Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige
Series: First and Last #2
Also in this series: First Touch
Published by Sphere on June 14th 2016
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A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE FILLED WITH DARK DESIRES AND DANGEROUS SECRETS…
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.
Last Kiss was missing the edge I experienced in First Touch which was full of suspense and left me desperate to read on. The main difference for me was the introduction of a character View Spoiler »Amber « Hide Spoiler whom by their presence forced a lot of changes to the dynamics of the relationships surrounding them.
While I was invested in the characters individually, I was no longer drawn to the potential collective relationship outcomes. With their new arrangements now in place due to the changes in circumstances, I found it diminished the suspense that I loved in the first book. It wasn’t for the lack of mystery but the game of staying ahead of each other was no longer between Emily and Reeve, more the people surrounding them. The flashbacks and dialog were slowly woven into the story shedding light on the catalysts driving the characters and in turn, the plot. I wanted more for each of them but had no idea how that could transpire given the options available to them.
Reeve’s history was a story in itself and I was intrigued by what was shared. He came across as a nurturing person, but you didn’t know what was motivating him or his true feelings for the people in his life. It was the same with so many of the other characters, their allegiance and loyalties were unclear. Normally this would create an air of mystery and suspense that would have me turning pages to find out the answers but in this instance, it didn’t.
There was a lot of detail, characters lost the confident edge that they had in the first book and the pace consequently slowed down with the combination of these changes. This had a flow-on effect to the chemistry that Emily was fighting, there were scenes where it was scorching hot, and then there were others I ended up skimming. Although I understood why the story panned out as it did, it left me a little disappointed in comparison to the first book.
I suspect my final feelings for this book has a lot to do with my extremely high expectations I had based on my experience with First Touch. The issues I mentioned were not enough to put me off reading and there were a lot of aspects to the story that moved me. I appreciated how the difficult subject matters were broached in a non-judgmental and frank manner. As a lover of dark books, it wasn’t the subject matter that troubled me rather the way the characters interacted and behaved towards each other.
What I struggled with:
- Emily’s indecisiveness
- Having the last word
What I appreciated:
- Emily finding her inner strength
- The chemistry when it sizzled!
Lily’s Rating: 3 Stars
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