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Posted May 19, 2014
On The Rocks is the first book by Sawyer Bennett that I have read, and I can say I'm a huge fan of hers now. Gabby is a lady that is finally
getting the guy she always wanted, Hunter, when an ex shows up trying to trash their relationship. On top of that he has an offer on the
table to go back on the Pro Surfing tour. Together and sometimes apart, along with great friends and family they are able to make the
decisions that cement their relationship and make for an awesome book.
Posted May 11, 2014
Feel good beach read for any season!
Some experts say that it's impossible for a man and woman to be friends with each other because one of them will eventually want more. Steve Harvey believes it and he's the guru for love and relationships so it must be true. As is the case with Gabby and Hunter. They've been friends since they were young with hunter's sister Casey being Gabby's best friend. Proving my earlier point Gabby has always been in love with Hunter but only from a distance. It isn't until after she graduates high school that she finally gets up the nerve to make her move on Hunter. He's a total ladies man though, well known on the surfing circuit as the hottest thing since the devil went down to Georgia. When Gabby finally kisses Hunter it's everything she always hoped it would be but doesn't turn out exactly as she planned when Hunter rebuffs her, leaving her young heart broken in his wake.
Five years is a long time to harbor a grudge against somebody but Gabby does it very well in her hatred of Hunter. After their electric kiss on her graduation night their relationship took a turn for the bitter. Being best friends with his sister Casey didn't ensure she would be able to avoid him, so gatherings where the two were together over the following years were tension filled. Now that Hunter is back home after retiring from his surfing career to be there for his twin brother Brody who has been released from prison Hunter opens Last Call along the beach with Gabby in the running to handle the remodel.
So this was a fun story. I've been wanting to read it for a while because I'm a huge fan of Sawyer's work but for some reason I kept putting it off. I think I was scared of replacing the characters I loved from her Off Series but quickly learned my heart made room for these new additions. Gabby was entirely lovable and fierce. She no longer has stars in her eyes about life and love after her encounter with Hunter but the bitterness that night left behind hasn't really helped her any. She's tried to move on but her heart can't let go of Hunter. Gabby is a woman who's had to roll with the punches and that made her more appealing to me having went to the school of hard knocks myself. Still attending actually. After the death of her father she dropped out of college to take over his construction business and got her contractors license to ensure his legacy would live on. She's damn good at what she does and being a woman in a male dominated field she struggles to break that glass ceiling every day. The bid to remodel Hunter's bar means a lot to her, not only to prove to him she can do it but to everyone else who doubts a woman can do a mans job. Gabby is another fantastic female lead penned by Sawyer who I adored even in her bad moments. She pissed me off a few times and her actions later in the story had me extremely nervous and on edge. I couldn't breathe right for a bit.
One thing Sawyer is amazing at doing is creating a male lead that is so believably flawed yet lovable that you have no other choice but to love them. (Well maybe except Matt Conover from her Legal Affairs serials but I digress lol) Hunter may just be my favorite of her guys with his beach boy charm, sexy good looks and boy scout honor. Wanting to give up his dream to help his brother Brody, who is fresh out of the Pen, made me love him with the fire of a thousand Volcano's. Brody wasn't easy to love or be around but Hunter was determined to be there for him no matter what he needed and ended up giving him a job at the bar when nobody else would hire him. Giving Gabby the remodel job was a nice thing to do but it wasn't because he felt bad for hurting her all those years ago, it was because he believed in her work and knew she had amazing potential. A man who believes in and stands behind a woman with no chauvinistic attitude is hard to find but Hunter was written to be a stand up guy. Being around Gabby on a daily basis caused him to reevaluate the reason he ran from her and his growing attraction to her now. I enjoyed watching him sort through his emotions towards Gabby. She wasn't the young teen he remembers but is now a full grown, beautiful young woman and he's still a guy so it's only natural to feel things for her. Hunter never had a moment where he frustrated me or made me mad at him. He was such a wonderful guy and his devotion to his family only added to his charms. He wasn't the typical book guy that makes me extremely nervous because you never know how they'll handle conflict. He was smart, and calculated and didn't let his emotions completely run his life.
