by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: July 11, 2017
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.
“Sawyer Bennett never fails to deliver heroes I fall hard for and heroines I adore.”—Violet Duke
Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé 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.
The overall feel of the book Jilted is like the super steamy version of the movie Sweet Home Alabama that I always secretly wanted.
Of course there are several important differences between this book and that movie so they aren’t completely the same story.
The first difference is our heroine, Eden Goodnight. Eden is a super famous actress who is jilted (heh heh) in the most hyperbolic, Hollywood way and returns to her hometown to lick her wounds. She’s a strong character with thick skin who can totally hold her own even when being looked upon as the town outcast.
Eden’s small town ex boyfriend, Cooper, is the perfect hero for this story in my opinion. He’s super hunky with a dirty mind but is able play the perfect gentleman role when necessary.
I went back and forth between really loving this character and being crazy annoyed with him through this story but I think that ultimately makes for a great story. If we don’t have a range of emotions while reading a story it tends to feel a little empty and boring. (Again, in my opinion.) 😉
I really enjoyed reading this story. Even though it reminded me so much of Sweet Home Alabama, there were so many things different about this book that kept my full attention and made me eager to see how it all would end. I can’t put my finger on what, but it felt like this story was missing something that would take it from a really good read to a great read. Which is why…
I give Jilted 4 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars!
I definitely recommend this read. It’s a great romance to read when you need something to escape into and forget about your own worries for a while.
*I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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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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