Sex in the Sticks: A Love Hurts Novel

Sex in the Sticks: A Love Hurts Novel

by Sawyer Bennett

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Wake up and feel the wood! In the first of a series of irresistible standalone romances from 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.

The Arizona Vengeance series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:

And don’t miss her Carolina Cold Fury novels:

The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:

And the Sugar Bowl series is one treat you’ll want to read in order:
“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Praise for Sex in the Sticks

“Well, now the fuss around Sawyer Bennett’s books makes absolute sense. The woman is amazing. “—Collector of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends

“From the vivacious and fun characters to the unique storyline to the wild and rugged Alaskan experiences, Sex in the Sticks was a sexy and fun romance that was impossible to put down.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

“I absolutely devoured Sex in the Sticks and I am already craving the second book in this amazing series of standalones!”—Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads (five stars)

“After reading Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett, I’m ready to pack my bags and head to Alaska, the last frontier in America.”—Smut Book Junkie (five stars)

This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399593604
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Love Hurts , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 33,194
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
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.

Read an Excerpt


I pull into the Ketchikan Terminal of the Alaska Marine Highway and park my truck. The ferry from Gravina Island has already docked and the passengers are unloading. Hopping out and locking my door, I make my way to the boat, my eyes searching for Buddy amid the people flocking down the ramp, eager to start their vacation in the great Alaskan wilderness.

Some of them will be here for the amazing salmon fishing, and others just to explore the scenic beauty of crystal blue lakes and snowcapped mountains that surround you 360 degrees. Others will make this just a short stop before they continue on to visit Anchorage or Denali. It’s the beginning of the summer tourist season, so Ketchikan’s numbers will swell. Even though its population hovers around fourteen thousand, that’s still too many people for me and why I chose to make my life in East Merritt, which is about a forty-minute trip north on the only highway that runs along the western edge of Revillagigedo Island.

I walk against the flow of people disembarking, much like a salmon swims upstream here to spawn, my eyes sweeping back and forth along the concrete dock to locate Buddy, the ferry captain. He’s been operating that boat ever since I moved to this area from Seattle seven years ago and one of the very first people I met.
Finally, the crowd thins a little and I locate him standing at the bottom of the ramp talking to a woman.

No... arguing with a woman.

And not just any woman at first glance. She looks like a f***ing movie star and completely out of place.

Oh, she’s trying to look the part of an earnest tourist, wearing a bushman’s-type jacket cinched at her small waist and flaring over curved hips, but the large dark frames on her eyes and expensive-looking scarf around her neck, paired with high-heeled leather boots over tight-as-sin cream pants screams complete city girl without a clue as to where she is.

But the true kicker—the thing that tells me she’s not your ordinary tourist—is the large camel-colored bag hitched over her shoulder from the top of which pokes a tiny white, curly haired dog that’s yapping vigorously at Buddy. I can’t hear their conversation, but I can hear that damn dog.

By the way the woman’s gesticulating, I can tell she’s angry even though I can’t see her eyes behind those sunglasses. Buddy’s hands are held out, palms up in supplication as the woman waves to a mountain of luggage piled beside her and then makes a sweeping motion in the general direction of the island’s interior. The dog still yaps, but then the woman puts a hand on its little head and scratches its ears, thankfully making it go silent.
I head toward them and their conversation becomes clearer.

“Look lady... I don’t know what you expect me to do. I have to get on that ferry and head back to Gravina Island. I can’t help you get your luggage to where you need to go.”

“Then call a car service for me,” she says dramatically. “I can’t believe this town doesn’t have a darn cab in it. This truly is the wilderness.”

I lower my face to hide the smirk that overtakes my mouth, and when I have it under control, I look back up just as I reach Buddy’s side. He sees movement, whips to face me, and his expression dissolves into pure gratefulness.

The little white dog starts yapping at me.

“What’s going on?” I ask pleasantly, my eyes sliding to the woman but ignoring the dog. Still can’t see her eyes, but the rest of her is completely stunning. She’s tall and I’m guessing five-nine or so without those heels on, which still puts her several inches below my six-foot-six frame. Her long hair is a deep fiery red and hangs all around her shoulders and pours down her back in big waves that flutter every now and again in the breeze. High cheekbones, porcelain skin, and lips that are full and colored dark red.

