Last Chance Books
By: Kelsey Rodkey
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: YA Romance
Page Count: 368
Don’t you just love the smell of old books in the morning?
Madeline Moore does. Books & Moore, the musty bookstore her family has owned for generations, is where she feels most herself. Nothing is going to stop her from coming back after college to take over the store from her beloved aunt.
Nothing, that is—until a chain bookstore called Prologue opens across the street and threatens to shut them down.
Madeline sets out to demolish the competition, but Jasper, the guy who works over at Prologue, seems intent on ruining her life. Not only is he taking her customers, he has the unbelievable audacity to be… extremely cute.
But that doesn’t matter. Jasper is the enemy and he will be destroyed. After all—all’s fair in love and (book) wars.
This review will be spoiler Free
First I want to say a big thank you to Harper Collins for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! Now, let’s dive right in to my thoughts…
Romance is not my typical genre, in fact I often actively avoid books if it looks like romance will be the main or only plot point, so I was pretty apprehensive going into this read. But you know what? this book may have actually changed my mind about the genre! I really really enjoyed this read, it was fun, it was sassy, it had enemies to lovers as well as book stores (and man am I a sucker for books about books!).
I think that obviously the YA aspects of this book did shine through, there was very little character development and the plot moved forwards quite quickly. However, I think that the side characters were rounded out nicely and there was enough background and tension given to the romance that I actually believed their attraction and interest in each other, it didn’t feel like insta love, which was originally my concern.
I think one way the book could have boosted up to a full five stars would have been to flesh out the emotional undercurrents of the main characters a bit more. Their issues and family trauma are touched on and addressed, but I found we didn’t get enough introspective moments where we really worked through the issues in a way that would make the character development feel earned.
Overall this was a fun quick and easy beach read, perfect for throwing in your bag on the way to the beach or even on vacation (especially as vacation is now more and more possible around the world again!).
Have you read this book? What do you thin of reading outside your genre? let me know in the comments!