Monday, March 3, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: On The Rocks by Sawyer Bennett


On The Rocks
Last Call #1
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Publisher: Big Dog Books LLC
Publication Date: February 17, 2014
Genre: New Adult
Source: eARC via ATOMR Tours

~Synopsis~
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.


~Review~

I have a lot of Sawyer Bennett’s books but with my hectic schedule, I haven’t been able to read any yet so On the Rocks was my first and I absolutely adored it. It was such a great read and I really liked the writing, the characters and the plot.

Gabby has loved Hunter for as long as she can remember but when he breaks her heart on her high school graduation night, she vows to hate him forever. However, five years later she has to work side by side with Hunter and all those feelings come back. Hunter liked that kiss with Gabby but he was freaked out and did the only thing he could think of at the time; deny. Now that they are working together, he is determined to break down her defenses and claim her as his.

I loved the interaction between Gabby and Hunter. You could tell their was chemistry there from the beginning and as much as Gabby wanted to pretend that she didn’t have feelings for Hunter, it was totally obvious. I liked Gabby. She was a strong woman and not afraid to speak her mind. She’s a woman trying to make it in a man’s business and I give her props for that. However, sometimes she frustrated me to no end with her denial about her feelings for Hunter. I was so happy when she finally just let go and stopped kidding herself.

Hunter was definitely a straightforward guy and I loved that about him. He wanted Gabby, he went after Gabby and he had no issues with letting her know how he felt. I really liked the way he supported his brother, Brody too. He is a total family guy and that was so sweet. He retired from his surfing career to come home and help acclimate his brother who just got out of prison. That shows true loyalty. I also liked the way Hunter handled the tough situations he and Gabby dealt with. He had no doubts about his feelings and he wasn’t going to let her go. She loved him and tried to push him away so he’d take his second opportunity at surfing. Hunter wasn’t having it and I loved him for that.

The passion between these two lit up the pages. It was hot and steamy but also sweet and tender. I could tell Hunter was in it for more than just a good time from the beginning and even though Gabby tried to deny it, so was she. I was hooked to this book from the beginning and enjoyed every minute. Sawyer has an excellent writing style that really draws you in and then she builds characters that are developed so well, you can’t help but become invested. I can’t wait for Brody’s story!


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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.


5 comments:

  1. "Sawyer has an excellent writing style that really draws you in and then she builds characters that are developed so well, you can’t help but become invested." I completely agree. :)

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  2. Jessica MangicaroMarch 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    I'm so glad you loved this as much as I did! Sigh! Hunter was a good guy! I was mad at him for awhile with that prologue, but he made it better. :D

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  3. Okay I need to meet Hunter! He sounds amazing and I hear nothing but good things about this author. Great review!

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  4. I have a Sawyer Bennett book to read that I won a while ago, I must dig it out soon. Love the beach bar setting!

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  5. Excellent Review Chelsea! I love that Hunter is a straightforward kind of guy! I would get frustrated by Gabby denying her feelings too. I love that while this Romance was hot, it also had a lot of sweet an tender moments too! Well developed characters are essential to a great story!


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