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 Cameron fr...

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

  • 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 chasin

    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 widow after being married for a very

    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!!!!!

  • TeriLyn

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    generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

    Renee Carlino's vivid, descriptive prose never fails to draw me into her stories. Having read this book pretty quickly, unable to tear myself away from the tortured and tragic yet hopeful and full of love pages, I found myself enamored with the story telling chops of Carlino. Her style of writing just always manages to find some long buried emotion or reveals a new v

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    generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

    Renee Carlino's vivid, descriptive prose never fails to draw me into her stories. Having read this book pretty quickly, unable to tear myself away from the tortured and tragic yet hopeful and full of love pages, I found myself enamored with the story telling chops of Carlino. Her style of writing just always manages to find some long buried emotion or reveals a new vulnerability in life. It's a sort of magic ingredient that makes her stories so compelling and captivating.

    While I didn't connect wholly to these characters I understood them in a myriad of ways. Grappling with their grief and existential issues right along with them helped me to absorb and really feel the story that much more. There were certain actions that I struggled with because I didn't understand it and some I thought I did understand but still didn't agree with. But that's okay for me and didn't detract from the emotional depth of the story.

    was more than a romance to me. It was realistic piece of contemporary Women's fiction with very complex, layered romance and interpersonal relationships. The romance of the story was juxtaposing the hope with the despair, the light with the dark. The story was as welcoming as it was standoffish making for a really intriguing reading experience. Taking this unique journey with these fascinatingly complex characters told with rich and brilliantly executed writing is definitely recommended by me.

  • 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 wh

    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, L

    {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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  • FMABookReviews

    THE LAST POST is a story about a woman drowned in the grief of the loss of her husband and the man who was determined to save her.

    Micha wanted to be the reason Laya smiled, he wanted to be the one she thought about and loved, and he wanted her in his life.

    Micah started as a stalker. There really isn't any other way for me to describe his character. It was difficult for me to like him or view him as a love interest. He was oddly obsessed with his boss's daughter, Laya (who is deep in grief over

    THE LAST POST is a story about a woman drowned in the grief of the loss of her husband and the man who was determined to save her.

    Micha wanted to be the reason Laya smiled, he wanted to be the one she thought about and loved, and he wanted her in his life.

    Micah started as a stalker. There really isn't any other way for me to describe his character. It was difficult for me to like him or view him as a love interest. He was oddly obsessed with his boss's daughter, Laya (who is deep in grief over the death of her husband -- the death which she witnessed). He had a strange need to try and make her feel better. He would read her posts on Facebook she made to her dead husband, and then try to recreate for her those experiences she wrote about, in the hope that it will make her feel better …

    For the most part, I liked Layla. I was glad we were able to watch her work her way through the grieving process and come out at the end, a stronger person. There were times, however, when she would lash out at people, that I found it difficult to like her. But everyone grieves differently, so I had to accept her angry and often nasty behavior as a result of her grief.

    I loved the first 30% and thought for sure this was going to be another winner for me by this author. But, sadly, by 53% I contemplated not finishing. I put the story away and went on with my day. The next morning, I picked it back up again and decided to give it another try. I am glad that I did. The last 20% or so of the book, the story turned around for me. And, therein lies the problem. The middle of the book was slow. It was heavy. The focus became on Laya's loss and her anguish, and on Micah's odd, obsessive tendencies toward her, rather than focusing on the characters themselves. And those things made me not interested in the characters or their story.

    While this may not have been a winner for me, I have loved every other book I've read from this author. Her writing is emotional, and her characters are intriguing. I look forward to reading more from her.

  • 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!

  • 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

    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 kept looking f

    ~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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