5+ Oh-I’m-Grinning-Like-A-Fool Stars!
Gosh, but I love Sawyer Bennett’s Love Hurts series! My favorite reads of the year have come from this delightful author, and Jilted far exceeded my hopes.
What happens when the timing for first love is just off?
Eden Goodnight’s life changed when she was offered a modeling contract. She left her small town (and her first love) to follow her dreams only to return years later publicly humiliated by her ex-fiance.
Eden is my favorite heroine this year so far! This girl is so kick ass and even after being jilted in front of Hollywood’s finest, she picks herself back up again and decides to give herself a much needed vacay back home in Georgia. Eden doesn’t expect the animosity towards her in her hometown, however, or to find that her house has been taken over by the man who stole her heart and never gave it back.
Cooper Mayfield’s life is in Georgia, and one of the hardest things he ever did was let Eden go. Years later, there’s bitterness and a whole lotta past between them. These two made me crazy in the best way! There’s this battle line drawn right from the get go—past feelings jumbled in the mix—and Coop and Eden were so freaking hilarious to watch.
I’m a sucker for these types of story lines. I like finding out back stories and having this enemies vibe where they have to get to know each other all over again. If that’s your poison too then this is just the read you’ve been waiting for.
The small-town feel is so spot-on, the characters so realistically drawn, that I couldn’t help but be enveloped in this Southern atmosphere. I wanted to stay. But what truly set this book apart is Bennett’s excellence at character development. Cooper’s a little surly and caveman-y, and Eden can definitely match his flirty-ness with fire. The intimate scenes weren’t necessarily crazy explicit, but there’s something about them together—how their past and present collides—that just makes it so dang intense.
Funny, charming with heat galore, I can’t recommend this book enough!
Releases on Tuesday, July 11th!