Another thing Bennett rocks my socks with is her full emersion of secondary characters into the story. They don't just stand quietly in the background until they're called upon but integrate so well with the main characters that they almost share the spotlight. Casey grabbed my attention from the first mention of her and the wild things she does. The ways she chose to handle her feelings of her brother's incarceration intrigued me and made my heart bleed for her. Granted she totally owns her sexuality, I can't wait to dig beneath the layers of sadness and sex to get to the heart of her. Brody's closed off personality hurt me deeply not only for him but for his family. Apparently he's a different man since going to prison. I'm excited about his book because I'm curious about what he did to get such a life changing sentence.
The beachy feel of this book took me out of reality and made me forget that I was sitting in a tiny cubicle at work reading. It may have been raining outside of my window but inside this book I was sitting in the warm sand with the sun on my face with a terrific view of the Atlantic. On The Rocks made me happy, it made me squirm (in a good way) and made me nervous. Ex girlfriends show up, stupid decisions are made, characters fight and love is made but there is never a dull moment. I felt like a ballet dancer on my toes constantly waiting on the shoe to drop and break my heart. Thankfully Sawyer writes romance that is exactly that. Romantic. Sweet. Tender. Fierce and Strong. Gabby and Hunter have a rented a condo in my heart as favorite couple of hers right next door to Ryan and Danny. I'm looking forward to the next book, it being Brody's story. Sawyer Bennett writes amazing love stories so if you haven't yet experienced any of her couples, I suggest you block out some time on your schedule and get started. It'll be so worth it
Posted April 28, 2014
As usual, Sawyer Bennett gives you a great read. Hunter and Gabby grew up together and Gabby is the best friend of Hunter's sister. At the age of 18 Gabby kisses Hunter and his reaction to the kiss causes Gabby to have intense feelings of hurt and hatred towards Hunter. So begins their journey in this book 5 years later. Hunter has just returned home from the pro surfing circuit and Gabby has taken over her father's construction company. Hunter finds that he can't stay away from Gabby so he decides that he is going to overcome their past and show her what the future has in store for them. There were twists and turns and in the end both characters grow up a bit more. Would give it 4.5 stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2014
Surfer. Sold. There were so many things I loved about this book! Hunter being my favorite thing, but I also enjoy second chance love stories too. This isn't your typical second chance though. Gabby was younger than Hunter, and his sister's best friend. Many things about their timing was off when she was younger, but now, nothing hold them back. Except for maybe a bit of pride on Gabby's part. Once they get it together though, it was truly sweet. I enjoyed getting to know them and I'm anxious for the rest of the series. I loved all the supporting characters and am looking the most forward to Brody's book! I can't wait to dive into his story. It's sure to be interesting!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2014
For me the name 'Sawyer Bennett' is synonymous with 'great contemporary romance' and On The Rocks is another novel in which she does not fail to deliver this.
Hunter and Gabby have known each other since childhood; their parents are close, and Gabby is best friends with Casey, Hunter's sister. On the night of her graduation Gabby kisses Hunter, having loved him for years, to met with rejection.
It is this deep emotion and hurt, which Gabby carries with her even five years later when Hunter moves back to the Outer Banks, that renders her incapable of communicating with him properly and connects the reader to her.
However, Hunter is interesting and perhaps one of Sawyer Bennett's sexiest male characters. He is open with his feelings, pursuing Gabby, despite her feisty attitude towards him. Yet he also has respect for her and the business she has built and is as protective of her as he is of his own family.
Sawyer Bennett shows her brilliance as a writer in the creation of Brody, whose character distinguishes On The Rocks from other contemporary romances. His story-line introduces the elements of family drama and intrigue, and I very much look forward to the next installment of the Last Call series.
On The Rocks is a very enjoyable novel with equally strong male and female protagonists, sexy stuff and surfing!
Posted March 9, 2014
3 1/2 stars- So love Hunter!
I love the cover. I love friends to lovers stories. I've always enjoyed this author, so I was excited to read this one.
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.
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.
Posted March 4, 2014
Hunter and Gabby grew up together, and she always had a crush on him. that is until he broker her heart 5 years ago and turned her love into loathing. Since then, they barely get along and are at each others throats with snarky remarks whenever they are in the same room. She doesn't know how much he regrets what he did that night or how much he truly wanted her back then. How much he still wants her. And Hunter thinks it is about time he told her.
Gabby is struggling with running her father's construction company - a field flooded with sexist men who think a woman shouldn't be there. And while I like her a lot for her strength and determination in holding her own, she is also ridiculously frustrating when it comes to Hunter and dealing with her feelings. She continues to keep him at arms length until everything starts to get a little bit crazy and she finally admits to herself how much she cares for him. Generally we have the guy shirking away from commitment and encouraging a "friends with benefits" situation, but here we have a bit of a role reversal. Crazy girl. If I had a hot surfer wanting more from me, I'd be shouting it from the rooftops!
