03 March 2014

On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Last Call, #1
Adult Contemporary Romance
Released February 17th, 2014

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.
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This is Hunter & Gabby’s story -   

Hunter Markham gave her an earth-shattering kiss at 18, then broke her heart after. Ouch, right? Especially when you have been in love with someone all your life, then suddenly they thought that kiss which curled your toes, made you high, and caused fireworks was suddenly a mistake.

Years later, Hunter had retired from Surfing at a very young age, while on the top of his game, and opened a beach bar called Last Result. Gabby was not happy that he’s back, and she hopes to stay way from him as much as possible – but when he offers something she wanted just as badly, she couldn’t just walk away. It’s a chance of a lifetime, it’s something to prove herself in a world dominated by men.

He tries his best to break the ice around Gabby’s heart, acknowledging the mistake he made years ago – he was willing to do anything for her. But first, he needed to win the battle of wills with Gabby.

I’m trying to figure out my battle plan with her, because this is a war I’m going to win.
And Gabby’s the grand prize.

Working together daily proved to be detrimental to Gabby’s heart. Little by little, he charmed his way back into her heart, and before she knew it – he was already there. Her feelings for him had always been there, taking a hiatus, until he was slammed back into her life, stirring those feelings back into the open.

There was much to love in this story –

Hunter – he was on TOP of his game, and almost reached the number 1 spot in surfing, but he decided to retire early for his family and opted to stay at home. He knew he was needed, and all he wanted to do was to make things back to the way they were. What he didn’t expect was to fall in love with the girl who always have a soft spot in his heart. He knew what he wanted in his life, and it surprised me. His choice was something I haven’t really expected, but was glad he made that kind of choice, glad that he was stubborn to give up, and glad that he can see through BS.

Gabby – she tried to fight it, put her whole self into trying to fight what she feels. But when she was about to lose, she gave in and it was worth all the pain, internal humiliation she felt for several years after THAT incident. I get it that she was afraid, that she was just trying to protect herself from all the possible devastation, she was terrified of taking the risk and breaking her heart the second time.

But them – TOGETHER – it was magic. They were good for each other, they were meant to be together. With both of them in the room, sparks were shooting in every corner. Now what went wrong? An ex-girlfriend, and a determined agent. Difficult decisions have to be made, and it will affect the both of them – it will either make or break them.  

The story went well, not a dull moment, the steamy scenes were pure SEXY, and I was so glad THIS WAS A STAND ALONE. For a moment there, when I was nearing 90%, I thought it would continue on the next book – good thing it did not. Sawyer Bennett ended this story perfectly, not over-dramatic (thank goodness), but enough to rouse emotions in your heart. I loved it, and I’m greatly looking forward to Brody’s story – I was so relieved to know it was his story next. Because if there was one person that have triggered my curiosity, it would be this guy!

What a way to start a series! Sawyer Bennett started with an incredible set of characters, a plot worth reading, and enough information to build anticipation for the next book in the series. Last Call is one series you would not dare miss.

★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★


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.

Connect with Sawyer: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon


(1) $50.00 Amazon Gift Card 
(1) Off Series Boxed Set (Off Sides, Off Limits, Off The Record, Off Course, Off Chance)
(3) Signed books by Sawyer Bennett (winner's choice of any book in print)
(1) Epic Love Boxed Set – releasing 3/10/14 with following novels:  
-Off Chance by USA Today Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett
-Trophy Husband by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely
-Finding the Right Girl by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Violet Duke
-Indulgent Pleasures by USA Today Bestselling Author Karen Erickson
-Keeping You by iBooks and International Bestselling Author Jessie Evans
-With Every Heartbeat by USA Today Bestselling Author Melody Grace
-Unravel Me by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan
-Text Appeal by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Lexi Ryan


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1 comment:

  1. 'Last Call is one series you would not dare miss.' - :D So glad you enjoyed ON THE ROCKS!