It only took four years for the world to fall apart.
Now the last member of my family has died, and I'm forced to travel across what's left of three states to find the only people I know left alive. To survive, I'll have to salvage food and supplies and try to avoid violent men who've learned they can take what they want by force. The only way I'm going to make it is by trusting Travis.
Travis used to fix my car, and now he's all I have left in the world. He's gruff and stoic and unfriendly, and I don't really know or like him. But he's all I have left. He'll keep me safe. We'll take care of each other. Until we reach what's left of our town and can finally let go of one another.
Last Light is a standalone post-apocalyptic romance set in the near future after a global catastrophe.
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I enjoyed this sexy, exciting and intense post apocalyptic romance! The struggle for survival competes with the desire to have a bit of normalcy whenever possible, difficult to do when you're always looking over your shoulder. So it makes sense that the heroine Layne, on a mission to find the people from her town who've evacuated to a former army base, would join up with Travis, her former car mechanic heading in the same direction. Travis is older by about ten years, divorced and his young daughter has died. Layne's grandmother has also died. Their reasons for staying behind when the rest of their town picked up and moved on are gone and there is no safe place for them to stay anymore. Travis quickly makes it clear that he's not going to take advantage of Layne, something she doesn't expect as her experiences to date have been very different. This enables them to form a bond of trust and leaves any possible sexual interactions up to Layne. She does make the eventual first move, and they share some steamy sex scenes as they journey across the country. When they eventually find their way to their fellow townspeople, they have to decide what that means for their future. In a difficult world like this, their happy ending is ultimately believable and quite satisfactory. It's an intriguing and unique dystopian road trip romance.
4 1/2 Stars! I'm all in for a dystopian or apocalyptic tale...doubly so when you give me a romance I can get behind as well! In Last Light, Claire Kent successfully does both and I reveled in it! The world has been mostly decimated by a meteor strike. It wasn't total annihilation but the world's population has diminished greatly and all of the comforts we take for granted have vanished. It is a society where only the strong survive. As such, it is often dangerous to be a woman alone because you can easily fall prey to men who don't have the best of intentions. Layne has recently left her hometown and is traveling to Fort Knox, where she's heard that the majority of her townspeople went in search of a safer existence. Along the way, she meets up with Travis. He's older than her and she remembers him from when he used to fix her car. They've both recently lost loved ones that they stayed behind with when the rest of the town evacuated. Therefore, they decide to travel together since they are both heading to the same place. Along the way, as they spend more time together, they grow closer. Both of them are unsure what the other one ultimately expects from their relationship. Their lack of communication leads to some confusion once they get to Fort Knox. They both have to decide what's most important to them at this point. In order to do so, they may have to swallow their pride and put their hearts on the line. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Ms. Kent for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
When I'm looking for something different from the usual romance story, this is what I love to read. The best way to describe this would be to think of the tv series The Walking Dead but without the zombies and instead of following a group of people, this only follows one couples journey across the United States trying to stay safe in a very unsafe world. This isn't your typical "disease ravages the world" kind of apocalyptic story. In fact, this is something that could truly happen in real life. It's pretty scary to think about and that's exactly what I kept thinking as I read this book. What would I do? How would my family and I survive under these circumstances? It made for a connection to a story that should seem pretty far fetched. I was on the edge the whole way through waiting for anything to happen. It made the ending to this book mean so much more. You would think it would be hard for a book to have such a good romance when the main focus is survival but no only did the author succeed, she created one of the sexiest slow building romances. If you need steam in your books, let me just tell you there were some pretty sexy scenes. The romance is not lacking in this book. I really liked the main couple. Travis pulled off the strong, protective alpha while still showing a vulnerable side to him through Layne. Layne is a heroine I can get behind. She's young, only 20 years old and she is braver than most. She was smart and practical. You do not see any immaturity in this girl. She had to grow up and grow up fast. As a couple, these two fit perfectly when they never would have even looked twice at each other before the world fell. This was a creative story that made for very enjoyable read, especially if you are looking for something different. I highly recommend it!