“Hush, Sassy,” the woman croons to the little dog, and it stops barking but continues to emit a tiny growl from its throat.

“This nice lady,” Buddy says to me, but I can hear by his voice he doesn’t think she’s nice at all, “seems to be under the impression there would be transportation awaiting her here at the dock to take her to her hotel. I’ve told her there’s not, and she’s also under the impression that I can do something about it.”

Chuckling, I look back to the woman and stick my hand out to her, praying that tiny ball of fluff doesn’t latch on to it. “I’m Logan Burke.”

The woman’s jaw relaxes and the dog remains watchful as the growl dies down. She takes my hand, gives me a brief but firm shake, and smiles. “Valentine French. And I’m clearly in a bind.”

“Seems so,” I say with good nature.

With a pout of those pretty lips, she grumbles, “I’ve never traveled anywhere there wasn’t cab service before. I just assumed I’d be able to hail one here.”

My gaze slides down to her luggage. Five suitcases in all made of expensive-looking brown leather with a tan pattern of some sort. When I look back to her, I say, “Going to be staying awhile?”

Her smile gets bigger. “I hope so.”

“Well, if you give me a moment to load up the cargo Buddy brought me, I’ll be glad to give you a lift to where you need to go,” I tell her affably. “Or even to a car-rental place, although chances are they won’t have anything. It’s high tourist season and they’re probably out of their small stock.”

“I’d really appreciate that,” she says gratefully, and then turns to Buddy. “And I’m really sorry I wigged out on you. It’s just... I’ve not run into this before and my cousin made all the trip plans for me and I’m going to positively kill him when I see him.”

Buddy holds his hands up to stop her and then tips his hat. “No problem. Chief Burke will take good care of you.”

“Chief?” she asks curiously, her head turning back to me.

“I’m the East Merritt chief of police,” I tell her with a wink as I tap my badge clipped to my belt. “It’s in my job description that I can’t turn my back on a person in need.”

“But this is Ketchikan,” she points out with a sweet, teasing tone in her voice, and if I didn’t know any better, I’d think she was flirting. “This isn’t your jurisdiction, so that says you’re going out of your way to help me.”

“I’m sworn to protect and serve all those that come to the great state of Alaska,” I assure her, although that’s not exactly true. My duties only extend to the nine hundred residents of East Merritt, and I honestly wouldn’t have offered if she wasn’t as pretty as she is.

“Well, it’s my lucky day then,” she says, and I swear that’s a purr coming from the base of her throat. “I’m actually headed to East Merritt.”

I blink in surprise, because not many that get off that boat stay in East Merritt. For one, there aren’t a lot of accommodations, and two, there’s not much going on in our little town. It’s out of the way and quite peaceful, but mostly attracts serious hikers or fishermen who want to navigate the surrounding waters for salmon. Most of the residents work either in logging or in the commercial fishery business, which are both male-dominated professions. As such, not much culture is required in a town like East Merritt, as the fishermen and loggers pretty much just like to drink beer and shoot the shit with each other when they’re not working.

On the other hand, Ketchikan is a town filled with much more to do for a woman like her. It has art galleries, shopping, nice restaurants, and even a small theater that puts on pretty good productions, or so I hear.

“You’re going to be staying in East Merritt?” I ask to make sure I heard her right.

“Yes,” she says brightly. “Staying at Billiott’s Bed and Breakfast. My cousin Jeremy recommended it, as he stayed there a few years ago.”

Billiott’s Bed and Breakfast? Is that what Sarah’s calling her boardinghouse now?

In fairness, it is the nicest place that East Merritt affords, but it’s not exactly posh. Still, I don’t say anything because it’s not my place, so I turn to Buddy. “If you can get my stuff, I’ll get her suitcases loaded while you do that.”

“Sure thing,” Buddy says, and practically races up the ferry ramp.

I watch him just a moment before turning back to Valentine. “You wait here and I’ll pull the truck up.”

“Okay,” she says sweetly, and even her little dog looks like it’s smiling at me. “And... thank you, Chief.”

“It’s just Logan,” I tell her, not because she’s special and I’m making an exception, but because everyone around here calls me by my first name. We’re not a pretentious lot.

