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.
Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Rich, NYC girl meets dirty-talking Alaskan small-town cop.
“I want to feel really wanted. I want to drive a man crazy. I want him to look at me like I’m an oasis in the desert.”
Valentine French, of the obscenely rich and upright French family of New York, is a dating and sex columnist – much to her family’s disgust. The only family member who supports her is her best friend and cousin, Jeremy. Fed up of her metrosexual dating disasters, she admits that she’s looking for a real man. Jeremy suggests that she should go to Alaska where there is a high ratio of men to women – men who she could date and write about in her new column. When she arrives in Alaska, things are not quite what she expected. It is all well beyond her comfort zone and what she’s used to. However, she is nothing but pragmatic and takes everything in her stride, especially when the local Chief of Police catches her eye.
Logan Burke is captivated by the vision that is Valentine French – even though she looks like a complete fish out of water in his town. However, as he gets to know her, he realises that in spite of her apparent wealth, there’s no snobbiness or airs about her. She’s genuine, sexy and hugely alluring. She’s driving all the men in East Merritt wild. He’s surprised by his jealousy but strives not to overstep the bounds of friendship.
Valentine thinks that he’s not interested in her, as he doesn’t seem to be affected by her presence. She can’t stop thinking about him, and she’s equally grateful and mortified that he always seems to be coming to her rescue. She finds him gorgeous and manly – the total package. When they both give in to their desires, things really start to feel serious. However, Valentine’s visit has an expiration date, plus she hasn’t disclosed the small fact that she’s a popular sex columnist.
This was a fun, funny, and downright dirty story! I thought Valentine was a fantastic female character – strong, sassy, but pretty down-to-earth considering her background and upbringing. I loved how friendly she was to everybody and how she embraced her temporary way of life. Logan is hot! He’s a solid, honourable guy and, oh my god, what a dirty mouth! LOL
I loved their story – fighting for a relationship in the midst of jealousy, gossip and secrets. A fab read!