Monday 15 February 2016

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Last Call (Bad Habits #3) by Staci Hart

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.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“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.”

Tricky and Rose…Rose and Tricky…we know so much about them but we also know so little. Two people that were so well suited, yet couldn’t see it. Two people that had tried once and failed and now hated each other…or do they? We all know that there is a fine line between love and hate. So with Last Call Staci Hart delivers a second chance romance with an element of love/hate…two great devices that always deliver heart stopping romance with a fair old dose of angst and that is definitely what we get. I cried a river, I could have battered them both but by the end all I felt was everything happens for a reason. The first time wasn’t their time, but how would second chances go?

“It was like seeing in color for the first time after a lifetime of black and white.”

Rose for all her extrovert nature was actually the complete opposite with her feelings. She kept them deep and buried within her heart and covered them up with a good dose of hate, after all to hate was easier than to love. Tricky had destroyed her for all other men. She thought that they were doing well, she thought that they were well suited and had amazing chemistry, so when he ends it with no reason as to why, she was devastated, heart broken and felt totally rejected. However, when Rose and Tricky went into their relationship, this was the ending that they decided, the one that had come to the end of the line, just tells the other, no questions asked. But it is that state of limbo that leads Rose to block Tricky out. If only these two had TALKED all those months ago!!

“Rose and I were bad for each other. There was no repairing what we’d shredded – we’d done enough damage for a lifetime.”

Tricky a.k.a. Patrick was a complex character, he spends his time quashing his feelings and running away from his troubled past. Mentally and physically he has turned a huge corner, but emotionally he is still extremely scarred. He is extremely insecure; feels he is unworthy of everything…especially Rose.

“You go all in and fight for her when shit goes down. Don’t let her walk away. Don’t walk away from her. Love her, man.  Love her like you do.”

It takes losing something or someone to make you wake up and smell the coffee and this eureka moment happens to Tricky when Rose finally decides to take on the dating scene once again. Months and months of moping had finally caught up with her and now with Tricky encroaching on her personal space more and more she feels the need to get in the game again…after all, she would not fall for Tricky again…but did she ever fall out?

“Working your way in like a goddamn emotional ninja.”

Tricky and Rose’s story has been alluded to throughout this series and I always knew that this book was going to be emotional. When two people fight so hard to stay apart you always know that the impending reunification will be all kinds of dramatic, pasts to be discussed, feelings to be uncovered and forgiveness to be made. Staci Hart really delivered with that element. As I said above, I ran the gamut of emotions with this one, but none more so than the wish to throttle the both of them at times, but that is testament to Staci Hart’s knack of embedding her characters into your heart and soul. That desperation of wanting them to get together only for the author to eek it out and batter your emotions in the process.

All the characters from this series have been great, their friendship, their banter and their antics have made this series all the more enjoyable and relatable. Staci Hart brings together normal people that you can relate to, laugh with and love hard. This has been a fantastic series that really shows that romance is not dead.

“Aren’t we just a bunch of conspirators?”

Other Books in Series:

With A Twist (Book 1):

Chaser (Book 2): 

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. 

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics. 

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