There are a bunch of other characters and issues that play a role in this story as well and it is one of the things I love about Sawyer's books. While you have the main plot you also have the side characters and some of their conflicts making minor appearances; adding some depth while also setting up part of the premise for future books in the series. I especially liked getting a glimpse at Hunter's twin brother Brody. The brother he left surfing to come home for. Brooding Brody as I affectionately like to call him. He clearly has a wealth of issues to deal with including the fact that his brother retired for him. When Hunter is presented with a chance to return to pro-surfing comes, can he possibly leave everyone her cares about behind once again?
I could not wait to dive into this new Last Call series by Sawyer Bennett; anxious to learn more about sexy, laid back surfer turned bar owner Hunter. The oh so very delicious Hunter. It make me sad that I grew up in cold ass New York where the hot bodied surfer boys were pretty sparse! On the Rocks is fun and sexy with just the right amount of angst. Once I started it, I didn't stop until I was done and I'm already itching for the next book. And from the little taste of Brody that we got here, I already know its going to be a good one.
Posted March 4, 2014
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett is the first book in her Last Call series. It is a fast-paced, witty romance with a wonderfully snarky female lead and a perfectly alpha-yet-caring male lead.
Gabby has pushed her life-long crush for Hunter way deep down after his crushing rejection five years ago, but now, the survival of her deceased father's construction company she now runs is relying on Hunters acceptance of her bid on the renovation of his new bar, Last Call.
Hunter knows he hurt Gabby five years ago when he crushed her on her graduation night. He just never expected to want to kiss her back so badly or the depth of emotion she brought forth. She was his little sisters best friend and practically his sister, except, you don't feel this way about a sister. Now she's spent the past five years hating him and they've done nothing but argue. He wants her but cannot get past her anger at him.
When he accepts her bid all bets are off. He is determined to break down her walls and she won't let them down, scared he's going to return to the pro-surfing circuit and leave her alone and broken-hearted again. This time, it would kill her.
Awesome book - can't wait to hear Brody's story. The characters are well-developed, and you will find yourself wanting to drive to the Outer Banks to find this bar and hang out with these people.
Posted March 4, 2014
Posted March 4, 2014
I think I have a new favorite "bad boy." The surfer.
In On the Rocks, Hunter totally dissed Gabby when she was 18, and then left to go surf all over the world on the pro tour. Gabby was left to pick up the pieces of her humiliated heart, which manifested in extreme hostility toward Hunter whenever he came home. Years later, Hunter decides to quit surfing and return home for good to hang with his ex-con brother and open up the Last Call bar. He's also determined to repair his relationship with Gabby, so he hires her construction company to help with the bar's renovations. Gabby's company needs the work, so she agrees. Which leads to tons of tension - of all kinds.
I had no idea surfers were so HOT! Hunter is everything I love in a guy - he's driven, confident, athletic, a little snarky and isn't afraid to admit when he's been an ass. He acted like a jerk once upon a time, but had his reasons. He made a mistake and then Gabby wouldn't even give him the time of day, much less the opportunity to make it right.
But, he is determined. I loved that about him so much. He wants to make things right with Gabby, with his brother, with the rest of his family... he's such a good guy. He just makes some bad choices from time to time. It's clear Hunter loves his brother more than most anything. He gave up his very lucrative career to help rehabilitate him, despite the fact that it continually seems like it's a lost cause.
I love that Sawyer Bennett made Gabby a construction worker. She's good at what she does, too. I can't blame her at all for being pissed at Hunter. Talk about a bruised ego. She really made it tough on him too, which I also love. But, she knew when it was time to let bygones be bygones and that's when the real fun started.
I love the relationship that Hunter and Gabby have. They knew each other as kids. She was best friends with his sister. When they finally get involved, there's this underlying familiarity that makes their relationship even better. I love that Gabby isn't this clingy girly-girl. She loves Hunter's passion for his sport and supports him fully, even knowing that it could take him away from her. When his ex shows up, Gabby trusts him implicitly. How often do we see that in female MCs? It was so refreshing.
