On The Rocks starts off, 5 years in the past with Gabby Ward making it clear that she sees Hunter Markham as more than just her best friend’s brother. She gets rejected because Hunter doesn't see her in any other way but his little sister’s friend.
Flash forward to five years later, Hunter quits surfing and returns home to be supportive of his twin brother, Brody, who just came out of prison. Hunter is now noticing Gabby and their underlying chemistry. When they come into a work agreement, they spend most of their time near each other and it becomes impossible to resist each other.
What I really like about Hunter as a character is that as soon as he admitted that he was attracted to Gabby he didn't fight against it or pushed Gabby away. It was actually the opposite, Gabby pushed him away. Hunter reminds me of Ryan from Off Sides, another of Sawyer’s novels which I happened to stumble upon and have since been hooked with the novels that Sawyer whips out. Both male characters are strong and fight for what they want, they’re clear about their feelings and don’t shy away or get scared.
Gabby on the other hand was very negative and I just wanted to shake some sense into her but she surprised me later in the novel. Like other romance novels there was a character that was in the way of their relationship, Sasha, and actually plotted to make Gabby believe that Hunter was unfaithful. Yet it was refreshing to read that it didn't follow the traditional story line
of other novels. Gabby didn't believe Sasha and trusted Hunter wholeheartedly.Gabby did make an error in making a big choice for their relationship because she wanted Hunter to be happy. Hunter’s reaction made me fall in love with his character even more because he was strong and knew Gabby so well to know what she had planned.
I really loved reading about Hunter and Gabby and can’t wait to find out what Brody’s story is in the second book in the series, Make It a Double. Oh... I can’t believe I almost forgot. The first sex scene in On the Rocks was just, WOW, what a great hot scene. Gabby and Hunter's chemistry was easy to see in the rest of the sex scenes as well. A definite must read.