SEX IN THE STICKS (Love Hurts #1)

SEX IN THE STICKS                                       SAWYER BENNET

Valentine French may be the sassiest dating columnist in New York City, but the abundance of metrosexuals in her adopted metropolis is seriously cramping her style. Where are the beefy all-American boys? Hoping to find some inspiration, Val heads to Alaska, where the men outnumber the women fifteen to one and wrestle grizzly bears for sport. Or so she can only imagine. Suddenly the most eligible bachelorette in a town full of horny lumberjacks, Val is writing her best columns ever. But if she doesn’t get her nose out of her laptop, she just might miss out on Mr. Right.

Logan Burke is the sheriff of the little podunk town that Val finds so charmingly backward. He’s not that different from the guys she’s using for her little experiment; it’s just that one date would never be enough for Logan. As he listens to Val complain about love over beers in the local tavern, he realizes that she can’t see the forest for the trees. Because if she would ever give up her Prada bags and fourteen-dollar martinis, Logan would give her the only luxury that matters: his heart.


This was a very funny book at times and also a little serious but not too much. Valentine French is tired of dating men who spend more on hair products than she does, looks into every mirror that they pass, and just can’t have what she believes is a normal conversation in her world. Yes she is rich and yes she has more money than the men she is dating but she does not need to be told how much he is spending on a bottle of wine etc... Wanting to find a real man in her words she goes to Alaska with the help of her cousin who had gone there a year ago or so. When she arrives she finds out that there are many things that he left out in telling her. First being there is no car service. Fortunately, Logan Burke is there to help her and is able to take her to where she needs to go. He is also the sheriff of the town she is staying in. Every place is a new adventure for Valentine and for the most part she adapts pretty good. She jumps right into dating within the first couple of days in the new town and her first date does not go so good. By her second date Logan is called to the local diner where Valentine is dancing on top of one of the tables and is also getting ready to take on one of the local waitresses, he arrests her and she is able to mark off a bucket check by staying a night in jail. This also starts a mighty hot time between the two of them. Of course, the drama is when he finds out that she has a blog on dating and blows a gasket. She goes back to New York but then decides to come back to East Merrick and buys a home. The story takes off for me and like most guys he is afraid of feelings, emotions, I don’t know I’m a guy and I can’t figure it out. But Valentine knows what she wants and is tired of waiting and you may be able to take a New York to Alaska but you can’t get that New York attitude left behind. The epilogue is nice also. A very good story and I liked all of the characters. A good book. I got this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

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