book review

This Last Kiss by Madeleine Reiss


***Received ARC from publisher via NetGalley***

Goodreads description:

As original as One Day and as heartbreaking as Me Before You, This Last Kiss is the perfect emotional and romantic read.

Rora Raine is finally coming home to Hastings, twelve years after she left her grief-stricken father, and fled the love of her life, Carl.

Struggling to support her bright but troubled daughter, Rora has convinced herself she’ll never love again.

When she meets a bumblingly charming stranger, Rora’s heart begins to thaw.

But, try as she might, she can’t run from true love forever.

Funny, warm-hearted and soaringly romantic, This Last Kiss is the redemptive story of two star-crossed lovers, told through each and every kiss they share.

I feel duped by the description when it promised a “soaringly romantic” story. I didn’t feel it at all. And if you follow my reviews, you know that I will most likely sing a halfway decent love story praises. This story, however, didn’t quite cut it for me, and if you don’t want any spoilers, you might want to stop reading at this point.

It struggled to find a real connection between the heroine and either of her two heroes, Carl (the past love) and Krystof (the new love), and I think it’s partly because the story itself struggled to solidify its identity. Is it a second-chance story or are we rooting for the hope of new love? This constant push-and-pull throughout the story could’ve done with a little bit more reinforcement. Maybe a bit less trip-down-memory-lane and more light-up-those-sparks. Instead, throughout the story, the heroine was closed off or held herself back too much, never really letting either hero in fully. In the end, when she made her choice, it was difficult to accept or believe that she would’ve chosen Krystof, despite the tragedy. The fact that Carl was killed off in the story already makes me doubt Rora’s decision, and it only leaves me with more questions.

Overall, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that readers set this book aside. There actually are some points in the story that were pretty engaging. I just didn’t get fully invested in their love story.

Rating: 2.5 stars


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