The Last Post

The Last Post

See you on the other side.Laya Marston’s husband, Cameron, a daredevil enthusiast, always said this before heading off on his next adventure. He was the complete opposite of her, ready and willing to dive off a cliff-face, or parachute across a canyon—and Laya loved him for it. But she was different: pragmatic, regimented, devoted to her career and to supporting Camero...

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Title:The Last Post
Author:Renee Carlino
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The Last Post Reviews

  • Jean

    I seriously loved this book!

    Both Laya and Micah were such unique characters and as usual, Renee Carlino's words sucked me right in.

    A heartbreaking beginning with reading what Laya went through, losing her husband Cameron tragically. Her struggle to accept his death was completely understandable.

    And then there's Micah. He was almost like a lost soul trying to find his way in life, and figure out what was important to him. He had quite an interesting personality. And I absolutely LOV

    I seriously loved this book!

    Both Laya and Micah were such unique characters and as usual, Renee Carlino's words sucked me right in.

    A heartbreaking beginning with reading what Laya went through, losing her husband Cameron tragically. Her struggle to accept his death was completely understandable.

    And then there's Micah. He was almost like a lost soul trying to find his way in life, and figure out what was important to him. He had quite an interesting personality. And I absolutely LOVED his twin sister, Melissa! Their relationship made me laugh!

    A lot happens in this book, and it just flowed so easily for me.

    Highly recommend!!!

  • Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*

    Laya had a whirlwind courtship and marriage to her husband Cameron after meeting at the emergency room she worked at with an injury from his job as a stuntman. It was one of those moments in time where they both knew there was something there between them that they couldn't ignore. Life has been crazy ever since.

    Cameron travels all over the world chasing the

    Laya had a whirlwind courtship and marriage to her husband Cameron after meeting at the emergency room she worked at with an injury from his job as a stuntman. It was one of those moments in time where they both knew there was something there between them that they couldn't ignore. Life has been crazy ever since.

    Cameron travels all over the world chasing the next thrill and when she can, Laya goes along too. There is huge risk involved in this career choice and although Laya supports him, she has no appetite for the thrill seeing things Cameron does. Her biggest fear becomes a reality when Cameron is tragically killed on the job leaving her a young widow. Devastated at losing him, Laya leaves her job at the hospital and returns back to New York to be closer to her father and figure out how she can live without her beloved Cameron.

    One thing that helps Laya deal with her loss is to post messages on Cam’s Facebook page. Messages from Laya to Cameron about memories that pop into her head of things they experienced together. Some of them are about things she wished they did and some are just random thoughts. Laya’s father and Cam’s family are not happy about these posts but how can anyone tell someone how to grieve. If this is what Laya needs to do to get through this awful part of her life then so be it.

    When Micah first meets Laya he pretty much forgets how to breath, let alone talk. She is the most stunning woman he has ever seen but her evident grief overshadows her beauty. He wants to know everything there is to know about her and he soon finds her posts online to Cameron. He decides to use these as his guide to occasionally be in the same place as Laya and in some instances to make some of her wishes come true. The last thing he wants to do is hurt her or scare her off. He just wants to make her smile and bring some light to her darkness.

    Laya genuinely likes Micah’s presence in her life but she struggles with the guilt that comes along with that, like she is betraying Cameron by even having a friendship with him. She knows that she is not ready for anything more right now and she may not be for a long time. However, Micah makes her feel less alone and just knowing that he is there when she needs him gives her comfort.

    I love that Micah was a mostly, quiet, keep to himself sort of guy. He didn’t look at Laya as a conquest or someone he could seduce. He saw the pain and anguish in her eyes and just wanted to help make it go away. His intentions were very sweet and although he may not have expressed himself in quite the way he wanted to, I found his honest ramblings so endearing. He definitely felt out of his depth and potentially felt like Laya was out of his league at times but his patient persistence was exactly what she needed.

    I’ve always believed that you can have more than one great love in a lifetime and Renee does a wonderful job showing this in this heartfelt story. I have loved every book I have read from this talented author and this story was yet another fabulous 5 star read.

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    ❤3,5 -4 STARS❤

    This is an emotional and heartbreaking read!You need to be in mood to read it!It wasn't easy to read it, there were moments I wanted to stop, The Last Post is definitely different from her other stories.

    "Scars are a testament to the love and the relationships I had for and with each person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it. Scars are a testament to life."

    I had a harder time connecting with both Laya and Micah but at some point it happened!I loved the premise th

    ❤️3,5 -4 STARS❤️

    This is an emotional and heartbreaking read!You need to be in mood to read it!It wasn't easy to read it, there were moments I wanted to stop, The Last Post is definitely different from her other stories.

