Cillian O’Braidagh is the sexy, front man to the Irish rock band, Over The Edge. His rising fame and sultry voice make him every woman’s fantasy come true. Not to mention his single-minded determination. To put it simply: what Cillian wants, Cillian always gets. And he wants Renner, because there’s just something about the flame-haired beauty he has to possess.
If their relationship was just about sex and rock n’ roll, it would be easy for them to get lost in their desires. Only their relationship is anything but a hook-up. Will lies, deceit and hidden tragedy get in the way, making the path to true love uncertain? Or will the girl whose been knocked Off Course, find her footing with the man who is teaching her it’s okay to lose control?
In a field riddled with stories about rock stars, Sawyer Bennett brings a different twist to her book. Oftentimes with romances that feature a male musician, the narrative revolves around the insecurity of the lead female - is she good enough to keep him, how will she stave off all the groupies, will the hero see the woman for who she really is? In Off Course, there is a little of that, but the drama really revolves around the price the girlfriend pays in order for the hero to play "knight in shining armor." Playing hero does exact a price and it is often at the sacrifice of the relationships in the hero's life. I thought this was a different take on a rockstar romance.
This book also solidifies Sawyer Bennett as the Queen of Sweet. I've said this before but I think this bears especially true here; she really knows how to bring on the "sweet". When Cillian is at his most vulnerable, he is completely irresistible. His soul-bearing dialogue feels genuine and hits me right in the heart.
When I began this book, I didn't know where this was going. However, the more I read, the more I began to love both Cillian and Renner. Truth be told, I'd say that Cillian gives Linc a run for the money as the top "Off" hero.
IN A NUTSHELL: Thank you, Sawyer Bennett for another great addition to the Off Series. I'm both looking forward to and dreading Flynn's story knowing that it will be the end to the series.
Renner: Ooooh...that’s a good one. He’s really hot.
Cillian: I like going classic. Ann Margaret. She reminds me a lot of my girl, Renner.
2. Favorite song/singer?
Sawyer: What A Wonderful Word, Louis Armstrong
Cillian: You’re just partial, Ren. I’d have to say Backwater by the Meat Puppets.
3. Favorite place you would love to visit?
Sawyer: Vienna...my favorite city in the world.
Renner: Australia...I’ve always wanted to go there.
Cillian: We’ll be hitting there an upcoming tour so no worries. I’d like to check out the Maldives...with Renner in a bikini.
4. One item you can not live with out?
Sawyer: Unfortunately, as I’ve gotten older... my glasses.
5. Who would you like to meet?(dead or alive)
Sawyer: I’d love to meet the late Thurgood Marshall, former Justice of the US Supreme Court and the attorney who argued the case of Brown v. Board of Education. He’s my legal idol.
Renner: That’s a hard one...hmmmm...
Cillian: Bono from U2.
Renner: Oooohhh...Bono...I’ll go with that.
6. Favorite hobby?
Sawyer: Reading is my favorite hobby but outside of that, I love to paint.
Renner: I like to take pictures of landscapes...but I’m not very good.
Cillian: You’re good at everything, babe. I actually like to read too, when I get the time.
7. Guilty pleasure?
Sawyer: Hershey’s Kisses with Almonds
Renner: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Cillian: Renner...but there’s no guilt involved.
8. Favorite author and/book?
Sawyer: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Renner: Off Course by Sawyer Bennett.
Cillian: Suck-up. I think mine is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
9. Do you collect anything?
Sawyer: Sadly...I don’t, unless you count dog hair. I have quite the collection over my house, my clothes and even stuck in the back of my throat.
Renner: I collect seashells from the various beaches I’ve been too. I have them in a glass jar back at my parents’ home.
Cillian: I collect t-shirts of various bands that I’ve seen.
10. Favorite color?
Sawyer: Yellow. It’s so bright and cheery!
Renner: Blue. Simple. Classic.
Cillian: Green...the color of Renner’s eyes.