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The Last Goodbye (Adamson Brothers #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  590 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Ally Bishop knows the settling kind when she sees one. And Tyler Adamson is definitely one. Ordinarily this never-in-one-place-long girl would stay far, far away. Maybe it's the way he looks in jeans, or the way he looks at her, but suddenly Ally is breaking her own rules with dizzying speed. All that Australian temptation right next door...well, there's only so much resis ...more
Paperback, Harlequin SuperRomance #1686, 283 pages
Published February 2011 by Harlequin
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Apr 11, 2011 Rane rated it it was amazing
Many events affect us as we grow into adults, from the people we meet, the paths we’ve taken, and our childhood that shapes us as adults. Tyler and Ally are two people whose childhood has affected them deeply making them into the adults, shaping their outlook in the world. While both carry and drag chains and shadows from when they were children, we all have to come face to face with our demons and finally lay our pains, and fears to rest.

For Tyler Adamson, becoming a successful craftsman, crea
Just when I thought I was burnt out on romance novels, I reacquainted myself with the joy that is a Sarah Mayberry Superromance. This one was no exception. It pairs a hero reluctantly caring for his terminally ill father and the advice columnist heroine house-sitting next door and is positively drenched in emotion. The hero is at odds with himself over how to handle his father, who had physically and verbally abused him and his brother until they ran away at 17, and the book pulls no punches wit ...more
The Last Goodbye was a pretty good read.
Tyler Adamson is a pretty successful man, he runs a furniture company when one morning Ally confronts him telling him that his father is dying of cancer and kind of berating him. Tyler thanks her and doesn't do anything. Might seem cold but it is not. Tyler's father was verbally and physically abusive who thrived on terrorizing his children(Jon and Tyler), so they left as soon as they could and only remained in contact as long as their mother was alive(she
Jacob Proffitt
May 13, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
This may be my favorite Mayberry romance—certainly in my top, uh, top. Most of that is due to Tyler and his steadiness in the face of provocation. Tyler's father is a real piece of work—having abused Tyler and his brother Jon both emotionally and physically all their lives. Tyler's willingness to look after his father as he is dying (even if at the remove of a nurse and meal service) told me all I needed to know about the man he has become.

And Ally was charming in her own right, too. As broken b
Jun 26, 2011 Carrie rated it really liked it
Sarah Mayberry is a consistently good writer. She has a knack for expressing a lot in relatively few pages. All the books I've read by Mayberry have had a serious subject as the background for the love story. Various books have dealt with PTSD (Hot Island Nights), a woman's desire for a child as she nears forty (The Best Laid Plans), and a woman who's been in love with her best friend since they were kids, but lost him to a mutual friend (Her Best Friend). The emotions are complex and realistic, ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it
This was sooooo good. I cried. And can't stop thinking about them.

Sarah Mayberry is a wizard of the category romance. She's just so terribly good at letting characters shine on such limited page counts. Her characters are always so real and realistic and likeable and you really feel like they could be your neighbors. I still can't believe I waited this long to read Mayberry's books, because they are so delicious, and I want to go Pokémon on them and get them all.

It's not really a happy book, sin
Jun 09, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
The more books I read by Sarah Mayberry the more I think she just simply gets it. Her books are so well written and flow so naturally you feel like you are watching two actual people meet and fall in love. In the meantime their life happens around them. That life is rarely whiz-bangy -- no Navy SEALS rappeling out of helicopters, no billionaires sweeping some sweet young thing off her feet, no crazed stalkers with a big wall of crazy out to get the heroine -- just regular people who are navigati ...more
4.5 Stars Harlequin Super Romance

Sarah Mayberry delivers on all accounts once again with this Harlequin Super Romance letting faithful readers of her delightful stories know that she definitely is an author that should remain on your auto-buy list when it comes to a good dose of contemporary romance, which just happens to be my favorite genre of romance. I have been keeping a close eye on the release date of this book since Harlequin always tends to release its books much earlier than the desi
4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 stars because I absolutely adored Tyler and Abby)
Apr 11, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I started off this book with a strange sense of Deja Vu. A hot guy who makes furniture whose father used to beat him? I know I’ve read this before. But actually I hadn’t. A year ago, I’d read One Good Reason, a sequel to this one. I liked that book. I liked this one but I am glad I did not read them close to each other because of the common threads that run through them.

