Thank you so much Jacquelyn for sending me a copy of your book in exchange for an honest review! I was so excited to find out Jacquelyn had a new book coming out after loving her duet “London Belongs to Me” and “London, Can You Wait?”. “Until the Last Star Fades” had all the great qualities of Jacquelyn’s contemporary romance writing and I really enjoyed it. I ended up giving it 4 stars out of 5!
“You are my first, my always.”
“You are my last, my always.”
COULD YOU BE THE ONE WHO CHANGES EVERYTHING?
In her senior year at NYU, Riley Hope appears to be on top of the world. With a loving mother who makes Lorelai Gilmore look like a parenting slacker, ride-or-die friends, and a long-time boyfriend destined for the National Hockey League, she puts on a smile for the world. But behind it, she’s drowning. Racked with fears for the future, she battles to stay afloat amid life in the shadows of a heartbreaking illness.
And then, Ben Fagan comes crashing into her life. Twenty-three-years-old, British, and alone in the Big Apple after a disastrous pilot season in LA, the struggling actor is looking for an escape: booze, mischief, sex—minimum commitment, maximum fun—anything to avoid returning across the pond.
As they form an unlikely bond, Riley keeps her reality from Ben so that he remains a happy refuge. But how long can she hold back the truth…and is Ben keeping his own secrets, too?
From the award-winning author of LONDON BELONGS TO ME and LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?, comes a bittersweet story about love, loss, sacrifice, and the life-changing decisions we make.
I love how genuine Jacquelyn’s writing is, every time I open up her books I feel like I’m rejoining old friends. Her characters are always relatable and likable and I don’t think I would mind one bit hanging out with any of them. I like how she creates awareness to depression and dyslexia through her characters. Riley was a strong female character that battled with depression and she took it upon herself to go to therapy for help but her illness wasn’t portrayed as a burden. It was just something she had to deal with in her life and she handled it well. I also enjoyed the mother and daughter relationship between Riley and her mom, Maggie. It was so heartwarming. My favorite character had to be Ben though. Ugh so cute! I adored every bit of him, he’s British, charming, and I would sure love to try some of his baked goods.
The overall story was well written and I loved that all of Jacquelyn’s characters from all of her books share the same universe. This is a standalone so you don’t have to read her previous books, but we got to see some of the characters from “London Belongs to Me” and it made me so happy, I love Alex and Mark. This story did deal with some heavier topics, but the romance was just as adorable as ever. For me most contemporary romances are quick reads, so this book is just under 500 pages but I was able to read through it in no time.
I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to continue reading all the books Jacquelyn puts out, and I really hope little mentions of characters from previous books keep happening! I definitely recommend this if you find yourself wanting to read a good contemporary romance.
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