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Review: Last Call by Staci Hart

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Goodreads Book Description:

Once Rose Fisher makes a decision, that’s it. End of story.

Like when her ex, Patrick, dumped her out of the blue, then showed up with a super hot, tatted up sex kitten on his arm. Then it was over for good. The end. Poof. Dead to her. Except he was everywhere — down the hall, at the bar with their friends, worming his way into her dreams.

But with their friends paired off, they’re left alone more and more. Rose is determined to keep him friendzoned — doesn’t matter that he stares at her with a smolder that drops all panties in a ten foot radius. She’s over him, and she’ll prove it by getting back into the dating game, Patrick be damned.

Patrick Evans is no stranger to consequences. When your mother walks out, your dad drifts away. When you leave home, you’re on your own. And when you run away from the girl you love, you lose her. He finally has an opportunity to rebuild the bridge he burned, and it’s not one he’ll take for granted. But he’ll have to fight for her, even if it hurts. Even if it means he’ll walk away brokenhearted. Because deep down, he knows that she’s it for him.

The trick will be to get her to admit she feels it too.

The Feels: 

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I definitely would! Last Call is the third in a series of standalone books and I’ve been waiting for this one since the first book. Ever since Lily mentioned Tricky’s smoldering eyes and the way they’re always directed at Rose I was hooked. I needed to know what happened between them and if there was any way to save it.

You don’t need to read the first two books to love this one, but you’ll definitely want to because this friend group is one of the best friend groups I’ve read in a while. Rose and Tricky’s story is one of growth and second chances.

He’d been staring at me from the other side of this bar for months, but now it was different. Deeper. Like I could feel him calling me.

Tricky and Rose’s story definitely delivered. They didn’t just deliver, they surpassed all my expectations. They were fun and adorable, doing things like skating and watching 90’s movies. They also had an intense and heartbreaking relationship. They had so many obstacles to overcome but they were the only things standing between themselves and happiness. Each had to get out of their own head and past their hang ups and realize that they do deserve good things, in whichever way they come. At times you just wanna knock some sense into them but when they finally figure it out, it’s magical. And even though I myself couldn’t knock sense into them, they have amazing friends that will definitely call them out when they think mistakes are being made.

“I love you. Even when it hurts.”

I loved getting to see this side of Tricky outside of the friend group. Knowing that he has amazing people holding him up and backing him up if he ever needs it. The brief glimpses we go at his work crew were perfect and definitely made me want to know more about them.

Rose’s brief jump into online dating was scary and hilarious at the same time. It definitely scared me a little further away from online dating. But then again, it can also be a good experience, just maybe at the wrong time. I loved the story about Rose and her job because we don’t always get to make our passion our job, and that’s perfectly fine. But it also shows that when the opportunity stands in front of you waving it’s hands, you definitely should jump headfirst into it.

As far as the rest of the Bad Habits crew: West and Lily were perfect! There’s not much more I can say about them, I just love them. And Cooper! Can’t forget Cooper! If you weren’t 100% in love with Cooper before, this book will definitely do it. I absolutely loved this series and this was the perfect ending.

“Cheers to the end, because every story that ends begins another. Cheers to beginnings, that they may be full of hope and love. And cheers to you, my friends, for being a part of ours.”

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About the Author:

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife; even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

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