On the Rocks is told in dual POV, and I loved Hunter's parts. Sawyer Bennett's typical super steamy style is infused in this book, and it's one of my favorite parts. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Posted March 3, 2014
03 March 2014
Review: On the Rocks ( Last Call#1) by Sawyer Bennett- Blog Tour
Review: On the Rocks ( Last Call#1)
by Sawyer Bennett
The Last Call-aholics Group link on Facebook
Releasing February 17, 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.
It is a book that even though it has a topic not so original, it brings in important issues of today's society and the integration of former prisoners into society and the role of women in a man's world. Of course, this does not mean that we will discuss profound issues of our society more or less sick, no way, because this book is based on a love story that defies time, and our heroes face to the above mentioned topics about their self and discover a relationship seemingly impossible ...
Gabby Ward, architect and builder, leading company that took over her father's death a tragic, although she's in College and about to fulfill his dream, to become a teacher, she becomes bound by situation to take over his business and try to keep his memory alive by keeping the company alive ...
Obviously, it is not as easy as it seems, although she's doing great for an inexperienced person, life is not easy when you are a woman in a man's world, so the situation requires it to adopt urgent decisions, including beg to the brother of her best friend, Casey Markham, to give her a chance to rebuild the bar to which he is the owner.
Hunter Markham is the deepest and Gabby's terrible secret ....
Initially, she loves like a brother, just grown up together, and she and his little sister were inseparable friends, which means that Hunter always had a weakness for Gabby's introverted and innocent self, but once she grows up, the problems beginning to make an appearance due to the attraction that arises between two or so Gabby thinks. Frankly, the attitude and her personality reminded me of Ellie Carmichael, moreover if we considerate the resemble on the relationship between Ellie and Adam, but of course, similarities will end with the beginning of chapter one ...
So, Gabby woman up and make the big step when she is next to Hunter, alone, after a party, but for with utter disappointment and humiliation, he coldly refuses and avertizez¿ not to try again something like that. The Gabby's dreams are shattered and the dreamer girl is replaced with a girl hard and sometimes cruel to Hunter ...
But even Hunter has his own secrets ...
Hunter Markham, one of the most famous and champion to a pretty dangerous sport: surfer. He is the one who must assume responsibility for the family and do what is right now that their life is about to be changeable again ...with the release from prison of his twin brother, Brody, so he gives up all the possibilities that were opened before him and returns home, purchasing a near by bar with money that he obtained from the surf.
But to start this business needs professional help and the Gabby's bid is the most attractive from them all, pity that his possible business partner .. is too.
Of course, there is the small problem that happened five years ago when he got the most perfect kiss of his life, from his sister's friend, so he panicked and therefore reacted violently to it because of his emotions like anger and repulsion (to himself) and ran. Since then, the friendship between them became strained for themselves and for the others ...
But now he returned, and the sweet and innocent girl has morphed into a charming woman, confident and passionate, and his career, and distance of hundreds of miles between them, and her innocence are gone and he's free and eager to bring her in his bed, if only that would be so easy ...
Gabby knows that she shouldn't approach Hunter and she's willing to do anything to stay away from him and his advances, including the opportunity to drop the extremely advantageous offer and tell him what she really thinks of someone like him. If only it would be so easy ...
Slowly the two approached each other, and when this happens, sparks of a fire that they thought to be long extinguished, and what begins as a relationship based only on sex and passion are transformed in a trusting relationship and friendship, and this time they will be together, right?
Of course, if only Hunter's ex-girlfriend, Sasha, will stay away ...
The narration is done from the first person, from the perspective of Gabby and Hunter's, and their feelings and emotions are well expressed with the voice of these characters. I want to warn you that although the subject seems complicated and full of angst, the story is more easily tolerated because of said characters and even though some scenes will be descriptive, they will not bore the reader, not only that, but they will him carry between the pages of this book. Another interesting aspect is that this book is approaching the style of the famous J.Lynn.
Gabby-initially, I fail to understand the heroine, because of her naivete, and then she seems too unstable to me, her temperament too much during the novel, though she's maturing a lot, and finally, I came to admire her determination and confidence in her lover ( I must confess that I can not say tho have trusted him that much, if I were in her shoes) and this change is turning her into one of my favorite characters of this year.
Hunter is a complex character, dramatic, dark ... Kidding! Hunter is relaxed, confident and simply in terms of his personality, he focuses on what he wants and will do anything to get the desired result. The only time he doesn't follow this pattern, it's in the beginning when he was shocked and did not know how to react.
