"The minute I accepted Hunter into my body, I gave him carte blanche access to my heart as well."
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
I am a fan of Sawyer Bennett's work so I was more than excited to dive into a new series and fall in love with a whole new set of characters.
Hunter has returned to his hometown after touring the world as a pro surfer. His twin brother has just been released from prison and Hunter now feels it's time to set down roots and support his family. Hunter also left unfinished business behind in the form of his sister's best friend Gabby. After a life-altering kiss, Hunter denied any feelings for Gabby and left for his surf tour soon after, he was trying to protect Gabby, as he knew he wasn't ready to offer her all that she deserved but now he was home and determined to correct that mistake.
Gabby was a feisty chick, she had to be as she worked in a male dominated profession. I thought Gabby's character was quirky, it's not very often (if ever) I read about a female contractor. Gabby took over her father's business after he passed away but she often found herself having to repeatedly prove her worth.
"Did you pose that same question . . . make that same offer, to the men that submitted bids to you? I can assure you the fact I don't have a dick swinging between my legs won't hinder my abilities."
Gabby was left devastated after being rejected by Hunter, their once friendly relationship morphed into one of disdain but after Gabby landing the remodel job of Hunter's bar, there was no avoiding their history and their ever-growing present feelings of lust and attraction.
The story was drama and angst free for the most part, the focus was on Hunter and Gabby reconnecting and discovering who they were now as adults. Hunter also struggled with the return of his brother Brody. It was hard for Brody to slot back into society and Hunter had a hard time accepting this new version of his twin. Opportunity came a knocking for Hunter when his agent offered him the chance to rejoin the surf competition circuit. Hunter had to make the decision if he wanted to claim the number 1 title or stay at home and claim Gabby's heart.
I really liked the laid-back beach setting and surfer hottie, Hunter was a new book boyfriend to swoon over. I felt due to the fact Hunter laid out his feelings from day one and he made it his mission to make Gabby his, that there wasn't any mystery to his story, or no agenda to unravel. Therefore, I was more interested in Brody, he was shrouded in mystery and I felt myself yearn for more scenes with him in it. He stole the show in that regards, when it was Hunter's turn to take front and centre first.
I did love the relationship between Hunter and Gabby, their connection was undeniable and they really were well suited. Trouble appeared in the form of Hunter's ex girlfriend and even though Gabby tried to pull a stunt to protect Hunter, their relationship was strong and they really did have trust in each other.
As always, Sawyer Bennett's writing was a pleasure to read. I liked the dual point of view, as it was great to re-call the past relationship from both sides and to get a grasp of their feelings for each other now. The story was paced well and there were some lovely tender moments between the two.
On the Rocks was a nice, easy read. Great for a lazy Sunday afternoon, even though it didn't elicit any major reactions from me, it was a great introduction to the series and I know as it continues I will fall in love with the characters and the setting. I really need Brody's book; I just know the man of few words is guarding a heart-breaking story. Fans of Sawyer Bennett and contemporary romance in general need to check this one out today.
"I know he's the one. He's been the one for me most of my life. I just don't think I'm the one for him. I can't risk falling, knowing that he might not be there to catch me."
"He raised one hand and tucked a lock of my hair behind my ear in a move so tender . . .so loving, my heart at that very moment decided that it would never belong to anyone other than Hunter Markham."
"My feelings for Gabby are deep. I mean, really, really deep. Part of me wonders how it happened so fast, but part of me wonders why it took so long."
"I love you, Gabby. I always have. I've loved you like a sister and like a friend. Most importantly and most recently, I love you as a man loves a woman. I need you to know that."
"Never, ever, in my entire life, have I felt such peace. Such utter contentment. Such love."
"I'm not going anywhere. I've waited my whole life for you to wise up and love me."
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. 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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