(Heat Wave #2)
by Alannah Lynne
Published October 1st 2012 by Alannah Lynne
Copy courtesy of author
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.
Crystal L.’s Thoughts:
Gavin McLeod has got it all. He's got the good looks. He's got a damn good job working for a man he practically considers family who is grooming him to take over as CEO for a million to billion dollar business. And he's got his granddad who raised him after his parents disappeared on a boating trip. But lately he's having second thoughts. He's wondering if he's the right man to step in to his mentor's shoes when Max retires. Over the past year or so, many of the choices Max has made to further the business hasn't set well with Gavin. If it were the right business for him, then wouldn't he be ok with Max's choices? Not to mention he's plagued by guilt because he no longer sees or spends time with his granddad who lives on a farm hours away from where he lives in Myrtle Beach. He pushes his questions away until he meets Sunny. The bartender of the bar Max asks him to go scope out. But when Gavin finds out that Max wants to buy Sunny's bar so that he can build a new resort on the very same beach that Gavin's granddad use to bring him fishing at, those questions come barreling back with a vengeance. It doesn't help that Sunny is the sweetest and sexiest thing he's seen in forever, and he can't help but notice how much she loves her bar.
Will the engaging Sunny let Gavin talk her into selling her bar? Or will Sunny get Gavin to understand that this isn't just her bar, it's her home with her brother, and she's not selling. And the biggest question of all is, will their hearts survive the conflict since they can't seem to keep their hands off each other even though they're on opposite sides of the dilemma?
I loved Alannah Lynne's first book, Savin' Me! This book, while not quite as good in my eyes as its predecessor, is still a very enjoyable read. Gavin is a giant teddy bear in my eyes who has a lot of soul searching to do. Sunny is a sweet and sassy girl who has always taken care of her brother, but not really taken care of herself. So to see her shine at moments makes you want to reach into the story and give her a big pat on the back for a job well done. It's a four wine glass toast to Last Call by Alannah Lynne! Enjoy!
Rating: 4 Wine Glasses