{Blog Tour Stop}{Review} Last Summer by Rebecca Rogers

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 Title: Last Summer

Author: Rebecca Rogers
Number of Pgs. 240 
Publication date: July 18, 2012
Genre: New Adult
How I got the copy: From the author in exchange for an honest review.
From Goodreads:
All Chloe Sullivan wants to do is get through the summer.  Her life has been in disarray for more than six months, and she knows the only reason her parents made one final trip to Sandy Shores is because of her.  They are, after all, two seconds away from filing for divorce.  When Chloe stumbles upon a boy in one of her childhood hangouts, she's in for more than just a relaxing summer vacation.

Logan Andrews is exhausted, famished, and quite frankly, kaput.  His parents kicked him out when he refused to attend a rehabilitation program for his drug addiction.  Now, he wishes he would have listened; he'd be receiving appropriate medical care rather than living in a dingy, godforsaken shack, holing up from money-hungry drug dealers.

Logan's godsend arrives in the form of Chloe, who can't hold her tongue when it comes to matters of the heart.  They're both in for a rude awakening when Logan's past catches up to them, though.  Can they escape the drug dealers showing up at every twist and turn, or will things end much worse then they ever imagined?

Warning: Contains strong language, drug use, and sexual situations, including an explicit sex scene and a near-rape scene.  Mature audiences only. 17+

 Quick read-couldn't put down
-  Characters deal with tough problems like drugs, divorce, murder, etc.
-  A romance that will melt your heart

I can't believe this book was self published because everything about it was professional.  The cover is fantastic, the writing is amazing, and overall I'm just not sure why it wasn't picked up by a publisher...or even a producer.  This book was definitely emotional enough to be a movie.

You all know I love action and romance, but my favorite part was the characters themselves.  They all had depth.  Chloe's parents are going through the first stages of a divorce and she's kind of alone in life because of it. I kept asking myself why would Chloe feel so strongly about helping this kid recover from drugs?  What's in it for her.  And it finally made sense that she has no one really, Logan was a good distraction, and she has a good heart.  But also sometimes when everything in our lives are a mess, we feel like if we can just accomplish one thing then everything else will be okay.  And Logan was Chloe's one thing to fix.  Most novels show the men as strong, manly, and saving the damsel in distress.  But I liked that for once the characters were saving each other.  It wasn't one sided.  And we saw weakness and vulnerability in the guy.  It felt so real.  And the romance especially felt real.

Although some things seemed far fetched (I can't say what without there being spoilers-mostly how the parents reacted to things), it didn't matter because I liked the characters that much that I didn't care.  I'm so happy how the book ends and I'm glad the author tied up some loose ends.  I like that everything that led to them meeting was fate.  I believe that everything happens for a reason.

If you like contemps that touch on tough topics and you aren't offended by cursing, sex, and drugs then you should definitely get this book.    

"But the truth of the matter is fate brought us together under different circumstances, circumstances Logan's still not proud of...Although, years from now when people ask our secret, I'll tell them the truth: where it all began and what we went through together.  How we managed to move mountains just to get where we are right now.  But, most of all, how it was the best and worst summer of our lives."

Also, Rebecca is giving away 5 copies of Last summer here!

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