Review: The Pecker Briefs by Sawyer Bennett

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The Pecker Briefs

Why, hello there.

So, I’ve been on a Kennedy Fox and Sawyer Bennett kick the last few months. Mostly because I’ve been on an Aidan Snow kick. Can you blame me? No joke, I would get quivering thighs just from listening to him read the ingredients off the box of cheerios I had for breakfast this morning.

Anyway, that’s led me down the rabbit hole of Sawyer Bennett’s hockey series, but then I decided to give this Pecker book a try. Honestly, I know that she named it that to be funny, and it’s a running joke in the story, but I think it’s a real drawback to it being turned into a movie, which is my new dream. I almost didn’t read it because of the title, but I’m glad that I did.

Spoilers, probably. Duh.

Okay, so what’s the book about? Two lawyers on opposite sides of an environmental protection case have to fight their growing attraction for each other. And I know what you’re thinking. Enemies-to-lovers, right? Except not even a little bit. They instantly decide to get into a relationship, and then must navigate what that means for their opposing cases.

This book really made me smile, for the most part. I really needed a story where two people like each other. No bullshit, no games. Very straightforward. Of course, there’s the obligatory playboy who hasn’t been ready to settle down until he meets “the right woman,” but I think this transition into their relationship was actually pretty natural. I appreciated all of the open conversations that the characters had about their wants, needs, and desires. And even when one of them deliberately goes against the rules they’ve set up for their relationship, I think the reaction was pretty reasonable. It was done to reveal something about the character, not just for the drama factor. No dumb misunderstandings where all they had to do was say a sentence and it could have been resolved. I don’t think they really fight at all in this book, they just have mature conversations and rebound when boundaries get crossed. I think this book was very respectful of its audience by not asking us to buy into some contrived nonsense.

One thing that jarred me was that many of the transitions to the sex scenes came out of nowhere. The pacing was strange when it jumped forward in time in many places and then went back again to explain how we got there. A valid tool, but I think it was overused here. I kept wondering if I’d accidentally missed a part, and I found myself very confused. I know it’s a stylistic choice and probably an experiment, but I think it might be better reserved for some of the later sex scenes and not the very first one!

I am likely to reread this book again, because like I said it just made me smile and made me happy to see people liking each other, getting along, and talking things through. The conflicts were character-revealing and relationship-building and really moved the story along. I’d give this an 8/10!

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