Title: The Last Supper
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Cover Artist: N/A
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella/66 PDF pages/no word count
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
This review contains what could be considered spoilers
Summary Review: A fitting end to a wonderful series
Speak now, or forever lose your love…
Table for Two, Book 3
Luc Tessier finally has all the ingredients of a perfect future assembled. His beautiful English fiancé, Daniel, on his arm, five hundred wedding guests on the way, and the honeymoon suite reserved.
Now if only he can get Daniel to stop obsessing over last-minute details. So what if the date is set for Friday the thirteenth? After all they’ve been through to get to this point, what else is left to go wrong? Plenty, starting with Daniel’s sudden determination to “save” himself for marriage.
How does a healthy, hot-blooded Frenchman fend off a bachelor party stripper with one arm while trying to beckon his lover closer with the other—and not go insane?
Daniel wishes he had it as easy as Luc, who’s already finished preparing the extravagant menu. Between contending with a jealous best man, a spiteful mother-in-law, a bad haircut and Luc’s frustrated libido, Daniel’s ready to have a nervous breakdown of failed-pressure-cooker proportions.
Forget making it to the church on time. If they make it through the thirteenth without someone ending up face-first in the wedding cake, it’ll be a miracle…
Warning: Contains more food-related hotness, men in leather thongs and much more Luc and Daniel.
This is the third and final book in this series. In Book 1 Just Desserts French Chef Luc Tessier and renowned English food critic Daniel Sheridan met and fell in love, against all odds. In Book 2 Second Helpings they decided to live together but Daniel is still not out. Then disaster strikes – Daniel’s mother, the house guest from hell, decides to pay him a visit and stays for a week. At the end of the book Daniel is publicly outed and embarrassed. Luc proposes and is accepted by the love of his life, and everything is set for the wedding of the decade.
It’s now six months later, Daniel is no longer working as a food critic so he has a lot of time to spend planning the wedding, and the rights to photograph it have been sold to Hello magazine for a fortune. They still fought constantly, mostly about Luc’s sexual demands, but the make-up sex was wonderful. At last, the wedding plans that were going on for two months were nearing an end, the final week had arrived and Daniel was going crazy with every little detail that had to be attended to, his ever present notebook in hand lest a single item should escape his OCD eyes. All Luc cared about was having sex with Daniel and making sure that the food for their 500 guests would be the best he had ever prepared. Daniel was having a meltdown trying to manage the preparations – the vast marquee, the stage for the numerous bands, the fairy lights, and on and on. With his responsibilitites for planning every. single. detail. of the wedding Daniel had very little time for Luc or sex, which didn’t make for cordial relations between them. Then he dropped a bomb on Luc – no sex until the wedding because he wanted their wedding night to be memorable, and he demanded that his fiancé move out of the apartment to remove temptation.
I think that this is the craziest of the three books, starting with Luc’s best man Augustin who hates Daniel. Luc had arranged for him to stay at the apartment and the fun and games started when he arrived drunk and mistook the clothes closet for a urinal. This of course didn’t endear him to Daniel and the melee that followed ended with Augustin being turfed and shoved naked in the elevator – the consequences of which you will have to read for yourself. Not one to give up, the next day when he recovered Augustin showed up at the apartment to apologise to Daniel, presents in hand, but he also had another agenda which got him kicked out even faster.
There was one incident that I enjoyed immensely and that was Luc’s visit to his Beauty Therapist, Miss Fukuoka for essential maintenance, which apparently he did every two weeks much to Miss Fukuoka’s enjoyment. This was an unforgettable experience that alone was worth the price of the book. 🙂 Here’s part of the dialogue and prose :
“Nearly done,” Miss Fukuoka said in her Japanese-accented French. “What a hairy arse you’ve got this time, Luc. I’m surprised your boyfriend manages to find your hole at all.”
Luc glared over his shoulder. Miss Fukuoka smiled sweetly. She usually said things along these lines. She had no concept of polite conversation or causing offence and would issue random sexually-orientated comments at frequent intervals while she had her hands on Luc’s private parts.
“There.” Miss Fukuoka rubbed a soothing, wet cloth over Luc’s sore areas before rubbing in some cream. This was clearly her favourite part because she lingered on Luc’s anus, stroking with one gloved finger. Luc flinched, tensing.
“Shh, relax.” Miss Fukuoka pressed ever so slightly.
“Miss Fukuoka, are you trying to put your finger in my arse?” Luc couldn’t quite believe he was getting sexually assaulted by his beauty therapist.
“No, Luc, it’s just that you’re so well-used that your arse is trying to swallow my finger,” Miss Fukuoka shot back smartly.
The dialogue between Luc and Daniel was at times just as funny as in Second Helpings which I think is the best of the three books. Here’s a taste
“I don’t give a shit about your weird English customs. I don’t give a shit about flowers and serviettes and Friday the thirteenth. What I give a shit about is not getting laid for the next week.”
Daniel turned around, glaring. “Always about that with you, isn’t it? Sometimes I think I’m just a hole for you to stick your insatiable French dick in.”
“Two,” Luc corrected him.
“You have two holes I can stick my dick in. One sharper than the other.”
“Your language doesn’t improve with time. When you’re my husband, I’ll be washing your mouth out.”
“With your spunk, presumably,” Daniel growled.
“How did you guess?”
“Why don’t you go and sauté your balls in garlic, Luc? I have more pressing things to take care of.”
The Last Supper had many “moments,” and topping everything was the wedding which is an experience you will never forget. They say that weddings bring families together but The Last Supper proved that one should keep members of the family as far away from each other as possible, unless decorum is not a concern. Since this is the third book there was really very little character growth except for Luc who, while he was just as imperious, demanding and inconsiderate, showed a caring and protective side towards Daniel who would try the patience of a saint. As for our man Daniel, I was pleased to see him demonstrate some spunk and grow a pair of balls when dealing with Luc’s sleazy, double dealing best friend Augustin who got what was coming to him. In the end Luc got his man and Daniel was well and truly satisfied.
The writing was just as good as in the previous books and the story was enjoyable but I had a couple of niggles, starting with the wedding which I thought was WAY over the top, almost in the stratosphere. A bit of restraint might have been in order. I also felt that the pacing towards the end was frenetic and it might have been just as effective with a bit of a break between the “action” sequences. 🙂 Last, the blurb gave away too much of the story, in my opinion.
If you’re looking for a fun series this one is a can’t miss. The Last Supper is not a standalone book and is best enjoyed as part of the series.