Our heroine, Ally, is a nomad. She grew up with an artist-mother who never wanted to settle down and dragged Ally around the w
May 20, 2012 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Feb 22, 2015 Dls rated it it was amazing
This was a really well-done book. I'd love to see her branch out into longer books; I think she'd be great at it.
On rereading I think this is a 5 star. I love the characters but even more I love how clear eyed Mayberry --and they--are about how it's not necessary or even good to forgive people who do so much harm and how good people can take care of their abusers and behave well toward them without forgiving them. I hate "forgiveness " for those who don't regret the harm they have caused, and to
The one star rating probably isn't fair, but this book left me more unsettled than hopeful and that's pretty much the opposite of what a romance is supposed to do. I'm not opposed to stories about profoundly damaged people coming together, but I didn't think this did a good job of actually addressing their damage (and in particular, the forgiveness of abusers is a thing that bothers me tremendously), much less addressing how their damage would complicate being in a relationship. The tacked on ep ...more
Jaci Burton
Apr 08, 2011 Jaci Burton rated it really liked it
The hero and heroine both had emotional issues from their pasts to deal with, and I enjoyed the way Sarah brought these two together and allowed them to grow together and confront their pasts with each other. Great romance!
Such a sweet story!! Definitely going to my favorites! Review to come
Jul 16, 2011 Leslie rated it liked it
This has been in the TBR pile for a few months and while I love Sarah Mayberry, I didn't pick it up until I requested One Good Reason from NetGalley and realized the hero was the brother of the hero in The Last Goodbye. So of course I had to read this before I read that. Makes sense, no?

This story had a lot of emotional baggage. It was a boatload full for both the hero and heroine. Different, but similar. He's from an abusive home, she's never really had a permanent home. Both are still working
Jan 30, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
4 Stars ~ Following his brother's lead, Tyler bailed on school and home when he was barely seventeen. He left with only some clothes and his father's ridicule and he'd never looked back. Sure, he'd stopped to see his mother once a year, but she'd died ten years ago. Ally's a self-proclaimed gypsy; never sticking to one place for very long. She house sits for her roof over her head and as she's an advice columnist, she can do that anywhere. When she became a new neighbour for elderly Bob, she had ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Both the hero and the heroine have to deal with family issues. Ally's mother was a wanderer who lived constantly moving from place to place, from lover to lover. Meanwhile, Ally got left at various relative's homes. It gave her an abandonment complex. And a restlessness that has her leaving from good relationships before they leave her. Tyler's father is dying of cancer, but that doesn't change the fact that his father, Bob was a physically abusive dung pile when he and his brother, Jon, were gr ...more
Jan 30, 2012 Sheilalalalala rated it liked it
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Aug 27, 2011 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Not what I expected from a book under the Harlequin imprint.

Many a talented author has run aground describing a relationship with an emotionally traumatised partner. It's not easy to present a credible account of the trauma; even more difficult to weave it into a happy-ending romance.

Ms. Mayberry accomplishes both with a smooth, easy-to-read story that covers some very, very heavy emotional ground. A victim of child abuse attempts a courageous reconciliation with his dying father. No heartwarmin
Sep 09, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
A poignant story of son, Tyler Adamson, coming home to care for his estranged father during his last dying days of cancer. There is a lot of baggage to deal with which makes the story bittersweet. Lots of emotion and realistic issues to deal with, I really felt this was Tyler's story more than Ally's. Although it might not sound romantic, it was. The relationship the develops when Tyler meets Ally, the next door neighbor who manages to capture his heart, is a nice foil to what is going on with h ...more
Unforgettable! Tyler is one of the best heroes in the Harlequin series titles this year. He overcomes the horrific events of his childhood, has to live with his tormentor, and try to convince the girl he loves she deserves to be loved.

