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.
14 years ago, Eden Goodnight gave up her first love and small town living to chase her dreams in Hollywood, trading in her southern charm and cowboy boots for the glitz and glamour of California, and while she’s definitely made a name for herself as a model and an actress, she’s never truly felt at home in LA because she’ll always be a small-town Georgia girl at heart – one who doesn’t completely buy into the kind of lifestyle she’s meant to have as a movie star beauty, especially when her picture perfect life and loving fiancé aren’t anything like she’s led herself and the public to believe.
Cooper Mayfield is the guy Eden left behind all those years ago, and since the day they called it quits, he’s vowed to live his life as a casual dater, never giving his heart to another girl because he’s never fully recovered from losing Eden, and he never wants to put himself in that position again.
But in a twist of fate, Eden finds herself back in Newberry, and that’s when things get interesting because the people of her hometown aren’t really welcoming and her contact with Cooper is definitely a bit too much in your face, turning her childhood home into more of a war zone than a place of comfort and memories.
Lately, I’ve been on a second chance romance reading kick, and Sawyer Bennett’s newest release fits into that category perfectly. Despite the fact that Eden and Cooper don’t know much about the grown up versions of one another, the history they share isn’t something than can remain dormant when they’re constantly placed in each other’s paths, and as much as they both would like to deny that the feelings they once had for one another don’t belong in the present, it’s clear from the very beginning that a fling with a time limit still won’t be able to stop their hearts from becoming a factor in their rebound sexual relationship because they’ve always been each other’s soulmates, which means that this time around, they might be able to get things right, even though they live in very different worlds and aren’t willing to give up the lives they’ve created for themselves even when their hearts want this second chance at their first time love.
Cooper Mayfield is one dirty talking hero, and he definitely has a new set of skills when it comes to the various ways he can manipulate a woman’s body, and while he hasn’t been a saint since he and Eden called it quits, his sinful words and his devilish fingers and cock are only part of the complete package he now brings into this new relationship with Eden.
The way Sawyer Bennett presented Eden’s less than stellar homecoming and the reasons behind it worked well with the story line and in contrasting the 18 year old Eden with the Hollywood princess version that “supposedly” returns to Newberry 14 years later, readers understand what Eden must overcome to feel like she belongs in a town she turned her back on and seemingly never looked back.
The fact that Bennett doesn’t hesitate to illustrate why Newberry citizens dislike her and then offers the truth amidst the hearsay also makes it easier for Cooper to get past what happened between them, focusing on the woman that Eden is now, allowing him to relearn the things about her he’s always loved and combining those traits with the new revelations he learns, both in and outside their physical relationship.
Jilted is the perfect title for Eden and Cooper’s story because they both have had to endure being abandoned by those they love(d). But when a chance to make things right between them despite how different their lives are now as well as the contrasting aspects of LA to Newberry, Eden and Cooper would be completely nuts not to test the waters and figure out if a compromise can be made in order for a first love to finally get it right.
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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.