Cain Bonham is as big and bad as they come. After serving in the Marines, he’s returned home to Wyoming and now works as head of security at the exclusive sex club, The Wicked Horse. His job is to protect not only the patrons, but to zealously guard the secret existence of the club itself. Sloane Preston is all about discovering secrets. As an undercover reporter, she’s determined to reveal the truth behind the facade of The Wicked Horse and expose it for all the world to see. She just didn’t count on her pathway into the club coming at the hands of one gorgeously scarred and bad ass bouncer who manages to easily possess her body and soul. While Cain’s not looking for anyone to catch his eye, Sloane did it all the same, and he’s not bemoaning the fact that she’s as wickedly kinky as he is. As both get caught up in the sinful fantasies that only The Wicked Horse can create, secrets and loyalties will be tested and hearts will risk being broken.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
When Cain Bonham is on duty, no one at the Wicked Horse has to worry about their safety. He takes his job and the security of the patrons of the Wicked Horse beyond seriously and will absolutely put down anyone who threatens that security. In his off duty hours, Cain enjoys the benefits of Wicked Horse membership and many of the members enjoy Cain. Cain Bonham lives a simple life and has no intention of making any changes anytime soon. Then Sloane Preston walks into his bar . . . .
Sloane Preston doesn’t have quite as simple a life. Fresh out of college and looking to make a name for herself, Sloane has eagerly agreed to go undercover at the Wicked Horse in order to expose the club for what it really is, a sex club. If she can tie the club to a congressman the story will be even better. In order to get her story, Sloane will do whatever is necessary and if Cain Bonham is a part of the equation, even better. Cain fascinates Sloane but she knows she is going to have to do more than just attract his attention. To get her story, Sloane is not only going to have to attract Cain’s attention but keep it as well. Luckily, Sloane is sexually curious and adventurous which is most certainly guaranteed to keep Cain’s attention.
Cain and Sloane together are frenzied and hot and neither is prepared for the connection they have to one another. After a truly horrifying experience with his ex, Cain has sworn off long-term attachments but Sloane Preston is something special. Her willingness to play is captivating and Cain quickly discovers he doesn’t want to be away from Sloane. Because fate is a cruel mistress, Sloane also becomes attached to Cain which makes betraying his trust in order to get a story all the more difficult. For the first time since she agreed to the assignment, Sloane decides to do the right thing and bow out. Her feelings for Cain are real and she would rather cut off her arm than betray his trust. Unfortunately, Sloane’s editor has other ideas and with the right amount of leverage, he’s able to blackmail Sloane.
The Bottom Line: Cain is quite the man and it is a shame he didn’t get a better woman to be paired with. On the surface, Cain is a pretty simple guy but once the layers start getting peeled away it is easy to see how very complicated he really is. If someone can penetrate the tough exterior Cain wears like armor then he will call you his own, protect fiercely, and be relentlessly loyal. It only seems fair that Cain should find a woman who would value these qualities and, unfortunately he found Sloane. From the very beginning, Sloane is all about deception. She lies about her name, she lies about why she is in town, and she lies about her job. The only thing she doesn’t lie about is how she feels for Cain which ultimately doesn’t matter because of all the lies that damn-near destroy Cain. While I wanted to like Sloane, I think my biggest complaint about her is her job. I really, really dislike the whole undercover reporter grows a conscience and tries to make things right plot. This plot line just feels far too cliché and cliché isn’t something I have ever found in Sawyer Bennett’s reads. At the end of the day, I liked ½ of this read. I very much like Cain and all the naughty bits but I could have done without Sloane and her job.
About the author and where to find her:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate. Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, Cold Fury Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series.