Shaken, Not Stirred is the last book in the Last Call series by Sawyer Bennett. This can definitely be read as a standalone. It’s actually the first book I’ve read in the series. Now that I’ve gotten to know the Markham family and many other great characters, I look forward to going back to the beginning to learn all their stories as well.
Casey, the heroine, is the face you will see if you look up the definition of “man-eater” in the dictionary. She was cocky, knew exactly what she wanted, and what she wanted was sex with strangers and no strings attached. When it came to relationships, Casey was emotionally unavailable, and continued to keep herself at a distance in order to protect herself from heartache. That is, until she met Tenn….
I loved Tenn! As a marine, cowboy and biker, he really was the real deal and a sexy as hell book hero. He was alpha and dominant, yet soft when he needed to be. When Tenn met Casey, he was at a major crossroads in his life, with one big decision in particular that he needed to face. While he didn’t need the complication of a new relationship in his life, he couldn’t deny his raw attraction to Casey, and she certainly couldn’t deny their chemistry either.
I really enjoyed reading about the first interactions between these two, and how they gradually blended their lives into one. The sex was hot (like always, in a Sawyer Bennett novel!), their problems were real, and there was humor to go along with the serious moments. I think my only complaint would be how Casey made almost a complete switch into a different person too quickly. As much as I wanted her to change and get over her issues in order to really give Tenn a chance, I felt like she almost changed overnight, and made it feel not quite genuine. Not a huge deal, and I got over it quickly, but I felt the need to mention it.
I loved how the story ended, and how everything came together. Fans who have followed this series from the beginning will be very satisfied!