Reid wasn’t looking when he saw her. Katreana stayed focused so she didn’t think about that time she was left at the altar, but when she saw him, she took notice. Can he prove he won’t hurt her and can she trust him enough to move on? Readers will fall in love with this jilted bride romance from Marcie Shumway. The 425 Madison series is back with season three and HER LAST LOVE is live!
I received this book for free from Forever Write PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Her Last Love by Marcie Shumway
Series: 425 Madison Ave #22
on October 12, 2020
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Forever Write PR
Women were not on my radar. My business was all I needed.
Then she walked into my shop and changed all that with one look.
How was I going to convince her I wouldn’t burn her like her ex?
Men were not on my radar. After being left at the altar, I realized I needed to focus on myself and my job.
Then he walked into the room, and everything shifted.
Could I trust him enough to share my secret and move on?
I guess only time will tell…
After all, 425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love.
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“No man is ever going to be good enough for my little girl,” he whispered huskily. “But Travis is pretty damn close.”
I laughed lightly and rolled my eyes to the ceiling to ward off the waterworks. With a soft kiss to my cheek, my father released my hands and moved to my side. Looping my arm through his, I used the other hand to pick up my dress, so it didn’t drag as we walked down the stairs. With a nod of satisfaction that everyone was ready, my mother ushered the girls out with the exception of Anna and led the way down the hall. My father and I followed with my cousin on my heels, making sure the train on the dress stayed off the floor.
My face hurt; my smile was so broad. Everyone around me was as well, and I felt like I was floating on a cloud. We reached the stairs, and I kept my eyes on my feet, so I didn’t trip, allowing my father to lead me. When I reached the bottom, I looked up and found Max, the best man, waiting at the back door with a look on his face that I couldn’t identify. Confusion and concern rolled through me since he should have been at the altar with Travis.
“I’m sorry, Kat,” he apologized, cutting my question off.
“Sorry for what?”
My stomach rolled with nausea.
“We can’t find Travis.”
“What do you mean you can’t find him?” I asked, shaking my head.
I felt Anna come to my side and felt her hands grip my elbow while my mother moved to my father’s other side. A united front as we’d been my entire life. It brought little comfort, especially when the next words came out of his mouth.
“He packed a bag and took off,” he explained, tugging gently on his tie. “He won’t answer his phone.”
“His parents?” I choked out.
“His mother left last night, and his father is here, but severely hungover. He doesn’t know where he is either.”
My knees threatened to buckle. This was a mistake. Something must have come up at the office, and he ran late coming back. He would be here. He had to be here. We were getting married.
“This was with my tux.”
The envelope, marked with the bed and breakfast logo, had my name on the front in his clear, concise handwriting. I didn’t fight the tears, I let them flow down my cheeks as I took it from him with a shaky hand. Without letting go of my father, I opened it and pulled out the small piece of paper.
I can’t go through with this. I’m sorry.
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I have mixed feelings about this one. I really liked the characters for the most part, and I think the author’s writing was good as well. I enjoyed the storyline, again for the most part, and it kept me reading to find out how things would turn out. It’s also possible I was really enjoying reading about a tattoo artist because I’ve been jonesing for my next tattoo lately! I did find it interesting that Reid and one of his customers pointed out something I’ve thought myself. That getting a tattoo can be a bit of a stress reliever or take away from the pain you are feeling at the time. Now, not that they aren’t painful, I totally disagree about getting used to the pain as it is being done. For me it hurts the whole darn time, enough that I do get lightheaded every time. But it kind of helps with the internal pain, emotional and mental, I think.
The characters were all great as I mentioned above. I loved the friends of the main couple, and also how everyone all fit together. I loved Katreana’s job, it was something close to what I do, working with kids, only hers would be definitely as emotional as it was, I could totally get that. The steamy scenes were just right, although one I had a little bit of trouble following, it seemed to skip some steps in how they got to a certain position, but that’s okay, it went very well after that.
So, my biggest complaint, not telling Reid the secret. In fact even keeping what she did a secret from as many people as she did, as if it was something to be ashamed of. I get that it was part of the big drama of the story. But I feel like there was absolutely NO reason not to at least tell Reid as they got more serious. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have kept it a secret from anyone myself, as it wasn’t anything to be ashamed of at all. I think it would actually have made people feel even more sympathy for her. Oh yeah, and some of the name spelling was a little confusing as I read. I’m pretty sure Katreana is supposed to be pronounced like Katrina. But in my head I kept saying it as Kat-re-Ana. And then Cyra, I wonder if that was supposed to maybe be pronounced like I was, Sira, or if maybe it was just a funky spelling of Sara?
Overall it was a good story, even if it had one of my main pet peeves in a romance, not telling a secret when really there is no reason not to tell it, and I also think when Reid found it out, it was an overreaction just a little bit.
About Marcie Shumway
Marcie Shumway is a small-town girl, born and raised in Maine. She resides with her high school sweetheart on a family-owned farm just miles from where she grew up. Her hubby and their four furbabies are her first loves, but they are followed closely by her writing, apple pie, and chocolate.
Marcie started writing short stories in middle school for her classmates to enjoy. They were always love stories with happy endings and spurred her dream of being a published author. Chasing that dream as an adult, she continues to write stories for her readers to love. An avid reader herself, Marcie thrives on the books of her favorite authors and when not writing, can be found curled up in her favorite spot with a good book in hand.
About the 425 Madison Series
Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Rounding out the summer with some hot city nights and coasting into fall with more cool characters at this famous high-rise, 425 Madison is returning for a third season!
With some familiar faces and some brand new residents – you’ll be sure to find an author you love and a trope to ignite your taste buds after all 425 Madison IS the perfect place to fall in love!
We’ve got an amazing line of up must-read romance authors including, Lauren Helms, Allie York
J Marie, Kay Gordon, Marcie Shumway, Aubree Valentine, S.L. Sterling, and Fiona Tulle
Prepare for pages packed with new romances, characters, and tropes all from the same well-loved high-rise apartment building in NYC.
Season One and Two feature stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, KC Enders, Marci Shumway, and C. Lesbirel. All these authors came together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy. Covering all of your favorite tropes each tale offers you something new, something different.
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