review: Friction by Sawyer Bennett



Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Official Synopsis
At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it’s always worked well—until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is.

Reeve Holloway has never met a woman as sure of her own sexuality, or as ruthless in wielding it, as Leary is. But he won’t be toyed with. What Leary starts, he’ll finish—in the courtroom, the bedroom, or any-damn-place he wants. The sex is uninhibited, electrifying, and absolutely against the rules. Reeve’s job is to ruin Leary’s case…even if it destroys her in the process and costs him the woman he’s come to love.

Whoa, nelly.

Um, I’ll be in my bunk.

I’ve never read anything by Sawyer Bennett until now, and let me say that I feel I’ve been sorely lacking in this department, given how much I loved reading Friction. It’s straight-up scorching sexy, with a powerhouse heroine and an alpha hero that is, gah, where are my words? He’s dirty, controlling, kind, sensual and he doesn’t take anyone’s shit. In other words, he’s the kind of hero you understand the heroine wanting to bang, and you’re not rolling your eyes thinking, what in the hell does she see in this schmuck?  Note: that was my reaction to the entirety of Fifty Shades of Grey. Even Dornan couldn’t save that colossal mess.

So, Friction. Even the title is sexy. It’s just so… readable. The bathroom scene is quite possibly the best sex scene I’ve read in ages (with the exception of anything involving the Lord and Master series, which is my fave in terms of how the heroine doesn’t orgasm purely from penetration and requires that extra attention, praise Jesus).

Not to mention, Leary isn’t an imbecile and Reeve doesn’t immediately start kowtowing to anything she desires. They push and pull and fight and get naked, and tell each other their secrets. They care about their careers. They get invested in their cases and their outcomes. Leary, especially, isn’t backing down to anyone – she brilliantly uses her intelligence AND wiles to get what she wants, and humiliates a number of assholes in the process. It’s delicious.

The book isn’t perfect, of course. I would have enjoyed A LOT more ‘showing’ in terms of their emotional progress toward each other, rather than just ‘telling’ us that they’re getting attached. Their sex scenes are technicolour, but their love scenes are often montages, doing cutesy things like washing his dog or bonding over dinner. It’s a little frustrating, because I do feel Bennett could do much, much more with this, given her talent at writing interactions.

However, that really is a minor quibble when you have molten sex scenes and such a badass couple. It’s certainly preferable to Bella Swan I mean Ana Steele tripping over her own feet and hula hooping with her inner goddess or whatever. Thank goodness we have awesome NA authors who shower us with hotness like Friction.


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