Book Review: Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett

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Title: Wicked Fall (Wicked Horse #1)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic
Length: 304 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars
Synopsis

Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside and Woolf Jennings will make every one of your dirty fantasies come true.

He’s covered in a facade of deception. An enticing blend of multi-millionaire and hot-as-hell Wyoming rancher, those that think they know Woolf Jennings admire his abilities to preside as CEO of his family’s cattle and oil empire. But only a privileged few truly understand what fuels the glitter of depravity in those gorgeous blue eyes. Only a few know he’s opened up a sinfully erotic and private sex club named The Wicked Horse right at the base of the beautiful Teton Mountain range.

Sweet Callie Hayes has returned home to Wyoming and is looking forward to starting her life over again. After a night of impetuosity, she’s managed to put herself right in Woolf’s line of sight… the man who she foolishly offered up her virginity to years ago and was flatly turned down.

Now Woolf is seeing that Callie is all grown up and has a kinky side to her that leaves him as confused as it does turned on. Worse yet, both Callie’s dirty desires and sweet heart are getting under his skin, and making Woolf question everything he’s ever believed about himself.

Ivy

Woolf Jennings is a man with secrets. The biggest of which is his club, The Wicked Horse, and what kinky goings-on happen in the Silo. He loves his hedonistic lifestyle, until Callie Hayes comes back to Wyoming and shows him what he’s really been missing, You know…romance.

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I love Bridger: Now this is rare that I start a review with this much love for a supporting player, but really? Bridger has the potential to be the shiznit. I have warned my fellow shorties that I have dibs on him. He’s the alpha, he has the dark and mysterious past, smoking sexuality, no problem with commanding a room and yeah, I want him. Like, right now would be great Ms. Bennett. Thank you.

Good chemistry between Woolf and Callie: Ok, onto the main event – when it comes to the featured players, Woolf and Callie, I thought they were a good bridge between your usual Sawyer Bennett hero/heroine, into a slightly kinkier iteration in this series, which is more sexcentric than any of the previous books I’ve read by her.  Woolf’s always been attracted to Callie, but he felt he didn’t deserve the good girl. Callie just wanted him since the moment she realized boys were different. There’s a sweetness to their attraction and I loved seeing Woolf get possessive (even with some of the events later in the book) and Callie break out of her shell. I would have liked some more dialogue between Callie and Woolf, to really showcase an emotional connection. There’s a hint of it when they go camping where you really feel their underlying friendship, but I just wanted more talking. But the sex did distract me, because it’s titillating.

Kinky fuckery: Their sex scenes have a good amount of heat and they’re more daring sexually than traditional romances, especially with introducing another player into their personal mix. Like say, Bridger. Which made me all

Now, as long as dirty talking’s your main thing, that’s cool because there’s no real BDSM scenes. There’s multiple partner sex and some anal play, but beyond that the rest is only implied. This book was more about Woolf stopping his kinky ways than any real exploration into the lifestyle. There’s alot of talk in the beginning about what goes on in the Silo, but I feel that the kinky fuckery is only window dressing here.

Woolf’s more of a beta: Woolf is hot with Callie, and their chemistry is strong, there is no doubt. But Bridger is the alpha man who captured my interest. Woolf deferred to Bridger for his kinks, and Bridger’s the reason he’s even into the Silo. Bridger’s the one who guides Woolf through alot of this story and just felt like the man in charge. While I enjoyed this book, the one I really want is Bridger.

Callie wants to walk on the wild side: Callie meets Woolf after years apart when he catches her about to enter a wet t-shirt contest at the Wicked Horse. Callie’s pretty clear about her feelings for Woolf and is willing to dip her toes into the kinky waters, but she’s really not built for that lifestyle. Especially considering her family connections. My only quibble with her is how she tends to back down and fall into “good girl” mode a little too easily. She’s more passive than I would ave liked and she defers to daddy when the inevitable final obstacle happens. That didn’t work for me that well, even if it fit her character.

Series potential: With the introduction of Bridger and the other employees at the Wicked Horse, there is good potential for future books. Basically, I felt there’s a good tease that makes you want more. Did I mention that I think Bridger’s book is going to be the one that really hooks me? Because, yeah I’d like that one now.

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The Bottom Line [3 ½ stars]

Woolf and Callie have their own sweet heat, and for a foray into BDSM for Ms. Bennett, I think it’s a good start to a new series. I liked it, but I have a feeling it’s the future entries in the series that will really be my faves. Yes, I’m still looking at you Bridger.

– Ivy

*An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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