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 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.
This is second chance romance that’s both sweet and spicy. Coop and Eden dated back in high school and her opportunity to become a model and travel the world broke them apart. Years later, after her fiance cheats on her, Eden finds herself back in her hometown to get away from things…and there she meets up with Coop again. Even though both of them still hurt from their break up, they’ve both moved on. But, the funny thing about love is that it hits you when you least expect it and, although these two have no intentions of exploring a relationship again, sometimes fate doesn’t ask permission.
I liked Eden. She was a strong woman who, although she’s a famous actress surrounded by people, was ultimately a lonely person. She poured all her energy into her work and that didn’t leave time to really examine her life and relationships. Coop was a playboy who had no intentions of getting involved in a relationship. His heart had been broken once and he wasn’t willing to have it happen again. He’s a southern gentleman who opens doors and knows how to treat a woman. When these two are thrown together, things heat up and, under the pretense of Coop being Eden’s rebound guy, they rediscover each other once more. I must admit that, even though the sexy times were very hot, I had a hard time with the fact that during the middle part of the book, that seemed to be the only thing keeping them together. I missed the romance and the chemistry that happens through slow kisses and staring into each other’s eyes. I would have loved a bit of reminiscing on both their parts and I would have liked to see more intimate, non-sexual, moments and more heart-felt discussions. I guess I really just wanted him to woo her but that didn’t happen.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a good read and the writing, as always, is great. It’s the second book in this series and, as usual, I didn’t read the first but this can definitely be read as a stand alone. Overall, it’s a quick, fun read that you’ll likely enjoy if you’re looking for something with a bit of drama but not heavy on angst.
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