Sasha-although I doubted very much about her, like Gabby and Casey, I have come to the conclusion that this character is very well created, so to mislead the reader, the latter being convinced that hesees a character with two faces, when, in reality, Sasha only acts for Hunter's happiness ...
Brody-quiet, dark, with a past painfull and full of demons, he's facing many problems, such as the trauma induring trough prison and his reintegration into our world... the others, friends and family try to help him, but it's not easy due to the construction of this character. I admit that I'm very curious about him and can not wait to hear his story in the book #2, where we will see him with Alyssa Myers, one of Gabby's best friends .
Final Verdict-On the Rocks is a story about second
Posted March 2, 2014
On the Rocks is the first of Sawyer Bennett's full length books that I have read. What have I been waiting for? I definitely picked a good book to start with. On the Rocks had passion, romance and characters I couldn't help but fall in love with, while simultaneously wanting to strangle them. What more can I ask for in a good new adult romance?
On the Rocks grabbed me right from the start with the glimpse into the past of Gabby and Hunter. She was his younger sister's best friend and after her high school graduation, they shared one hot kiss. He pushed her away and she decided to lock him out of her heart forever. It wasn't too difficult to do while he was on the pro surf circuit, but once both of them returned to their hometown because each of their families needed them, their attraction was hard to deny. They had a ton of chemistry and the sexual tension sizzled.
I really liked Gabby. I respected the way she changed her plans to help her family and how she excelled in a male-dominated field. She kinda kicked ass. She was also stubborn as hell, but I understood why she needed to close herself off to Hunter. Hunter was yummy. Under all those sexy surf-guy muscles, he had a good heart. He made sacrifices for his family, too. Since this book was told from both Gabby and Hunter's perspectives, I felt like I had a good grasp on what made each of them tick.
Gabby and Hunter fight like cats and dogs, but it doesn't take too long before they're unable to deny their mutual attraction and they combust. I needed a fan... or a cigarette... to go with this book. It had a serious steam factor. But, for all the sexiness, there were also real feelings and real issues to confront. When Hunter's ex waltzes into town and he receives an invitation to go back on tour surfing, things get complicated. Gabby also has an out of town job offer. Would they be able to pull through? Could they decide to stay together without either of them growing to resent the other if they both stayed put and didn't take the big opportunities ahead of them? Is love enough?
On the Rocks was a sweet and sexy second chance love story. I enjoyed the characters, right down to (most of) the secondary ones. I find myself especially intrigued by Hunter's twin Brody, which is super convenient because the next book in the Last Call series is his book. I can't wait to find out his full backstory and what the future holds for him and Alyssa.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted March 2, 2014
Sawyer Bennett has become one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. I adored her Off series, so when I saw she was starting a new one, I knew I had to read it! I am so glad I picked this one up for review! I love the best friend falling for the brother trope, as well as the fact that the characters had a history and are now reuniting years later. On the Rocks is steamy, fun, and an overall great romance and I am looking forward to the next book in the series!
I loved Gabby. She was such a great female lead! When we first meet her, we discover she is in love with her best friend's older brother. It is on their graduation night that she decides to risk it all and kiss him. However, that kiss changes everything for Gabby and Hunter. She is humiliated, hurt, and angry over Hunter's reaction. Now, 5 years later, Gabby is sucking up her pride and seeking Hunter out for a job opportunity. The two have had minimal contact during the last 5 years and all they have done is fight with one another. It's painfully obvious they only tolerate one another for Casey's(Hunter's sister) sake. Gabby is no pushover. She has spunk and attitude and won't let Hunter intimidate her. She wants the job and is hoping he will take a chance on her, as she works in a very male-dominated field. Gabby and Hunter's first meeting does NOT go well, but Hunter is a very persistent guy.
I was pretty disgusted with Hunter in that prologue. All I could think was, 'what a douche!' I hated how he handled the situation with Gabby and how he made her feel. However, my attitude towards him did a pretty quick 180 after that. Hunter is a good guy who handled an unexpected situation poorly. He was shocked that Gabby had feelings for him and even more shocked at his own response to her. Five years later, he is retired from surfing professionally and has returned to home to help his twin brother Brody, who is making a very difficult transition in his life. Coming face to face with Gabby again and knowing she is the best fit for a remodeling job of his bar, leads Hunter to realize that she's not the same 18 year old as before. He sees her as the sexy, fiery woman that she is and wants to make amends for the way he treated her before.
