The Last

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 06 May 2019

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What a fabulous book to end a series with. I loved all three books in this series and it is difficult to pick a favorite, they were each equally wonderful. 
I really enjoyed Sarah and Ian and the way they came to be a couple. After making a marriage pact when they were in college and then going their separate ways for many years they were able to pick up as friends right away. There seemed to be more of an attraction for Sarah towards Ian than what she felt in college. These two were a hot and sexy couple. You could feel the attraction and chemistry that Sarah and Ian had with each other. I enjoyed the humor in this story too. It is always great when an author can make me laugh when I am reading a romance.
I really enjoyed Cassie, Lisa and Junie showing up in this book. It was fun seeing them again and having them help Sarah realize her feelings for Ian. Junie was especially helpful to Sarah.
This was a fantastic book and if you read the first two in the series then this one will not disappoint. I would definitely recommend this book.
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The Last, the 3rd book in Tawna’s The List series, is a fun, light read featuring Sarah and Ian, college friends who haven’t seen each other in years.  Though it is a stand-alone story, those who have read the previous books will enjoy getting a brief view of earlier couples.  Junie, with her blunt honesty, stole the scene several times.  

The story complicates the friends-to-lovers trope with Ian’s “I’ve been hurt by love before so I’m never doing that again’ resistance.  The couple reconnects on Sarah’s “thirty-and-still-single” birthday and it’s not long (minutes, maybe) before the sparks start to fly between the two of them.

The story was fun with the humor you’d expect from one of Tawna’s stories, along with some heartfelt moments.  The connection between Sarah and Ian felt true, though Ian’s change at the end of the story felt a bit rushed.   I wish it had been a longer story so the relationship could have had more time to really grow/develop.

* ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Amazing marriage of convenience story. Book 3 in a series of standalones and probably the best out of the 3 so far.  I won't say much more due to spoilers but this book is one of my top reads of 2019.
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I absolutely loved Sarah and Ian. This story was funny, sexy and swoony and loved their story. I love the idea of marriage pacts and loved how the author wrote this!
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I loved this book! It made me laugh, and cry, and gave me ALL THE FEELS! 

Sarah Keating has her life so together. She runs a residence program for adults with Down Syndrome, which was her lifelong dream. She is financially stable, she owns her own home, and she has great friends. She basically has it all, but she has no partner to share it with. While tipsy on her 30th birthday, she remembers the pact she made with her college best friend, who she hasn't seen in 10 years. They said if they were both unmarried at 30, they'd marry each other. So, she messages him. What's the harm in asking, right? 

Ian Nolan is vying for his dream career in Portland with an aviation company, after living in New York for the last 10 years. When Sarah messages him, he's thrilled to hear from her, and since he's in town, he decides to surprise her by stopping by at her place. Best decision ever. But Ian has issues he hasn't dealt with, and he prefers to live his life numb to deeper emotions, after losing his younger brother a decade ago. When he proposes a marriage of convenience, more like a business merger than a romantic prospect, he throws Sarah for a loop. But he's sure this is the best way to approach a marriage. Can he convince Sarah to take the leap with him? 

Sarah and Ian have chemistry like whoa, and their connection is off the charts hot. Considering they were only ever friends before, their sexual compatibility is like a revelation for both of them. But, they are both convinced they can keep feelings totally out of it. Just friendship, companionship, sex, and a shared life, but not love. Famous last words. Though this story went down exactly as it seemed it would, it still kept me on edge, waiting for the bottom to drop out. I was at times tearful, laughing, smiling, and swooning. What a delight. 

I loved the peeks we got of the characters from the first two books here. Getting to see Cassie and Simon (from book one) get married was awesome, and Simon's sister Junie made quite the full appearance as well. These people have really become a family to each other (though some were sisters already), and it was lovely to see how their lives have come along. There was a lot of closure in this book for the entire series, and I loved it. 

Sarah was honest throughout about how she was feeling, and I loved that about her. Ian really had to work hard to get over his stunted emotional issues, and decide if losing love was worth staying numb and emotionally closed off. Ian and Sarah really knew each other, even though it had been many years since they were truly in each other's lives, and they were really good for each other, and cared about each other. They were the true definition of friends first, and their adventure together falling into true love was a very memorable one. I adored this story, and this entire series. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
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2.75 stars

Tawna Fenske brings back her characters from The List and The Test, but this time it's Sarah's story.

