Series: Bad Habits #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Once Rose Fisher makes a decision, thatÔÇÖs 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 ÔÇö down the hall, at the bar with their friends, worming his way into her dreams.
But with their friends paired off, theyÔÇÖre left alone more and more. Rose is determined to keep him friendzoned ÔÇö doesnÔÇÖt matter that he stares at her with a smolder that drops all panties in a ten foot radius. SheÔÇÖs over him, and sheÔÇÖll 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, youÔÇÖre 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 itÔÇÖs not one heÔÇÖll take for granted. But heÔÇÖll have to fight for her, even if it hurts. Even if it means heÔÇÖll walk away brokenhearted. Because deep down, he knows that sheÔÇÖs it for him.
The trick will be to get her to admit she feels it too.
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Cheers to Staci Hart! Last Call is the first book by Staci that IÔÇÖve read and my first thought, outside of how much I loved the Patrick and Rose, is that I absolutely love her writing. Everything from the style, the dialogue and the intensity of the story completely bowled me over. Last Call is the 3rd book in the Bad Habits series. ┬áSo, I have a bad habit of reading the latest in a series without having read the earlier book(s). In some cases it takes away from the reading experience. In the case of Last Call it does not detract from the story at all. ┬áIn fact, I was so endeared to the characters and the supporting cast (for the most part…) that IÔÇÖm anxious to read books one and two. I want more, if even just a little, of Patrick ÔÇ£TrickÔÇØ and Rose.
To get right to it, the story opens with Patrick and Rose trying to navigate around, mostly away from each other, at the seven month mark of their breakup. I loved being brought into a story where the angst is immediate and the characters are reflecting on how the ended up in the situation they are in. ItÔÇÖs easy to love both of them so I spent the entirety of the read feeling equally sad, happy and hopeful for Patrick and Rose. For me there was never a her side or his side – they simply belonged on the same side. I ended up reading this in one sitting and late into the night/early morning. ItÔÇÖs a friend to lovers, second chance plus love story all wrapped into one emotional read.
These two have such strong personalities and when the story opens the heartbreak in and between them, more than half a year post breakup, is palpable. ItÔÇÖs a great example of how the fear of giving oneÔÇÖs heart to another often leads to leaving oneself in misery. Sadly itÔÇÖs also a story about how doing that not once but twice and then some eats away at oneÔÇÖs self worth and it takes twice the effort to move forward.
ItÔÇÖs the surrounding friends, Lily & West, and Ellie, who are the catalyst for change. Lily and West impact the living situation while Ellie supports Rose in her efforts to move past her and PatrickÔÇÖs relationship. Rose is really trying to move forward, but Patrick has really gotten under her skin ( and mine). Patrick clearly regrets letting go of Rose – make that pushing Rose out and he just seems lost with no plan – no thoughts of his future. He just knows he wants Rose. IÔÇÖm not sure IÔÇÖve ever wanted a second plus chance granted more. PatrickÔÇÖs wistful artistic temperament and solitary upbringing made my heart ache. His only path forward is Rose
Last Call is easily a 5 star read and Staci Hart has gained a new fan. I look forward to going back in time to read more about this little group of friends and their bad habits.
~Review by Cyndi