If you’ve ever followed any of my reviews you’ll know that I love Sawyer Bennett and always enjoy the stories she creates. Unfortunately though, I just didn’t love this one as much as her previous books. I’m putting it down to a few possible reasons: it’s me (not the book), perhaps I just couldn’t get into the story because it just wasn’t what I wanted at that particular time or the simple fact that I measured it up to the first book in the Love Hurts series Sex in the Sticks, which I absolutely adored. I promise this is not going to be a review where I rant about all the things I did not enjoy, because that just isn’t my style and having said that, while I might not have loved it as much as previous Sawyer Bennett books I have read, there were still things I did enjoy about it.
Jilted is a second chance love story centered around Eden and Coop who were high school sweethearts once upon a time. Eden was given a once in a lifetime opportunity to move to L.A. to model and earn what common folk only dream of. After eight years of making it big, Eden made the transition into acting. Unfortunately for Eden and Coop the long distance didn’t work well for them and it was the end of their relationship.
Eden moves on from Coop and proceeds to suffer a horrific public humiliation due to her cheating fiancé. She decides to pack her bags and head home for some clarity, to perhaps return to her roots, where she’ll be able to put the scandal behind her and even get a sympathetic ear or two. Well they do say home is where the heart is. Little does Eden realise at the time, small town southern folk can be your harshest critics. In some ways they love a great scandal, story and gossip more than the vulture like paparazzi.
“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.”
Once Eden returns home to Newberry, Georgia, it doesn’t take long for her to cross paths with her long lost first love, Coop.
Coop, now he did make me seriously swoon. I do have a soft spot for southern country boys and he also happens to be a landscape designer, so he’s clearly creative and also good with his hands. In true Sawyer Bennett fashion there was some great chemistry, a lot of steam and ultra-hot scenes to boot.
Poor Coop had been holding onto some resentment and anger towards Eden for all this time and did not anticipate stumbling upon her. Well he did, and then the flood gates opened with a torrent of anger and bitterness directed at the Hollywood starlet. Before too long this anger soon turned to passion and all the emotion, love and longing surfaced.
While I did like this story, I just didn’t love it like I had her other previous books, but I do suspect this is more a case of me and not the story. I guess I just wanted more uniqueness and something a bit different. I would still recommend this story to anyone who adores their second-chance love stories; two young soul mates that were torn apart due to the opportunity of a life-time and after years apart are brought back together again. Will it be second time lucky?
About the Author:
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.