Title: The Last Boyfriend
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance (or so they say; it’s more erotica than romance)
Length: 208 pages
Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook
Buy At: Amazon
Summary: Lucky Morgan has had her share of heartbreak. She is devastated when her boyfriend dumps her after sleeping with him and she vows to herself that she won’t be used again. She decides that the next guy she dates and sleeps with, will be her one true love.
Zane Beaumont is the mysterious and snooty guy that comes into her diner every Friday night with a different girl. He’s the type of guy she’s learned to avoid: carefree, fast, handsome, rich, and sarcastic. Unfortunately, she can’t stop thinking about the devilish gleam in his eyes.
When Lucky’s car breaks down one night after a party, it is Zane who comes to her rescue. As Zane attempts to sweep Lucky off of her feet, she soon realizes that nothing is as it seems and that Zane may very well be the guy for whom she changes the rules. That is until she meets Braydon.
New Adult Contemporary Romance **Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.
My thoughts: This is the kind of book you can easily read in one day and then shake your head, thinking: “What did I just read?” Don’t get me wrong, guys, I’m not actively trying to find books that annoy me. I was looking for some cool NA romance, and found this novel on Amazon. The premises were really interesting, the sample from Amazon was pretty good, so what could go wrong? Plenty. *Spoilers*
The main protagonist is Lucky, a college student majoring in History, that also works as a waitress in a burger joint because she has to make a living. And she doesn’t really date because she has a set of rules which basically boil down to the fact she want her next boyfriend to also be her last. Because her previous boyfriend was kind of an asshole, and implied she was slutty and their relationship wasn’t going anywhere. Which is a very interesting idea on its own, with the potential for a lot of inner conflict. Zane Beaumont is the love interest, a guy who comes with a different girl to the said burger joint every Friday. He’s the son of a movie producer, he’s rich, and he’s a player. And even though Lucky fancies him, she knows he’s not boyfriend material or what she wants. See? This could have been a very good book, showing how Lucky overcomes her fears, dates Zane, and how they fall in love.
The point where everything goes south: the party. Lucky meets Braydon (stupid name, I know) who is a famous actor. He loves her down-to-earth attitude and wants to date her. Zane warns that Braydon’s trouble and to stay away from him. But she ignores him and dance until 2 AM with Braydon. Then, she goes home, but her car brakes. Guess who is behind her to help? Stalker Zane. Yes, he stalked her, wanting to make sure she’s safe. And he takes her to his home. This is like a serial killer scenario. Why couldn’t he take her to her house? Why his?
Zane hires her as his assistant for a documentary, and she accepts without asking any details. Stalker Zane makes another appearance, this time waiting for her after her date with Braydon. And he sleeps with Lucky in her bed that night because he helped her get into the house (she was drunk). And the next morning, she’s like “who cares about my rules, I want to fuck Zane.” So, yeah, all the drama with the rules was for nothing. Stupid character development. And Zane seems like a copy of Christian Grey. The other problem with the characters is that they make 180-degree turns in the conversations. Lucky’s best friend is invisible most of the times and no one cares about her. Lucky’s parents are dead, so no interesting stuff there.
It reads more like erotica to me than contemporary romance. I mean, the whole relationship thing happens very fast, the sex scenes are pretty much standard for erotica, the plot is centered on the idea of when they’re going to have sex. I didn’t really feel those two characters were making a connection. The plot is just one string of clichés to excuse this relationship, and the pacing is really horrible in the last part of the book. Overall, it’s not a book I recommend. I’m not going to continue this series.
My rating: 1.5 stars
About the author:
J. S. Cooper is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is a true romantic that is in love with love. The J. S. stands for Jaimie Suzi. She just thought J. S. sounded cooler! J. S. was born in London, England and moved to the States at age 17. She studied history in college and then went to law school and then decided to follow her writing dreams. J. S. writes ‘New Adult’ contemporary romance books because that is what she also loves to read.
Available Books: The Last Boyfriend, The Last Husband, Before Lucky, The Other Side of Love, Zane & Lucky’s First Christmas, Crazy Beautiful Love, Scarred, and Healed.
Upcoming books: Finding My Prince Charming, If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers), Everlasting Sin, The Rebel Next Door and Hot Prof.