She reconnects with Ian, a friend from college, who she had made a silly pact with to get married if they haven't already when they turn 30. After spending time together, Ian suggests they do get married. However, he thinks a marriage based on friendship and mutual attraction is fine, but love is not in the cards.

The premise of the book is interesting and I generally liked Sarah and Ian. However, I just found the story wasn't holding my interest. I think the beginning felt a bit rushed. I am glad, though, that I kept with it because I ended up liking the last 25% or so of the book a lot more.
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No one writes romcoms quite like Tawna Fenske and this is a great one.  I has laugh out loud moments, emotional moments, and sizzling hot steamy moments.  A long ago pact made between Sarah and Ian has her sending a drunken birthday text and Ian arriving on her doorstep.  Both of these characters have baggage making their marriage of convenience plan seem like the way to go.  Before diving in headfirst they decide to have a trial period.   Let the fun sexy times begin!!

Wonderfully written with a nice strong story, very well developed characters and an easy flow.  While book 3 of a series it is easily read standalone.  I would definitely recommend this book.
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I loved this book! It was hot, funny and emotional, all in one sometimes.  Reading with a smile and tears gathering in my eyes, reading about the emotions of both the hero and the heroine. I didn’t read the first book and I kind of missed the “togetherness” of it being in a series, although it is said that the books can be read as a stand-alone. I loved the fact that the couple visited in another series of the author, that was kind of visiting old friends.  All in all, it was an awesome book – with the message that real love is nothing to be afraid about and knowing that love is of the most importance in life.
Sarah Keating was sure she’d be married by 30. Husband, kids, the kick-ass career helping adults with Down Syndrome—she assumed she’d have it all, and there’d be no need to fall back on the marriage pact she made with her best pal from college.
But a tipsy message she sends from her birthday party brings Ian Nolan to her door ready to rock her world, and not just with mind-blowing sex. He’s up for tying the knot, and has a million pragmatic reasons it makes perfectly good sense.
As Sarah and Ian test drive their marriage-of-convenience, they navigate awkward business dinners, a slippery steam room hookup, and a costume party gone awry. Their friendship is stronger than ever, and the sexual chemistry is off the charts.
But is that enough to make a marriage work, or will one of them fall hard and end up brokenhearted?
Each book in the The List series is STANDALONE:
* The List
* The Test
* The Last
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The last is a cute finish to this series. What better to do than promise your college best friend that if your not married by 30 you’ll marry each other? 
For Sarah she’s really only been in temporary relationships and after Ian lost Shane... well he’s closed off what can go wrong with a marriage of convince ? 

It’s a cute book and fun to read. Seriously enjoyed this one.
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Everything Tana has ever written has made me laugh, feel the heartache or plight of the characters, and entertained me immensely. . I hope that she never quits riding her romantic comedies because if she does I'm not sure that I could find another author like her.
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Tawna Fenske has a knack for creating engaging characters and stories with humor, heart and a ton of heat. She’s done it again with “The Last,” which is, sadly, the last in a three-book series. (The first and second, “The List” and “The Test,” are highly recommended.)

In this last installment we find Sarah, a newly minted 30 year old, reconnecting with her college buddy, Ian. Their relationship was platonic, though Ian harbored a secret crush, and over the years they have kept in touch, albeit sporadically. A pact they made in school brings Ian back into Sarah’s life in a big way. Agreeing years ago that if they were still single at 30 they would get married, Ian suggests they follow through, but with the caveat that love not enter into it. He’s suffered loss in the past and believes he can save himself more heartache by not allowing himself to love again.

I enjoyed that the two characters had a history, and an easy friendship that they fell back into immediately. It felt natural for them to be together and I liked that there was no drama or misunderstanding between them. They were both honest about their feelings for one another and what they wanted in their relationship. Of course it didn’t hurt that they both wanted to indulge in the chemistry sizzling between them, either. Whew!

As a fun bonus, long-time readers will get a kick out of a few “cameos” in the book. Characters from another of her series, the “Ponderosa Resort Romantic Comedies,” make a fun and welcome appearance. (I highly recommend those books as well.)

