Tuesday, February 25, 2014

On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett: Release event and ARC Review

Last Call, #1
Adult Contemporary Romance

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.

This is a book full of emotion, passion and a lot of steamy male surfer! Sawyer Bennett continues to WOW me with every books she turns out, and On the Rocks is no different.

I really like couples who have a history, a past, that requires them to overcome something in order to be together. Hunter and Gabby have that. In spades. He broke her heart, and she has never forgiven him. The challenges they faced kept me riveted to the page, and I never wanted to put it down.

One thing I always look forward to in Sawyer's characters is finding out what their occupation will be. If you've never read any of her books, you may be wondering why that would seem so interesting but her characters always have very interesting backgrounds. For example, in On the Rocks Hunter is a pro-surfer (sexy!) and Gabby, get this, is a contractor! Yep, and she rocks it! She's a strong female character, who has a big weak spot for the family friend turned pro-surfer.

You definitely want to dive into this one because this is a story full of drama, but not in the over done kind of way. The difficulties and misunderstandings that are involved are issues that many couples face. You'll get drawn in, invest yourself, and then cry right along with the characters.

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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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