Book Review: Wicked Fall

Wicked Fall (The Wicked Horse #1)
by Sawyer Bennett

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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: Wicked Fall comes as my first book by Sawyer Bennett. While the story of Woolf Jennings and Callie Hayes fell a little flat for me, I look forward to works from this author. The writing in this book is what kept focuses until the end. It's written from both characters points of view in a very easy, conversational tone.

Unfortunately, with both Woolf and Callie, I didn't feel a strong connection. Wavering between resolute convictions of his lifestyle and growing emotions towards Callie, Woolf Jennings was too much of an enigma for me. There were a lot of repetitive terms from Woolf such as "depraved" or "dirty" that weren't backed up with a lot of action making it cliche. There were several times when I found Woolf demands of Callie extremely HOT and dominant and I wished there were more of those times throughout the book because there were others when I found him petty and jealous. I could never really grasp who he was as a hero, if that makes sense and I like more confidence internally.

Callie Hayes leaves a simple, stepford-wife life behind returning to Wyoming to become more than the woman she sees in the mirror. Woolf is long time crush and when they cross paths she becomes enamored all over again. Throughout the story, I pleasantly pleased with Callie as she showed some growth and her curiosity in Woolf's lifestyle was quite intriguing. It was nearing the end when Woolf acquiesced to her requests and after when Callie lost me as a reader.

There were too many moments where Wicked Fall felt more New Adult than kinkier contemporary romance. Too much naivety couples with the back and forth nature from the hero instead of enough confidence to really take me there with this one. However, I didn't not like story, it was ok and as previously mentioned the author's writing really draws you into the world of The Wicked Horse.

The dynamic between Bridger and Woolf is one of my favorite parts of Wicked Fall as I hope this author writes a story for Bridger in the future. The two of them had a strong connection that went just a little deeper than a "normal" friendship. With a lot of details given about Bridger, I'm completely intrigued.

This is a complete story with no cliffhanger except for an epilogue that sets us up for new character as the hero in the next installment of the series. Even though I didn't connection Woolf and Callie, I'm still interested in where the author will take the Wicked Horse series as a whole. I think there's a lot of potential for the other characters.

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