It takes about twenty minutes to get my cargo from Buddy—which consisted of a new radio and emergency lights for my truck—and to get Valentine’s luggage loaded into the back. For the past seven years I’ve been chief, and I’ve been driving an old Ford Bronco I’d inherited from the former chief and that had finally bit the dust a few weeks ago. It was just shy of twenty-eight years old and it led a damn good life. I had patched it up a few times over the years, but I just needed to let it rest in peace. And because there wasn’t any money in the budget for a new police vehicle, I figured my Dodge Ram would do just fine with a set of blue emergency lights on top as long as I had a good two-way radio installed. Buddy brought it over from a private drop ship at the airport for me.
It didn’t go unnoticed that Valentine actually winced when I loaded her luggage in the back of my truck, and then looked worriedly at the eastern sky starting to darken with rain, but she didn’t utter a word of complaint. I didn’t offer condolences, because I could tell that storm wasn’t going to reach us since we were headed northwest of Ketchikan.

When she settled in the front cab of my truck with that ridiculous little dog perched on her lap, we headed out for the forty-minute drive.

“So why did you come to East Merritt?” I ask conversationally, but it’s more than that. I’ve got my police senses firing on all cylinders because she is not your typical tourist. I don’t think she’s here for nefarious reason, but she’s not here for the usual ones either.

“Like I said... recommendation from a family member,” she says, and while her tone is open and outgoing, it’s sort of a vague answer too.

“Beg my pardon for saying so,” I say carefully. “But you don’t seem the type that came here to go hiking and fishing.”

Valentine gives a soft laugh filled with rich hints of feminine wiles, her hand stroking down the dog’s back as she says, “Um... no. I most definitely didn’t come for that. I just needed to get away and I have the means to do so. Thought I’d enjoy the quiet for a while, although I’m going to have to give Jeremy hell for not telling me there was no cab service.”

Sounds plausible, but not probable to my way of thinking, but I let it go. If she’s going to be here for any length of time, I’ll eventually figure her out. My town is way too small for her to go unnoticed, particularly by the scores of young bucks that will be sniffing around her. East Merritt is a working town, and it draws single men from all over the world for solid work. There aren’t a lot of women in these parts for them to choose from, so Miss French will be a hot commodity here.

