He left to travel the world for fame and glory, but only after spurning Gabby Ward and crushing her young heart. Now Hunter Markham has come back home to the sand and salty breeze of the North Carolina Outer Banks so he can open up Last Call, a beach bar nestled among the dunes of the Atlantic.
Gabby Ward is not happy that Hunter has returned. Bitter over his rebuff years before, she’s content to stay far away from him and his dangerously charming ways.
Gabby’s well-schemed plans to ignore Hunter go up in flames when he presents an offer to her that she simply can’t refuse, throwing them together in a common quest to each reach their goals. Working together day in and day out proves to be problematic for Gabby, who soon realizes that the feelings she had for him are still very much alive. Hunter struggles to reach through to Gabby’s cold heart, all while starting a new career away from his life as a top ranked, professional surfer.
What starts out as a mutual business arrangement soon turns into a passion that neither of them can continue to deny.
Hard choices lay ahead for both of them when Hunter is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to return to the pro surfing tour.
This is Gabby and Hunter’s story and is the first book in the Last Call series. Gabby is besties with Hunter’s sister, Casey so Gabby and Hunter basically grew up together. Gabby is a general contractor after taking over her father’s business after his passing. Hunter is a professional surfer who’s returned home after 5 years for his brother (Brody) and now owns a bar and grille, Last Call. Hunter sounds like the sexy blonde surfer we all imagine when we think “surfer”. He gave up his passion for his brother and that won some points for me right away. We get a glimpse of their past in the prologue and from there it’s all present tense with a swap between Gabby and Hunter’s POV. From the glimpse we get of Gabby and Hunter’s past I can feel the hesitation and awkwardness in their friendship. When lines start being crossed things were wishy washy for me and this left me feeling frustrated. Gabby and Hunter are both stubborn and when they want something they go at it full force. The sex was hot but I agree with Gabby when she said that “that’s all it is” because it seemed they were constantly on each other (literally). Don’t get me wrong, it was all kinds of sexy and hot, but it seemed sex was a focal point. New love, right? I found myself wanting more depth. For example, to see more of Gabby’s relationship with Casey, especially if they’re besties as well as Casey being Hunter’s sister. I was shocked that Casey didn’t realize their situation sooner, but she does seem to be in her own world at times. We also know Gabby’s lost her father, but what about her mom? We don’t see her mom or talk to her mom. I was rooting for Gabby and Hunter to make it but the pushing and pulling (although natural) had me doubting. Because in my mind: if you know, you know. I’m anxious to hear Brody’s story and to also catch up with the rest of the Last Call gang. I became genuinely concerned for Brody and wanted both Hunter and Gabby to make the best decisions for themselves (individually). Gabby’s undecided about her future and I wanted more of where she wants her road to lead. Again, hopefully we’ll get some of these answers in other installments of this series. Overall this was a great read as Sawyer sucked me in to the life of this group. They all are supportive of one another and this made me feel bonded to Gabby, Hunter, Casey, Brody & Alyssa. The dialogue was funny and catchy and the emotions experienced were clearly presented and followed. There’s no cliffhanger, just the desire to have the next installment Make it a Double at the ready. Which it is, so I’m diving in!! Give this a try and find your next crush!! Rating: 3.5 stars