Sexy and funny, heartbreaking and sweet. Jilted evokes all of these emotions and more as we read bout Eden and Coop’s fight for a second chance at love.
I highly anticipate all of Sawyer Bennett’s books because I know I’ll be thoroughly entertained. She expertly balances angst and drama, romance, seductiveness and humor, to deliver a well-crafted that kept me glued to my eReader, flipping page after page and completely satisfied at the end. I found myself feeling the protagonists’ heartache and angst as Eden and Coop struggle with their past in order to determine their future and what they’re willing to sacrifice in order to find the happiness they’ll only find together.
Fourteen years ago, Eden Goodnight left more than home to pursue a career as a model and actress. Even though she made it big, her journey has been a solitary one. And when she finally thought she’d found someone to dispel her loneliness with and equally famous actor, he cheats and embarrasses her. Compelling her to seek comfort and shelter where no one would think to look for her, back home. As it turns out though, most of the small town residents seem to dislike her for some unknown reason and the only person who seems to be on her side is none other than the boy she left behind.
Cooper Mayfield loves his hometown. Following in his father’s footsteps in landscaping and putting roots there had always been his dream, before and after Eden left him. They tried to make their long distance relationship work, but they were young and heading in different paths. After fourteen years though, when she comes back Jilted and miserable, he sees that brilliant smile that not only brings in the big bucks but also lights up his soul, there’s no other choice for him than to give it another go, even if it’s only temporary. But when that expiration date, will he chase after her or will the past repeat itself?
Eden and Coop’s reunion was like a match to gasoline, absolutely explosive and not in the best way. The attraction was absolutely there, but so were the ugly and miserable feelings caused by their separation and some misunderstandings. Soon though, they dispelled the confusions and they were left with the undeniable chemistry that had left an indelible mark. Thinking they could keep their feelings in check, they indulge themselves in steamy affair, but soon they realize they were meant to be but life is still trying to keep them apart.
I liked Eden immediately. Even though she’s an A-list movie star, she’s funny and sassy, and so very human, making her relatable. Present day Coop though, starts off as a douchecanoe but as we get to know and understand him he also redeems himself. That’s one of the reasons I love reading fiction/romance. It not only gives me a chance to escape, swoon and fan myself, it also gives me hope that even in our botched up human condition, we can redeem ourselves. And oh boy did Cooper do just that, leaving me with a happy, feel good smile.
Overall, I loved this book. Loved that it left me with a happy, satisfied feeling. Loved these characters. Loved the funny and sweet exchanges that made me read this in one sitting. I loved the way it ended with its Hollywood happy ever after. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series.
Jilted is book #2 in the Love Hurts series by Sawyer Bennett. It is a standalone, full-length contemporary romance. Told from two points of view.
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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts taken are from that copy. *