The Last Goodbye was a terrific book and reminds me why the SuperR line, when done well, is well worth the greater price. The heroine, Ally has her own issues, too, but with her humour and kindness we easily see she is also a wonderful person in her own right.

I ca
Cátia Santos
Jun 06, 2012 Cátia Santos rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Uma boa surpresa, não estava a espera que o livro fosse tão bom. Apesar de ser um livro pequeno, a história encontra-se bem construída, com personagens credíveis e reais em todos os aspectos desde a forma como se comportam na relação até a problemas/traumas de infância.
Gostei muito do casal protagonista e da forma como a relação entre os dois foi desenvolvida, primeiro conheceram-se e só depois envolveram-se. Fiquei surpreendida com isso, pois estava a espera do contrário dada a dimensão do liv
Nas Dean
Mar 17, 2011 Nas Dean rated it it was amazing
THE LAST GOODBYE by author Sarah Mayberry is an enjoyable, entertaining story.

I loved both Tyler and Ally and think they're just perfect for each other. Ally is the flighty kind who craves a home of her own without even knowing about it.

Tyler is the man who is ready to provide all of this for her and is understanding, sensitive and caring. And he finds his own home & ultimate happiness in Ally's welcoming arms.

It just made this story a wonderful and a fantastic read.

But a warning, once I
Nas Dean
Apr 07, 2011 Nas Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE LAST GOODBYE by author Sarah Mayberry is an enjoyable, entertaining story.

I loved both Tyler and Ally and think they're just perfect for each other. Ally is the flighty kind who craves a home of her own without even knowing about it.

Tyler is the man who is ready to provide all of this for her and is understanding, sensitive and caring. And he finds his own home & ultimate happiness in Ally's welcoming arms.

It just made this story a wonderful and a fantastic read.

But a warning, once I
Sep 12, 2016 Velocity rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
A solid romance, dealing with a tough subject (how to face the reality of having to care for an abusive parent) and -THANK DAWG- managing to completely avoid the nauseating trope of "happily ever after because he's your paaaaarent". No, abuse is abuse and I'm glad Ms. Mayberry had the maturity to present it as it should be.

The romance itself had me from the get go, both leads were well fleshed-out and interesting, and the sex scenes were more than satisfying. All in all, smart and entertaining,
Oct 07, 2014 Connie rated it it was amazing
Tyler comes back home to take care of his dying father who used to beat him and his brother. Ally happens to be house sitting next door and has grown fond of Tyler's dad. I love how is shows Tyler's struggle with wanting to help his dad but still needing closure over the past, and I love how Ally shows her support and respect for Tyler in the way she helps with his father. Great romance, I loved both Tyler and Ally and really felt for them because of their pasts. They so deserved to be happy!! A ...more
A solid 4 stars. I found the lead characters compelling, fragile yet strong. Both have emotional scars, both help each other overcome the pain and support each other into finding a way to heal. Tyler spends the few last weeks of his father's life looking after him. His estrange father who physically abused him as a child. Ally is the wanderer, never settling anywhere for fear of being abandoned again like she was as a child. This sounds depressing but it's not. It's really not. Both find solace ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Cecilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like well-written romances
Another great Sarah Mayberry book. Lots of really believable situations, emotions, reactions. Some fairly heart-wrenching details; things aren't glossed over, but neither is there wallowing, or a feeling of relish in the horrible bits of the hero's past (some authors, when they're including abuse, it's almost gross how much they dwell on it). This book, in development of the romance, of the characters, of the build-up to the resolution, was well-balanced, well-paced and satisfying.
Jan 11, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This is technically out in Feb, but eHarlequin will sell it to me early, so win. This was very good. When he discovers that his abusive father is dying, a cabinetmaker has to make a choice at how involved he'll get--and also how he's going to deal with the cute neighboring house-sitter/advice columnist who has befriended his dad. This went into some deep emotional waters for a category romance, and I think Mayberry chose the realistic rather than easy route.
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Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. From the time that she first “stole” paper from kindergarten and stapled it together to make “books,” Sarah has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, on graduation from high school she completed a bachelor of arts degree majoring in professional writing, then sat down to write a book. When ins ...more
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