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Anonymous 10 months ago
## Super fun story. Yes, the heroine likes her designer clothes and such, but just because she likes nice things doesn't make her a bad person. She's generous and kind and beautiful. The story progresses perfectly and she and the hero are great together. Well done.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
I'm in love and I was from the very first chapter. Sex in the Sticks has left me needing to visit the beautiful state of Alaska. City rich girl Valentine French visits Alaska to do some research for her blog, it's a work trip until she meets the local Chief of police Logan Burke who happens to be drop dead gorgeous. The problem is what can a local police chief who also happens to be the mayor offer a socialite from NYC. Valentine may come from money but she has always rolled to beat of her own drum, she keeps telling herself this trip is all about her blog but deep down she really wants is true love, she wants an man who puts her above everything else could Logan be that man ...... This book was perfect, it's funny and romantic and it will leave you grinning like a Cheshire Cat. This was just what I love in a book, to be smiling throughout and to get a HEA. Great job Sawyer
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a great book. I loved this from start to finish. When New York socialite and dating expert/blogger Valentine French decides she has had enough of thel men she has been dating in New York, her cousin suggests she travel to the wilds of Alaska to see if she can find what is missing from her life. Little does Valentine (my friends call me Valley or Val) know that her decision will change her life in ways she cannot imagine. This was an hilarious read, with many laugh out loud moments that had me almost in tears at the predicaments, city girl Val gets herself into. Logan Burke is the police chief in the small town of East Merritt where Val decides to visit, he is also the man who constantly comes to her rescue, swooping in to save her time and again. Determined to date as many Alaskan men as she can, Val is off to a flying start. Complications arise, as one date after another ends badly, but true to form it gives her great material for her dating blog. Val is instantly attracted to Logan but he does not seem to be interested, that is until she gets lost and he again rescues her and takes her back to his cabin to warm up. Sparks fly,will this night be more fodder for Val's dating blog or could it be the start of something special? Of course the true course of romance does not run smoothly and Logan is furious when he finds out about Val's blog posts regarding her dating adventures in Alaska. This book is a stand alone and one that I highly recommend you read. Sawyer Bennett always brings her characters to life and her style of writing is excellent. Sex In The Sticks is one of the best books I have read this year.There was smoking hot romance, humour, edge of your seat tension as I hoped that Logan and Val would finally come together and as usually happens, I didn’t want this one to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love anything written by Sawyer Bennett. This book was a bit different from some of her others, including the premise of a blog writer going off to Alaska for inspiration on types of men. Just loved the interaction of Logan and Valentine as they explored their mutual attraction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave up on this book about 90 pages in. The female lead is rich, shallow, and a highly annoying party girl who loves to spend money. I kept looking for redeeming qualities...and maybe she will turn into a better person but I couldn't take it.
Lelim0612 More than 1 year ago
OK, I am not going to lie. When I first saw this title, for some unknown reason, before I read the blurb, my twisted mind thought “sticks” meant hockey sticks. Please, do not ask me why, I do not know, well maybe because Sawyer Bennett writes such phenomenal Cold Fury Hockey stories (which I totally love). Imagine my surprise, my delighted surprise, when the book takes place in the “sticks” of Alaska. A place that I can only dream of ever seeing, but is on my bucket list. This is the story of Valentine French and Logan Burke. Val or Valley, as her friends call her, is a blogger about dating in New York City. But, lately she has been having trouble writing her blog. The men are all the same. They all seem to be self-absorbed men, more worried about themselves than anything else. She needs a change of scenery. When her cousin suggests East Merritt, Alaska, the inspiration hits. Logan Burke is sheriff of East Merritt. He, like every other hot blooded male in East Merritt likes what he sees the first time he sets his eyes on Val. But, he also sees that this city slicker will be nothing but trouble. First, he must rescue her dog, Sassy when she runs off. Then, he must take her shopping for clothes fit for Alaskan weather. Then, he must rescue Val herself, when she gets lost in the forest. Nothing, but trouble. I LOVED watching these two, the city slicker and the small-town sheriff, fall in love. It seems in this case opposites did attract. But when Logan finds out about the blog and what she…. stop!!! No spoilers. I loved this sweet, yes, sweet, but definitely, a sizzling HOT story, with all of the ins and outs of small town living. And Logan really should have realized that the gossips, had their information wrong about…. Darn it, I said no spoilers. But, I will say Logan should have known better. I was gifted with a copy of the wonderful, emotional story for my honest opinion. I will say this about this book, if you like a wonderful, hot, sexy romantic story, you can’t go wrong with Sex in the Sticks. Thank you for reading my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading "Sex in the Sticks" my thought was that this was going to be a do-over of "Men in Trees", a short lived television show from about 2005-2006. However, the more I read the more I fell in love with the characters of Valentine and Logan. She's a zany New Yorker who has come to Alaska to sample "real men" and Logan is the definition of "real." Their story is hilarious, sexy and charming. In addition, Ms. Sawyer has gifted her readers with a book that is well written and well edited. Excellent from the first to last page and great way to enjoy a quiet afternoon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Fun new series!! I am a big fan of Sawyer Bennett & this book was another great read. This series is lighter in subject matter than some of her other books but the story is just as exciting. Valentine was an interesting lady- I didn't really think I'd like her but the author created a snobby sweetheart- is that a thing? ;) And Logan...... whoa.... he's the perfect ideal of a man. Alaska as a setting was just perfect for this story. Can't wait to read more in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars This fantastic and highly entertaining book is the first in the Love Hurts series and it features Valentine French and Logan Burke. These two are complete opposite's. The New York and Alaskan lifestyles are completely different. When she was blogging about the differences in the men and Logan specifically, I thought she went to far in detail but I also think Logan took his overreaction too far also. When you injure a man by embarrassing him in front of his friends and family, it's a big deal. She was remorseful and tried to right her wrongs but with a stubborn man it's going to take something drastic to change his mind. The characters in the story were fantastic. The writing was fantastic also. Keep the fan on because this is another HOT one! I can't wait to read more from this very talented author.
KristieK More than 1 year ago
Sex in the Sticks By: Sawyer Bennett ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Star Review by Kristie K Sawyer Bennett brings another swoon-worthy book boyfriend, and believe me…If Logan Burke is offering, Sex in the Sticks is an offer you can’t refuse… Sex in the Sticks is the first installment of Ms. Bennett’s new Love Hurts series, and what a debut it is! Sassy, sexy, gorgeous Valentine French comes from the world of money and power in the high society lifestyle of the New York City upper crust. As a popular, and sassy dating columnist, Valentine’s job relies on her adventures in dating. Unfortunately for the eligible bachelor’s of New York, Valentine has grown tired of dating metrosexual males that spend more time in front of the mirror than she does. When her closest confidante suggests a change of scenery, Valentine heads off to the wilds of the great unknown, and the “real men” of the Alaskan wilderness. Determined to find her muse in the parts less traveled, Valentine meets her first knight in shining armor at the ferry docks, in the form of a gorgeous and honorable man of the law. Sheriff Logan Burke is the epitome of the small town hero. Gorgeous, sexy, and one of the best men you could know, he could make any woman swoon. As he watches, and steps up, as Valentine makes friends with the local male population, Logan starts to see Valentine in a new light. He starts seeing her for the amazing woman she really is. Problem is, he knows he won’t want to stop once he gets a taste. Yet another home run from the masterful Sawyer Bennett, Sex in the Sticks is a flirty, fun, and oh-so-sexy piece of literature. Ms. Bennett has built a story around two unlikely love interests, and thrown in the perfect amount of humor, angst, and erotic heat. The characters are incredible, each with their own personalities, thoughts, desires, and needs. Relatable, lovable, and desirable, these characters hit the sweet spot. With a captivating storyline, playful banter, witty plot, and lots of sexy…Sex in the Sticks is a definite win. Kristie K
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CCarroll More than 1 year ago
I flove this book! So flipping hot! I've read and reviewed several books by Sawyer Bennett and I'm always excited to see a new release from her. Just looking at the cover and reading the synopsis you know this is going to be humorous and fun book. Her character development in this book is right on. Oh my gosh! I loved the character of Val. While we expect a snooty socialite, what we get is a funny, down to earth woman looking for a M A N. And Logan is a sweet, caring, touching, strong, Big boy who doesn't even know his feelings for Val. I need one like him! And when things go south, and you just know they will, trying to figure out how they'll bring it all together keeps you turn in these pages fast. Sex in the Sticks is funny, sexy, and downright hot read you've got to check out. Make sure you have some time set aside because you will be fanning yourself while savoring every word!
Emily-SBDR More than 1 year ago
Gah! I just LOVEEE Sawyer Bennett. She's the epitome of one of my top must-read authors. And she took what could have been a cookie-cutter story and really made it unique and AMAZING! Sex in the Sticks is a city girl meets a small-town boy story, but Valentine and Logan are two very quirky (in their own way) characters that make this sleepy little Alaskan town liven up when their sparks fly. She needed a break. He needed something else in his life besides his job. What they weren't counting on was one another. But when they found each other, their banter, and schooling of one another delivered humor and sexy chemistry across the pages. But what happens with their roots come calling? Valentine and Logan were ridiculously adorable, and sexy as sin together. I loved their story from beginning to end. And I would absolutely LOVE to see more from the world Ms. Bennett has introduced in Sex in the Sticks!
Liinareads More than 1 year ago
