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?
1. This is a clean romance. If you're looking for some dirty, dirty, bow-chicka-wow-wow, forget about it. It ain't gonna happen in this book. If you can't enjoy a romance without sex, then this is NOT for you. Move along.
2. If you take issue with editing errors, I will warn you now -- This book has them. They do bother me, but they weren't bad enough to completely put me off of finishing.
Now, lets do this.
Alexia and Phillip are in college and are determined to avoid each other. That doesn't work out quite so well for them and they end up dating. They're both still alive through the gift of organ donation. Alexia knows about Phillip's but he doesn't know about hers. This story tells how their relationship forms and grows. You see the struggles and you also see them overcome them.
The story itself, I really had no issue with at all. The execution, however, threw me a little bit. Last Heartbeat is written in dual POVs with alternating chapters between Alexia and Phillip. Most of the time I don't really mind this, but in this case, for the first half of the book Phillip's chapters were basically a repetition of Alexia's chapters with no new information. It really did throw me off and I didn't think I would be able to finish the book.
I stuck it out though, and I am so glad I did. Around 60%, something switched gears and Phillip's chapters became more defined and less repetitive and that greatly improved my reading experience.
The last half of this book is what really grabs you. When you realize what has actually happened and the connection they have, it kind of blows your mind a little bit. To me, the whys of their relationship don't really bother me, if its because of their connection, doesn't that just make it all the more spectacular?
And when everything fell apart, my heart was broken. Watching the lengths that Phillip went to in order to fix it was so sweet.
I have to say, if the first half of the book had been written a little differently, this could have been a 4 - 4.5 star read for me.
This was T.R. Lykins debut, and for that I think she did a great job. I'm confident, with time and experience her writing will only get better.