Renee Conoulty: Last Heartbeat by T.R. Lykins


Friday, 17 April 2015

Last Heartbeat by T.R. Lykins

Alexia has fought hard to over come a tragic illness in her past. Barely getting on with her life, she finally leaves home to enter the real world. This first big step makes her appreciate all that she has struggled with. This next step in her life, also leads her to a possible heartbreak. How can Alexia keep up with all of her struggles and keep going on?

Phillip has lost someone close to him when he was younger. This person was the most important person in his life. He has struggled to get past this loss, and once he does, he finds out something about his favorite person that makes him feel the hurt all over again. Why can’t Phillip move on for good? Can he really forgive someone in the past, if they no longer live?

A chance meeting has Alexia and Phillip spending hours talking. This sparks an attraction for each other. Every day, running into each other makes the attraction grow stronger until they finally give in to it. When another accident strikes, both of their pasts come barreling back to haunt them. Can they move forward knowing the secrets they now know about one another? How much more can two broken people endure? Will they find their way back into one another's arms or have they finally come to a breaking point in life?

Hey! Here's my review.

A sweet new adult romance told in alternating POV between Alexia and Philip. Alexia tells her story in one chapter, then Philip retells the same story from his point in the next chapter. Their relationship begins with love at first sight and a very intense first week. They have more in common than they realise, but poor communication interferes and leads to misunderstandings. It is all worked out of course, with happy ever afters all around. I found the plot a bit predictable and guessed what was going on before it was explained. I would have been disappointed if it had turned out differently though. 

I really liked that Alexia and Philip both had good relationships with their parents and were able to talk to them about everything. I liked that they didn't jump into bed straight away - well I guess they did actually jump into bed, but when they slept together they only slept. One of the main themes in this novel is organ donation. The story focusses on life a few years after an organ transplant. I didn't realise how careful you still need to be, even years after an organ transplant and how much it can impact on your life. 

I listened to the audiobook edition, which I received free in exchange for an honest review. The narrator spoke clearly and had different voices for the different characters. She spoke at a good rate and I didn't need to speed it up.

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