Wicked Envy (Wicked Horse Vegas, Book #3)
Release Date: October 27, 2017
The best of friends.
Two men. One woman.
A sinful playground called The Wicked Horse.
Entrepreneur turned millionaire, Dane Hawthorne, has been known to get his kicks at The Wicked Horse Vegas, and he has no shortage of beautiful women waiting for a shot at him. Driven to succeed, no matter if he’s in the boardroom or the bedroom, Dane never backs down from a challenge.
Avril Carrigan isn’t the type of woman to take risks in her personal life but after a broken heart and too much liquid courage, Avril decides to best way to get over one man, is to get under another. Looking to experience all the debauchery she’s heard about from her best friend and business partner, Dane, she requests one thing of him—take her to The Wicked Horse.
The request seems simple. One friend helping another in her time of need. But now that they’ve crossed the threshold, things aren’t as easy as they once seemed. Not only is Dane looking at Avril in a new light, but so is their other business partner and best friend, Andrew Collings. As Dane’s envy blooms, he wonders if he made the right decision when he agreed to show Avril his wicked world.
What happens when the lines of friendship are blurred and boundaries are crossed? Will their relationships survive or will jealousy tear them all apart?
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In Sawyer Bennett’s The Wicked Horse Vegas series, sexual exploration and erotic escapades are exactly what this ‘sinful playground’ offers, so it makes sense that this fearsome threesome who are business partners as well as best friends would choose Dane’s ‘wicked world’ to learn and experience all that one another has to offer in ways that they never anticipated wanting or even needing, but as their ‘fun’ begins to lead to more than friendly feelings, jealousy enters the dynamics of this longtime trio’s personal and professional relationships, threatening to destroy not only a 17 year friendship but potentially a business that all three of them built together.
Sawyer Bennett definitely made the right call as a writer by allowing Dane, Avril, and Andrew to all have a voice in Wicked Envy. A menage story line always amps up my emotions and I usually find my stomach in knots because I always feel like I’m not getting the full story…that by not getting the multiple perspectives that I need to truly understand how they make an atypical relationship work, I’m constantly waiting for one of them to give up or feel neglected. But because Bennett allows all three main characters to move the story line forward, offering necessary insights about where each one of them stands and what each one of them wants from the other two, I didn’t feel nearly as conflicted or frustrated; every viewpoint is illustrated and each character’s backstory is also provided so that allows readers another layer of knowledge about the heroine and her two heroes that they would not have gotten if only one or two of the characters gave the play-by-play of what’s happening between them and why they’re willing to risk a 17 year friendship by allowing emotions into what was supposed to be an objective situation. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years of reading romance stories, it’s that sex can never be emotionless, especially when it occurs with individuals who are extremely important to each other’s lives.
Wicked Envy is just as sexy and sultry as every other story in the Wicked Horse series, whether it be set at the original or the Vegas location, but because the main relationship dynamics include three people instead of two, there is more to contend with when it comes to moving the plot line forward and let me tell you, Sawyer Bennett definitely doesn’t make things easy on Dane, Avril, and Andrew and she sure as hell makes readers second guess who is going to end up with whom and what mixing business with a whole lot of pleasure will end up costing these three, if anything.
Sawyer Bennett is one hell of a storyteller who knows exactly how to blend eroticism with heart. Yes, there is a huge amount of sex and foreplay in her ‘Wicked’ stories, but I almost feel like it’s a necessary requirement of the series and because it’s one of the dominant ways that the main characters learn more about themselves in terms of their desires, exploring that environment is crucial not only for each character to develop but also to allow for a connection that may start off more physical than anything else, but by the time the story ends, it becomes only one part of what makes the main characters truly fit together.
4.5 Poison Apples
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 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 daughter, as well as 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 work-out, 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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