Once Rose Fisher makes a decision, that’s it. End of story.
Like when her ex, Patrick, dumped her out of the blue, then showed up with a super hot, tatted up sex kitten on his arm. Then it was over for good. The end. Poof. Dead to her. Except he was everywhere — down the hall, at the bar with their friends, worming his way into her dreams.
But with their friends paired off, they’re left alone more and more. Rose is determined to keep him friendzoned — doesn’t matter that he stares at her with a smolder that drops all panties in a ten foot radius. She’s over him, and she’ll prove it by getting back into the dating game, Patrick be damned.
Patrick Evans is no stranger to consequences. When your mother walks out, your dad drifts away. When you leave home, you’re on your own. And when you run away from the girl you love, you lose her. He finally has an opportunity to rebuild the bridge he burned, and it’s not one he’ll take for granted. But he’ll have to fight for her, even if it hurts. Even if it means he’ll walk away brokenhearted. Because deep down, he knows that she’s it for him.
The trick will be to get her to admit she feels it too.
Rose & Tricky are my favorite couple yet!! This book moved to my Favorite list about 20% in and I'm sure its my #1 from Staci Hart.
Last Call is a second chance romance as well as friends to lovers twice over. Rose and Tricky were really close friends who both discovered a mutual desire for more and decided to give it a try, with the caveat that at any time they felt different, they'd part ways. When things got really serious, Tricky got scared and felt he had to put an end to things, in turn ruining their relationship and friendship, and also as Tricky figures out relatively quickly, making the worst decision of his life.
Rose felt betrayed by Tricky, not just how things ended between them, but because they shared friends and they were such good friends, their breakup was harder than any other because of the family they had become. Rose still loves Tricky and knows it, as do most of her friends, but Rose doesn't want to open her self up to that sort of pain again.
Tricky knew he'd screwed up badly almost immediately, but he didn't know what to do to change it. Though he received advice from many of their mutual friends, Tricky wasn't sure the right way to go about trying to prove himself to Rose again and regain not only her friendship, but her trust and hopefully be able to turn it into more again.
Last Call was such an emotional read. Both Tricky and Rose have to face their fears, and look deep into themselves to find if they can really move on and give each other a flat out no holds barred chance. There is a lot to be said for the characters in Hart's Bad Habits series, the connections they've made, the family they've become. I love how collectively they all dive right in the middle and offer advice or try to throw Rose and Tricky together. It's a beautiful thing when those around you see all that you are holding back and instead of letting you wallow, force you to take a hard look at what you could be missing out on.
I love that Staci Hart sucks us right back into the thick of it from page one, and she doesn't make it easy for Tricky or Rose (or us as the readers), but each and every thing that happens, each teasing moment, each bit of friendship reclaimed, each inch back into each others lives, spurns us further hoping to see happy resolution for these two friends.
This book was also SUPER hot, like rub me down with ice and fan me please Smoking Hot. There were some scenes that almost had me blushing. And as usual there are moments of rolling laughter watching the things some of these kids get up to throughout the story. There's also a twinge of somberness as we revisit Tricky's past drug abuse and those he knew from that time of his life.
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.
From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.