Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Release Blitz: Wylde by Sawyer Bennett

Wylde (Arizona Vengeance, Book #7)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: May 12, 2020

There’s a reason they call me Wylde and it’s not just because it’s my last name.

I might be one of the newest players on the Arizona Vengeance team, but I’m no stranger to the celebrity that goes along with being a professional hockey player. Whether it’s a fan seeking an autograph or a puck bunny looking for more, I’ve grown used to the attention. I not only thrive on it; I use it to my advantage. Let’s just say my bed is rarely empty.

When a quirky redhead at the local bookstore stops me dead in my tracks, I decide to pop in and turn on the trusty Wylde magic. As smart and strong-willed as she is beautiful, Clarke Webber isn’t swayed by my witty banter or charming good looks. And when she realizes who I am and the fame that comes along with it, she likes me even less. Thankfully, I’m always up for a challenge. The more I get to know about her, the more I know my playboy days are behind me.

If I’m going to capture Clarke’s heart, it’s time to be a lot less Wylde, and a lot more Aaron.

4 Stars
Review by Trinette Dungee 

This read started off kind of rocky for me. During the first three/five percent, I was not liking Wylde at all. I mean, I remembered him from Tacker’s book and from Rafe’s book and while he seemed a little on the wild side (no pun intended), he seemed like a pretty decent guy. However, the Aaron Wylde that presented himself in the beginning appeared to be a bit of an asshole. All I could think was oh my god, she’s finally done it, Sawyer’s finally given me a character that I’m not going to like. I kind of felt that way about Griff in Hacker, but that had more to do with the way he chose to enter Bebe’s life. With Aaron Wylde, this was more about him being stuck on himself; but false alarm. I was pretty much over that the minute he wandered into Carter’s bookstore and introduced himself. Right about then was when I started wondering if I was going to like Clark or not!

Wylde is known as the team “player” in more than one way. Yes, he assists his team, but he also manages to keep his bed warm on any given day with the next available puck bunny; but Wylde has just met the one woman who won’t fall for his charms so easily. Even when she realizes he’s not the dumb jock he she thought he was Clark doesn’t give in. For Wylde, nothng is more appealing than a challenge and Clark Webber has just proven to be the biggest challenge. 

During their first encounter Clark makes it clear (or at least lies to him) that she’s not interested in him and that he’s not her type and boy was that a mistake. Not only is she most definitely interested/attracted to him but he’s nothing like she expected. She’s honestly kind of rude to him. If she were a guy, I would have said she was being a dick. I mean, she straight up blatantly insults him.

“I’m more into the brainy, nerdy types. You know… the ones who always have their noses buried in a book and can quote Proust on a whim.”  Well, if that’s not bitchy and snotty and at this point, I’m thinking I really don’t like Clark, but Aaron holds his own. “How about a little wager or competition? If I win, then you have to go to the wedding with me.” And then miss snotty pants has to eat crow. “Had you just asked if I were well-read first, you might have declined my challenge,” he points out. “Not my fault my dad was an English professor and I’m pretty sure I can quote more classics than you-a bookstore owner-can.”

Round 1: Aaron 1 – Clark 0 

As time goes on, I start to warm up to Clark. The superior personality disappears, and she becomes very likeable to me. She’s extremely insecure but there’s still something likable about her. Not only is she insecure but there is a lack of trust in her that lets you know she’s hiding and protecting herself from something. She seems suspicious of everything. Even simple compliments.

“Thank you,” I reply demurely, trying to remember the last time a man said that. Searching my memory, I work backward in time through the men I’ve dated in the past and I have to go all the way back to “him” before I can remember such a compliment.

Hmmm, well that lets us know Clark has some secrets. We finally learn who the “him” is and the understanding of why she has such an aversion to the hot, rich, and famous. I think she might be a little over the top with her reaction but eh. 

Aside from Clark’s issues, we get to dig deeper into Aaron. In Rafe, Aaron seemed to be instrumental in helping Rafe navigate dealing with his dying father and his feelings. From that I knew Aaron’s dad had passed. I assumed they didn’t see eye-to-eye, but that they had an okay relationship. So, I was a confused in the beginning at Aaron’s attitude towards his deceased dad, but I quickly started to understand.  Where Clark was dealing with insecurity, vulnerability and being taken advantage of; Aaron’s struggle seemed to be more along the line of loyalty. The two people in the world who should have been most loyal to him, his parents, let him down. 

Through this all, Aaron and Clark spend more time together and get to know each other. I really enjoyed their chemistry. It wasn’t the typical chemistry you come across in these stories, but it worked, their banter worked, and I enjoyed it all. Aaron managed to get Clark to loosen up a bit and I think it helped her become the person she really wanted to be. What I really liked about these two was, before either of them knew it, they were kind of in a relationship. 

My favorite line in this entire book: “I think…” he says thoughtfully, eyes sparkling with a challenge and excitement. “I think I’m trying to court you.” I don’t know why but it made clutch my heart and sigh. Total swoon worthy moment and it was right then and there that I decided Aaron Wylde was simply adorable and I needed him to be happy. 

There are some other pretty cool moments throughout this book like Weddings, surprise weddings, we get a bit of tragedy as well as the return of favorite characters and introductions to new characters. We get sneak peaks into the lives of Kane Ballan and Jim Steele. As usual, Sawyer is excellent at setting the stage for something new. 

Next to him is James Steele, the left-winger on the second line. He came to the team in the expansion draft last year from the Quebec Royals, and he’s one of the older players at thirty-three. The fans call him by his last name of Steele, but we just call him Jim. While he’s not technically single, he’s been separated from his wife for the last few months. I’d invited him out because if I hadn’t, he’d stagnate at home. 

If this doesn’t scream future storyline, I don’t know what does. I love storylines with kids and/or single parents, now throw in a second chance romance and this girl is practically salivating. I can’t wait for Steele’s story. Just the name…Steele…gives me all kinds of feels.   

So, until Kane and Steele get to tell their stories, sit back and enjoy Wylde.   

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About the Author:
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

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 daughter, as well as full-time servant to her 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 even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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