Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Review of Sugar on the Edge by Sawyer Bennett

The bit on the back…

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?

Firstly thank you to Big Dog Books for approving me for a copy of this title on NetGalley. This is the first time I’ve read anything by Sawyer Bennett and although Sugar on Tthe Edge is part of a series (The Last Call) it can be read as a standalone.

The story starts with a glimpse into one of our main characters, Gavin Cooke’s tortured, angry, grumpy, gorgeous personality and we find out how he comes to meet our other main character Savannah.

The story is told from both character’s points of view which I really like in a story so that was a massive plus for me having the story start out this way. I liked the relationship set up that Savannah and Gavin had and how at odds their characters were to one another to begin with.

The chemistry between the characters is pretty palpable right from the start and I think it starts off more of an angry tension turning into a lust fuelled intensity between the two of them. Savannah lets herself go around Gavin and gives herself over to him even though she’s not sure of him. I liked the development of her character and how she dealt with what had happened in her past.

Gavin’s own past is pretty tragic and heart-breaking. When his secret past does come to light I felt the emotion but I also felt a little like the point was laboured. I feel like the story was a bit over worked in terms of the scale of the tragedy in his past and that it could have still had the same emotional impact if it had been simplified a bit.

Gavin is pretty highly stereotyped and I really hated that he called Savannah “love”! I often find it irritating when I see this in stories set in America with an English main character. It particularly irked me when he called her that while they were in the throes and I just felt like screaming at him. It felt completely at odds with his dominance in bed and I didn’t like it at all.

The relationship between the characters escalated really quickly over two weeks and takes up almost all of the story, the latter part of their relationship which takes part over a longer space of time is dedicated less page time and seemed a bit like the exciting part of the story was passed so let’s just rush through the rest.

Based on this I probably would read the rest of the series and I have downloaded another of Sawyer’s books to read.

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