Series: Last Call #1
Published by: Big Dog Books on February 17, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: The Author
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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.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Make it a Double, Sugar on the Edge, With a Twist, Shaken, Not Stirred
Also by this author: Off Chance, Forever Young, If I Return, Mitigation, Reparation, Affirmation, Make it a Double, Confessions of a Litigation God, Sugar on the Edge, Alex, With a Twist, Garrett, Shaken, Not Stirred, Clash, Grind, Yield, Zack, Wicked Fall, Ryker, Friction, Hawke
On the Rocks is a second chance love story, and one of the best I’ve read, that’s for sure. I was so engrossed in this story, so invested in Gabby’s dreams to prove herself, and so head over heels for Hunter; this may be one of my fave books from Bennett yet. Not only do you get a set of characters with interesting personalities and jobs, a talented female construction worker and a sexy surfer-turned-bar owner, but you get one scorching-hot love story that not only melts your sheets, but warms your heart.
It’s always fun watching the characters fight their attraction for each other and it was no different here. Hunter and Gabby are great characters with amazing chemistry and an engaging dialogue. Once things started getting more serious, I loved seeing them as a work-in-progress couple, balancing their personal and business lives together, and when their family and friends eventually learn of their love. I have to say, Hunter was so damn irresistible, I wish I were in Gabby’s shoes. No doubt he’s made it on to my list of book boyfriends.
Another thing I enjoyed about this book was that when these two characters realized how much they loved each other and how significant their relationship was, that was it. Nothing could deter them and their faith in each other. That comes into play a couple times towards the end when a few obstacles threaten to tear their relationship apart. It was nice to have characters who understood and loved each other so much that the doubt, although still there in tiny amounts, could not derail them. Yes, early on people have doubts and trust issues with their significant other, but with their history and how their love blossomed, how things played out just worked with them and I wouldn’t have liked it any other way.
I will say that the ending surprised me a bit, but in a good way though and it actually fit with the characters and their romance and I appreciated the direction that Bennett took things. All in all, On the Rocks was a refreshingly addictive romance read that I devoured. This is definitely a book that will grab you right from the start and you’re sure to finish this gem in one sitting. I seriously love anything and everything Bennet writes and can’t wait for more from this series.