Book Review: Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll by Sawyer Bennett

November 14, 2016

From NYT Bestselling author, Sawyer Bennett, comes a SEXY new stand alone romance…When you’re a rock god, fame and fortune are your two best friends, but they can be fickle bitches. Everyone wants a piece of me and I have no clue how to deal with it all. I’m being sued, pressured to sign contracts, and fending off rabid women who want to steal my virtue.

Well, not that I really have any virtue, but still… my life has turned completely bat-shit crazy.

That’s why I need Emma Peterson. She got me out of a bit of a jam once, and I know she can do it again. The only problem is that sweet, prim and totally straight-laced Emma doesn’t want anything to do with me. Not professionally, and certainly not personally. 

It’s not that I want her in that way. Let’s be realistic… it would take a crow bar of epic proportions to get her to spread those legs for me.

No, I only want her legal expertise and for her to make sense of my crazy world. It’s a good thing I have just the leverage to make her do my bidding, because her refusal is not an option.

*Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll is a hot, romantic comedy stand alone. 

I’m just going to start off by saying I love Sawyer Bennett and her books. I’ve been a fan since the beginning with the release of Off Sides in 2013. Even though I normally stick to urban fantasy and paranormal romance, I do occasionally (okay, let’s face it, more than occasionally) dip my toes into the romance pool. Sexy Lies and Rock and Roll is an all new stand-alone novel, and another feather in Bennett’s literary cap.

It follows the story of Evan and Emma, perhaps two of the most opposite people likely to meet. Evan is an indie rock star about one year into making the big time. Emma is a straight-laced, painfully prim lawyer being sent to represent him. It’s an unlikely and disastrous meeting at an interrogation table at the police station that sets them both on a path they never expected to walk together.

Overall, I liked the book. The characters were well-developed. They felt real to me, which is incredibly refreshing when it comes to the genre as I’ve often found the female character to be too flimsy to stand up to any real criticism. Emma is unhappy with her life, and she makes no apologies for saying as much. She knows she’s boring. She knows she’d rather be alone in a room with her nose stuck in a book. What she doesn’t know is that her blinkered view of the world and of who she is as a person is completely wrong. 

Evan is your typical contemporary romance male character for a few reasons – smoking hot body, low-slung jeans, tight t-shirts, intense eyes, shaggy hair – and also not your typical rock star for a number of reasons. Whether that makes him realistic or not is a moot point. Evan works as a character because he’s human. Yes, he’s a guy, so sex is on his mind for the most part, but we also see a sweet side to him. He’s humble, grounded and more than willing to give up his one-night-stand lifestyle for the right girl.

He pushes Emma’s boundaries, forcing her to see what he does. He has his alpha tendencies, but for someone like Emma who lives and dies by rules, this is exactly the kind of man she needs. The result is some great chemistry on the page.

There are more than a few steamy scenes in this book, so if you prefer using your imagination to fill in the blanks, I’d probably avoid this book. I, for one, like the amount of detail given and there are so pretty hot scenes in Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll

So, what didn’t work in this book? There were two things I wasn’t crazy about. The first was the predictability of the story. Now, I wasn’t expecting something different at all. It seems that most romance books follow the same path, but that’s not the reason people read them now, is it? People read them to fall in love with the characters and to ride the roller coaster of emotion with them. And Bennett sure does roller coaster rides well.

Secondly, there were occasions where the maturity level of the characters (mainly due to the vocabulary used) seemed to vacillate between teenage girl and that of an educated, mature, twenty-something woman, who was also a lawyer. I found the distinctions jarring at time, but thankfully, they didn’t occur so often that the character lost her appeal. 

Sawyer Bennett still has me as a fan. She has a real knack for writing and I enjoy reading her books, enjoy the way they flow and make me forget about the time. I always have a ‘just one more page’ reaction to her writing and I hope that never goes away.

About Sawyer... 

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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