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~**~ ARC Review for Atticus by Sawyer Bennett writing as S. Bennett ~**~

***5 ‘That Distasteful Notion of Being Good And Obedient’ Stars***

When a book can make me smile like a goofball even as my eyes are tearing up, I call that a win and Atticus is definitely a win. I had no doubt that I’d at least really like the book because I’m a fangirl of the authors, but this one definitely pulled on all of those heartstrings and I laughed out loud, got all kinds of teary eyed and sniffly where a few drops did escape despite my attempts at blinking and looking up to keep them at bay, and I fell in love with the characters that made this book one I couldn’t put down and really wish there were more words to read.

I loved being apart of Hazel and Atticus’ journey and seeing how one moment can be the catalyst for change, even if it’s not blatantly obvious at that time. Hazel struggled, with life, herself and with others, but she found a reason to claw her way out of the grey she’d been drowning in and built a life for herself with the help of some very unlikely friends, one of whom just so happened to be four legged, furry and batshit crazy. Atticus was everything. His antics, but also just how he knew what Hazel needed, even when she didn’t, was all kinds of heartwarming, hilarious and at times cringe worthy.

Atticus is simply a feel good read. It had it’s teary/sniffly moments, but they were always followed by ones of joy and laughter. It’s filled with characters that were unique and made reading this book a true experience and I really wish we got to spend more time with all of them. This is very much women’s fiction, so if you’re looking for hot and heavy smexyness you won’t find it here, though there is a touch of romance sprinkled into the story.

So, if you’re looking for a story that will move you, especially to laughter thanks to a very unrepentant puppy who has problems reigning in his urges, then this is a definite must read!

~ Copy provided by the author & voluntarily reviewed ~

A heart-warming and deliciously funny story about the world’s worst behaved dog and how he trained his human how to love herself again.

Through the haze of vodka and self-loathing, Hazel Roundtree saw the poor creature lying in a ditch.

One brown eye. One blue.

Covered in mud and crying from pain, the puppy was desperately trying to free itself from a hopeless situation.

She almost kept walking by. She had her own problems and besides… no one had ever stopped to help her.

Who we’re ultimately meant to be is a journey without end, but there’s always a defined start…

Hazel had no idea the dog would be her beginning, her second chance, the miracle she never saw coming. She named him Atticus. He grew up to be a very bad—and completely awesome—dog. He took Hazel on a life-changing journey filled with mischievous adventure and painful heartbreak. In the end, Hazel grew up to be completely awesome, too.

Release Date: June 12th, 2018

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

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 Marys 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 daughter, as well as full-time servant to her 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 even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.