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Review: Last Call by Alice Clayton

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Last Call (Cocktail #4.5)
   by: Alice Clayton

Publication Date: Jan. 6, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC received via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 176 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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.

I am so glad Clayton wrote this book! It is the perfect conclusion to the Cocktail series and I couldn't have been happier to see Simon and Caroline back in the drivers seat! One of the things I love most about concluding novellas is that we get to check in with all our other couples and see how they are doing past their book's HEA.
I am really happy with the way Simon and Caroline's story ended. It's so them and so perfect. These two love each other something fierce and watching them try to figure out their own next step is too funny. With their friends all either tying the knot or getting knocked up, it really makes both Simon and Caroline stop and think about where their future is headed. It's not that they're not happy with the way their relationship is going, but seeing everyone moving forward gets them to open up and communicate with one another. One of the things I've loved best about these two is that they march to the beat of their own drum and need to do what's best for them and not everyone else. That really comes into play in this book and I felt everything went down the way it was meant to.
After all the drama llama in Rusty Nailed with Sophia and Neil, I'm really glad these two made it to the point they did. It wasn't an easy road that's for sure, but I'm really glad Clayton went the direction she did for their storyline. Mimi and Ryan are as adorable as ever, and we do get to briefly see Viv, Clark, Chloe and Lucas as well.
I feel it must be said that I really want my own Simon. I love how attentive he is to Caroline and her needs. He knows when she's feeling off and is just so patient and kind! He is also as sexy as ever and I love seeing him at his most vulnerable, as well as his most cocky. *wink*
The development at the very end is adorable and I am really excited for these two because I think they're going to kick ass at their next adventure together. If you're in need of a good laugh, some sexy times, and great friendships- the Wallbanger series is one to start!

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  1. Eh, your rating worries me. I hope this isn't like Rusty Nailed where Caroline is making a shit storm out of nothing...

  2. I soo need to get started on this series! Especially since I met Alice at a recent signing and she was such an awesome person! And I want to read her Redhead books too. Love this review!


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