    "Scars are a testament to the love and the relationships I had for and with each person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it. Scars are a testament to life."

    I had a harder time connecting with both Laya and Micah but at some point it happened!I loved the premise this one has and generally I liked it, but there were parts I didn't find good and this made me not give it 5 stars.

    This is an intense read !

     

  • Debbie Oliphant

    3.5 STARS

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

    I was excited to read and review this book as I am a fan of this author. The summary drew me in and after reading the first paragraph, I was emotional and did not want to put the book down...…..but after getting thru the halfway point, I did want to put the book down. I did finish and glad I did get to the ending as the story ended nicely.

    Laya's life changes abruptly when she becomes a w

    3.5 STARS

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

    I was excited to read and review this book as I am a fan of this author. The summary drew me in and after reading the first paragraph, I was emotional and did not want to put the book down...…..but after getting thru the halfway point, I did want to put the book down. I did finish and glad I did get to the ending as the story ended nicely.

    Laya's life changes abruptly when she becomes a widow after being married for a very short time. She is stricken with grief and is not able to cope on a daily basis. She leanes on her father who also became a widower when Laya was 3 years old. The two try to cope with their new normal. Laya has taken some time off from her job as a surgeon to figure our what she wants to do next.

    Micah works for Laya's father's architectural firm and has felt lost as he is not happy where he is with his life and goes to the extreme to isolate himself beginning with a full, unkept beard and staying at his parents cabin on the weekends. He notices Laya and can't stop thinking about her. There is something about her that is drawing him out of his darkness and he wants to pursue her. He knows she is grieving and wants to become friends, but he soon realizes he has strong feelings for her. Laya is not emotionally ready to be more than friends. She's still calling her husband's cell so she can leave messages and hear his voice, and she is posting messages on his Facebook page. This behavior has everyone concerned as she is writing in the present tense and her post are adding to the grief to her husband's family.

    Micah is beginning to breakthrough the walls that Laya has kept up, but each time he can take a step forward, she is propelled backwards. This is the challenge in their relationship and the story can take it's time or too much time with this evolution. Micah and Laya draw from their own strength to live again and enjoy life. The story is a journey to that goal and while some times felt disconnected, the ending felt like a crescendo with the right tone. Enjoy!!!!!

  • Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦

    I ADORE Renee Carlino's books and will read anything she writes. ('Swear on This Life' is a must-read, by the way.) With that said, I found 'The Last Post' to be a little confusing in its tone and characterizations. Although I was drawn into the story of Laya and Micah and their modern romance, I did not feel that this book reached its potential. Laya is recently widowed and cannot move on from her beloved husband Cameron's tragic death. She leaves public posts on his Facebook page which a

    I ADORE Renee Carlino's books and will read anything she writes. ('Swear on This Life' is a must-read, by the way.) With that said, I found 'The Last Post' to be a little confusing in its tone and characterizations. Although I was drawn into the story of Laya and Micah and their modern romance, I did not feel that this book reached its potential. Laya is recently widowed and cannot move on from her beloved husband Cameron's tragic death. She leaves public posts on his Facebook page which are tender, sweet and very sad. Once a medical resident with a promising career, she is too grief-stricken to move on with her life.

    Micah is an architect at Laya's father's firm. Both Micah and Laya are very vulnerable but Micah pursues Laya intensely. I often didn't feel much of a difference in their POV's but yet I did like the story enough to finish.

    The writing is solid but the endless grief was somewhat exhausting. I did love the New York City setting and description of the perils of modern dating. If you are a fan of Renee Carlino's writing, then definitely give this book a try! Michah was a sweet and soulful hero that many will connect with. And the conclusion was a beautiful, hopeful end to this story.

  • Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    This story was equally depressing as it was bizarre. At times I wondered what path the author was trying to pave for the main characters. I struggled with my feelings for this book for almost 70% of it. I didn’t empathize or even like the heroine, Laya, and I thought Micah wAuthor}There

    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    This story was equally depressing as it was bizarre. At times I wondered what path the author was trying to pave for the main characters. I struggled with my feelings for this book for almost 70% of it. I didn’t empathize or even like the heroine, Laya, and I thought Micah was a deranged stalker. The only character that I liked was Cameron, the dead husband, whom we only get to meet during the first chapter of the book. I idealized him along with Laya, and that’s because, in her point of view, he was the perfect version of himself.

