Saturday, July 15, 2017

Blog Tour and Book Review: Jilted (Love Hurts #2) by Sawyer Bennett


Hollywood hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this fun, flirty second-chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, an aspiring starlet reconnects with her first love. “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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My thoughts:

I IMMEDIATELY loved Eden - the spunk and backbone she showed when confronted with her fiance's infidelity on such a public setting was enough to commit me to the book from the first few pages. Coop was another story. I get the manwhore trope and even understand it to an extent, but something about him just rubbed me the wrong way. However, my heart did soften towards him a bit as it's revealed that the jump off for his slutty ways is the heartbreak he endured after splitting with Eden. I've long been a sucker for second chance romances and lately I've been super pleased with the crop of books that feature a rekindling between first/teenage loves - and Jilted is no exception. It features the character development and HEAT that I've come to expect from Sawyer Bennett, with an added humor and levity that's refreshing in a summer time - beach/poolside read. The chemistry between Eden and Coop is off the charts, and Sawyer NAILED the nuances of small town, southern life. In adding Ashley to the mix, she also instantly created a foil against Eden and Coop's HEA and I'll admit, while at times I was supremely frustrated at the situation, I was ultimately entertained by the ensuing drama. I give Jilted 4 out of 5 wine glasses and after this and Sex In the Sticks, I can't wait to see what's next in the Love Hurts series!  


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.

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