Title: Sugar on the Edge (Last Call #3)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 264 pages
Release Date: 7/28/14
Rating: 4.5 stars
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*
Reviewer note: As the author mentioned, while this is the third book of the Last Call series, it can be considered a standalone. But I’ve really enjoyed the previous two books, I’d recommend that you read all three books in order. If you’re not a book addict like myself, and don’t have time for all that, carry on.
The Outer Banks, one of my favorite places on Earth, has been invaded! A British invasion!
My first impression of this Brit, Gavin Cooke: ASS!
Second impression: ASSHAT!
Third impression: BLOODY ASSHAT!
You get the picture.
BUT, what’s this? A timid lamb, Savannah Shepherd (such a lamb like name, am I right?) has entered his den, and I feared for her safety! Ok, so I’m being a bit dramatic, but, I didn’t see this going well.
Savannah, as Gavin quickly labels her, is the anti-heroine.
Yes, she’s make a wonderful character in one of my books . . . an anti-heroine of sorts that the reader would feel a bit of kinship to, but would be well satisfied when she met her demise because she’d probably deserve it due to her lack of confidence and complete innocence.
She’s a bit of a pushover. Or is she? Seems as though a shy girl might have some bite and a backbone after all. While she is often taken advantage of by the people around her, and does little to stick up for herself due to her financial issues, she does have a limit.
“I thought your backbone was made of jelly and I’m thinking I might have misjudged you a bit.”
When Gavin begins to push her buttons, she pushes back, which surprisingly turns him on. It turns out that although she can be shy and submissive in nature, she has a sexual curiosity about her that Gavin needs to explore.
“Show me what you got inside of you . . . deep down inside. Take a walk on the wild side . . . you know you want to.”
Go on girl! Take this Brit for a ride.
This book told from alternating POVs, shows how both Gavin and Savannah believe they are all wrong for each other.
“I’m too bitter for your brand of sweet.”
But they eagerly are interested in pushing those differences aside for a moment of lust. Gavin’s initial nickname for Savannah, Sweet, was due to her gentile nature. That nickname evolves as he can’t stay away or get enough of her sweet taste.
In the short time I’d known her, I had become addicted to her brand of sweet.
What I liked most about this story was how Savannah, initially was the anti-heroine of his new book, a paranormal erotica. As Gavin learned more about her, she slowly began to rewrite his story. She evolved from the anti-heroine to the heroine.
She represented everything that’s the antithesis to my darkness. She represents the possibility of moving myself out of that darkness, and allowing a little bit of bright back into my life.
I also liked that she was able to figure out Gavin by reading his previous novel, Killing the Tides.
“I think it’s raw, disturbing, and overwhelming. It reminds me of you.”
While I liked Brody in Make it a Double, I liked him even more in this book. As Savannah’s best friend, he plays the role of protector, while also encouraging her to take chances. Who knew an ex-con could be so thoughtful? Oh wait, if you read the last book, then you already know.
Overall, I liked Savannah, although I thought she could have been more aggressive, career wise. Staying in a small town with limited career options didn’t seem to make sense. But I guess the plot of the story would be ruined if she moved away. There is a big plot twist in the story though, and although it wasn’t a surprise, Gavin’s reaction was disappointing and put him back in the ASSHAT category. I won’t give away any spoilers, but my heart hurt for both characters, and I wished they would have reacted differently. Thankfully we have Brody to save the day!
Fingers, arms, and toes crossed that Cassie gets the next book. She deserves her own HEA!
*An ARC was received from the author for an honest review.
About the Author
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.