Saturday, April 26, 2014

SUNNY - BLOG TOUR and REVIEW: "Make It a Double" by Sawyer Bennett

Brody Markham has endured a nightmare, spending the last five years in prison and losing everything that was dear to him. Now he’s back home, trying to survive in a world he doesn’t recognize anymore. While his family and friends desperately try to reach through to him, he shelters himself further and further away from their love.

Alyssa Myers has worked her entire life to distance herself from the luxurious and privileged lifestyle in which she was raised. Running her non-profit agency, The Haven, she is content to spend her days helping abused animals find sanctuary, which fulfills her in a way that money just can’t buy.

Maybe it’s that she recognizes in Brody some of the same characteristics she sees in her homeless wards, but Alyssa is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.

While Brody struggles to surface from the darkness, Alyssa tries to protect her heart in case he’s not willing to accept the light that she offers him.

*MAKE IT A DOUBLE can be read as a stand-alone*


What is a hero?  For many of us, when we think of a hero we think of crime-fighting icons with superhuman powers and skin-fitting apparel (Yes, especially Henry Cavill in his dark blue tights.)  But what about the guy who has the super-human capacity to love and sacrifice?  In my book, that too is a definition of hero.  Meet Brody Markham. Wounded, he is just returned from prison.  He vacillates between wanting to be left alone and wanting to be back as a part of his family.  He's back in his home town, and he wants to be connected to his past but uncertain how he can move on.  

In comes Alyssa Meyers into his life.  Alyssa is best friends with Brody's sister-in-law.  Despite growing up in a privileged home, she rejects that lifestyle as cold and uncaring. Alyssa is full of life and pours all of her love and care into her animal rescue, The Haven. Anyone who is dedicated that much to animals surely has much love to give. 

This is what draws the two together.  And it is beautiful.  It is ferocious.  It is some of Sawyer Bennett's best work.  She has a keen ability to tap into a character's nobility, whether it is standing up for discarded animals or protecting the family.  At the end, I applaud our characters' sacrifices and sigh at their love story.  

IN A NUTSHELL:  I love this Last Call series.  I love the setting.  For me, it's almost a character unto itself.  I adore the characters.  I am entangled in their stories and I want to read more!


USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformedtrial 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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