The Last One is the story of Meghan, an art student, and Sam, a farmer, and how they meet in small-town Georgia when Meghan comes to teach art over the summer to the kids in town…and ends up staying with Sam and his family.
It took me a little bit to realize that the book was part of a larger universe, and that Meghan’s mother/stepfather had been a previous book - albeit technically in a different series. The author did a good job of concentrating on these characters without making you feel like you were missing anything by skipping the previous books.
I liked both Meghan and Sam though Sam lost some points for being kind of an ass when they first met…and later, too. He was a bit too alpha male for my taste. Yeah, dude, we know you like Meghan, but that doesn’t mean you have a right to tell her what to do or to get annoyed when she does things like going out dancing without you when you’re not actually dating.
But the side characters more than made up for it. I really liked Maureen, Alex, Ali, and Bridget - the first three of whom get books of their own. (As Bridget is about six, it’s…going to take a while until it’s appropriate for her to have a book.) Also Meghan’s best friend whose name I can’t remember (Laura, I think?) since it’s been a while since I read it.
It was hovering at about four stars, but what pushes it up to five is the side characters. I liked Ali enough that I went out and bought her book a few days after reading this one. If you make me keep buying you, your rating goes up!
So The Last One gets a solid five stars.
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