Tuesday 11 July 2017

Release Day Review ~ Jilted (Love Hurts #2) by Sawyer Bennett

Book Description:

Sawyer Bennett's brand new series of standalone romances! LOVE HURTS!

Hollywood hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this fun, flirty second-chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, an aspiring starlet reconnects with her first love.

Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancĂ© at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.

Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“This is the start of my reclaiming, and I feel like the possibilities are endless…”

Jilted is a second chance romance from Sawyer Bennett, one of my favourite tropes. The story of Eden and Cooper is hilarious at times and swoon worthy at others. This was a light, quick, easy romantic read, that while predictable, the dialogue and interactions between Eden and Cooper had me thoroughly entertained throughout. This was trademark Sawyer Bennett and once again, I loved it.

Second chance romances are great because the couples actually know each other, they know all the boring getting to know you stuff already, that previous chemistry and attraction is normally always ever present and while these two had that hate/love/hate initially bubbling, you knew from even those interactions it was just a manifestation of guilt and anger as to why they didn’t work the first time around.

“I lost you once, and it was an unbearable pain. But for some reason, God graced me with you again. You were brought back into my life as a precious gift that’s meant to be treasured…revered.”

Eden Goodnight is a Hollywood Oscar winning actress, she left Cooper and their small town behind to pursue her dreams. A talent scout found Eden when she was eighteen and she soon became a much sought-after model, her career just escalated and then she caught the movie bug. Eden and Cooper tried to make it work long distance, but it never worked. Cooper became resentful of her absence and Eden didn’t want to string him along and so they agreed to split, neither what they wanted, both distraught and both have never really moved on.

Cooper was a small-town boy destined to take over the family landscaping business and that is exactly what he is doing now many years on. Cooper has no inclination to move, he is happy in the life he lives, if not a little lonely. Cooper has never been attached since Eden left, she left her scars and as such Cooper is purely in it for some female company to scratch the itch.

When Eden’s life capitulates and she is humiliated on the red carpet, she runs to the small town she used to call home. It is not long before hers and Coopers paths cross and it isn’t pretty. Misunderstandings, resentment and anger have left Eden the town pariah and the welcome home she thought she would get never materialised. Now feeling lonelier than ever before Eden has to put on her big girls’ panties and the fight is fantastic.

“Coop was the ultimate package back when we were eighteen, and he only aged better.”

Second chance romances are great in the fact that you don’t have to deal with that getting to know you phase and Sawyer Bennett gave us just enough of their past to ensure the reader was settled in just how intense and long their first relationship was, making their quick morph to lovers in the present acceptable and believable. These two were a golden couple in the past and I really felt that throughout. That intense spark and chemistry was ever present and as with any Sawyer Bennett book this one was seriously hot!! There are lot of sex scenes and Sawyer Bennett had her imagination running wild in this mansion they live in. Seriously hot, intense and most importantly totally engaging.

I loved these two as a couple, I felt their connection from the very beginning and this never waned throughout the book. While their professions are chalk and cheese this book was all about compromise and what would you do all in the name of love. Loved it.

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