Friday, March 7, 2014

Blog Tour: On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett

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.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

On the Rocks is the first installment in The Last Call series by Sawyer Bennett.

Gabby has been best friends with Casey since they were kids.  And she also has had a crush on Casey's brother Hunter for as long as she can remember.  At the age of eighteen Gabby's wish seemed to finally come true with Hunter kissed her.  But Gabby quickly learned that what happened between them was nothing more than a mistake, at least for Hunter.  He left to go on tour as a pro suffer, leaving Gabby with a broken heart.  She never was able to forgive him for what he did and even over the years, the few times that they saw each other she would ignore him or be a bitch towards him.

Hunter has just retired as a pro surfer and is coming home to help out with a family matter.  He now owns a bar called The Last Call and plans on doing some renovations to the place, which in turn brings Gabby right back into his life.  Gabby has taken over her father's construction business and is up for the job of renovating The Last Call.  As much as Gabby wants to ignore Hunter and not see him at all, this would be a great opportunity for her company.  

There is not doubt that there is still an attraction between the two of them.  But Hunter is having a hard time getting through to Gabby and getting through her cold exterior.  I don't think Hunter really understands the extent of how much he really hurt Gabby back then or that she is still mad at him for it.  But Hunter is determined to find out the truth and exactly why she is so cold to him.  As they begin to work side by side with each other sparks start to fly and feelings start to come into play.  Hunter and Gabby are falling for each other, and to be honest I think the feelings they have for each other have always been there.  As their relationship starts to become more than just friends, Hunter is faced with a difficult decision.  He has the opportunity to go back on tour doing something that he loves more than anything.  He has the chance to become #1.  But going back on tour means leaving Gabby.   Will he give it all up for love?

I loved Hunter and Gabby together.   They were made for each other.  You can feel how much they loved each other and how much Hunter has always cared for her.  Ms. Bennett has done another wonderful job creating characters that you fall in love with.  I also loved the supporting characters.  Brody, who is hunter's twin certainly has an interesting story and cannot wait to read it.  Overall I really enjoyed this book and it was a great introduction to a new series that I am sure I am going to love.  

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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