: 4.5 stars--SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED is the fifth installment in Sawyer Bennett’s breathtaking , adult, contemporary Last Call erotic romance series focusing on a tight knit group of family and friends from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This is former Marine, motorcycle mechanic and cowboy Tenn Jennings, and bartender/real estate agent Casey Markham’s storyline-Casey is Hunter’s (On The Rocks) and Brody’s (Make it a Double) younger sister. SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED can be read as a stand alone storyline although all of the previous storyline couples play a secondary and supporting role throughout the novel. I would suggest reading the series from the beginning for the pleasure and enjoyment.
The focus of the storyline follows Tenn (a divorced father of one) as he considers a permanent move to North Carolina to be closer to his teenaged daughter Zoey. Agreeing to a road trip with his buddy Kyle Somerville, while Kyle visits his sister Andrea (With A Twist #4), Tenn will come face to face with his future-Casey Markham-a woman whose past has hardened her heart to relationships, rich men and love. What ensues is Tenn’s pursuit of Casey as Casey tries desperately not to fall in love. Our couple will encounter a few anxious moments when Casey’s past returns for a visit, and Tenn’s emergency call home will leave Casey wondering if her heart will be broken-once again.
The relationship between Casey and Tenn is one of immediate attraction. They first met along the road when Casey’s tire got a flat, and Tenn had no idea that this woman would call to his heart and soul. Casey’s experience with men has left her jaded; and with a reputation amongst her family and friends. Casey doesn’t do love; doesn’t do relationships; and especially doesn’t date the man with a bad boy reputation. Finding herself in a relationship is nothing short of scary. The $ex scenes are intimate, emotional and intense. There is something to say about a man with a goatee and the sensitive side of a woman’s flesh.
The secondary and supporting characters include all of the previous storyline couples including Butch and Lillian Markham-Hunter, Brody and Casey’s parents.. We get up close and personal with family, friends and what it means to have the support of the people you love. Tenn’s daughter Zoey is an amazing young woman whose desire to live with her father may see a change in direction for Tenn and Casey. The reader is introduced to Andrea’s brother Kyle Somerville, as well as Tenn’s younger brother Woolf Jennings. I suspect we will see a storyline for each of these smexy men.
There is a slight cross over with Sawyer Bennett’s OFF series with the inclusion of Nix Caldwell and the love of his life Emily Burnham (Off Limits #2). Nix is a former Marine buddy of Tenn’s and Tenn is considering opening a motorcycle shop in North Carolina with the help of Nix and his ability to weld metal and build bikes.
The world building continues to focus on the THE LAST CALL-Hunter Caldwell’s bar-where family and friends gather after a hard day’s work. Brody and Hunter are very protective of their baby sister and in this there is some back and forth between the brothers and Tenn Jennings.
Sawyer Bennett writes characters about whom we can relate; their storylines are believable, imaginative and provocative. You can feel the heartbreak and the emotional struggles; the love and the promise of a happily ever after. Congratulations to Sawyer on another fantastic addition to her LAST CALL series.