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.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Holy Hannah!! Alannah Lynne’s Heat Wave series is totally heating up in round two of the series, Last Call. As the title suggests, Last Call revolves around a bar and when you throw in a hot bartender, a little mischief and mayhem and, a super sexy property developer you have a recipe for a really good contemporary romance.
As second-in-command at Holden Enterprises, Gavin McLeod is in charge of scouting out properties and locations that might be suitable for Holden’s next luxury resort. For more than a decade, Gavin hasn’t just done his job well, he has done his job exceptionally well and as a result, he is the heir-apparent to the throne. For most of the past decade, Gavin has been OK with the work he’s done but lately things have been a bit off. Gavin wasn’t born and raised into a life of luxury and when he is asked to check out the Blackout bar, he sees a little piece of his childhood coming into the crosshairs.
Anticue Island isn’t home to a lot people but it is home to Sunny Black, her younger brother and, their bar, the Blackout. Sunny has dedicated the bulk of her life to looking after her younger brother and ensuring he has a stable home, a place he can always return to. The Blackout is not only Sunny’s income, it is her home and something she and her brother worked very, very hard to build. The night Gavin McLeod walks into her bar, Sunny knows two things: 1) she is fiercely attracted to him and; 2) he is interested in her bar in a way that just doesn’t seem quite right.
Gavin’s first night in the Blackout puts a whole lot of things in his life into perspective. He realizes exactly how much he hates his job, he realizes how good life was when it was far simpler and, he knows to the cellular level that he must have the woman tending bar. Sunny Black is unlike any woman Gavin has ever met and getting to know her is just as important as his next breath. Breaking through her defenses isn’t going to be easy and once he starts asking questions about the owner of the bar and the possibility of buying the property, well, those defenses get even trickier.
It doesn’t take long before Sunny and Gavin agree to disagree where her bar is concerned but agree to agree on their sexual chemistry. Thanks to everything holy they agreed on that last part J In a very, very short amount of time Sunny and Gavin both realize they are in over their respective heads but just can’t seem to care. Unfortunately for Gavin, he also gets in over his head where his boss is concerned and as more and more evidence comes to light, Gavin figures out that more than his job is on the line. As Gavin and Sunny become closer, Holden Enterprises and its slimy CEO becomes more desperate and the two lovers work hard to keep the Blackout in their possession and their heads attached to their bodies.
The Bottom Line: I really liked this read. In fact, I read most of Last Call in a single sitting and stayed up way too late to get to the end! Sunny is all kinds of feisty and I very much enjoyed her constant mental gymnastics she found necessary to keep seeing Gavin. Sunny is strong-willed, loyal, hard-working and devoted to her brother and her home. Her relationship with the residents of Anticue Island are some of the most enjoyable (and heart-breaking) parts of this read. I generally liked Gavin but had to change his name in my head because his full name, Gavin McLeod is the name of the actor who played Captain Stubbing on The Love Boat and that just isn’t sexy J Weird name issues aside, I liked the drama and the antics throughout this read and the naughty bits may have been even a little hotter than in the first read. If this series keeps going as it is, I can see it becoming one of my favorites!
About the author and where to find her:
Alannah believes there’s nothing more magical than finding the other half of your soul, experiencing fiery passion, and knowing you’ve found happily-ever-after. She loves going to work each day (in sweats and a T-shirt) and writing about hot heroes and feisty heroines who torment each other in the most delicious ways before finding their happy ending. She lives in the coastal region of North Carolina with her husband, who also happens to be her best friend and biggest fan. They have two sons, a dog, and two cats.