SUGAR ON THE EDGE
BY USA Today Best-selling Author Sawyer Bennett
Last Call, #3
Adult Contemporary Romance
Released July 28, 2014
He’s utterly alone…
Tortured and existing in a dark spiral of despair, bestselling British author, Gavin Cooke, has come to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to escape the seedy lifestyle he had been living in London and in a desperate attempt to regain his writing focus. He’s twisted, bitter and angry at the world. He’s a loner… needing not a single thing other than his Scotch and a laptop upon which he can bang out his next erotic, dark thriller.
She’s running in place and getting nowhere…
Savannah Shepherd’s life is falling apart. Her dream of being a wildlife photographer seems a distant memory and she’s barely able to make ends meet. Driving herself forward with no clear goals apparent, she’s about ready to pack up her bags and head home with her tail between her legs.
Two unlikely lovers…
He’s raw, forceful and a dirty talker. She’s a flowers and romance type of girl. Yet within each other, they find a mutual craving that can only be satisfied by giving in to their desires for one another.
Lust turns into something more… something they were not looking for but tentatively accept. Will it be enough to push them past the obstacles of Gavin’s bitter past?
*SUGAR ON THE EDGE can be read as a stand-alone*
Not gonna sugarcoat it...this is my absolute favorite book in this series. I loved these two characters together and here's why:
1. He's British and she's southern and those two things push all sorts of good buttons for me. I'm not sure why, exactly, but they do. (*cough* because we're Southern + hoping for a British fellah to move in next door, *cough*)
2. Their nicknames. Sweet. Filthy. I found it so endearing. I loved this part too. I like nicknames, and believable nicknames...the best.
3. Gavin's back story was heartbreaking. His ability to take it and funnel it into his work was interesting..his interior monologues were also dark..and witty..and often wrong when it came to Savannah. <---and that made me laugh and want to smack him on the head a few times. These are the exact reasons that Gavin's point of view is now one of top favorite male point of view's ever. He is very honest in his thoughts. Doesn't change who he is. I couldn't get enough of his point of view. I also loved that he was a reclusive writer. I think we might've fallen for him. Ok. I know this.
4. Savannah's story was one of strength and I admired her so much. She was quietly determined and her perseverance was amazing. I loved when she'd square her shoulders to Gavin's misreading(s) of her and show him exactly why he was wrong. I loved that too. Seemingly a wallflower, she showed everyone that a girl can be strong just because she's not front and center like most of her friends. The strength in that...gah, I truly loved it.
5. They pushed each other's buttons in the most delightful way. I loved their back and forth. Especially when she would vacuum while he was working. Called 'im out, big time. Still laugh about that.
6. The way they fell in love, accepted it, and enjoyed it. They didn't have these huge angsty moments of is this true/right/real? I appreciated that lack of angst (at least for that part of the story.there is one fairly large thing that happens at the end that was pretty devastating). They were so much fun together....I kinda want them to be my real life friends. (does that make me a loser?..I think winner, right?). Of course we're winners. And winners only cry on the inside, so...yeah, I might have to work on that. Anyway, nothing about this story and how it turned out, or how I had envisioned it going from the beginning and continuing a series was expected.
7. The steamy sex scenes were H-O-T. And Gavin had a deliciously dirty mouth. *NODS* Dirtier, the bettah, in my book.
8. The ending just made me crave more...I wasn't ready for it to be over. I hope we see them in the final two books of this series...because they are my new favorites. Right-o. I am ready for more. And for alpha girl to be taken down, hard.
So...to recap, I loved this book. The only thing that I had a few moments of "hmmmm" thinking was regarding Savannah and her money + job situation and how easily she allowed Gavin to offer her opportunities when she'd been so resistant in the beginning. But that was such a minor thing..not enough to really bother me at all. Haha. I again have to say that this is my favorite of the series. There is so much heart, emotional depth, and plot driven characters that we are able to grow to love, get mad at, love again, hate, and just be driven crazy by in this book. I hope you give it a shot, and it can be read as a standalone, but you won't regret binge reading all of Sawyer Bennett's books!
Shelley: 5 stars
Courtney: 5 Stars
About the AuthorUSA 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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