March 4, 2014

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: On the Rocks (Last Call #1)

I am So. Excited. Following the conclusion of her Off series, Sawyer Bennett is back with a new series in a fantastic location with HOT new guys. Welcome to my stop on the Off the Rocks tour, the first in Sawyer's new Last Call series! Check out my review, then jump down and enter to win tons of books or a $50 Amazon gift card!

On the Rocks (Last Call #1), by Sawyer Bennett
Published February 17, 2014
Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC
Format: e-book, provided by AToMR Tours and Sawyer Bennett
Genre:  new adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Rating:  5 STARS

(From Goodreads)
He left to travel the world for fame and glory, but only after spurning Gabby Ward and crushing her young heart. Now Hunter Markham has come back home to the sand and salty breeze of the North Carolina Outer Banks so he can open up Last Call, a beach bar nestled among the dunes of the Atlantic.

Gabby Ward is not happy that Hunter has returned. Bitter over his rebuff years before, she’s content to stay far away from him and his dangerously charming ways.

Gabby’s well-schemed plans to ignore Hunter go up in flames when he presents an offer to her that she simply can’t refuse, throwing them together in a common quest to each reach their goals. Working together day in and day out proves to be problematic for Gabby, who soon realizes that the feelings she had for him are still very much alive. Hunter struggles to reach through to Gabby’s cold heart, all while starting a new career away from his life as a top ranked, professional surfer.

What starts out as a mutual business arrangement soon turns into a passion that neither of them can continue to deny.

Hard choices lay ahead for both of them when Hunter is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to return to the pro surfing tour.

Choices that could destroy what they have built or take them further than they ever had dared to hope.

I think I have a new favorite "bad boy." The surfer.

In On the Rocks, Hunter totally dissed Gabby when she was 18, and then left to go surf all over the world on the pro tour. Gabby was left to pick up the pieces of her humiliated heart, which manifested in extreme hostility toward Hunter whenever he came home. Years later, Hunter decides to quit surfing and return home for good to hang with his ex-con brother and open up the Last Call bar. He's also determined to repair his relationship with Gabby, so he hires her construction company to help with the bar's renovations. Gabby's company needs the work, so she agrees. Which leads to tons of tension - of all kinds.

I had no idea surfers were so HOT! Hunter is everything I love in a guy - he's driven, confident, athletic, a little snarky and isn't afraid to admit when he's been an ass. He acted like a jerk once upon a time, but had his reasons. He made a mistake and then Gabby wouldn't even give him the time of day, much less the opportunity to make it right.

But, he is determined. I loved that about him so much. He wants to make things right with Gabby, with his brother, with the rest of his family... he's such a good guy. He just makes some bad choices from time to time. It's clear Hunter loves his brother more than most anything. He gave up his very lucrative career to help rehabilitate him, despite the fact that it continually seems like it's a lost cause.

I love that Sawyer Bennett made Gabby a construction worker. She's good at what she does, too. I can't blame her at all for being pissed at Hunter. Talk about a bruised ego. She really made it tough on him too, which I also love. But, she knew when it was time to let bygones be bygones and that's when the real fun started.

I love the relationship that Hunter and Gabby have. They knew each other as kids. She was best friends with his sister. When they finally get involved, there's this underlying familiarity that makes their relationship even better. I love that Gabby isn't this clingy girly-girl. She loves Hunter's passion for his sport and supports him fully, even knowing that it could take him away from her. When his ex shows up, Gabby trusts him implicitly. How often do we see that in female MCs? It was so refreshing.

On the Rocks is told in dual POV, and I loved Hunter's parts. Sawyer Bennett's typical super steamy style is infused in this book, and it's one of my favorite parts. I can't wait for the next book in the series!

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.

Learn more about Sawyer Bennett --> Website | Facebook | Twitter 


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AToMR said...

"When his ex shows up, Gabby trusts him implicitly. How often do we see that in female MCs? It was so refreshing." Agree! I thought the same thing.