Make It a Double (Last Call #2)
By Sawyer Bennett
Published April 21st, 2014
Big Dog Books, LLC
Source: copy provided by author in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the Book:
Brody Markham has endured a nightmare, spending the last five years in prison and losing everything that was dear to him. Now he’s back home, trying to survive in a world he doesn’t recognize anymore. While his family and friends desperately try to reach through to him, he shelters himself further and further away from their love.
Alyssa Myers has worked her entire life to distance herself from the luxurious and privileged lifestyle in which she was raised. Running her non-profit agency, The Haven, she is content to spend her days helping abused animals find sanctuary, which fulfills her in a way that money just can’t buy.
Maybe it’s that she recognizes in Brody some of the same characteristics she sees in her homeless wards, but Alyssa is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.
While Brody struggles to surface from the darkness, Alyssa tries to protect her heart in case he’s not willing to accept the light that she offers him.
Who’s Hunter & Gabby? There was a book before this one? Jeez, I don’t even remember, it’s all a blur now that I’ve read Make It a Double. A-maze-ing. Loved it! Fierce female lead! Oh, Ms. Bennett, you are sooooo screwed with the next book. I have no clue how you’re going to top this one.
We met Brody Markham in the first book of the Last Call series. He’s Hunter’s twin brother and he’s just been released from jail after spending his last five years there. He’s quiet, brooding, cranky, and when he does deign to speak to you, it will be the blunt truth, whether you can handle it or not. It’s not that he’s mad or anything, he just really wants to be left alone. And he doesn’t think he deserves anyone’s time of day.
Even more worthless than himself? Rich, snobby, people who’ve had life handed to them on a plate and expect the world to bow to them. The way Brody sees it now, that’s basically anyone with money (I never said Brody was a fair guy). Gaby, from the first book, has a best friend Alyssa. Alyssa was born and raised in money. Therefore she is the natural enemy of one Brody Markham. Ah, if only Brody was truly right.
What I liked about Alyssa is that she’s fierce, strong (literally!), and independent. She has no use for her family so she’s taken her inheritance and uses it the ways she deems appropriate. What had me looking forward to Alyssa and Brody’s story ever since they were introduced in the first book was the idea of Brody discovering that Alyssa was completely different than any other girl he’s ever met. I absolutely adored how it actually played out in their story. And truly, Brody has a very good reason for his strong dislike of the “rich and privileged” – quite a unique twist of a story 🙂
The story was a quick read for me because I enjoy Ms. Bennett’s writing style. She writes in alternating points of view and that is just flat-out my thing. She does a fantastic job with the dichotomy of the two distinct voices.
And although I gave the book 5 stars and it will be one of my favorites of the year if only for the sheer enjoyment I got out of it, I think some readers may be a little surprised by Brody’s pretty quick “recovery” from brooding parolee to happily ever after. I personally get sucked in to that because reality blows; I’ll take the fairy tale any day!
About the author:
USA 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.