Title: The Last Text
Author: Alice Winters
Release Date: May 7th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 120
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Happy Birthday, Daniel. I was told not to send you another text, but I never was any good at listening. I love and miss you. I always will.
When I lost my partner of eight years, I felt like my world was crashing down around me. In order to feel some relief from the overwhelming emptiness, I’ve found myself sending him texts every year on his birthday, even though I know he will never answer. It makes me feel like there’s a piece of him still alive, at least in my heart.
I’m sorry, you must have the wrong number.
That is, until someone responds to my text. Jace is charming, sweet, and everything I could ever want. But how can I accept someone new in my life when Daniel’s only been gone two years? Even so, Jace starts to consume my world. It feels like I can finally breathe as he helps me understand that my life doesn’t have to revolve around my grief.
Soon, I find myself laughing again as he pulls me away from the hopeless cycle I’ve been caught in, and I love spending time with him, whether it’s playing video games together or discussing our comic book alter egos. But I still need to let go of this guilt and allow Jace to show me that I can love another without replacing what I’ve lost. Jace rewrites my entire world with every word and smile he gives me, and it’s becoming harder to not give in and hand him my heart. Maybe Daniel did respond after all.
The Last Text is a 37k word novella about overcoming loss, finding hope, and friendship that leads to new love.
I liked this one! The angst and the grief were real without being overwhelming. Jace was pretty amazing and I liked that the author kept the banter going during Merrick’s darkest hours. The epilogue in the end was very sweet and I almost melted with that last text to Daniel’s phone. Sniff.
Single POV and I think it benefited the story here. This was mostly Merrick’s show and him overcoming his grief, and Jace was the best person for him.