REVIEW: The Last Post is unpredictable
THE LAST POST by Renée Carlino is just what I expect from this author – unpredictable creativity. I can’t stop reading her books, even though they don’t resemble anything else on my bookshelves.
We follow Laya’s inappropriate posting on Facebook, after she witnesses her husband’s death during an extreme sport stunt. I understood it was what she needed to do to heal, but I can’t imagine how it exasperated everyone else.
Laya’s behavior made me cringe while simultaneously wanting to help her. Her hurt radiated, and she made a world where she felt safe. It was painful to witness, but I couldn’t bear not knowing what happened next.
This easily gave Micah the connection he craved with Laya, but it also set him up to creep her out. Their constant tug of war was hard to witness, but it’s also what propelled hope for their happy-ever-after.
Micah came off as creepy like a stalker, but I loved his quiet devotion to Laya. His mental health was in jeopardy if he continued on the path he was on. Layla’s grief made her act out in ways I didn’t always understand, but I felt deep compassion for her situation. In the end, Micah’s quirks were the only way to break down Laya’s walls.
We also get to know Micah’s twin sister who’s over-the-top obnoxious, as well as his insensitive friends. Not everyone is likable in the beginning, so I was really wondering how this would pan out.
Micah is a brilliant architect who works for Laya’s dad. Laya is a talented surgeon who needs to find her way back to her gift after tragedy. Their oddities mixed well with their genius.
Expecting the unexpected is the norm with Carlino’s books. She writes about difficult situations, or characters who are very unusual. This one is a humdinger and I couldn’t stop reading. How does she think up this stuff? The mind boggles. I’m so addicted to her style.
I warn you – the language could be offensive to some – they speak their minds, especially Micah’s sister and his friends. This is a very unusual romance with lots of crazy stunts, but those final moments are beautiful.
Need more suggestions by this author? I enjoyed WISH YOU WERE HERE and AFTER THE RAIN. I can’t wait to read SWEAR ON THIS LIFE next.
If you haven’t read a Renée Carlino book yet, what are you waiting for? She entertains in a way you don’t know you need, but she succeeds no matter how it’s done each time. Step into the wild unknown with Renée Carlino’s romantic fiction. It’s a bumpy ride to happiness, but so worth the journey.
Review by Dorine, courtesy of TheZestQuest.com. A digital copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review. Thanks in advance for following links and sharing this review on social media.
The Last Post by Renée Carlino
Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Atria Books (August 20, 2019)
Rated 4 out of 5