Monday, August 12, 2013

Book Tour [Review & Giveaway] ~ "Off Course" by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Off Course (Off Series #4)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Publisher: Big Dog Books
Release date: August 4, 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: New Adult 
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
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Renner Caldwell has her life perfectly mapped out. She has the ideal relationship, the perfect job and all is right in her world. When a shameful turn of events happens, she boards the first plane bound for Ireland to lick her wounds and get her head back on straight.

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?

Off Course is another great addition to Off Series. If you've read (and enjoyed) the previous books, I'm sure you'll love this story just as much. I mean, dare you say no to a hot, tattooed, pierced rocker (with a fine dominant side)? No? That's what I thought...

If you have read Off Series, you already know Renner is Nix and Linc's cousin. She's off in Ireland after losing her job, trying to figure out what to do with her life, and where to go from there. The trouble is, she had it all mapped out. The perfect job, the ideal man to spend her life with... and, she's about to realize things are not always how they seem.

Enter Cillian. Five years earlier, he was the hottest guy she'd ever seen. He's the frontman of the Over the Edge band. Seriously hot... and seriously not the one for commitment. After their first encounter went... not so well, Renner is not too happy to see him again. But, he remembers her, and she's about to find out that what you think you need may turn out to be all wrong for you.

Once again, the story is told in dual first person POV. And, again, I have to point out that it gives an additional dimension to the story, and the characters. It's nice to see both sides, know their thoughts and follow them on their journey to finding love.
Off Course being New Adult, you already expect to find a certain amount of angst. Which is fine. Well, maybe it wouldn't be so fine, but it works perfectly here, so there's no reason to complain.
Another thing that I love about this series is the fact that every book can be read as a stand alone. No cliffhangers. Just grab a book, and enjoy reading it, without having to worry about when the next one will come out.
The book is set in Ireland, so it definitely has a different feel. As I'm not from Ireland, I can't really say if it's authentic enough, or how a Dublin native would feel reading it, but I really loved that part.
Now, what I need to mention is this - Off Course touched some rather serious issues. Alcohol abuse and suicide attempts, to be exact. True, the treatment part (even the pretreatment) was far from realistic. And, though I understand it was done that way so the storyline could work, I highly appreciate the Afterthoughts.

Now, the epilogue. The funny thing is - I adore it. And, I'd probably be the first to nag about it, and complain there wasn't more, but it just felt... right. Flynn's voice is amazing... and, what little there was to learn about his story - and his past - made me squirm, and want to read it right now. Well done!

Overall, Off Course is a great read. I really enjoy Sawyer Bennett's style. She has a way of creating characters that you simply have to adore. If you love NA, you should definitely give this series a chance. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

*** ARC kindly provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review ***

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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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