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.
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Eden was nothing like I expected her to be-and I was completely ok with that. When the book started I wasn't sure I was going to like her very much, to be honest. But she won me over by the third chapter. She was tough, but she had to be tough. I really wound up sympathizing and cheering for her-which I thought I'd be doing right away based on the blurb. She grew on me for sure.
Full disclosure here about Coop. I REALLY thought I was going to instantly love this hero. I was ready to swoon, to fall head over heels the second he came onto the page. But I didn't initially. It wasn't that he was a self-proclaimed manwhore, or a guy who claims not to do relationships. I mean, that's a pretty common character, right? But there was just something that held me back from falling for him right away. However, he completely redeemed himself. Completely and totally redeemed himself to me.
As these two really began to reconnect, to fall back into old patterns, that's when I started rooting for them. There was just no denying their chemistry together. The sex between these two is scorching hot. Kindle melting hot. And I love that. But I also loved seeing them work through their differences outside of the bedroom. Seeing that southern charm come into play and so on. I really loved them together.
There was a bit of drama here that I just didn't think was necessary. It didn't really add to the story and kind of took me out of it a bit, which is why I'm rating this a four.
I like Sawyer Bennett's writing style. I love that this book is told in dual POV so that we truly see what each character is feeling and going through. I laughed, fanned myself and really did swoon overall. I recommend this book.
Eden and Cooper "Coop" have a history, a messy and painful breakup, and some misunderstanding between them. So, their initial meeting is less than positive and sparks (and clothes fly, but not a good way) and, as things often do, the more time they spend together, the more they start to think they may have misjudged one another.
I liked their chemistry and their attraction to one another, I liked how much it mattered to her that she was accepted in the town, and I liked how much the people around them mattered to both of them. They were both very likeable characters and you want things to work out for them.
I had an issue with, well, their main issue. I just didn't buy it as a deal breaker. Maybe because I live in Los Angeles and know how common it is for celebrities to not live here in LA...so the issue that they had to work out was never really an issue for me, and I thought it was blown up way out of proportion. I think I wanted something that was a little harder to solve, but with Eded's status as an actress, and her money, this really wasn't an issue at all.
Overall, I do recommend this title.
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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