ARC Review: Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett

Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett

Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett
Series: The Wicked Horse #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: July 28th 2015
Links: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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.

I’ve been a fan of Sawyer Bennett’s since reading Uncivilized and the Cold Fury Hockey series, so I had high hopes for Wicked Fall. Unfortunately, it wasn’t up to par with what I previously read and loved from Sawyer. It wasn’t a bad book, just more of an okay one – I didn’t care for the hero very much, and the whole BDSM thing was just ‘meh’. While the writing and everything else were enjoyable enough, I just could love this book as much as I wanted to because of the problems I had with Woolf.

Woolf Jennings, multimillionaire CEO and rancher, has always had a dream of owning a owning a sex club, and now that dream is finally becoming a reality with the help of his best friend Bridger. They are co-owners of The Wicked Horse, a place they can play out the kinkiest, most depraved things they can think of.

It’s the ultimate high.
Add in some kink.
Let people explore their fantasies.
Indulge in your nastiest desire.
Yeah, that’s the shit that turns the ultimate high into infinite euphoria.
And I’m going to give people the ability to achieve that.

Callie Hayes has known Woolf nearly all her life, and has always had a crush on him. But when he rejects her offer of her virginity, she vows to never think of him again. Fast forward years later, and Callie has returned home to Wyoming… and to Woolf. Woolf has never been able to forget the sweet girl who thought the world of him, and now that she’s back, he not letting her get away without having a taste of her body.

…I could no more stop with Callie Hayes than I could give up oxygen.

I really liked the way Sawyer Bennett wrote the chemistry in Wicked Fall. I love a story where the main characters have history with one another, and Woolf and Callie certainly do, which makes it all the hotter to read about a man who wanted what he couldn’t have. But now that he CAN have her, the passion is fierce and crazy hot and everything was just seriously sexy, even without any kink or BDSM. Which is why when the kink and BDSM were introduced, it kind of fell flat. Woolf honestly didn’t even seem that kinky – the only kinky thing about him is his wanting to own a sex club. So I really didn’t see a problem with why Woolf feels that he can’t be with with Callie. He thinks she’s still that too pure and innocent girl he used to know and won’t be able to handle his ‘kink’ and keeps rejecting her without seeing the woman she’s grown to be.

Callie is warm and sweet. Innocent. Endearing. She’s kind and beautiful and sheltered. She is every fucking reason in the book why someone like me could never be good enough for someone like her.

Woolf tried to be an alpha-male, but he failed in that regard. I didn’t like the way he treated the heroine, seeing her as the girl she used to be without even trying to get to know the woman, outside of learning her body. I really enjoyed Callie’s character, but I wish she stood up to him earlier than she did to show Woolf that she could handle anything from him. Plus, I didn’t like the way Woolf always saw Callie as second to his club, his supposed dream. It takes a LONG time for him to see differently, that Callie deserves to be first in a man’s life, and I was just thoroughly disappointed in his character.

ALSO!! This is a MINOR SPOILER, but I just wanted to mention something about a sex scene: There’s a menage scene that I kind of wasn’t that comfortable with. I normally love menages – granted, when I’m expecting them – but this one was completely unexpected, so for those of you, like me, who want to know ahead of time, Callie and Woolf participate in a menage. But the thing that bothered me was that I didn’t see a point to including the menage in the book – the story would’ve been perfectly fine with or without it. And for a supposed alpha-male, Woolf just wasn’t as possessive as I expected him to be during the threesome.

With the problems I had with this book, Wicked Fall only ended up an okay read for me. The romance was sexy as hell, sometimes sweet, but Woolf was just too annoying for me to enjoy the romance as much as I wanted to. It was a little disappointing, but not so bad that I didn’t enjoy it at all. It still had good, solid writing, but overall it wasn’t what I expected.

3 hearts

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

Reading Order: The Wicked Horse series

Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett Wicked Lust by Sawyer Bennett

#1 ~ Wicked Fall: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Wicked Lust: Goodreads (Jan. 4, 2016)


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