    I was worried that this was going to be the first book by Renee Carlino that would be a disappointment, but the writing is good. I couldn’t help but laugh at the snarky and quick-witted banter between Micah and his twin sister Melissa. Those two cracked me up more times than I could count. Somehow the author managed to turn things around but it took almost three-quarters of the story for her to pull off what I considered to be an impossible feat. I couldn’t fathom that Laya and Micah could have believable chemistry but then the author throws in a plot twist to shake things up and it was then that I felt a connection to the story and characters. I only wish it didn’t take so long to finally click. I will say that the author has a great sense of humor and it made for some terrific comedic banter and I’m happy that I got the chance to read this one.

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  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I think it's safe to say that I'm just not compatible with this author, and this was our last tango. I definitely would encourage other readers to pick it up and give it a try for themselves, though!

  • Ashley

    I was extremely excited to read this book based on the blurb and author. It seemed like the perfect book to tug on my heartstrings and allow me to get lost in a beautiful love story.

    Unfortunately, this book didn't tick the boxes I needed it to. Granted, it was not a horrible read. I really enjoyed certain parts and some of the humor, especially between Melissa and Micah. However, much of this book seemed downright weird to me. Many readers, mys

    I was extremely excited to read this book based on the blurb and author. It seemed like the perfect book to tug on my heartstrings and allow me to get lost in a beautiful love story.

    Unfortunately, this book didn't tick the boxes I needed it to. Granted, it was not a horrible read. I really enjoyed certain parts and some of the humor, especially between Melissa and Micah. However, much of this book seemed downright weird to me. Many readers, myself included, thought Micah came across as a strange stalker, but that wasn't the biggest issue for me. Much of the dialogue in this book was odd. The characters would go off on unrelated tangents about the banalest topics, while being happy in one moment and in the very next sentence angry and depressed. Trying to keep up with the characters' moods was enough to give me whiplash. Not only that, but all of the relationships, with the exception of Micah and Mel seemed incredibly surface-level.

    One would think, based on the subject matter this novel covers, it would be a tearjerker of a story. Regrettably, I didn't feel an emotional pull toward any of the characters. Further, I didn't believe the connections between the characters themselves, which created a disconnect for me as a reader. Instead I was wondering, "do they even like each other?" The words said so, but the feelings indicted otherwise. I do think Renee did a fine job of capturing the grief Laya was going through, but it still wasn't enough to make me feel it along with her.

    Like all of Renee's books, this was a fairly quick read, but overall it was a miss for me. I feel a bit confused and disappointed with the story.

  • Jaidee

    1.5 "utterly disappointed" stars !!

    Thank you to Netgalley, Atria Books and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for a review.

    Ms. Carlino has written one of my all time favorite contemporary romances. That gem of a book was titled

    and I still sweetly smile thinking of that book and what it means to me. I look forward to re-reading that and swooning all over again.

    I was so excited to receive a copy of a new book thinking that this would be a book about grief and finding love again. I was an

    1.5 "utterly disappointed" stars !!

    Thank you to Netgalley, Atria Books and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for a review.

    Ms. Carlino has written one of my all time favorite contemporary romances. That gem of a book was titled

    and I still sweetly smile thinking of that book and what it means to me. I look forward to re-reading that and swooning all over again.

    I was so excited to receive a copy of a new book thinking that this would be a book about grief and finding love again. I was anticipating some tears, some heartache and a swelling of the heart when our heroine gets a second chance at love. That was not my experience of this novel. Ms. Carlino continues to write in a very clear and accessible way. BUT and the big BUT was that the story was completely unbelievable, the characters were fairly unidimensional, the comic relief was mostly crass, the romantic elements were cliche and I was annoyed, irked and disappointed.

    I know Ms. Carlino can deliver as she did in that most lovely and heartfelt book:

    . I hope she goes back to that rather than this book which could be really a bad movie starring Lindsay Lohan making a comeback.

  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

    ~dnf @35%~

    This was my first Renee Carlino book and whilst I will try reading another one of her novels in the future, this one just was NOT for me. I felt the characters to be very unrealistic and two-dimensional, it was something I just couldn't get past. The style of writing was also something that didn't bode well with me, I found it to be very narrative (instead of descriptive) and it tended to lack emotion. The romance was cringey, at best and lacked a lot of substance that I ke

    ~dnf @35%~

    This was my first Renee Carlino book and whilst I will try reading another one of her novels in the future, this one just was NOT for me. I felt the characters to be very unrealistic and two-dimensional, it was something I just couldn't get past. The style of writing was also something that didn't bode well with me, I found it to be very narrative (instead of descriptive) and it tended to lack emotion. The romance was cringey, at best and lacked a lot of substance that I kept looking for. I was really excited for this one and unfortunately, it just didn't hit the mark.

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