Valentine is a dating columnist whose blog is successful, but lately she’s lacking inspiration, because she is getting tired of the same type of men in New York City. When her cousin suggests that she should go to Alaska to find dating inspiration there, Valentine quite likes the idea, especially because there are more men than women. When she arrives in Alaska she meets Logan,a local sheriff and Valentine realizes the life there is not what she had expected. Valentine and Logan couldn’t be more different, but sparks are flying from the first moment they meet. Is the spark going to last, when things get tough between them? It was really fun and entertaining read, I very much enjoyed the location in Alaska and the characters, who didn’t fall flat at all. I didn’t like Valentine very much at first, but throughout the book I warmed up to her. I can’t say the same about Logan, he was a great hero from the beginning. Overall I enjoyed it and I’m excitedly waiting for the second book in the series.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Valentine is a rich blogger who's become bored with life--dating life included. Valentine swears love, marriage and kids are NOT in her future. Her parents weren't around while she was young and they each cheated on the other throughout their marriage. While she believes in a monogamous relationship, she just doesn't think love is in the books for her. Her best friend and cousin, suggests she change things up a bit and date a different type of guy. So she allows Jeremy to make reservations for her to go to Alaska where the ratio of men to women is greatly skewed in Valentine's favor. Logan, Chief of Police and Mayor of East Merritt, happens to be in the right place at the time. He's in Ketchikan to pick up new police supplies when he first lays eyes on Valentine. He thinks she's drop dead gorgeous, but out of place. He offers to take her to East Merritt and so it begins....Logan is repeatedly called to "rescue" Valentine and her dog. He thinks she's hilarious, but a breath of fresh air. Valentine has told Logan she's in East Merritt to date, but doesn't know she's blogging about her dating experiences. Valentine blogs about her date and sex life with Logan, but decides she can no longer share Logan through her blog when her feelings for him deepen. When Logan finds out about her deception, he demands she move out while he's out of town visiting his family. Valentine is devasted and heartbroken. She knows she doesn't deserve Logan, but doesn't know how she can live without him. Logan thought he found "the one", but doesn't know if he can forgive her. Loved it, loved it, loved it! I think it was one of the sexiest, funniest novels I've read in a long time! This is a stand-alone, second chance novel. If you're into rugged, sexy, sweet, Alpha men, I highly recommend this novel!!! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
IsaLaCroqueusedeLivres More than 1 year ago
I think I should create some kind of “Review Form” for Sawyer Bennett books, where the only difference would be the title of the book. Because I always love the blurb, the writing, the characters, the angst, the sex, the humor…. Sex In The Sticks is another great reading; I started the book yesterday and finished it a few minutes ago. I just wished it had been a little longer (which is a good sign). The city girl / country boy opposite attracts were so good, I just love Sawyer Bennett’s male characters!!! Logan will make you swoon, and Valentine was so out of place in Alaska but at the same time, she taught us some good lessons about adaptability, acceptance and kindness. And the rest of the characters were lovable too. Just grab this book and enjoy it, it’s Sawyer Bennett after all, it only can be a great romance story!!! After this infamous tweet bashing about Romance genre a few days ago, I’m so glad and so proud to be a part of the readers/bloggers community in general, and Romance readers in particular. People, read what you like, share your love about whatever you’ve read and enjoyed. You’ll surety enjoy Sex In The sticks, and personally, I can wait for the next book in thr Series, Jilted!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Characters were all great and very likeable.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Sex in the Sticks, A Love Hurts Novel, Sawyer Bennett Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance,  I'm a great fan of SB's novels, and I think the only one so far that wasn't a hit for me was Uncivilised. Now its been joined by this one. a good-ish book, well written of course but content? Romance? well, for me it was kind of meh...I can see others love it - well, I'm glad but it didn't hit the expected spot for me.  I guess Valentine had a lot to do with that. I just didn't really like her, found her shallow and almost vacuous, kidding herself her blog was "work". She's a trust fund lady, has never know life without riches, luxuries there for the taking, spending - as she says $10,000 dollars on a weekend isn't that unusual for her. She wasn't unkind to those who didn't have her kind of money but there's no way she could understand them or their lifestyles.  The blog: Well, as a blogger and blog reader I know that for many blogs are Big Business, a full time job and very important. Valentines a bit more like me, a hobby blogger. I do it to get ARCs as I could never afford to indulge my love of stories without them, Valentine does it for ? Well, I'm not really sure. Seems to be she thinks of it as a job, but a non paying one. Some of her comments verged on cruel, and that kind of thing can be funny, but needs care and when she's identifying who the other people are, but they don't know about it I feel its kind of nasty. It felt as if she was somehow looking down on them, that she was hinting they didn't live up to what dating Valentine French was all about. It just made me think, what exactly does she feel is so attractive about her, why does she think she's such a catch.  Logan, a great guy, loved him and the way the locals respected him. When things went wrong between him and Valentine the first time he overreacted, IMO. Acted like a thwarted teen. Just ASK man, that's all you have to do. He of all people should know about that kind of situation and how the truth gets twisted. The second time I had more sympathy for him, but somehow by then I'd got a bit bored with the whole thing. You may love it, lots of others do but for me, well, it was just between 2 and 3 stars.  Stars: two and a half, I did like a few bits but most of it I just didn't enjoy.  ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers  
