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Monday, August 18, 2014

ARC Review (Blog Tour): The Last Thing by Briana Gaitan

Goodreads Blurb:
"Plagued by past mistakes in both love and life, Quinn Bardot is in a bad place. With nowhere else to turn, she escapes to LA clinging to the promise of a fresh start. 

Chase Crowley is known for being selfish and unbelievably persistent. All he's ever wanted is to become a successful actor. But now that he is about to have it all, he finds that something is still missing. Money and fame isn't what he expected.

After a fervent encounter, the two of them are thrown into a situation that neither is prepared for. Can Quinn extinguish her fears and let Chase in? Can Chase learn to put someone else's needs before his own?

The Last Thing is a novel all about love, Hollywood, and accepting what life throws at you even if it is the last thing you want. 

(This is a New Adult Romance novel & contains language & adult situations. Not recommended for readers younger than 17)

***The Last Thing is a stand alone book with NO cliff hanger ending. It is book one in the series.***"

Thank you to the author, Briana Gaitan for an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review!

This book is a page-turner.  No doubt about that.  I read it all in one shot and went to bed at like 3am!  So let's get the icky stuff out of the way before I start gushing :)

The only thing I could possibly think of that I didn't like while I read this book was a certain part of the ending.  I liked the ending for Chase and Quinn but I didn't like where Ginger ended up.  Throughout the book, we see the major problem she is tangled in and it doesn't really change much.  I mean, I know the story is about Chase and Quinn, but I think Ginger's problem would have made a great subplot (resolving it).  However at the end of the book, it said there's going to be a sequel all about Ginger named The One Thing!  So I'm not too upset about the ending.  I won't tell you what kind of problems she has - just go read the book!

Besides that, everything was simply perfection.  The dual POV added so much to the story and help you understand the choices both Chase and Quinn are making.  ANNNDDD  I always knew what character's eyes I was looking through.

I just loved the storyline in general - how Chase helped Quinn with her issues, how real problems were confronted, and how it ended.  It created a message that's definitely relevant in today's world.  The book started with a wonderful hook that kept me reading until the very last page!

Last but not least, the characters.  I loved them all and how they were developed.  I felt connected and immersed in the story which is only possible if you believe, in your own piece of reality, that the characters are real.

The Final Verdict:
From the beginning, this book wowed me with an amazing hook, brilliant characters, and an amazing storyline.  I do wish I could change part of the ending though but having another book come out is better!  Overall, a page-turner and intense read!
4.5 stars

Quotes: WARNING: some spoilery quotes ahead!  Quotes are subject to change (ARC copy).
"Did you really just suggest buying toothpaste over attending a Hollywood mixer?"

"In my own way, I guess I was trying to warn him.  I was broken."

It was time I started thinking about someone other than myself"

"Nothing was my coping mechanism"

"Dating etiquette also said we weren't supposed to bring up exes on a first date,"
I laughed at his comment, impressed that he had done a bit of research on dating.
"Did you read a book or something?" I asked.
"No a self-help app on my phone.  It's for singles over the age of fifty who are back in the dating scene, see?"

"Quinn, I swear.  You really are something else.  You lay here.  I'll get you your gummy worms, and when you're feeling better we will go look at houses."

"You can't run from your past, Quinn.  It'll always catch up with you."

"People always left, but they never came back, not until you."

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."...  It fit.  My child was my new beginning, but it was the end of the fresh start I'd moved to LA for.  Things would turn out better this time.

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