Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone’s life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan’s looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun.
But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.
Sam Reynolds doesn’t need excitement, and he doesn’t want romance. Fun is out of the question. He’s been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.
When Sam rescues Meghan alongside a dark Georgia backroad, she falls hard for his deep brown eyes and slow drawl. But making him see her as more than just a party girl won’t be easy. Sam’s tempted by the fiery young artist, even as he realizes that giving into his feelings will mean radical change. . .maybe more than he can handle.
Nobody ever said love was simple.
Worldbuilding: This novel takes place during the summer time in Burton, Georgia! This was supposedly a smaller backwater town but the characters mostly stayed around the elementary school and the family farm so most of the town was unintroduced.
Characters: The main characters were Meghan Hawthorne and Sam Reynolds. Meghan wants nothing more than to find her place in the world. Everyone seems to be moving on to bigger and better things but Meghan is stuck in a rut, not knowing what to do with her life. But when a teaching opportunity arises, she jumps at the chance to figure out if this is what she would love to do for the rest of her life. She just never knew that a chance encounter with a stranger would give her the greatest adventure she wasn’t looking for, love. Sam has been the man of the house since he was eighteen years old. No time for playing around or indulging in flings. He’s responsible and doesn’t have time for people who disregard common decency. He just didn’t know that his common decency would open up a world full of color in his normally grayscale life!
Plot: The main and pretty much only plot point was the romance between the main characters. I liked the whole focus was on the couple but at the same time it was a little different of a read for me because I’m always reading crazy stories with a bajillion plot points, so this was a nice step back and relatively chilled book.
Writing: This story was told in first person points of view of both Meghan and Sam. This is also a standalone, although it is in a series. The other two novels focus on different couples.
Curb Appeal: The cover is like your typical new adult cover but I do like the little details like the gate and paint brush because those tie back into the story! The blurb kind of paints Meghan in a party girl light but she is so much more. Sam’s description really hits the nail on the head but he also grows within the story.
Ultimately: This was a nice new adult story that was pretty low on drama. It is slightly angst filled but all good romances are! If you are in the mood for a rather low key romance that has a pretty good book boyfriend then come check out The Last One!!!!
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.