It's no shocker that these two have serious sexual tension. The fact that they've both kept it pent up for so many years makes it that more exciting. As flirtatious as Hunter is with her, Gabby refuses to let herself indulge and go down that path. She has closed her heart off to Hunter Markham and is determined not to let him breach it again. As I said before, Hunter is one persistent guy. He knows what buttons to push and how to maneuver his way past those defenses. However, it does take awhile. What starts as merely casual turns into something much more and the pacing is just right for Gabby and Hunter.
Gabby and Hunter have their share of obstacles to overcome in this novel. Gabby is determined to keep their 'relationship' a secret, as well as casual. Hunter, on the other hand, is struggling to make sense of his feelings for Gabby, while at the same time trying to deal with his distant twin brother and deciding if he wants to go back on tour.
I can't NOT talk about Brody, Hunter's twin brother. Brody has not had an easy time. After a mistake that changed the course of his life, he is now dealing with the aftermath of that mistake and is a very different person because of it. His siblings are worried about him and their relationship is strained at times. My heart ached for Brody and what he has been through and I absolutely need his story Make it a Double pronto! I am also really interested in Casey, Gabby's best friend and Hunter's sister also. She is a spitfire and I am definitely interested in discovering more about her.
Overall, I really enjoyed On the Rocks. I felt it was a strong romance with a great cast of characters and I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Gabby and Hunter develop and the direction Bennett took them. I am a huge fan of Sawyer's and I definitely recommend this book, as well as her other ones!
Posted February 21, 2014
Oh my goodness this book was amazing! I absolutely loved Hunter and Gabby's story! I really connected with the characters and felt what they felt. I cannot wait for the next book to come out! I HIGHLY recommend this book! You will not be disappointed!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2014
The blurb goes straight to the heart of the story so I'll skip a recap and go directly to what I love about this book.
It's rare for me to connect to a heroine from the beginning of the story and not falter in my decision as the story progresses. Sawyer Bennett didn't give me a chance to question myself about Gabby. From the first scene I could tell that she was a strong young woman with deep emotions who gave of herself to those she cared for. She put herself on the line and it backfired on her, but she held her head high and dealt with it. Mind you, it was through barbs and personal jabs, but I couldn't blame her for it. Hell, it made for some great moments every time she went toe to toe with Hunter.
Hunter. *sigh* Not only was he sexy and handsome but he had feelings that ran deep too. Although he flirted with Gabby and gave her a hard time about every little thing just to get a rise out of her, he was torn about his previous actions. And once he accepted what was happening and truly let go? Man, he was adorable!
I liked that the author didn't make this an easy relationship. There were doubts in the beginning, during and right up to the end of Gabby and Hunter's story. Each one questioned their emotions for the other, hesitated and finally let their walls down to accept that maybe they did have something solid to work on.
Through flirtatious banter, snarky comebacks and honest confessions Sawyer Bennett made Hunter and Gabby's initial connection grow as the story progressed. Yes, they had chemistry and the sexual tension between them jumped off the page, but I mostly enjoyed the moments when their emotions came into play. Slowly but surely they went from friends with benefits to committed lovers. Neither one of them was ready for what developed between them but when the time came to fight for their relationship they each analyzed, pondered and accepted it. Mistakes were made along the way and at times I wanted to throttle both of them, but in the end I was cheering them on.
The introduction of the secondary characters added a lot to the story. I especially enjoyed watching Gabby interact with her friends since it showed her easy going side where she was able to let go and be herself. I also enjoyed Hunter's interactions with his family, it showed that he wasn't just a pretty face, but a loyal man who took care for those he cared for deeply.
As a first book in a series, On the Rocks was a success. It introduced an intriguing cast of characters while still bringing the romance in a fun and entertaining way. I can't wait to read Brody's story. I think his will be a more emotional tale and that is saying something since this story was packed-full of them.
All in all, a wonderful friends to lovers story about second chances and new beginnings.
*I received an eARC of this title from the author in exchange of my honest opinion.
Posted February 20, 2014
OMG! Sawyer Bennett does it again. She continues writing fun, loving, exciting romantic novels that leave me in awe of her. I absolutely love her for making every novel different and completely enjoyable from beginning to end. On the Rocks was released on February 17, 2014. This highly anticipated novel was everything I want in a book, and more. It has romance. It has male perfection. It has a selfless female heroine. It has hot, steamy scenes. It really was perfection!
