Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SUNNY - BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - "Sugar on the Edge" by Sawyer Bennett

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Sugar On the Edge, book 3 in Sawyer Bennett’s Last Call series. Join us for a review and a giveaway. This one’s a bit edgier with one of Ms. Bennett’s most love-him-and-hate-him character to date.

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?

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This is probably Sawyer Bennett’s raciest book to date.  Gavin Cooke is darker than any of her previous heroes, including Nixon Caldwell.  Gavin’s tragedy is soul-deep and as such, he strikes out at the world by being as mean and curmudgeonly as possible. Although she is commenting on Gavin’s book, Killing the Tides, Savanna describes him best when she says it’s “raw, disturbing, and overwhelming”.  Gavin is easy to dislike and yet, when we learn the reasons why, I had tears streaming down my face. 

Sawyer Bennett once again taps into a deep emotional well in her characters.  This is a story of contrasts: where Gavin is emotionally in a black hole, Savannah is total light.  Her life is difficult and she is struggling to live her dream, but she has a spirit that draws him in.  As Gavin describes Savannah, “I’m dark that way.  I’m way too bitter for your brand of sweet.”  

For a Sawyer Bennett book, this pushes the sexual envelope a little. She offers one of the best contrasts between lust and desire:

Lust suggests a carnal need to slake oneself until there is no further need. Desire suggests a craving… something that is pervasive and without end.  Something that slowly pulls at you…warms you from the inside out and fogs your senses entirely.

There are several truly heart-dropping, stomach-clenching moments in this book.  This is a book about discovery, perceptions, forgiveness,and perseverance. We learn that one can exist without truly living: 

When you just exist, you have no emotions.  No passion.  But when you live...you seize opportunity, you drink of a joyful life, and you'r motivated. The man I know...the man I've let into my heart, he's a man that lives.


The dialogue is both harsh at times, and other times flirty.  There are grin-worthy and jaw dropping moments.  You love him, you hate him.  You want more.  Speaking of which, I hope Sawyer Bennett gives us an update on how Gavin's second book - what did the editors think? How did the public receive it? We need a footnote!


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.

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