Giveaway and Book review: Being Sawyer Knight by Nicola Haken

Being Sawyer Knight by Nicola Haken
As lead singer and guitarist of the internationally renowned Souls of the Knight, Sawyer Knight is living a life most men can only dream of. He’s surrounded by music, fame, wealth, women throwing themselves at his feet. He has everything…

Yet he has nothing.

Life as one of the world’s most sought after rock stars is tiring, oppressive and lonely. He spends every day being who the world wants him to be, who his manager tells him to be, who his mother expects him to be… all the while fighting against who he really is. Truth is, he’s used to it. He’s actually gotten pretty good at pretending… at living the lie.

Until Jake Reed, his ex-best friend and the only person who’s ever made him ‘feel’, waltzes back into his life as the band’s new head of security. Jake wants Sawyer – always has, always will. Now, he just needs to get Sawyer to admit that he feels the same…

“You will be mine, Sawyer Knight. The faster you try to run the quicker you’ll fall to your knees. Then, Sawyer… then you’ll be too weak to resist.”

Denise’s Review:

I have always been a believer that a blurb can make or break a new book or author.  Especially with a new book, that blurb can be the only thing that brings a reader to the purchase table.  If the blurb is too short, not well written or too vague, someone may choose to ignore what may very well be the best book they would have ever read.  The opposite is also true.  If a blurb is just enticing enough, gives just enough information, and intrigues the reader, they may pick up a book they would not normally have picked up.  That was the case with me and Being Sawyer Knight.
I don’t normally read “rock star” books.  I read one recently and enjoyed it, but in general, nope.  I grew up in Los Angeles.  I know what people are like who think more of themselves than they should just because they have a job that people think is AMAZING.  So, I guess I am a bit jaded, and therefore, usually pass up those books. 
And yet….I read the blurb for Being Sawyer Knight somewhere, on a lark.  Hadn’t heard of it, until the day it came out (once again, thanks to SSBR, as always, go follow them!!!).  I one clicked.  Then I immediately read the prologue.  I then popped on FB, looked up the lovely Ms. Haken and this was what I said: “Holy Hannah. Just read the prologue. This is gonna be good!”.  And then I proceeded to read it every second I got until I finished this beautiful story.  I dare you to read the prologue then go to work, as if nothing happened…I dare you!  I stayed home on Friday night, the day after release day, versus going out to happy hour, because I had to finish this book.  I was hooked from page 1.
This story starts when these two best friends are forced into a separation at age 18, because Jake’s father was relocating the family to Australia for a job.  You will see how that plays out in the prologue, and find out more later, about how that changed lives.  Then they don’t see each other again for 10 years, when Jake walks back into Sawyer’s life as his head of security, when Sawyer’s life is in danger.
Jake has loved Sawyer since he was 15, and comes back now and puts the hard press on Sawyer.  Sawyer barely has a chance to realize that Jake is back before Jake tells him that he will be his.  Meanwhile, Sawyer is discontented with his life, and confused about his feelings for Jake.
Watching these two circle each other was hot, and very well written.  The sex scenes, well, let’s just say you may want to stay close to your bedroom.  🙂 However, the love that shines between these two quickly becomes quite evident, and really touches the heart, as you read it.  Many “aaawww” moments. 
The supporting characters of Elle, Ryder and Matt really help to round out a very well written book.  All with very fleshed out personalities, and some back story included.  [Side note: Since the books release, many of us have decided that Matt will need to be deeply closeted gay, and must have his own book.  We have since convinced Ms. Haken of this fact, and are looking forward to said book.  This will be after Ryder’s book is written, which is in the process now.]
In all honesty, though, Ms. Haken blew me away with the personality of Sawyer Knight.  I was expecting a spoiled, rich guy who comes around and finds himself to be a good guy.  That wasn’t the case at all.  From the very beginning you see he is a flawed individual who has made some mistakes in life, but appreciates what he has, while knowing that there is so much more waiting for him.
And Jake…well, Jake went from being a teen who tried to go after what he wanted to a man who definitely went after what he wanted, with self confidence.  He wasn’t about to let a trembling “no” scare him off. 
I also really appreciated the lack of resolution as to the motives with the villain and Sawyer.  It felt real.  Not everything in life comes with neatly boxed up reasons that make sense to anyone but the person who decided to wreak havoc in another’s life.  It happened but no one may ever understand why.
There were a editing issues in the book that I noticed, some of course would be attributed to the book being from “across the pond”, but there were also a few errors that just were missed during editing.  It did cause me to have to re-read a sentence, just to make sure I was clear, but not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the book at all.
Sigh…I truly loved this book, and it is officially marked in my “reread soon” collection in my kindle.  It is a strong 5 pieces of eye candy for me, and I am hoping to see a reappearance of Sawyer and Jake in Ryder’s upcoming book “Taming Ryder”, and I would imagine we will see them whenever Matt’s book is written.  And I just saw that this book is #1 on Amazon in Gay Romance.  Congrats Nicola!!!!
Favorite Quotes:  
You will be mine, Sawyer Knight.  The faster you try to run, the quicker you’ll fall to your knees.  Then, Sawyer…then you’ll be too weak to resist.”
The touch momentarily paralysed me, making my breath hitch. To be ‘out’ with him, for him to be so open with me…it felt like a tremendous leap forward.
“You,” I breathed. “Only ever you.” I’d never spoken truer words in my life. There is no one else for me. Ever. There never has been…
And for funny…. 
If we can get past Matt stumbling into a church, stoned and with his pants around his ankles, we can get past pretty much anything.”
“See, Saw,” Matt began, cutting himself off by laughing. “Ha! See what I did there? See Saw – seesaw.  Fuck I’m funny.”
[And those right there are why Matt needs a book. 🙂 ]
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  1. I think it looks very good. I've been seeing it all over and can't wait to get a copy! It's on my wishlist for now. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  2. Love finding new authors and series. The book sounds wonderful. Definitely one I'll have to read soon.

  3. Must read this book!!

  4. Just added this to my "to read" list – very much like the sound of it!

  5. Sounds like a great read!

  6. Great review & giveaway!

  7. love the blurb..sounds like a great story

  8. Sounds like a good read.