Monday, February 24, 2014

On The Rocks by Sawyer Bennett ~ Review & Giveaway

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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.

My Thoughts:

3 1/2 stars- So love Hunter!

Source:  Received an eBook copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

First Impressions...

I love the cover.  I love friends to lovers stories.  I've always enjoyed this author, so I was excited to read this one.

The Characters...

I'm totally in love with Hunter.  The fact that he left the professional surfing tour to help his twin brother said it all for me but then I got to know him and I loved him even more.  He's know Gabby his whole life and their friendship has been strong and tested so it was nice to watch him fall in love with her.  He has this laid back surfer attitude mixed with some sweetness.  The very best thing was when he wouldn't take take Gabby pushing him away.  He went after her and I loved it.

I'm really excited about Hunter's twin, Brody.  I fell for him and the pain that he's dealing with so fast.  He's super quiet and yet he had my complete attention.  I can't wait for his story and to find out the whole story of him going to jail.

Gabby was a challenge for me.  I really didn't like her much at first.  Her reaction to "the kiss" was to be expected but she is so bitter about it that she won't trust at all.  She took it out on Hunter for years to come.  Since she was eighteen at the time of the kiss, I wanted to shake her and tell her to get over it.  I also struggled when she wanted to keep secrets about their relationship.  That didn't make sense to me and it felt like just added drama.   It made the first half of the story hard for me.  Once she finally gave up on her past bitterness and let the world know how she felt about Hunter, I did better with her. 

The Story...

This is a friends turned lovers kind of story.  There is the best friend of his sister added to the mix.  I love those kinds of stories.  This one had the beach, surfing, a mysterious brother, and some smokin' hot chemistry to go with it.  Add the sunrise on the beach scene and it was great.

Could I put it down...

Yeah, I could.  I think that may be because I had it figured out pretty early.  I wasn't stressed about what would happen so it was easier to take a break.

In The End...

This is a great contemporary friends to lovers story.  If that's you thing, then definitely give this one a shot.  If you love this author, then for sure pick this one up.


(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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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.


  1. Great review! I love that Hunter is a surfer and he sounds yumm!

  2. I've always enjoyed Bennett's books and I like the idea of a surfer dude :-)

  3. Thank you for your thoughts of On the Rocks. I'm looking forward to Brody's story too. :)

  4. Sounds like an awesome book to take on a beach vacation!

  5. I really enjoyed this, especially due to Hunter. Doesn't Brody's story seem intriguing?!! Can. Not. Wait!

  6. Sad that you didn't enjoy this more. Yeah, Gabby was a pain sometimes, but Hunter easily made up for her, haha. I'm looking forward to the next book for sure! Great review!