BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Wicked Bond by Sawyer Bennett


Wicked Bond (The Wicked Horse Series Book #5)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: September 13, 2016


Bridger Payne is an enigma that no one can figure out. Wise beyond his years, eerily intuitive and sexy as hell, every woman in The Silo wants him.

None can have him.

Not the real man, anyway.

He might wield the lash for you if you ask prettily, but he’ll get no gratification from it. He’ll definitely make you scream, but he won’t think twice about you when he walks away.

Bridger carries the darkest of secrets. He’s filled with too much pain.

He’s utterly untouchable.

Until she came along.

**Warning: this book has sex in it. Lots of sex. Dirty sex. The Wicked Horse Series is a bit different than what Sawyer Bennett normally writes. While you’ll still enjoy fabulous characters, a suspenseful story, some witty banter and an epic romance, there’s just… a lot of sex. You’ve been warned.

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I’ve been ready for Bridger’s story since readers first met him at the beginning of Sawyer Bennett’s The Wicked Horse series; as the series has progressed, we’ve been given small glimpses into the lifestyle choices of this complex and controlled man, but there’s nothing like getting up close and personal with the man himself, and even though Bennett alluded to Bridger’s past at the end of Logan’s book, and it’s been clear from the start that Bridger has some considerable demons to contend with, I never anticipated how deep his scars would go and how disgusted and ashamed he would be with what happened to him as a teen. Conversely, it does help to understand Bridger’s intimacy issues and his need for everything that The Silo offers as well as his view on sex and what he gets from it compared to what his partner or partners does/do.

I wasn’t sure who Sawyer Bennett could match up with this “beautifully fucked-up man”; there’s so many layers to Bridger, and because he doesn’t know how to have a normal relationship or see sex as anything but pain mixed with pleasure, it needed to be someone who was willing to go up against his walls and take what he can give while still trying to show him that despite his closed-off nature, Bridger can have more from sex and a woman than what he thinks he deserves.

Maggie Waylon enters Bridger’s life when she’s unprotected and alone, and because he knows exactly how that feels, he finds himself drawn to her, which only makes things worse for him because he doesn’t know what to do with his conflicted feelings for her, and he’s unwilling to give her or anyone else power over him.

Bridger and Maggie both have a distorted sense of self, which actually helps them relate to one another, but while Maggie can move past the things that she’s done and the things that have been done to her, Bridger can’t do the same because the man he truly is hasn’t taken back full control of his life; he hasn’t broken the invisible chains that confine him and he hasn’t stopped doubting himself and his ability to reconcile his past in order to move on with a more intimate sexual relationship other than wielding a whip and purging his memories every time he comes.

Wicked Bond is a bumpy ride, but with a man like Bridger, I wouldn’t expect anything less because as toned as his body is and as hard as his head is, anything beyond what he knows and needs to remain in control is going to throw him off balance and have him questioning everything about himself. Sawyer Bennett does a fantastic job of illustrating Bridger’s struggles to come to terms with his past in order to have more than a sexual relationship with Maggie – one that is completely under his control. There were definitely times I wanted to throttle him and force him to truly see who he is beyond what he was made into by someone else’s sick and twisted preferences, but no one was going to lead him in a way that he didn’t want to go himself, so even though the path bent and curved and even digressed, everything that happened had to be done or else the bond of his past wouldn’t be broken and a new connection couldn’t be made.

A complimentary copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 Poison Apples


About the Author
 Bennett_photo_2014Since 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 Mary’s 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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