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New Release: OFF COURSE – Sawyer Bennett

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Renner Caldwell has her life perfectly mapped out. She has the ideal relationship, the perfect job and all is right in her world. When a shameful turn of events happens, she boards the first plane bound for Ireland to lick her wounds and get her head back on straight.

Cillian O’Braidagh is the sexy, front man to the Irish rock band, Over The Edge. His rising fame and sultry voice make him every woman’s fantasy come true. Not to mention his single-minded determination. To put it simply: what Cillian wants, Cillian always gets. And he wants Renner, because there’s just something about the flame-haired beauty he has to possess.

If their relationship was just about sex and rock n’ roll, it would be easy for them to get lost in their desires. Only their relationship is anything but a hook-up. Will lies, deceit and hidden tragedy get in the way, making the path to true love uncertain? Or will the girl whose been knocked Off Course, find her footing with the man who is teaching her it’s okay to lose control?

An exclusive excerpt:

Pushing myself up off the floor, I drag my jeans on and walk out of Renner’s bedroom. Just the thought of seeing her eases some of the anxiety in my chest.
Turning the corner into the kitchen, I see her standing in front of the counter, her back is to me. She’s making coffee and I’m struck by how beautiful she is just from the backside.
Her red hair is streaming down her back in loose waves. Her ass is barely hanging into those little white panties and I see a tiny tattoo at the base of her spine where her tank top doesn’t quite cover all of her skin. Never in a million years would I have thought sweet Renner would have a tattoo. Peering harder across the distance, I see it’s a colorful butterfly.
I’m immediately hard again and thoughts of Maeve are gone.
I turn quietly away and walk back to the bedroom, grabbing another condom out of my wallet. When I return to the kitchen, she’s still standing there with her back to me, watching the coffee pot drip.
Walking up behind her, I toss the condom on the counter beside the pot, startling her. My hands go to her hips, my thumbs hooking in the waistband of her underwear and I tell her, “Don’t move.”
But she does, stepping back into my body, and laying her head back on my shoulder. She even gives a sigh of contentment, even though there is nothing peaceful about what I’m feeling right now or getting ready to do.
I release her hips, one hand coming up to smooth the hair away from her neck. The other flattens over her stomach, just briefly, before inching down into the front of her panties. My fingers stroke between her legs, wetting my fingers with her readiness. I lay my lips against her neck and kiss her.
“Bend over,” I murmur. “And spread your pretty legs for me.”
With my hand still stroking her, she complies.

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  • Some of you may know, but I’m an attorney. I got the name Renner from one of the attorneys that was opposing us on a case. I’d never heard that name before and thought it was beautiful and strong. I vowed I’d use it in a story one day.
  • My cover model, Alex Johnson, who represents Cillian O’Bradaigh, had two amazing tattoos on the inside of his wrists that say “Love” and “Hope”. I decided to write those into the book and we got an amazing promotional shot showcasing the tats. (insert photo if they want)
  • The Hibernian Pub in the book is modeled after a local Irish bar we have here in Raleigh, North Carolina by the same name. It’s owned by a Dubliner and I promised to use the name in the book in exchange for him letting us do the cover photo shoot there.
  • When I set out to write this book, I wanted to create the most villainous agitator to date. I think I did that with Maeve. She makes Ryan and Emily’s mom look like a saint, but sadly, she does have some of her own demons that make her that way. Sometimes you will hate her, and you may feel sorry for her on occasion. But then you’ll want to slap her again.
  • I had fun throwing in some classic Dublin/Irish slang into the book. Words like “Howeya”, “Eejit”, “Gobshite” and “Bollocks” are not typos!
  • Cillian and Renner are classic opposites. Throw into the mix that Cillian is a controlling Alpha, Renner is an independent woman, and watch the sparks fly everywhere.
  • You will not get to see many of the other Off characters in this book. Nix makes a hilarious appearance at the end, and you get to meet Renner’s brother, Flynn, who will star in the 5th and probably last book entitled Off Chance. You will get a lot of details on all of the characters in Off Chance though, and their HEA’s will be fully explored.

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Cillian O’Bradaigh is a native Dubliner and front man for the Irish rock band, Over The Edge. They’ve found huge success in the European Union, topping the Irish charts and gaining some popularity in the States. Cillian is what us Americans call Black Irish…noted for his dark hair and eyes. He’s tall, tattooed and pierced. Oh, and he’s totally an Alpha male.
Terrible things have happened to Cillian in his past, causing him an almost painful need to be in control of all situations. Couple that with his Alpha tendencies, and you have a sexy rocker who, if he wants you, is more likely to throw you over his shoulder and walk out the door without a word.
Despite all of that, Cillian has a soft nature when it comes to women. He doesn’t like to see them in pain and he’ll go to great lengths to help those he cares about.
If his sexy Irish brogue and rock-star vibe doesn’t do you in, just wait until you see what he can do in the bedroom…and the back storeroom of a pub…and the kitchen…

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Renner Caldwell is an American beauty hiding out in Dublin due to something that has shamed her terribly. She keeps her red-head down and her green eyes cast to the floor, trying to stay out of notice. But unfortunately, she’s caught the eye of rocker bad boy, Cillian O’Bradaigh and nothing she does will put him off.
Renner is an interesting character because she has the classic dream of marrying a stable man and having a house in the ‘burbs. She has an ideal, and Cillian O’Bradaigh doesn’t measure up in her mind. Yet she can’t fight the insane attraction she has to him.
What I love about Renner, is that she’s so buttoned up and afraid to lose control, she may miss something wonderful right standing right before her eyes.  It’s only when she finally gives up just a teeny measure of that guarded control, that she starts to truly feel alive.  And you guessed it…Cillian is the one that makes her let loose. After that, her life changes completely and she starts to understand that we may not always know what it is we exactly crave.


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SawyerBennettUSA Today Best-Selling 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. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two 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.

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One comment on “New Release: OFF COURSE – Sawyer Bennett

  1. Tess Halim
    August 9, 2013

    Love the excerpt! Can’t wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    Tess xx

    tess_halim (at) hotmail (dot) com

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