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I was in the mood for something light and romantic, so opened up Last Call. It’s a fairly typical romance, with a bit of a mystery behind the love side. Gavin is sent out to a small seaside village by his boss, thinking he’s to scope out a popular bar and see if it will work as a format in the chain of resorts his boss owns. He meets bar owner Sunny and there’s instant hot and compelling attraction between them, and though there are some problems initially they soon embark on a hot and sexy evening. Sunny feels she can give herself a break after years of looking after her younger brother, and setting the bar up to provide them with a home and income, and have a brief ,quick affair. Gavin isn’t sure what he’s doing but can’t seem to stop himself from flirting with Sunny and wanting to make love to her. Problems arise when the next day she finds out that Gavin may have ulterior motives, and Gavin discovers that his boss doesn’t intend him to scope the bar but to ensure that Sunny sells it, and that he’s expected to play the hard sell. Gavin is concerned that Max has a reputation for skirting legalities, and isn’t sure just how far he will go to get what he wants. It seems Max has risked far too much on this deal and can’t let it fail. Having become close to Sunny Gavin is concerned for her safety after some of Max’ secrets are revealed.
There follows a mystery that needs sorting, decisions by Gavin as to what he’s going to do, some stalking by his boss’ daughter who’s convinced she can get him to love her if she just keeps trying, proof of bribery, arson and double dealing. Its a story that’s got a lot going on.
I loved Gavin from the start, a sexy man with a sense of humour is always good, and of course Sunny, she’s a strong and independent woman and after so many wimpish, helpless, fluttery eyed heroines (you can tell they irritate me can’t you !!) it’s great to see someone who makes things happen, gets on with life and doesn’t wait for a man to rescue her. Gavin and Sunny have some hard decisions to take, but also face physical danger and not just an emotional fallout if things go wrong.
I thought Callie, Gavin’s “stalker” and boss’ daughter was a real bitch at first, but she grew up a lot in this short tale when she faced up to what was happening that she’d been turning a blind eye to. I ended up feeling sorry for her and respecting how she’d dealt with the blows.
Some good fun characters, smoking hot and sensual sex scenes, humour (peppermint liqueur!) and an entertaining mystery in this book. I enjoyed it as a one off read but its not one I’d re read. Its well written and edited, and I love how tiny details like the leaking sink and the bracelet have such a major impact at the right time. I’m always looking for little details like that as they add so much to the holistic feel of the story.
At £5.36 for 228 pages it’s quite expensive on my personal VFM scale as its not one I’d re read but then others want to read this type over and over so may see the price as reasonable.
Stars: four from me.
Gavin McLeod is a man who has it all. His corporate climb has positioned him as the next CEO at Holden Enterprises. He’s financially stable, allowing him to provide for the grandfather who raised him, and his successful seduction of the sexy bartender last night proves his private life is also on fire. Until the alluring woman in his arms turns out to be a serious road-block to his future. One that could bring everything he’s worked for crashing down around him.
Sunny Black has spent her entire life tending to the needs of others, caring for her younger brother since she was ten, and serving bar patrons night after night. For the first time in years, she thinks of herself and gives in to her body’s demands, taking a trip to the wild side with a customer whose raw sexuality is too strong to deny. The next morning, however, she learns that in addition to rocking her world, the stranger might cause it to crumble.
A game of sexual seduction and corporate chess ensues, with neither Gavin nor Sunny realizing the ending could come in the form of a permanent check-mate.