with him, but then again, he was always carrying a torch for Eden, he just didn't realize it. This was a good read and I'd love to see more in this small town!
Another super fun read by Sawyer Bennett. The Love Hurts series is lighthearted with some serious sexy time. Jilted is a great story of second chance love. Eden & Coop were high school & college sweethearts split apart by life. They both went on to be super successful in their individual worlds but always had a part of themselves missing. This is a great read & I can't wait for more in this series. The books are stand alone. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
The overall feel of the book Jilted is like the super steamy version of the movie Sweet Home Alabama that I always secretly wanted. Of course there are several important differences between this book and that movie so they aren't completely the same story. The first difference is our heroine, Eden Goodnight. Eden is a super famous actress who is jilted (heh heh) in the most hyperbolic, Hollywood way and returns to her hometown to lick her wounds. She's a strong character with thick skin who can totally hold her own even when being looked upon as the town outcast. Eden's small town ex boyfriend, Cooper, is the perfect hero for this story in my opinion. He's super hunky with a dirty mind but is able play the perfect gentleman role when necessary. I went back and forth between really loving this character and being crazy annoyed with him through this story but I think that ultimately makes for a great story. If we don't have a range of emotions while reading a story it tends to feel a little empty and boring. (Again, in my opinion.) ;) I really enjoyed reading this story. Even though it reminded me so much of Sweet Home Alabama, there were so many things different about this book that kept my full attention and made me eager to see how it all would end. I can't put my finger on what, but it felt like this story was missing something that would take it from a really good read to a great read. Which is why... I give Jilted 4 out of 5 Krissy's Stars! I definitely recommend this read. It's a great romance to read when you need something to escape into and forget about your own worries for a while. Xo-K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JILTED is the second installment in Sawyer Bennett’s contemporary, adult LOVE HURTS erotic, romance series. This is Academy Award winning actress Eden Goodnight, and landscaper/gardener Cooper Mayfield’s story line. JILTED can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Told from dual first person points of view (Eden and Cooper) JILTED focuses on the rekindling romance between former high school and college sweethearts Eden Goodnight, and Cooper Mayfield. Fourteen years earlier Eden Goodnight and Cooper Mayfield were in love: college sweethearts, making plans for the future when a talent scout from Hollywood changed Eden’s life forever. From the runway to the red carpet our heroine became the Hollywood ‘it’ girl. But a red-carpet humiliation by her fiancé and action star Brad Wright sent our heroine back home to small town Newberry, Georgia and into the arms of the man she has always loved. Enter Cooper Mayfield, the man Eden left behind for the bright lights and glamor of Hollywood and LA. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Eden and Cooper, Eden’s battle to be accepted by the people in her hometown of Newberry, Georgia, and Eden and Cooper’s struggle to remain a couple in the face of their diverging careers. Eden Goodnight is a star whose reputation back home is something less than to be desired. Beautiful and talented, our heroine finds it difficult to assimilate back into Newberry Georgia-from the heartbreaking memories of her past and the town’s reluctance to welcome the actress with open arms Eden Goodnight struggles with her attraction to the man she could never forget. Cooper Mayfield has been angry for a very long time, betrayed by the only woman he would ever love, Cooper refuses to commit to one woman, let alone the woman who destroyed his heart. The relationship between Cooper and Eden is one of second chances but their second chance at romance comes with too many ghosts of the past, and the belief that Eden has somehow disavowed the people back home. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense, erotic and seductive. There is plenty of back and forth in the early stages of their reintroduction not to mention the number of times their possessions end up in the hall, on the floor and out the bedroom window. We are introduced to Eden’s former fiancé actor Brad Wright, and fellow actress Lilliana Prentice; Eden’s business manager Colleen O’Hearn; Cooper’s former fling Ashley Barton, bakery owner Missy Chambers, and several locals who try to make Eden’s life a living h*ll. The town of Newberry, Georgia feels betrayed by one of their own, and forgiveness comes when the truth is revealed. JILTED is a story about one woman’s rise to fame, her fall from grace, and the man who would be there to pick up the pieces. There are moments heartbreak and humor, friendship and love, retribution and forgiveness. The premise is engaging, entertaining and energetic; the characters are dynamic and lively; the romance is passionate and inspiring. JILTED is a second chance romance with a spirited heroine and the man who is willing to sacrifice for the woman he loves.
