Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review: Sugar On The Edge by Sawyer Bennett

Author: Sawyer Bennett
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?

4.5 Stars

While this book is part of the Last Call series, it can be read as a standalone. We get to catch up and see the other friends, but we really focused on Gavin and Savannah in this story.

This book was a fun twist on a love storyline with a pained Hero. I haven’t read a book about an author writing a book, and this was just a different look into the book world, with a twist of an unexpected love in the most polar opposites of personalities, or so it would seem. I love Sawyer’s books and this series alone has been a very fun and sexy series. This book was a great way to see Gavin and Savannah’s story unfold… was an amazing journey for Savannah and to see her come out of her shell, while Gavin learned to come out of the darkness. Their story was truly a story of love overcoming all odds.

Gavin was a heartthrob with a penchant for dark sex, and mixed with a British accent, that made him undeniably panty-melting deliciousness. Savannah was perfectly understated beauty, without the knowledge of just how beautiful she was. She was quiet and a very hard worker trying to make it on her own. She had a lot of pride and was quite stubborn.

With pain stopping Gavin and insecurities stopping Savannah, their love was one that worked for its own reasons. When you find the right one….it’s really just effortless and it all fits together, like Gavin and Savannah did.  However, the start of their relationship was a tad rough.

I’m not sure if it’s the five o’clock shadow he’s sporting, or his smoky gray eyes, but he looks dark, dangerous, and utterly freakin’ gorgeous. Add on that silky, smooth British accent, and he’s what you’d call a classic panty-melter. That is, if he kept his condescending, cranky mouth shut.

The way their relationship progressed really made me feel the excitement and joy of a first love…with a very cautious foot forward. I felt the giddiness and loved watching them grow. I loved their exploration of each other and how each others insecurities and weaknesses brought out the power, strength and depth of the other.  It was so well rounded and such a great story.

….and my cheeks burn with the realization that I am undeniably, one-hundred percent, completely attracted to this strange and frustrating man. ~Savannah

Her indifference to me is pushing all my buttons, and I feel the insane need to get her attention. Except, the way that I want to get it is by stalking up to her and kissing her hard….maybe with my hand between her legs. ~Gavin

Gavin was so strong willed compared to Savannah’s soft demeanor, but there was something about Gavin that brought out the little vixen in Savannah. I was shocked!!! I really think they were just made for each other! The way that Gavin loved her….the way that he attached himself to her very soul made me melt. He was every bit the man that Savannah needed, just as Savannah was every bit the woman that Gavin never knew he needed.

Because I felt it to the absolute center of my soul. The moment that he just completely possessed me, when his body grabbed ahold of mine and laid claim to it.

The way his job worked into this book really allowed their story to unfold. It was really a neat way to tell their love story. Without giving too much away, his very livelihood was such a good backdrop for the storyline and it added a different element that made it that much more interesting.

However, when a kink was thrown into their lives, it wasn’t Savannah giving the comfort….she was the strong one that we learned a great deal about. This book had really good character development, but Savannah was my favorite one to see. She was, from beginning to end, a different character but she was true to herself. I am not sure I can do her character justice, but seeing her find ‘herself’ was a great thing to witness. Gavin put the pressure on her, but she never lost her cool….and that made her strong in my eyes.

This book was a very strong 4.5 stars for an amazing love story.


Sawyer Bennett

USA 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. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three 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.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series.
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