2014, Books, life, Uncategorized

On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett



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.

Chelly’s Thoughts ❤

Sawyer Bennett has done it again!  I have never been disappointed by anything she writes, and the books just keep getting better and better.  On The Rocks opens up with Gabby and Casey partying on graduation night.  Gabby has been in love with her BFF Casey’s older brother, Hunter, for the last 8 years.  After some liquid courage, she moves in for a kiss, and he kisses her back.  She’s dreamed of this moment for years, but his look of disgust afterwards wasn’t a part of her dreams.  He breaks her heart, and her love turns to hatred…

Fast forward 5 years, Gabby Ward is 23 years old and trying to make a name for herself.  When her father passed away, she dropped out of her senior year in college to take over the family construction business.  Only problem is no one wants to hire a young female general contractor.  She plans on making a bid for a job that would change her future and solidify her reputation, but the downside is the job is for the remodel of Hunter’s bar, Last Call.  She’s avoided him for all these years; can she put her hatred aside for the good of the business?

Hunter Markham has been on the Pro Surfing circuit for years now, but after his twin, Brody, is released from prison after serving 5 years, he decides it’s time to go back home and help his brother get back in the swing of things.  He’s nervous about Gabby working on his bar, but he’s willing to put his feelings aside and hire her if the work and price is up to par.  He knows he hurt Gabby all those years ago.  Truth is he’d wanted her, too, but she was forbidden…his little sister’s BFF, like his own sister.  He regrets how they’ve fought all these years but what can he do to make it right?

When Hunter finally comes clean about his true feelings for Gabby, he expects everything to be fine, but Gabby continues to push him away.  She realizes she still has feelings for him (far from hatred) but she continues to deny him…he’s already broken her heart once, and if she lets him in, he’ll have the power to destroy her.  Besides, there’s always the possibility of him going back out on tour…could they even sustain a relationship with him gone for months at a time?  When the time comes for some difficult decisions, will Hunter do what’s best for him or what he thinks is best for everyone else?

I am absolutely in LOVE with Hunter Markham!  I’ve said it before, but Sawyer Bennett has an incredible talent and she really has a way of putting you in her character’s heads and making you feel what they feel.  On The Rocks is told in dual POVs, and there’s nothing like getting inside Hunter’s head, but I was most intrigued by Brody and I can’t wait to hear more from him.  His story, Make It A Double, will be the second book in the Last Call series, and I will be not-so-patiently waiting for it’s release.

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