When someone asks me for a contemporary romance recommendation, I always think of Sawyer Bennett's Off series. Being partial to those characters, she had something major to live up to with this new series. She totally delivered :) On the Rocks is book one in the new Last Call series and it was a fabulous read.
On North Carolina's Outer Bank shore resides a bar called Last Call. I assume this new series will revolve around the lives of people who work at and near this bar. Starting of course with On the Rocks featuring none other than the bars owner, Hunter Markham.
Hunter, prior resident of Outer Banks returns home after a decade of living his dreams as a pro surfer. Hello HAWT! Hunter is described as a beach bum, surfer hottie, and considering I live in Hawaii I was super excited. Of course being a surfer, Hunter has always had his fair share of ladies giving him attention. Returning home, his focus shifts from lady lover to devoted business owner and family man intent to help his twin through a trying time.
Enter Gabby. Gabby is an old family friend and Hunters baby sisters best friend. Years ago there was a shared kiss and broken heart on Gabby's side, but Hunter seemed unaffected. To say Gabby is not thrilled to have Hunter back in the Banks is an understatement. Gabby is a general contractor with a hot mouth and a body to match. Winning a bid to work the expansion project at Last Call, Gabby is forced to work side by side with Hunter, her man crush of more years than she can remember.
Working together, hating each other, loving each other, ahhhh makes for a great love story!! I was rooting for this couple from the beginning. I wanted to knock their heads together and yell "just quit messing around and reveal your feelings". In true Sawyer fashion, there are some twists and turns and people trying to drive a wedge. They are tested as a couple, tested as friends and tested with life decisions. I absolutely loved this book. Perfect catalyst for a new series :)
Sawyer's books have a beautiful complexity that I appreciate. Even though the story is based on Hunter and Gabby, we see peeks of Alyssa, of Cassie, or Brody, of John. Boy do I hope they all get books. I can't wait to ride a wave with this group and get to know each player better. Thanks for the amazing new Series Sawyer!!