Synopsis: Simon and Caroline are back for another round of baking, banging, and big life changes. Settling in, but never settling down, Caroline has finally struck a balance between the professional and the personal. As one of the top interior designers in San Francisco, she travels all over Northern California between nook time with Simon.
Perpetual globetrotter Simon has cut his frequent flyer miles in half over the last year, preferring to balance his professional and personal life, as well.
The next step in their lives seems preordained—toasts, veils, and the aisle of rose petals. But when an accident on a photo shoot in Southeast Asia brings Caroline the most terrifying phone call she could ever imagine, she has to ask whether “till death do us part” is a more realistic prospect than faces most couples.
It’s been a grand adventure, and Caroline and Simon wouldn’t go out without the best surprise ending ever. One part sexy, one part laughter, a dash of exotic locales, and one pink nightie, mixed with passion, and you’ve got Last Call. Served with a side of Clive.
Last Call by Alice Clayton is the final chapter in the Cocktail series. The series has been one of my favorite series for 2014. They’re romantic, lightweight, and they simply make you smile. Need to escape into bliss and love? Check out Alice Clayton and the Cocktail series.
Last Call ends the same way it started, with Simon and Caroline. While I enjoyed the other characters and couples in the previous books, nothing beats these two. With a title like Wallbanger, it was easy to enjoy the quirk and snark of the story. But where other series may stop at one book and change with another, I didn’t feel that was the case with the Cocktail series. Last Call has the same amount of quirk, with a dash of romance, and many sprinkles of sexy times. Clayton knows her characters, and it was refreshing to see them again.
Simon and Caroline have finally settled in with their lives, their careers, and with each other. Long gone are the days of hectic lives without any room for fun, because with these two, fun is the best part of their days. Naturally, the next step for this couple would be matrimonial bliss. Especially with their friends tying the knot and expanding their families, it would be normal for everyone to want the two to follow suit. And where Simon may be on that page, Caroline most likely isn’t.
Caroline has grown as a character. Her neurotic antics and OCD tendencies are now endearing and a part of who she is: a well-established and successful woman in every sense of the word. She has it all- career, love, and a happy life. So it made me wonder why she would come unglued at the thought of marriage.
Simon, I feel, has been ready to settle down since the previous book they were in. Not having a family that constantly surrounds him, it was nice to see that he wanted to start his own. Seeing Simon grow to the person who he is in Last Call was fun to watch. Simon knows who he is, and as it is with Caroline, I see him grow into someone assured and content.
Clayton’s answers to my questions were answered. I felt that I witnessed character progressions that were satisfying. And let’s not forget all the delicious tidbits of this and that. The sexy times were fun and steamy, and Clayton did not water anything down. The Simon and Caroline of Wallbanger are still the same.
Last Call is fun and filled with humor, provocative notions, and witty banter. It is enjoyable and well written. You’ll get drawn into this contemporary world and immediately wish you were a part of it.