Saturday, 11 April 2015

Review: Shaken, Not Stirred (Last Call #5) by Sawyer Bennett

Shaken, Not Stirred (Last Call, #5)Shaken, Not Stirred

Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Last Call #5
Pages: 274
Publisher: Big Dog Books
Release date: 17th March 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Casey Markham is a man-eater in a rut. Swearing off relationships may keep her heart safe, but she's beginning to question if her casual flings will ever leave her satisfied. She's wondering if it's finally time to let go of the past and stop letting history control her future. 

Bad boy biker, Tenn Jennings can't get Casey off his mind. A chance encounter with the beautiful blond has left its mark, and now he's determined to prove her wrong about everything she thought she knew about men. 

It’s safe to say… Casey Markham has met her match. 

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

I have been wanting to read a Sawyer Bennett book for a while now, Ellen from Always’s YA at Heart is a big fan so when I saw Shaken, Not Stirred on Netgalley, it was an instant request and despite it being book 5 in the Last Call series, I never felt lost at any time.

Our main character is Casey Markham who had previously been hurt by an ex so she uses rich men for casual flings but never lets them get close emotionally; she likes to be the one in control. Things certainly change with the arrival of biker, Tenn Jennings who sees Casey for what she is and slowly sneaks past her well-built boundaries.

I enjoyed Casey and Tenn’s initial meeting, her car had a flat tyre and he was there to help change it – they then end up at the bar her brother owns and where she is working to make ends meet when Tenn shows up with his mate Kyle and the banter starts, their chemistry is off the charts but she promises him a one night only hook up but after this Tenn can’t get her out of his mind and it seems the feeling is mutual, her control is slowly slipping.

Casey and Tenn were great characters, Casey was stubborn, reluctant and very confident and Tenn was all sexy alpha male! He was also the father of a fourteen year old daughter and despite not liking children/teens involved in the romance books I read I felt this one was done well and she didn’t take up a lot of page time. There also wasn’t a lot of unnecessary angst and drama; they dealt with any miscommunications in a way that was believable, mature and well done.

There were a lot of smexy times, maybe I read too much YA these days but I found myself skipping these scenes because they became repetitive.

I enjoyed the secondary characters and hope to read the other books in the series to get to know them a little more; I am especially intrigued about Brody and his past.

The writing is engaging and the storyline kept me entertained from the first page, I will definitely be reading more books written by Sawyer Bennett.

Thank you to Big Dog Books for the opportunity to read Shaken, Not Stirred.

About the author: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling 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. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three 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.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series, the Last Call Series and the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series.


  1. I've never read anything by Sawyer Bennett but i'm so glad that you liked this one! I always love when i can become a fan of the secondary characters too. So many books don't take the time to really make them interesting or properly flesh them out.

    1. The secondary characters were great so I am definitely keen to read their books, this was a lot of fun :-)

  2. This author is on my list, and I am glad book five worked as a standalone. I keep passing on them because I haven't read the others. That cover...yum.

  3. This is a new author and series to me. The cover certainly is eye catching. I will have to give this a whirl. Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. I haven't read this series yet, but the characters do sound swoon-worthy! I like the cover though :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections


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