March 17, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Shaken, Not Stirred (Last Call #5)

I LOVELOVELOVE Sawyer Bennett's Last Call series. There hasn't been a single book in this series that hasn't exceeded my expectations, and SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED, is included in that assessment. I'm excited to be a part of the tour for this book, organized by AToMR Tours. Don't forget to check out the other stops besides mine!

Shaken, Not Stirred (Last Call #5), by Sawyer Bennett
Publish Date: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC
Format: e-ARC, obtained from the tour organizer
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4.5 STARS

(From Goodreads) Casey Markham is a man-eater in a rut. Swearing off relationships may keep her heart safe, but she's beginning to question if her casual flings will ever leave her satisfied. She's wondering if it's finally time to let go of the past and stop letting history control her future.

Bad boy biker, Tenn Jennings can't get Casey off his mind. A chance encounter with the beautiful blond has left its mark, and now he's determined to prove her wrong about everything she thought she knew about men.

It’s safe to say… Casey Markham has met her match. 

Oh, Casey, Casey, Casey. (Imagine me sitting here shaking my head.) This girl needed a miracle. Her friends have all become card-carrying members of the Love Club, and Casey is convinced it will never happen for her. She doesn't want it. But, that was before a gorgeous biker saved her bacon along the side of the road one beautiful day... and changed everything. 

Tenn Jennings is the best kind of bad boy. He looks like one, but he's the furthest thing from bad. This guy... He is about as close to perfect as you can get. He's gorgeous. He's smart. He's considerate. He's a family man. And he's fantastic in bed - complete with a filthy mouth. Tenn has a 14-year-old daughter who I loved. And I loved how Tenn was with Zoey.

Casey did not make things easy for Tenn. Not. At. All. A bad experience with her first love swore her off love and relationships forever. Instead, she seeks out meaningless connections that fulfill only the base needs. She's seen her brothers and her friends find love, but Casey doesn't want to open her heart up again to the possibility of getting hurt. But, at her first meeting with Tenn, the sparks fly, and neither of them can deny the connection they feel. 

The best part about Shaken Not Stirred is watching Tenn break Casey down. He knew just the right speed at which to push her so that she didn't get scared away, but she also wasn't forced to stay inside the box she created for herself. Tenn gradually wore her down, and the new Casey was SO much more awesome than the Casey we see in the beginning of the book. Casey falters a few times along the way, so the journey is not without its bumps. Neither Tenn nor Casey always handle things the way they should, but no one situation was over dramatized just for the sake of angst manufacturing. They have their issues, they talk about them, they work through them and they move on. Perfect. 

I loved how open and honest Casey and Tenn were with one another. Even when Casey made some stupid decisions along the way, she always told Tenn about them. She never lied to him, and I really did appreciate that. Tenn, on the other hand, keeps a very big secret from Casey until nearly the very end, when he's forced to come clean due to a major event in his life. And, I have to again give Casey props - she handles the revelation of this secret with a ton of class and style. It proved how far she had come.

The only thing about Shaken Not Stirred that gave me pause was the reason why Casey had become the man-eater she was when Tenn met her. This one event when she was 18 was really not a big deal to me. It was hard for me to believe that it caused such a monumental shift in Casey that lasted for so many years. 

Despite that, there was SO much to love in Shaken Not Stirred. I hope you'll give it a try. 
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling 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. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three 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.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, Cold Fury Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series.

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

No comments: