A Love Hurts Novel



Wake up and feel the wood! In the first of a series of irresistible standalone romances from New York Times bestselling author 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.

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Who would have thought that a New York City Socialite would have to go all the way to East Merritt, Alaska, to experience a “different” kind of man – one who isn’t self-absorbed and solely concerned with “getting” his.

But after getting to know Valentine French a little better and realizing that she tends to march to the beat of her own drum, it’s easy to see that she has the means, the determination, and the passion for men, dating, and good sex to head into the Alaskan wilderness totally unprepared but nonetheless thrilled with the endless possibilities when it comes to the manly men East Merritt has to offer.

Valentine’s Alaskan experience is actually a social dating experiment – one that allows her to choose from a bounty of “real” men and share the play-by-play of her dates with the loyal readers of her sex advice column – Valentine’s Couch.

But never in Valentine’s wildest dreams did she think she’d find everything she wasn’t looking for in Logan Burke – the chief of police and one heck of a good looking, funny, honest, and caring man.

Valentine’s new writing muse is a quaint town full of unique and charming characters – ones who help her to experience everything that Alaska has to offer including what it takes to become an Alaskan Wilderness woman, and despite Val’s big city attitude, outfits, and sophistication, she seems to find her footing in this working town and ends up redefining what she wants from life and what she’s willing to share not only with her readers but also with the man who seems to constantly rescue her as well as treat her like she’s the most important person in his life.

Logan and Valentine connect right from their initial interaction and the easy banter and openness between them is definitely something that grows as they spend more time together and figure out exactly what they want to happen between them. Logan and Val definitely complement each other in significant ways – one being their willingness to try new things when it comes to sex and their sexual adventures clearly show the trust they have in one another even though they’ve only known each other for a few weeks.

Sex in the Sticks has low angst, high steam, and entertaining hijinks, and while readers will easily guess the potential problems that become points of contention for this couple who has lived quite the opposite lifestyles, it’s made quite clear that what Logan and Val are building is a relationship unlike any either has ever had and as long as they take two seconds to think things through and see the big picture, their misunderstandings and nondisclosure of pertinent details won’t destroy their feelings for one another or the hope that Val’s social dating experiment actually becomes her reality.

4 Poison Apples

AuthorPhotoAbout the Author

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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