One of the things that keeps bringing me back to Tawna’s books is that she writes stories about people that feel genuine. Her characters are relatable. And she adds a twist of wacky humor that makes me laugh. She imbues her stories with warmth and depth, and I always find myself devouring her books. This one felt as if it was over far too soon, not because anything was left out, but because the world she created was so easy to immerse myself in.

All in all, it’s a wonderful end to the series, giving each of the characters their happy ending. It’s funny, witty, sexy and sweet. A delicate and delightful combination that Tawna manages with seeming ease. I highly recommend it.

Note: I was provided an ARC in return for an honest review.
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My first Tawna Fenske but absolutely not my last!  
I’m a sucker for a marriage of convenience story and The Last did not disappoint.  Sarah and Ian were the perfect blend of friends to lovers and second chance love. I adored the inclusive storyline of adults living and thriving with Down Syndrome.  The chemistry and steamy sexy times was perfectly balanced out by the emotion of Ian and Shane’s backstory and Sarah and Junie’s relationship, making for a super steamy book with a satisfying amount of emotion and storyline. 
Off to read the first two books in the series!
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A spectacular story. The author weaves a magnificent tale of love and romance. Ian and Sarah have known each other since college and at 30 decide to fulfill a pact and get married. The relationship is is sizzling hot in the bedroom but Ian doesn’t want to involve his heart. The characters in the story are wonderful and relevant. Junie is especially lovely. Watching the growth that takes place as they work to get to their happy place was heartwarming and very touching.
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I loved the first two books in this series so I was so excited for Sarah's story.  I actually have loved every book I've read by this author so I knew this book was going to be amazing.

Sarah is turning 30.  By now, she thought she'd be married and have family but her dating experiences could be a book of disasters.  On her birthday, she tells her friends of a pact she made with her college BFF.  If they were both single when they turned 30, they would marry each other.  So enter Ian and his new ideas about what marriage should be: a business arrangement.

These two were something else.  I loved the banter, the history, the chemistry.  I was glued to this book from the second I started to the very end.  I can't wait to see what comes next from this author!!

*This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
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Fast paced friends to lovers 

The Last by Tawna Fenske is a quick fun read.  I loved not only the sexual chemistry between Sarah and Ian but the friendship connection that has laid dormant in their 10 years apart but reignites as they consider a businesslike marriage. The banter between Sarah and Ian is fun as are Sarah’s interactions with her friends.
I re dived an advance readers copy via Netgalley.
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When you pick up a Tawna Fenske book you know you're going to have a good time. Sarah has just turned 30 and she is still single. Having a girls night in to celebrate her birthday. As the drinks flow she tells her girlfriends about a pact she made with her college best friend. If they were both still single by the time they reached 30 they would get  married to each other. Ian cant believe his luck when Sarah suggests they meet up for a hookup. Ian has secretly always fancied her and races round to her place. The sexual chemistry between these two is on fire. When Ian suggests they get married he paints a picture of a marriage without all those messy feelings. At first Sarah is up for it, but its not long before feelings grow stronger.  It was a really nice surprise that characters from another series had cameos in this book. If you are a fan of romance with fun and on the steamy side. This author is for you.
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Awesome addition to The List series.  I love Tawna’s rom-coms and this one is no exception.  Sarah and Ian had undeniable chemistry.  The epilogue was a great wrap up and had me smiling.
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I have to say that I utterly enjoyed this book it was so funny. So we meet Sarah who had made a bet or promise with her best friend Ian that if they were not both married at the age of 30 they would marry each other. (yes you know where I am going) So on Sarah's birthday, Ian shows up and then the funniness ensues..The only thing that I regretted about this book was that I did not read the previous one, but I will remedy that..Enjoy!
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Sarah and Ian are one of the most fun couples I have read in awhile. This unusual arrangement seems sensible at first, but can emotions ever really be ignored? There is so much humor, sexy romance, and heartwarming moments in this book. This is my first book by this author and I will definitely be going back for more!
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"Oh my God, I'm kissing Ian Nolan." Sarah & Ian were college buddies, who haven't seen each other in 10 years, and now, all she wants to do is kiss him! Their deal - if they weren't married by the time they turned 30, they would marry each other. Seems like a reasonable arrangement.

Sarah & Ian think this arrangement could actually work. But, one or both may be catching some feelings....
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