Wow!! Second chance, fame, and lots of sex, Jilted by Sawyer Bennett just blew me away. I totally struggled with having to put down this book. While walking the red carpet at a Hollywood event beautiful Eden Goodnight discovers her fiancé cheated on her. Needing to get away, she her hometown but unknowingly, Cooper Mayfield, the boy she left behind, is living in her home. In this story we are exposed to the worse and best of small town living. Some things might never change in her small town, but Eden is at a loss to understand why the locals are so rude to her. Eden and Coop need to figure out how to share the home they both now own and how to move on from what they had to what they now want. Ms. Bennett did a nice job balancing the sexy with the feelings Eden and Coop were rediscovering. I totally enjoyed reading this wonderful book and highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I do like Sawyer Bennett, and even though I go against most of the reviews, because I did not love it, it was not horrible. This book about Eden and Coop who were once young and in love, they were separated for 14 years. When Eden is humiliated by her fiance on a red carpet, she runs home, and is surprised by how the town is treating her. Both Coop and Eden have to deal with immature exes, and try to move on. I hated Ashley she needed to grow up. After misunderstanding, and after a much needed talk, they were able to work things out.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This book is a really great story. Not a shock as I have enjoyed alot of Sawyer Bennett books but this one was a little different than her usual stories. For one it is very Hollywood. The story starts in Hollywood at an movie premier for the heroines fiancee, Brad where we find out like Eden does that he had an affair with his married co-star. Dumping him and wanting to get away Eden drives to her East Coast town of Newberry where she thinks she owns a house her grandmother left her. That is when she meets up with Cooper, her high school boyfriend who now owns the house too with her and they fight over who gets which room. Which while juvenile was kinda fun. She also discovers the town HATES her with a passion. The only one willing to talk to her is the former fat girl Missy. And to make matters worse Cooper is having a fling with mean girl Ashley. The author tortures poor Eden and she hits rock bottom. And that is when the story gets great. This story has LOTS and LOTS of hot sex. LOTS. If you don't like pages of sex well then this is not the book for you. But we also get to see Eden and Cooper fall for the other. But the issues that split them up after high school still exist. Can the more mature adults make it work? And that really is the question in this book. Can we go home again? For me I did not like the first 30% of the book. We see Cooper and Ashley together and we see Brad and Eden together and I did not like that. I did love Cooper and Eden's antics as they battle it out for the master bedroom in their house. And I loved how hot the story was. I loved Missy and how she helps Eden out and they become good friends. And Cooper and Eden really were great together. I was 100% rooting for them to be a couple throughout the end of the story.
4 stars Jilted by Sawyer Bennett was a fun, sweet and entertaining second chance love story. I enjoyed the storyline, it kept me turning the pages late into the night and I was happy with how Coop and Eden were able to put the past hurts behind them and trust their feelings and not let fears dictate their future. These two had a strong attraction, I loved their banter and their chemistry was off the charts. Overall, Jilted is a great addition to the Love Hurts series, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them.
Eden Goodnught and Cooper Mayfield were high school sweethearts who continued their relationship as Freshmen in college. During their Freshman year, Eden is "discovered" and asked to model. Not having a family to help support her during college, she takes the job to help with finances. One job leads to another and Eden eventually had to decide whether to continue with college and Cooper or try modeling. Eden chooses modeling. Although Cooper and Eden try a long distance relationship, ultimately Cooper cuts Eden loose so she can pursue her dreams. Thus wrecking his.... Cooper, not being able to get over his one true love, becomes a player. He dates and has "fun" with women, but does NOT do commitment! He vows not to lose his heart again. Cooper graduated and moved back home to help his father with his landscaping business. Cooper also designs waterfalls and bigger landscaping projects in surrounding towns. Devasted by her cheating ex, Eden decides to run. She drives to the last place she was truly happy, the Goodnight House. Eden returns only to find out her high school crush co-owns her childhood home. Eden's grandma left half to Eden and half to Cooper when she passed away. Eden returned home for her grandma's funeral, but didn't stick around for the reading of the will as she and her grandmother were NOT close. Eden lost her parents as a young child and she was left with her uncaring grandma. It took 14yrs for Eden to return home. Now she's considered a stranger and she's not held in high regard due to a misunderstanding. Eden's devastated and hates that everyone is cruel to her. Eden returned in hopes of "finding" herself, figuring out her future, and finding peace. With Coop's help, the town begins to see Eden as the hometown girl she is--not the famous actress/model. I loved this novel!!! I thought it was sad how completely alone Eden was, even though she was engaged. I hate how she "settled" just so she wouldn't have to be alone. I loved the banter and childish behavior of both Eden and Cooper when fighting over the Master Bedroom. I loved how Coop was able to "see" the real Eden and get her to do non-glamorous things! I highly recommend this novel! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
4.5 stars Cooper and Eden were each others' first loves, but then Eden left to pursue a modeling and eventual acting career leaving Cooper behind. They were both heart-broken, but both moved on and it's now fourteen years later. Eden returns to her hometown to lick her wounds over a bad engagement and doesn't get the welcome that she was expecting. I have to admit - Cooper was a bit of an a** in the beginning and he had his moments near the end. But in between - he was just what you would want in a good Southern boyfriend. This is a sweet and thoroughly enjoyable read. Second chance love is the BEST!! I voluntarily reviewed an uncorrected advance reader copy of this book.
Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review Jilted by Sawyer Bennett is the second installment in her Love Hurts series of thematically-linked standalones. It's a second chance romance between former country girl-turned-Hollywood starlet Eden and small-town landscaper Cooper. Jilted's storyline is perfectly satisfactory, but not overwhelmingly memorable. After some amusing but petulant theatrics from both Eden and Coop about their surprising living situation, they conveniently resolve not all, but a significant amount of their emotional issues with each other then unsurprisingly enter into an agreed-upon purely sexual relationship. That the emotional component of their relationship is so quickly and casually dispatched of is disconcerting to me; romantically and intimately, Eden and Coop picked up right where they left off 14 years previously, despite major misunderstandings. The fact that, in the face of his anger, pain, and hurt, Coop thought so poorly of Eden so easily, despite a strong childhood friendship that evolved into a romantic, intimate relationship between first loves, is problematic. This is compounded by their diametrically opposed views of Eden's grandmother, Valeria. Eden obviously struggled with her grandmother following the death of her parents, which coincided with the onset of her relationship with Coop, which would mean he had a front row seat to the strain and tension that were a byproduct of that forced familial connection. So, it just seems odd that Coop later formed a bond with Valeria at all, let alone never in the course of their relationship discussed Eden or Valeria and Eden’s struggles, especially given Coop’s knowledge of Eden's issues with her grandmother. Honestly, it just seemed like conflict just for conflict's sake. And Bennett seemingly glosses over these issues, as they are easily “resolved” or forgotten entirely. So much so that the town's acceptance of Eden after its harsh dismissal of her is prompted by Coop getting cozy with her in the diner front of the town gossip. Granted, I don't want to see barriers erected for the sake of drama or to beleaguer an obvious reunion, but it just seemed that some of the necessary conversations needed to get readers onboard with a burgeoning relationship between Eden and Coop were missing. They never appeared to have met in the middle, and there was nothing in the story that indicated to me that they really saw the other's view on some major issues, things that could be considered major roadblocks to a successful, healthy relationship. Eden was absolutely a strong, vivid, vibrant character, which Bennett does so well with her female protagonists. But unlike many of Bennett's other small-town tales, the minor, supporting characters had the potential to be so much more than they were. Missy, Clay, Samuel -- their involvement was so minimal, but again, the treatment of them, much like the storyline, was slightly lacking. They all could have had a greater impact on the story than they did, and at the end of the book, I still felt like their stories were unfinished. After Sex in the Sticks, Bennett's first book in their series which sets the bar high, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Jilted. While Jilted is a solid effort, it seemed to lack some of the authenticity that is Bennett's hallmark, and it ultimately left me frustrated and wanting… something… more… I'm not exactly sure.
What a sexy, fun and sweet story about second chances. In the beginning I wasn't sure I was going to like Coop, the hero, because he was kind of mean to Eden, the heroine, but he totally redeems himself in my eyes throughout the story. Then towards the end he was so sigh worthy and romantic. Loved how the story developed. And how Eden and Coop resolved their past so they could have a future together. There were some laugh out loud moments, some heart felt ones and of course lots of sexy and naughty times too. Overall a very satisfying story. *I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book *
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It begins with the heroine, Eden, finding out that her fiancé has had an affair. She's been living in Hollywood as an actress, but when she's publicly humiliated she heads back to her small hometown. She runs in to her high school sweetheart, Coop,pretty quickly. They had ended things on friendly terms, but he seems to be angry with her. The whole town seems to be angry with her and she has no clue as to why. It was fun to watch these two rekindle their relationship. Rediscovering who each other was and how they could build on it. This story had its drama, but for the most part it was a fun and funny read. I highly recommend everyone who enjoys a good ol love story to read this wonderful book.
