Review: Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige

Review: Last Kiss by Laurelin PaigeLast Kiss by Laurelin Paige
Series: First and Last #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin June 14, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: First Touch
Also by this author: First Touch
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Emily Wayborn has made a decision.

She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them.

Time is running out and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or at all.

*Contains spoilers for anyone who has not read First Touch*

I pretty truly loved First Touch, the first book in Paige’s First and Last series.  It was full of secrets, lies and filthy sex. And the ending had me in agony for days…wondering and worrying about how it could possibly all pan out.  But it was the intrigue that won me over. Nothing was ever quite what it seemed and I loved the constant wondering.  I missed that a little in Last Kiss, the second (and final) book in this series.

Last Kiss picks right up where First Touch left off.  Amber has returned and now Emily must reconcile the love she has for Amber with the love she has for Reeve and if she still fits in either of their lives. 

There lies the first problem I had with Last Kiss.  It was much more about relationship drama and less about the deceit.  It’s the natural progression of the story, I fully understand that. But I still missed it, damn it.  There is still deceit and lies and so, so many secrets but where the story was going seemed somewhat obvious. 

Which leads me to the second problem I had. Emily was spineless for so much of this book and it aggravated me that she wasn’t catching on to what was really taking place all around her.  I wanted to smack her. A lot. I really wanted her to fight. Fight for her own happiness, for love, for some control.  Though, that’s just not who she is and I can appreciate that even if I don’t understand it.

I won’t even get started on my thoughts about Amber. If I did start, I’d never finish.

Then there is Reeve. Reeve. Quiet, strong, sexy Reeve. I love this man. He’s a great character with this powerful presence, yet just a man wanting so badly for a this woman to love him. Shit, he makes me all kinds of swoony. The little pieces of vulnerability Paige allows us to see melted my damn hard heart.

So. I had some issues with the females in this book but did I still love it? Mmmm…mostly. Mostly, because of how it all wrapped up.  I wish the last chapter had been extended just a smidge though, I would have liked more time with them.  But all in all, it was exactly the HEA I needed. It wrapped up the story in a tender way while still giving me character growth I was missing earlier in the story. 

I’d most definitely recommend the series – it’s exciting, sexy, fresh and the best writing I’ve read from Paige.

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