I'm thrilled to be a part of the Off Course blog tour, hosted by AToMR Tours. The Off Series is one of my favorite new adult series, so my involvement in this tour was a no-brainer. Read on for my 5-star review, and then jump down to enter a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card. And, don't forget to check out the other tour stops!
Published August 4, 2013
Publisher: Big Dog Books
Format: e-book, provided by AToMR Tours
Genre: new adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon * Barnes & Noble
Rating: 5 STARS
(From Goodreads) Renner Caldwell has her life perfectly mapped out. She has the ideal relationship, the perfect job and all is right in her world. When a shameful turn of events happens, she boards the first plane bound for Ireland to lick her wounds and get her head back on straight.
Cillian O’Bradaigh is the sexy, front man to the Irish rock band, Over The Edge. His rising fame and sultry voice make him every woman’s fantasy come true. Not to mention his single-minded determination. To put it simply: what Cillian wants, Cillian always gets. And he wants Renner, because there’s just something about the flame-haired beauty he has to possess.
If their relationship was just about sex and rock n’ roll, it would be easy for them to get lost in their desires. Only their relationship is anything but a hook-up. Will lies, deceit and hidden tragedy get in the way, making the path to true love uncertain? Or will the girl whose been knocked Off Course, find her footing with the man who is teaching her it’s okay to lose control?
Sawyer Bennett makes the best book boyfriends EVER. Take Cillian O'Bradaigh from Off Course (Off Series #4) for example. On the outside, he looks the part of the bad boy - tats, piercings, man whore, lead singer in a rock band. On the inside, he's SO much more. He's determined, intelligent, loyal and brave. And, to top it all off... he's got a sexy-as-hell accent. You want to know more, right?
Renner is taking some time off in Ireland after getting out of a bad relationship. While working in her uncle's bar, she meets Cillian, whom she had had a brief but lasting encounter with five years earlier. Cillian immediately starts pursuing her, despite her constantly shooting him down. But, Renner isn't immune to Cillian's charms and falls under his spell. Things should be hunky dory after that, but there are those in Cillian's life who aren't as in love with Renner as he is.
Bennett has this ability to create characters that are everything I love. I've already mentioned all the wonderful things about Cillian. Renner is equally as awesome. She was dealt a crap hand at work and came through it okay. Cillian was an ass to her once, and she resolved he wouldn't do it again. And, she really did make a good effort. She has fire and a stiff spine, and I think she kicks ass because of that.
The pacing of the story was perfect. The drama and angst well placed and timed. The "bad guys" were so infuriating! Without saying too much, the big baddie made me insane. Like, reach into my Kindle and slap around this person. Or, better yet, slap around Cillian to get him to wake up and smell the cray-cray. Any book that gets me this worked up is a good one.
There wasn't much mention of the characters from the previous Off series books. Ryan isn't mentioned at all. Linc is only mentioned by name. We do see Nix very briefly, but his brief appearance is very memorable. The epilogue in Off Course is unlike all the previous epilogues, in that, it doesn't really give us more of a glimpse into Cillian's and Renner's lives past the closing sentence. It's told from Flynn's POV. Flynn is Renner's brother, and will be the subject of the final Off series book. I'm so sad that the series is ending! But, at the same time, excited for this book since Bennett has promised us a final look at Ryan and Danny, Nix and Emily, Linc and Ever, and Cillian and Renner in addition to Flynn's story. I. Can't. Wait.
About the Author
USA Today Best-Selling 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. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two 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.
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