I had so much fun reading this terrific second chance romance! Loved Cooper and Eden. They were high school sweethearts that had to make the tough decision to stay together despite trying to maintain a long-distance relationship or to let each other go. Through many heartbreaking conversations, they decided that the relationship needed to end. Eden had the opportunity to work as a model and Coop had no interest in leaving their hometown. He wanted to get his degree and work for his father’s landscaping business while he obtained his landscape design degree. He had plans to take over the family business. Even though it was mutual, there were still hard feelings. Eden rarely came back home. Her parents died in an accident when she was a young teen and her paternal grandmother was brought back home to raise Eden. This woman was a piece of work. She had no time for Eden and left her alone for holidays and wasn’t involved in her life. She was more interested in snagging another husband. There was no love lost between them. So, when she came home for her grandmother’s funeral, she didn’t stay. Her grandmother’s will was sent to her and Eden didn’t even read it She knew she was the sole heir to her parents family home. She was shocked to find out, the estate didn’t fully belong to her! Eden needed to get out of Hollywood! She had transitioned from modeling to become an acclaimed actress. On the red carpet for her fiancee's premiere of his movie, Eden is told by a paparazzi that her fiancee had cheated on her with his costar and he had photo evidence. Things got ugly. She decided she needed to return home to get her head together. What she didn’t expect was that Coop was living in the house and he actually owned half of the estate. Her grandmother had the nerve to leave half of it to Coop! She couldn’t believe it! Well folks, I have to tell you that it’s game on! Eden and Cooper go head to head. There is sexual tension, but there is a lot of hard feelings between both of them, so they argue and the banter and bickering is hilarious. I laughed so hard as they were throwing each other’s clothes out the master bedroom window! There are not only hard feelings between Cooper and Eden, but the townsfolk as a whole. They were not happy to see their prodigal daughter! They are downright dismissive and hostile. Eden is at a loss as to why they hate her. There is quite the story behind this one! Lots of small town gossip! I had such a great time watching things fall into place for Eden and Cooper. There are a lot of misunderstandings that need to be righted and controversy between Coop’s other woman, Cooper and Eden. There is no cheating, as Cooper broke it off with the other woman before he was with Eden. The chemistry between Coop and Eden is scorching! I don’t want to give anymore away. There is a lot that goes on and decisions need to be made and feelings need to be sorted! If you love a hot and steamy second chance romance that has some great laughs, give this book a chance!
I was generously given an ARC for a honest review. I love Sawyer Bennett books esp the hockey series. This book is part of the Loves Hurts series but is definitely a standalone. It's a second chance love story. The heroine is Eden a world famous actress coming home humiliated by her cheating ex and having "rebound sex" with her old high school boyfriend. FYI there is a lot of sex in the book. I enjoyed the book but for some reason it didn't hold my attention as her other books. I kept leaving it and coming back to it.....so it took me a couple of weeks to finish. At first it was because Eden was a bit annoying then it was because Coop was so stubborn.....I guess I felt a lack of connection with the characters. The story is given from both perspectives......and gives a good explanation as to why it didn't work out for them when they were 18.....no cheating or great misunderstandings. It truly just wasn't their time.......and I feel Coop was hurt the most because he was the one left behind.. The story in the present is about two people wary of being hurt again by the Sam circumstances that hurt them in the first place. I would recommend this book as a light-hearted read.
A second chance romance sees the return of Oscar winning actress, Eden Goodnight, to her hometown of Newberry, Georgia. Having been slighted on the red carpet, she decides enough is enough, and leaves her cheating finance to head home to the Goodnight mansion. Coop Mayfield was besotted with his high school sweetheart, until he wasn’t. She left to pursue a golden career, and he was left to pick up the broken pieces, and get on with life. Eden had been scouted to try out as a model, and the planets were aligned in her favour. Her & Coop attempted to continue their relationship whilst Eden jetted off to LA, but she was sucked into the bright lights of acting, where she shone, and their relationship took a firm back seat position. When Eden drives up to the winding entrance of Goodnight mansion, she is faced with an unusual dilemma. In her absence, the place has been looked after & is currently being occupied. I love Sawyer’s work, and her ability to easily place herself in different scenarios, and work it. I found this story light hearted, fun, but predictable. It wasn’t my favourite offering from her, due to its predictability, and I guess I’ve just learnt to expect variety from her. I remain an avid fan, of course, and would readily dive into anything she produces. Win some, lose some.. ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Eden and Cooper were high school sweethearts who broke up when life took them in different directions. Eden went on to become a top model and then an Oscar winning actress. Coop returned home and now owns his family landscape and design business. They have not been together in 14 years and have hardly spoken at all. Eden returns home after a disastrous breakup in front of cameras with her Hollywood boyfriend. She escapes to what she believes to be her childhood sanctuary. She discovers Coop now lives there and was given a list estate by her deceased grandmother. Eden does not take this revelation well and so ensues some childish behavior on both of their parts. Coop mistakenly thinks Eden knew about what transpired in the fire at the high school. Both he and the town hold ill-will towards Eden that she knows nothing about. His behavior toward her was juvenile and not well thought out. When he realizes his mistake, he does try to own his part. Eden is shocked and dismayed to learn what happened and sets about trying to rectify it. Both Eden and Coop were both emotionally closed off at points. Their earlier breakup did a number on both of them. Their brains were telling them that rebound sex would be okay, their hearts were singing a different story. You will have to read the book to find out what happens with them. I will say it was not a smooth ride. Both had baggage and didn't really acknowledge their true feelings for the other. For their age, I kind of expected a bit better from them. They both acted like spoiled children at points and I was hard pressed to come up with a plausible excuse for their behavior. Coop's unwillingness at points to compromise drove me crazy. The ending was nicely done and worked out well for these two. I really did enjoy this book and was grateful to receive an ARC through the author and NetGalley.