Friday, August 22, 2014

Eliza's Review: Sugar on the Edge by Sawyer Bennett

Sugar on the Edge (Last Call, #3)

Title: Sugar On The Edge
Series: Yes, Can be read as Stand Alone
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: 28th July , 2014
Rating: stars 3.5 "Heroine" Stars
Cliffhanger: No

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*

Sugar on the Edge was a bitter sweet story of Bad Boy meets Good Girl.

The Bad Boy in question is Gavin Cooke, successful best selling Author of Erotic dark thrillers. Most likely to be found behaving badly, getting drunk & chasing skirt. The only thing he’s not doing so well is completing his eagerly awaited follow up book.

Sent from London to America by his Editor as a last ditch attempt to get him to focus, and curb his destructive ways he finds himself in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Home to Wildlife Photographer, come sanctuary volunteer, come cleaner; Savannah Shepherd.

Savannah is definitely the sweet to Gavin’s filthy. Hooked up by her room mate with a new cleaning gig she desperately needs to keep herself afloat, she’s treated to Gavin’s usual less than friendly welcome. Left feeling cold by his behaviour but undeniably hot with the heat ignited by his innuendo filled conversation, Savannah is confused by him and wavers on her decision her position to work for him.

The confusion extends to Gavin also who can’t help but wonder why he’s determined to make her stay. He’s intrigued by her and wrongly pegs her weak and forgettable masquerading as something she’s not.

I want to prove to myself that she's nothing special... that she's exactly as I imagine her to be. An uninteresting sort of woman who thinks more of herself than she actually is, and in the grand scheme of things, she'll never amount to more.

He knowingly tries to embarrass and antagonise her, hoping for her to fall into the mould he has created for her. As she continues to surprise him, he finds himself inspired by her; personally and professionally. His lust turns to desire and he actively seeks out wanting to get to know her better.

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Once there relationship moves past the employer/employee stage, they easily fall into the role of a couple in a short amount of time with Gavin embracing their relationship he was very sweet (sometimes sickly) and tender with Savannah:

"I wish I were a poet," Gavin murmurs as he starts moving in and out of me. "I wish I were a poet because then... and only then, would I have the words that would be salient enough to describe the way you feel to me. I'd be a best seller every time if I could describe how I feel... at this very moment, when I'm lodged deep inside of you."

They both have had traumatic experiences in their past which they are eventually open with each other about and it came as quite a shock to me the extent of his behaviour once they hit a rough patch around the 80% mark. When he finally sees sense and throws himself at her mercy I can’t help but feel their reconciliation is a tiny bit rushed but luckily for me the epilogue made up for it.

"Did you feel that exact moment?" He asks, almost urgently.
"I felt it," I reassure him....

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