Gabby likes Hunter, her best friend's brother. She always had a crush on him and on her graduation night, after a few beers, she kisses him. The kiss is everything she dreamed about. However, Hunter does not react the way she expects him to and actually makes her regret the crush she had on him. Hunter and Gabby are childhood friends but don't act that way after "the kiss." After that things change, she hates him and he seems to hate her. Hunter goes away to surf and that is the end of their story, until he returns home. This plot was surreal! I'm always nervous reading books that have typical story lines (girl loves her best friend's brother) because so many things could go wrong, but this book was far from a mistake.
Hunter is a surfer, a hot one (yes, I have a thing for surfers. I'm a California GIRL!!). The ladies love him (I LOVE HIM!). Although he is said to be a playboy, I didn't really get that feeling but it is implied. He is a very appealing character. He puts his family first, before his career and before himself. I absolutely loved this trait about him. Any man that cares for their family like Hunter does is a REAL MAN! He is so selfless and really appreciates what surrounds him. AND don't forget he's H-O-T which doesn't hurt his situation at all!
Gabby is an independent, self-sufficient woman. She works in a man's world and has learned to be tough. She hates Hunter for breaking her eighteen-year-old heart and doesn't like that he's back in town for an indefinite amount of time. The heart he broke is cold and completely closed off but she knows that Hunter has always been the one, the one who can break her or can define of real happiness. She has real animosity towards him because of this fear, but as soon as she realizes that what she has with Hunter is completely real, she lets him in.
They are forced to work together, things start to change. I love this. I love the sexual tension that is built up--up to a point so explosive that it left me fanning myself. Gabby and Hunter both believed that their relationship was going to be a sexual one, ONLY sexual. However, that is impossible since both are unable to forget their kiss years before. Their relationship quickly progresses, which is something I very much enjoyed. The reader could tell how much they meant to each other, but the characters obviously didn't, which is another thing I enjoy because it makes their "getting together" much sweeter, and much MUCH more romantic. I'm a sucker for romance, and this books was completely in my rink.
BRODY WILL HAVE A NOVEL! I loved Brody, he's Hunter's twin brother, and it is obvious that he ends up with Alyssa, the heiress. Brody's stories was very vague but a huge part of novel and I quickly fell for him and his broodiness!
Swayer Bennett seriously every book I read, I LOVE! Your characters, your plots, everything is a complete package. I'm so glad I was able to read this book because it is now one of my favorites, and not I am not joking, its in my "favorites" bookshelf. So if you're looking for a nice, romantic novel On the Rocks is the one!
Posted February 19, 2014
Sawyer Bennett does it again! This is a great start to another great series! Gabby has had a rough life. After she graduated high school, after a night of fun, she kisses the boy she has loved for some time. Unfortunately for her, he completely denies her. The trouble is he is her best friend’s brother and they are always around each other. As times goes on they just fight and bicker. Luckily Hunter is a pro surfer so he is gone a lot. When Hunter’s twin brother Brody gets out of jail Hunter is brought back into Gabby’s life. They still bicker and generally don’t like each other but, Hunter needs work done on the bar and Gabby’s just the girl to do it! Will they be able to work together without killing each other? Or will this be the thing that fixes them?
I loved Brody. I am so excited that we will get his story next. He is a very interesting guy. After getting out of jail he is working at the bar with Hunter. It seems like he is having a hard time re-entering the world. His story should be fun! Casey is Brody and Hunters sister and Gabby’s BFF. They have been friends forever and have a great relationship. Gabby and Casey have been through a lot together.
Hunter and Gabby have a rollercoaster relationship. The love and hate each other. After being around each other they break. Gabby tells Hunter how much he hurt her and she is having a hard time getting over his playboy past. Will Hunter change for her? The book is in both of their POV’s and so we get Hunters side too. Hunter is more in love with Gabby then she realizes. It’s awesome to see a guy pining for a girl for once! Things get a little dicey when Hunters ex comes to town. Can Gabby and Hunter survive their family and friends? Will they get their happily ever after?
I LOVED this book! I can’t wait for the next one. Sawyer Bennett writes some amazing books! Keep them coming lady!
Posted February 18, 2014
Great start to a new series: ON THE ROCKS is the first storyline in Sawyer Bennett’s contemporary, new adult, erotic LAST CALL series focusing on a group of family and friends in Hatteras Island, North Carolina. This is a friends to enemies to lovers storyline that follows 22 year old Gabby Ward and 26 year old Hunter Markham as they dance around the elephant in the room-their mutual attraction and love for one another.
