Published by Createspace Independent Pub on October 20, 2014
Genres: contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance
Source: eARC from Author
Lucy York is an aspiring mechanical engineer working as a shot girl serving watered-down drinks to drunken frat boys at Jezebel’s Bar & Lounge. The job isn’t so bad—it pays her bills, and she’s managed to make a surrogate family for herself at the bar. But now she’s ready to spread her wings and fly north to attend a university and, maybe, distance herself a little from the all-consuming social scene at Jezebel’s.
Then her boss hires a new bouncer, Norm, a literature dork who seems like everything a bouncer shouldn’t be: tall, gangly, sweet (and, you know, named Norman). But as she gets to know him, ol’ Norm turns out to be everything Lucy never knew she wanted and the best friend she’s ever had. He’s not a bad bouncer either.
One obstacle to their happily ever after: the owner has a strict no-dating rule for employees. If anyone at Jezebel’s finds out she’s dating a bouncer, Lucy will lose her job, her surrogate family, and the money she needs to go to college.
But, if she loses Norm, is she losing her best chance at happiness?
Love’s Last Call is the first in a new adult series called the Ladies of jezebel’s. Jezebel’s is a bar that both of the main characters work at. I had no idea when I started reading the story that this would be a series about some of the various secondary characters, but now that I know that I am super excited. I can’t wait for Ronnie’s story. We didn’t get to really know any of the other shot girls, but I can’t wait to get to know them too. Love’s Last Call was a classic New Adult story. Told in Dual Narrative between Norm and Lucy. It was a secret romance, because shot girls and bouncers are NOT allowed to date. It is pretty much the only rule the bar has.
Norm and Lucy each have to keep their job for various reasons and because of that, they didn’t rush into a relationship. I really liked that because it gave me, as the reader, a chance to watch them interact a bunch and get to know each other before they acted on their attraction for one another. Even so, Norm was more invested than Lucy. I felt for him. It was always her pushing to keep them a secret. You could tell that she genuinely cared for him, but I don’t think she got how much she was hurting him. I just wanted to hug him.
But what I loved about Love’s Last Call was how their inner geek-dom brought the two of them together. They love comic books and science fiction, and everytime Lucy brought up something else “nerdy” that she liked, Norm swooned a bit. I 100% approve bonding with other people over your nerdy loves. It makes me swoon a little too. Beth Matthews did a great job with the writing in Love’s Last Call. I do wish the chapters were labeled with whose point of view they were, but it was easy enough to follow along. I loved Norman and I really liked Lucy, even though she was the thickheaded one most of the time. But when she came to that realization after meeting Norm’s father, I started to love her. It is always great when a character has a breakthrough about themselves.
Love’s Last Call was great. It wasn’t incredibly different than many new adults out there, but it was a good quality book. If a book is well done and it is a formula that I like, I don’t mind it when a book is a little predictable. And this one had all the elements that I love. And like I was saying earlier, I am very excited to read Ronnie’s story. I know Lucy said her and Ronnie had a love hate relationship and that Ronnie liked to cause trouble and sit back and watch, but when it came to Lucy’s friendship, I didn’t see the hate. Only love. Ronnie was great towards Lucy. I can’t wait to see her get her happy ending, hopefully in the next book.
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