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
Wow!! Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett blew me away. After a slow start I found that I couldn’t put down this book. Rich, socialite Valentine French might have enjoyed dating metrosexual guys but I found them boring and egocentric. I enjoyed the banter Val had with Logan Burke, sheriff and mayor of East Merritt, Alaska. Logan was definitely an alpha male with no metrosexual tendencies. Val also impressed me with her ability to adapt to living in this small town after living in New York City. Ms. Bennett did a nice job balancing the sexy with the humorous. This might have been one of the first Sawyer Bennett books I’ve read and will not be the last. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Sizzling hot, sweet and sexy! This story was excellent! This was all just so amazing and I felt blown away! Every single second of this story was just so incredibly entertaining and I had so much fun reading it. I was smiling and laughing and loved getting to know Valentine and Logan. Everything about this story was perfect for me. 
Honestly, I can’t say enough good things. The storyline and writing was fantastic. There were so many great details and moments that filled me up inside. Valentine and Logan were fantastic characters, with excellent character development as well, and I enjoyed the build as everything played out. Together they had such amazing interactions. I loved their playfulness and the building heat between the two. And when Logan finally makes his move, oh my, it is seriously Hot! Fans self-Hot! Their chemistry sizzled. 
I adored the fact that this was written in dual POV and I really got to know both of them and felt what they were feeling. This story kept my attention the entire time, making me turn the pages like a mad woman. I think this just might be my favorite read this year. 
So get ready for some serious fun, a whole lot of sweetness and off the charts sexy in this incredibly entertaining story. I have got to read this again! Loved it! 
Highly Recommend reading all of Sawyer Bennett’s Books!
I would like to thank the publisher, the Author and NetGalley for allowing me the privilege to read this book before publication and I have voluntarily wrote an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness--LOVED! Valentine French is about as fish-out-of-water as a heroine can get--and yes, we've seen the whole socialite stuck in the wilds bit before, but somehow here Ms. Bennett made it feel new and fresh again. There were so many LOL moments, so many awwwwwwww moments (seriously, how many warm coats does Logan own? Totally not complaining, though, because...So. Sweet.), and so many [fans self] moments...I need more from this series. Like, yesterday! I'll admit Val was a bit much while in NYC, but fortunately she didn't stay there long enough for me to give up on her, and then Alaska managed to work its magic on her. Well, Alaska and Logan. ;) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
BarbaraLack More than 1 year ago
Sex In The Sticks is a rom com that is quite humorous at times. Logan is the Police Chief and mayor of the tiny town of East Merritt Alaska. It's a wilderness community that gets mostly visitors for fishing or people who work as loggers. It's mostly big burly men with very few women. Valentine is from New York City and is an heiress that has her own blog about dating men in the city. She's tired of the men in the city and decides to go to Alaska and try out the men there and blog about it. What happens is laugh out loud hilarious. There is some serious sexy times with Logan. Grab this book and find out what happens with her blog experiment. I voluntarily received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from Net Galley for my honest review.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I loved Valentine and Logan. Valley as friends and family call her, goes to Alaska to meet and date men, on the advice of her cousin and closest friends Jeremy, because she tired of New York's men. She is a hot commidity there due to shortage of women. She is attracted to Logan, but doesn't know if it is reciprocated, and goes on 2 dates which do not go well. Finds herself in another tragedy, which Logan again saves, and discovers that he is attracted to her, they are combustible together. Series of misunderstandings happen, along with love affair. They do get their HEA, can't wait for next book. Hoping it is April's. Great characters in book!
HeatherLM More than 1 year ago
Valentine French is a New York socialite that writes a dating advice column. She gets so tired of going on bad dates that she decides she needs a change of scenery. Her cousin suggests Alaska and even helps her out by making all of her travel arrangements for her. She got more than she bargained for when she shows up in Alaska unprepared for their cold temperature and the small town her cousin rented her room in. Her plan is to date the Alaskan men and continue her advice column. But things don't quite turn out that way. Logan is the police chief in the small town seems to come to Val's rescue often. He, along with everyone else in town, finds her beautiful. This book was funny and sexy. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a lighthearted, sexy read.