Last Wish by Erin Butler
Series: Remembering Kyle #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on December 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Nothing feels right. Not since my best friend died and I fucked up the one promise he asked me to make. The past follows me everywhere, tangling me up like weeds, reminding me that my life is empty. So fucking empty.
Then she walks into the bar, all bright beauty and sweet lips made for kissing.
Em Stewart is a complication...one I need to avoid. She’s got heavy secrets of her own, ones she hides from her friends—and lies about to herself.
No matter how hard I try, I can't resist her, and our unexpected road trip sure as hell isn’t helping my cause. But I’ll be damned if I screw up my first chance at something real...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Smells like teen drama.
So the beginning of this book had me on the fence about continuing as it felt super Young NA angsty drama. Fortunately, I powered through this first impression and it finally gripped my interest when our main character’s Em and Ronan’s relationship started to unfold.
Last Wish although a standalone follows closely the happenings of book 1 of the series, so if you don’t want to flounder with the situation I’d recommend reading that first. Since I didn’t it took me a bit to understand all the relationships at play in this one.
Ronan has been lost and hurt since his best friend died in some kind of accident while their other best friend was driving (or so I gathered from what little reference there is to the actual accident). Everything is a bit messy and effed up at this point.
In comes Em, a friend of all of them but not as close, and definitely not the quirky little girl he remembered from high school (which was like 2 years ago so this kind of felt a bit teeny-weeny absurd… but whatever). She is brave, free, fun and light which is everything Ronan is missing in his life right now.
Em is having problems of her own when she finally accepts she is in an abusive relationship and decides to break things off with that creep. By circumstances, Ronan is the one to come to her rescue when her car breaks down, and the short road trip they share will mark a new beginning for them both.
I liked this story, the writing was good and I really liked both Em and Ronan (he was quite dreamy let me tell you, for a 21-year-old anyway). But I felt the general timing was a bit off. For starters, Em leaves her boyfriend and basically the next day is starting up with Ronan. While I’m all for insta-love and when you-know-you-know scenarios this felt a bit rushed. I mean she was in a verbal and physically abusive relationship, and yes, she did finally see the light and decided enough is enough but I’m not sure a nice guy saying you’re beautiful would be enough to sort your head out. The progression of their relationship was a bit fast paced too, all things considered. I still enjoyed it, I just wish they’d had a bit more time to establish it.
What almost totally killed my romance buzz I had going with the story was the complete highjack of the ending by the couple in the first book. Yes, it was sweet but that left Em and Ronan’s HEA in second place and that didn’t sit well with me. Maybe if there’d been an epilogue that focused on them this wouldn’t have happened to me. Still, I wouldn’t be averse to reading more from this author.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.25 to 3.5 I want a Bear hug Stars
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