Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Last Call by Alice Clayton


Title: Last Call
Author: Alice Clayton
My Rating: A-


Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Cocktails #4.5
Main Characters: Simon and Caroline
Release Date: January 2015
Publisher: Gallery
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
From NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton, known for her “deliciously addictive” (The Book Vixen) novels, this Cocktail series novella reunites readers with Caroline and Simon from the wildly successful Wallbanger.

Simon and Caroline are back for another round of baking, banging, and big life changes. Settling in, but never settling down, Caroline has finally struck a balance between the professional and the personal. As one of the top interior designers in San Francisco, she travels all over Northern California between nook time with Simon.

Perpetual globetrotter Simon has cut his frequent flyer miles in half over the last year, preferring to balance his professional and personal life, as well.

The next step in their lives seems preordained—toasts, veils, and the aisle of rose petals. But when an accident on a photo shoot in Southeast Asia brings Caroline the most terrifying phone call she could ever imagine, she has to ask whether “till death do us part” is a more realistic prospect than faces most couples.

It’s been a grand adventure, and Caroline and Simon wouldn’t go out without the best surprise ending ever. One part sexy, one part laughter, a dash of exotic locales, and one pink nightie, mixed with passion, and you’ve got Last Call. Served with a side of Clive. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Las...
 

My Review:
For the most part, this book has very much of a novella, tying up the series kind of feel to it and I was kind of "meh" all the way through it. While it was fun to re-visit the characters, there wasn't anything really happening in the story to make it worth the time investment and then something happened to change all of that halfway through the book. I won't spoil anything, but that one twist in the story made the whole dynamic change for me reading this book. Suddenly I was completely invested and excited about where the story was headed next. 

I just wish there had been that feeling of expectation for more of the book and this could have been a really outstanding read...even for a novella. As it is that single twist did absolutely make this book worth reading and an almost 5-star rating for me. This book would be a great little gift for anyone planning a wedding because there is a moral to the story about weddings...it's not about the details that you get so caught up in. The event is about the bride and the groom and the love between the two of them. NOTHING else is important and that was so beautifully illustrated in this story. 

And it is still an Alice Clayton story so there are lots of laughs and giggles and sexy times in the middle of all that. And even a few easter eggs from the Redhead series that I also loved. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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