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Blog Tour: Off Course by Sawyer Bennett {Review+Giveaway}

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Today is my stop on the Off Course tour hosted by AToMR Tours!
To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpt click here

Off Course (Off Series #4)
   by: Sawyer Bennett

Publication Date: Aug. 4, 2013
Publisher: Big Dog Books
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC received from AToMR tours and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 201 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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’Bradaigh 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?
My Review:

Well, folks. Sawyer Bennett has done it again. I am absolutely in love with this series and I never ever want it to end! Sawyer has a knack for creating sexy male leads and strong, likeable female MC's. I love that both books I've read by her (Off the Record and now Off Course) are both dual POV. I can't get enough! I guess books just become so much real for me if I can see what both characters are thinking and feeling- and why they make the decisions they do.

I loved this one. Off Course alternates between both Renner and Cillian's POV's. We met Renner briefly in Off the Record- she is Linc and Nix's cousin and all we really knew about her was that she was a flight attendant for Delta and recently had her heart broken by a married man. We first meet Cillian in Off Course and he is a young, 19-year old rocker in a band. The sexual tension that boy can emit off the stage is mind-blowing! And Renner (who is visiting her cousins in Dublin) can certainly feel it. At 17, she is not as experienced as he is, and after a steamy kiss, puts the brakes on his advances. Cillian wasn't a douche or even upset about it- he's actually very sweet, telling her to just be herself. However, that certainly didn't stop him from sticking his tongue down the next girl's throat at the same party. Ouch. However, 5 years later, Renner finds herself back in Dublin to escape what went down with her job at Delta. She is left reeling by the outcome but is determined to make the best of her situation. She ends up running into Cillian again, as he is taking a summer break with his band. At first she doesn't think he remembers her, but there's no way he could have forgotten.

Renner is definitely not going to fall into Cillian's arms- no matter how sweet of a talker he can be. She's been burned once and she refuses to let it happen again. Not to mention, she remembers the way he was and how disappointed she felt when she saw how easily he could cast her aside. Cillian doesn't even fit Renner's ideal man description. She is looking for Mr. Perfect- a businessman, who is stable and responsible, that she can settle down and have kids, a white picket fence, the whole shebang with. Cillian is rough around the edges, has an unpredictable lifestyle, and doesn't seem like the settling down type. He is also obsessed with being in control. There was a time in his life where he wasn't able to be in control and he lost so much. This explains why he is the way he is with his band-mate and former lover, Maeve. Maeve is a piece of work, let me tell you! She is still in love with Cillian, even though he's told her numerous times that they can't be that way together and he only wants to be friends. She has an addiction to alcohol and is somewhat suicidal. I really felt bad for Maeve in the beginning, because she seemed like a girl who had no one to depend on, so she clung to the first person she trusted most in the world and loved: Cillian. However, she is still in love with him and is NOT happy that Renner is in the picture. The lengths Maeve will go to are quite insane, but Cillian will not take the tough love route with her. He feels like he can make amends for his past, by helping her- even though no one can help her but herself.

I will say Renner put up a pretty good fight against his charms. He's quite persistent when it comes to her and won't give up. I have to admit- I love the chase. I love the build up between these two because when Renner finally gives in- dear God, it's hot. It's pretty clear from the get-go that Cillian is definitely attracted to Renner (he can't get her out of his head) and wants to be the one to free her from her self-imposed restraints and show her how to live a little. He didn't stop to account for the fact that he could actually be falling for her.

Will Renner be able to open up her heart to Cillian after having it smashed by her ex-boyfriend (who is still sending her text messages begging for forgiveness?) or will she find that she just can't let herself fall for the guy who doesn't fit her criteria but can make her feel more alive than she's ever felt? And will Cillian be able to see through Maeve's manipulation and determine what is worth fighting for and who he can't live without?

About the Author:

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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  1. Awesome review, chick. I completely agree with how fantastic Cillian was.

    Thanks for participating in the tour!

    1. Thanks Andrea! I loved him bunches! I can't wait for Flynn' story now!

  2. I am dying to start this series, especially since so many of my blogging buddies love this series. It just sounds delicious. Amazing review!

    1. It's really good! I love them! I still have to read the first two, but Sawyer is just so talented!

  3. Great review! I just skimmed since I recently bought this one but haven't read it yet. I can't wait though, if you liked it, I know I will :-)

    1. Thanks girl! You'll definitely love meeting Cillian!

  4. "Sawyer has a knack for creating sexy male leads and strong, likeable female MC's." I am SOLD!!! lol ;p I have been meaning to give this series a try and from all the hot, sweet and just plain awesome things I have heard about it I think I'll definitely enjoy it! I especially can't wait to meet Cillian....umm...sexy rocker...YES PLEASE!!! YUM! The characters sound fabulous and gahhh....I just want this! I seriously can't wait to get around to this series! I'm soo glad you enjoyed this Jessica! Loved your review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

    1. YAY! I can't wait for you to read these Maida! I really have NO DOUBTS you will love this as much as I did!


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