Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blog Tour: Off Course (Off Series #4) by Sawyer Bennett {Review + Giveaway}

Welcome to our stop on the OFF COURSE blog tour presented by AToMR . Check out Hootie's review and don't forget to check out the giveaway below! Thanks for stopping by!

Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: August 4th 2013
Series: Off #4
Format: Kindle ebook
Source: Provided by author for tour

   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? 
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My Take:
What started out as general interest in a story after reading an excerpt for the first book on a friend's blog has turned into a full blown love affair. The Off series has become one of my all time favorites and with every book the stories get better and better.

Cillian and Renner are one of my favorite couples in the series now after reading Off Course. She met him when she was 17 during a trip to visit family in Dublin and the two shared some heated moments after one of his shows, before Cillian realized she wasn't ready for him. I think I was instantly drawn to him once he was described as "Black Irish". Olive skinned and dark eyed, Cillian is unlike the majority of Irish blokes. Five years later Renner shows back up at a local pub with a broken heart and a secret all her own. She wasn't expecting to ever see Cillian again and doesn't think he would remember her from all those years ago but he proves her wrong. She isn't looking for a relationship but Cillian won't let her go so easily and pursues her. 

I usually don't start off talking about the guy in the story but I can't hold in my affection for Cillian any longer! I have always loved Irish guys with thick accents and this "Black Irish" hunk of man meat took the cake...and my panties! I don't consider myself much of a slut physically but for Cillian I would probably do him in the middle of a Catholic mass if he asked me to. Not only was he blazing hot but he was surprisingly sweet and affectionate especially with Renner. Being the front man for his band Over The Edge you would have thought he would be a prickly asshole but he had one of the biggest hearts that he proved over and over again. He cared for Renner and the affection he displays combined with his overall lust for her was a potent combination. He's got some issues that end up nearly ruining the amazing thing he develops with Renner in the form of his band mate and former fling Maeve. Over the years of their friendship Maeve has developed an obsessive attachment to Cillian and does everything she can to get him back even play on his emotions. After losing his parents violently he's developed a hero complex and feels like he needs to do whatever he can to help Maeve with her issues. He helps her in whatever way he can and never realizes she is playing a sick game to win him back until it's almost too late. 

Renner has her own set of issues that have left her with no job and a black mark on her reputation. Her broken heart is revealed little by little and it was hard for me to watch her be so hurt. I fell in love with her in Off The Record when she visited her cousin Lincoln and was mistaken as one of his many conquests by his now girlfriend Ever. She returns to Dublin and starts working at her uncles pub after losing her job at Delta as a flight attendant so she can heal her broken heart. She isn't looking to make any serious attachments after coming off a failed relationship with her ex Cormac who plays a hand in her jobless state. I was incredibly pissed off when it's finally revealed what actually happened to Renner and losing her job with Delta. It was the ultimate betrayal in my eyes especially from someone who claimed to love her so when Cillian shows back up and not only remembers her but pursues her I was thrilled. What starts out as just a sexy fling quickly moves into more between them and the romance they develop was beautiful. After going through such a rough time with her ex, seeing Cillian win her affection and make her feel beautiful was such a sweet thing to witness. Throughout the story Cillian refers to her as his "Cailin Alainn" and when I finally got to the Revelation of what that means I wanted to die it was so sweet. 

The passion between these two characters is incredibly steamy and I honestly think Cillian gave Linc a run for his money as hottest guy in the series. The sex scenes between Cillian and Renner were hot to say the least. With every book the scenes seem to get hotter and more steamy but for some reason Off Course seemed the hottest to me. I think for me what made it super hot was experiencing the sexy from Cillian's POV. I love reading a hot love scene from the guy's perspective, it just seems so much more potent to me. I loved that Renner made him work for a little bit and didn't just give in to his sexy demands even though a lesser woman (hangs head in shame) would have jumped at the chance to ride him like a Budweiser Clydesdale. 

Besides the heat and the fun and flirty banter between Cillian and Renner, the main thing I loved about this book was their commitment to make their relationship work. Despite the rocky patches they went through I never doubted things wouldn't work out for them. even when his psycho band mate Maeve became a problem for them. Cillian proved his worth by going to any means necessary to win Renner's heart and any guy who willingly jumps in front of a firing squad (Renner's brother and cousins) just to prove himself is total win in my book. Off Course proved another strong addition to this amazing series that I can't get enough of. I am already beyond excited about the next book that will feature Renner's brother Flynn. PINCH ME! I say it with every review of these books, you have to read them! This entire series is fantastic and addicting!

He's going to whisper words to me that will make my bones sizzle. He'll figure a way to touch my skin that will make me want to strip naked for him. Cillian is too powerful...too carnal...and if I don't buck up against his brand of magic, I'm going to be lost. eARC 41%

"While I love staring at your gorgeous face while I'm fucking you, I know this is going to be be my favorite position with you. Watching you bend over for me...knowing how tight you'll be this way. It will feel good, baby. Trust me." eARC 49%

I met her outside of the pub, with a brown paper bag in my hand. She eyed it curiously, "Is that a surprise for me?" "Sort of. It's a box of condoms. SURPRISE!" eARC 53%

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  About the Author
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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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  1. " I don't consider myself much of a slut physically but for Cillian I would probably do him in the middle of a Catholic mass if he asked me to." .... I like how you say you're not *much* of a slut!

    Fab review, Babe! Thanks for participating.

  2. LOL! Your reviews are so funny! I love them!
    I'm glad that you enjoyed this so much too. I bought a copy yesterday morning and started reading and I couldn't stop reading it for one second. It was so addicting. And Cillian was super hot!
    Love your review! :)

  3. I'm really loving this series. Hope to get to this one soon. I can't wait to meet Cillian! he sounds like my kind of guy.

  4. Nice review about the characters

  5. LOVED this one too! Cillian is so yummy! All that Irish goodness. Great review.



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