Book Review: Wicked Bond by Sawyer Bennett

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Title: Wicked Bond (Wicked Horse #5)
Author: Sawyer Bennett @BennettBooks
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: 279 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis

Bridger Payne is an enigma that no one can figure out. Wise beyond his years, eerily intuitive and sexy as hell, every woman in The Silo wants him.
None can have him.
Not the real man, anyway.
He might wield the lash for you if you ask prettily, but he’ll get no gratification from it. He’ll definitely make you scream, but he won’t think twice about you when he walks away.
Bridger carries the darkest of secrets. He’s filled with too much pain.
He’s utterly untouchable.

Until she came along.
**Warning: this book has sex in it. Lots of sex. Dirty sex. The Wicked Horse Series is a bit different than what Sawyer Bennett normally writes. While you’ll still enjoy fabulous characters, a suspenseful story, some witty banter and an epic romance, there’s just… a lot of sex. You’ve been warned.
Ivy's review

The Good

-Finally. Bridger. The man of the hour, the tower of power, he has been the reason I kept reading the Wicked series, no lie. Bridger’s past is revealed, his truths exposed and it’s sadder than I realized, and yet more satisfying for it.

-Maggie is brought to Bridger as a woman who needs saving, which is Bridger’s specialty. Ok, doling out sexual pain is his specialty, but for his friends, he’s the man who straightens their shit out, the one his friends come to when there’s trouble. Maggie made some bad choices and is paying for them, on the run from a biker and his crazy woman, as well as protecting someone precious to her. Bridger comes in, and unexpectedly, finds that while he’s saving Maggie, she’s saving him as well.

-If you haven’t read the rest of the series, you could read this as a standalone. Yes, you wouldn’t necessarily know his friends, but that’s alright. Bridger is a force of nature in all the previous books and he’s the one who felt like the alpha dog no matter whose romance I was reading.

-Good heroine for him, though let’s be honest, it’s still Bridger’s show. Although it’s alternating first person POV, Bridger’s the voice we hear most often. Seeing the soft side he tries to hide, especially when you see him around a child? Swoon.

-Now for those who enjoyed the kinkier aspects of this series…there’s not alot and what there is feels pretty dirty (not in the good way) outside of the romantic relationship. For the owner of the Silo, Bridger’s inability to handle intimacy during one of the most intimate acts you can do with another person is explained in detail. His past is tragic and explains why he’s so disconnected when it comes to sex or allowing himself to feel.  

-A bit frustrating at the end, that final obstacle felt a bit…long. Who knew Bridger would be a runner? Those who give great advice can rarely take it.The navel gazing wasn’t my favorite way to deal with his issues, but what can you do?

-Sweet epilogue to wrap it up.

The Bottom Line

I enjoyed it because it’s Bridger. Finally getting to know the man who cast such a long shadow in this series was worth the read.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received via NetGalley for an honest review.
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PURCHASE LINKS:
Wicked Fall (Wicked Horse #1): Amazon US – Amazon UK
Wicked Lust (Wicked Horse #2): Amazon US – Amazon UK
Wicked Need (Wicked Horse #3): Amazon US – Amazon UK
Wicked Ride (Wicked Horse #4): Amazon USAmazon UK
Wicked Bond (Wicked Horse #5): Amazon USAmazon UK

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