The storyline premise will find up and coming professional surfer Hunter Markham walking away from Gabby on the night of her high school graduation. Their first kiss ends with Hunter pushing Gabby away. Fast forward five years and Gabby’s anger over Hunter’s apparent disgust of their kiss has fueled the fires that continue to eat away at Gabby’s heart. With Hunter’s return to North Carolina Gabby knows there will be no way to avoid the beautiful boy she once loved. But avoiding Hunter is next to impossible when circumstances find the couple working together towards a common goal.
ON THE ROCKS introduces a tight knit groups of friends including Hunter’s twin brother Brody and, his sister and Gabby’s BFF Casey; Gabby’s roommate Savannah; Hunter’s surfing buddy John and his sister (and Hunter’s ex) Sasha; as well as Alyssa Myers-the woman who will help heal Brody’s broken and fragile mind. Much of the storyline finds the friends at Hunter’s new bar-The Last Call-where hearts will be broken and futures unveiled.
The relationship between Hunter and Gabby is initially icy as Gabby’s continuous anger towards the man that she has loved for years interferes in their daily lives. She is a woman scorned; beaten down by what she believes is rejection; and there is very little room for negotiation when the heart wants what the head pushes away. At times, Gabby is a difficult person to love-for Hunter and for the reader. Her child-like behavior was questionable; her intent was to break the heart of the man who broke her own.
Sawyer Bennett pulls the reader into a story about one kiss, two people and five years of heartbreak. Told in alternating first person POV from Hunter and Gabby’s perspective, On The Rocks is a story where mistaken beliefs fuel the hatred and pain of rejection, in the end, to discover that falling in love with your sister’s best friend is probably the thing that you have ever done. But convincing your sister’s best friend is another matter-all together.
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Posted February 18, 2014
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review, so here it is. This is a great story and I loved it and can't wait for more. Gabby has been in love with her best friends brother, Hunter, most of her life. He is five years older than her and looks at her like she is another little sister. On graduation night, Hunter is the designated driver for Gabby and Casey while they hit all the graduation parties. At almost curfew, Hunter takes Gabby by the arm and looks around for Casey and can't see her. Wyatt, Hunter friend, offers to find her and bring her to the car. While waiting at the car Gabby kisses Hunter and he kisses her back until he realizes what is happening and he stops and tells Gabby it was a mistake. That leaves Gabby heartbroken. It has been five years since that kiss and when every Gabby and Hunter see each other, she is bitter and says hurtful things. She can't get past the hurt. Hunter can't figure out why she hates him until his brother Brody, makes it all clear for him. Gabby really likes him. Hunter has come to see that he wants more from Gabby. He doesn't see her as his little sisters best friend, he now sees a woman and he wants her. Will Gabby let Hunter in and risk getting her heart broken again? Can Hunter make Gabby see that he wants more than just great sex? Can they make a second chance work? This story has it all, love, hate, friendship, best friends, ex-girlfriends, a bar, beach and surfing. I love Sawyer Bennett's writing style and can't wait for Make Mine a Double, Brody's story (book 2 of the Last Call series).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2014
When I saw Sawyer Bennett was going to be writing a new book, I freaked out. I absolutely love her Off Sides series and I knew just because she wrote this book that this new series would be just the same, and after reading the first book, I can confirm this series will be amazing.
This is the typical rejection-teenage-love kind of relationship. After that fateful night when Gabby and Hunter were just young kids, everything in their friendship changed. Whenever they're in the same room, they can't stand each other. They're always after each others throats, not backing off at all, ever. Except once, at Gabby fathers' funeral. And on that day Gabby's life changed. She quit school, and took over her fathers' business. That is when Hunter and Gabby's lives intersect once again, with nothing to do but work together.
But once their work began and their feud put on hold, Hunter realized how attracted he is to Gabby, and since Hunter goes after what he wants with no thought, this situation will be no different. Hunter wants Gabby, and he will have her, no matter what, but Gabby thinks she'll hold him off, until she can't.
This is your everyday teenage love to adult love story, but Sawyer Bennett keeps you intrigued throughout the entire book with Hunter's personality and the twists and turns that she throws out at the calmest moments. This book is wonderful and a great addition to anyone's book shelf. Sawyer once again created an amazing book that will lead into the amazing Last Call series.
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review