Saturday, September 10, 2016

Blog Tour: WICKED BOND by Sawyer Bennett

Wicked Bond 
by Sawyer Bennett 
(The Wicked Horse Series Book #5) 
Release Date: September 13, 2016

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. 

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Wicked Bond is book is book 5, the final book in the Wicked Horse series.  This is Bridger's highly anticipated story.  Throughout the series, Bridger is the mysterious one.  His character stands on out on so many levels.  What is striking to me is that in the environment of The Silo,  a sex club, where patrons are encouraged to be emotionally free and judgement is suspended, Bridger is quite the opposite.  He is always in control. He never lets go.  He holds an almost impenetrable fortress around his emotions, even during sex.  He is the ultimate Fantasy Maker, but he does not seem to fully indulge himself.  Sex for Bridge is merely an physical release never an emotional one.  In Wicked Bond, we learn why.  

Into Bridger very carefully constructed life comes Maggie Waylon.  Maggie is rescued by Kyle Sommerville, who has been working as an undercover ATF agent investigating Mayhem's Mission motorcycle gang.  Maggie was being tortured by Kayla, the wife of the head of the club, Zeke. (Readers may also remember Kyle Sommerville from the author's Shaken, Not Stirred story in the Last Call series.)  Kyle is not ready to bring down the gang just yet, but he needs to get Maggie to safety.  He brings her to Bridger's house where he knows the gang is least likely to look.  

Maggie falls into the MC crowd when she is tagged by Zeke at a bar.  He brings her into the club and she stays because she really has no where else to go.  Being alienated from her family, Maggie wanders from place to place before settling at the club.  After an incident with a broken condom, Belle is born and Maggie realizes that she does not want her daughter to be raised in this environment and escapes.  She manages to hide her daughter successfully, but she is captured and tortured.  

To start with, it is wonderful to see Bridger get his happily ever after.  The epilogue is heart-warming and beautiful. After learning about Bridger's past, how he finally gets to the place is rewarding.  This is what I expect from Sawyer Bennett.  I seek and always find a purity to her love stories (which I realize is a little odd considering the premise of all the Wicked stories revolve around a sex club).  Bridger, in particular, is emotionally stunted because of his background of abuse. He uses the club to remind himself that sex is positive and can be engaged without shame.  

I am more conflicted about Maggie as a partner to Bridger.  Maggie is eager to help Bridger break through his emotional barriers.  She encourages and coaxes him to stretch the limits of his boundaries.  My biggest critique is that although Maggie is very sweet, she allows Bridger to exploit her.  As a reader, we get it.  We understand why Bridger is the way that he is. However, that does not mitigate against the fact that he is constantly hurting her.  I want her to stand up for herself more. I imagined Bridger with a stronger partner and a more confident stature.  Luckily, she does eventually find her own footing and voice.  It's only then that Bridger is forced to make changes in his own life.  He is does a pretty good grovel, but she is already primed to accept him back, so he does not have to try very hard.  

Speaking of boundaries, the sex in the this book, although abundant, seems rather tame in relation to the other books.  In the other stories, the men of The Silo introduce and their partners to explore and stretch their traditional notion of sex.  They teach their women to challenge traditional notions of intercourse and let go of their inhibitions. Strangely enough, that does not happen so much here.  Maggie is less willing to explore and Bridger is hesitant to take her there.  For Bridger, his relationship with Maggie is more about moving away from needing The Silo, so it is a departure from the others in the series.  

All in all, this has been a fun series read. The Wicked Horse series is emotionally impactful and highly entertaining with the Sawyer Bennett twist.   

About the Author:  Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. 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 Mary’s 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. 

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