Author: Sawyer Bennett
Published by: Big Dog Books LLC
Publication Date: February 17, 2014
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’ve wanted to read something by Sawyer Bennett for years. I’ve always heard good things about her work, so I decided to finally take the leap with On the Rocks. It’s safe to say that I’m now a fan.
I really liked Gaby and Hunter! Gaby is a strong, independent woman running a construction company, so yes, I had a soft spot in my heart for her. Hunter is a pretty fun character with a great sense of humor. It isn’t often that I feel the guy outshines the woman in these types of stories, but that was the case here. Believe me, I liked Gaby. I just liked Hunter a lot more.
Gaby and Hunter have great chemistry. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly they moved on from the loathing stage of their relationship. I loved the way Hunter would tease Gaby and push her buttons, but it was even better once they moved passed it. And since they’ve known each other for so many years, it was easy to believe their feelings for one another and root for them. The friends to lovers trope mixed with loathing to love was done really well.
Oh yeah, there’s plenty steam in On the Rocks. Gaby and Hunter were pretty hot. That is another reason I was glad they moved beyond the loathing stage so quickly, because the lovin’ stage was just so yummy.
Overall, On the Rocks was a quick read that was fun and sexy. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series that revolves around Hunter’s brother.