Bennett (Leaves of a Maple #3) by Haley Jenner

Bennett James was out of my league. Beautiful. Charismatic. Addictive. He was the type of man that women fawn over, that could have anyone his heart (or his insatiable libido) desired. He was never supposed to notice me and he sure as hell was never meant to pursue me. 

Darci Walker is an enigma. Guarded but wild, if she lets you close enough and therein lies my problem. My sweet, untamed addiction liked to play timid. That was her first lapse in judgment. Turned me to fire, kick started a game of cat and mouse I couldn’t get enough of. Me, the Big Bad Wolf. Darci, my sinfully, sexy Riding Hood. 

One night lead to an addiction neither one of us wanted to overcome. Two nights lead to something a little… more. Whether we were ready or not, our connection solidified itself in forever. I was ready, I was willing. Now, if only I could get her to stay the night....

ellie's $0.02:

Totally. Fucking. Ruined.

Third in the series and certainly not even close to a letdown.  Note that these books are NOT stand-alones.  While each story has a completely different style and feel, you have to read them in order or you lose a good chunk of story and emotion.

Speaking of emotion.  If you're here, you've already read Archer and Jake.  Archer is the king of angst.  You won't reach those levels in Bennett (most of us take a deep breath of relief there... I barely survived that one) you reach whole different levels of emotions.  I did have tears streaming down my face reading parts of this one.  Just like you did in Jake.  (Not physically inside these dudes, that's weird.)

Bennett will cock slap you with emotion and humor and a ton of feel goods.  The writing is still mind-blowingly brilliant.  There are parts, paragraphs, scenes (the whole fucking book) that just blows my mind on the level of talent of authoring.

Red Riding Hood scene.  Dear Lord.

The sound he makes is something liken to a groan and a cry, the twist of noise is eager and frantic. His large palm meets his mouth, hard, the hand sliding down his chin and massaging his jaw rigidly. 
“Fuck. Me.”
Dropping my arms back, my coat pools at my high-heeled feet and reaching back, I pull the hood of my silk cape up and onto my head, letting him see my outfit in its entirety. 
Palming his cock through his jeans roughly, he growls my name, following it with a pained, “Riding Hood.”

Love Darci's skittishness.  Love Bennett's perseverance dealing with her skittering.  Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.  FINALLY, a chick not ready to commit and the dude wholly invested.  These characters are THE BEST and downright relatable.  Darci is mah gurl.

Pick up this series.  You will not be disappointed.  Each book as its own style, its own flavor, its own theme.  But the writing is a solid consistency across the board.

Haley Jenner deserves to win all awards for debut author(s) of 2017.   

I am totally. Fucking. Ruined.

Editor Playlist:

  • Burns by Gasoline Lollipops
  • Wolves by Selena Gomez
  • Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers
  • Dark Days by Local Natives
  • Love is Free by Gasoline Lollipops
  • You Don't Own Me by Grace