Title: The Last Guy
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills and Tia Louise
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 12 June 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
The first rule of office romance is don’t do it—especially if your dream is to hold the anchor spot on the nightly news and your boss is trying to get you fired.
But one look at Cade Hill, the sexy new sports director, and uptight reporter Rebecca Fieldstone is daydreaming about other things.
Sex in his office…
Sex in the on-set kitchen…
Sex in the supply closet…
She can’t stop thinking about the former NFL quarterback and how perfect he’d look between her sheets—except he’s an arrogant jerk with a huge…ego.
He’s the last guy she’d ever have a one-night stand with.
Cade Hill draws a professional line on office romance—until it comes to the hyper-focused Rebecca. He wants her, and he gets his wish when a chance encounter has them having the hottest sex of their lives.
It’s just a hook-up, she says.
When can we do it again? he says.
With Rebecca determined to keep Cade in the friend zone, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Cade to convince her that he’s the last guy for her…
It features Fireball-fueled hookups, Doritos Locos Tacos, attack monkeys, toddlers in tiaras, and one fabulous drag queen.
Prepare for frantic clicking and smoking-hot sexytimes all the way to the out-of-this-world happily-ever-after.
The Last Guy is a fantastic romantic comedy showcasing the compatibility of the writing talents of Ilsa Madden-Mills and Tia Louise. I, for one, am hoping for a lot more collaborations between this dynamic duo.
Rebecca is a TV reported stuck dong fluff pieces while paying her dues in the hopes of making the anchor position at the TV news station she works for. However, there is more at play than she realises when a younger, albeit dingbat, reporter threatens the chance of promotion for Rebecca. Adding insult to injury, Rebecca has recently suffered a breakup where her partner left her for a younger woman. At only 28, Rebecca’s self-confidence has understandably taken a large hit. Forced to re-evaluate her image in order to preserve her career or risk being relegated behind the scenes.
I admired Rebecca’s drive and determination, I was fully invested in her future and hurt for her with the callous way she was treated by the station manager. Rebecca has a wonderful way with people, making everyone feel at ease in her presence and bringing out the best in them. It is this quality that makes people want to help her in whatever way they can. Her best friend and roommate, Chas, was a vibrant addition to the story and a wonderful support system for Rebecca.
Cade, superstar sportscaster and ex NFL quarterback, works at the same station as Rebecca and has witnessed the heartless way Rebecca has been treated. There is something about Rebecca that draws Cade to her in a way that is more than just physical attraction. Cade is often judged on his profession and appearance and easily dismissed as a dumb jock. However, there is a lot more to Cade than first impressions would suggest. Getting to delve beneath the surface of Cade was one of the highlights for me of The Last Guy. While first impression would suggest Cade has a charmed life, he isn’t without his share of baggage, especially in the form of his crazy entitled ex-girlfriend.
A night out to with her bestie to cheer up Rebecca crosses paths with Cade who is celebrating his brothers birthday. A tequila filled night and some not-s-subtle match making lead to steamy times between Cade and Rebecca. Only to have some serious morning after regrets due to their work situation. Attraction like theirs cannot be denied, leading to more than a few sizzling encounters.
Although it is obvious Cade and Rebecca’s relationship goes beyond purely physical attraction, there is an ease and sense of comfort to their interactions that is both instinctual and unexpected.
The Last Guy weaves together a multi-faceted plot with a gamut of emotions, veering through comedic encounters to swoon worthy moments and of course, the ever present sizzle between Cade and Rebecca. I still find myself giggling about Pixie the monkey long after finishing the story 😉
The Last Guy is a terrific example of how a romantic comedy should be done and it is done so very, very well. Fingers crossed for more from this writing partnership in the future.