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My Last Love Story

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Promise me you'll learn to cuss, learn to love again. Live again. Promise me you won't give up on each other.

Simi Desai is thirty years old and her husband is dying of cancer. He has two last wishes in his final months: first, that she'll have his baby so that a piece of him lives on, and second, that she'll reconcile with her old flame, who just happens to be their mutual
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Published May 15th 2016 by Falguni Kothari (first published 2016)
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Vishnu Chevli
"My last love story" by Falguni Kothari was giving me angry looks ever since it was placed at bottom of the book stack. My wife won it few months back but she was not able to read it due to some work. As per my this year resolution, I took the responsibility to review all unfinished review read that we won last year, no matter how good or bad a book will be. Fortunately book was above mediocre though it took too much time for me to finish.

In just few lines I can sum up story, Simeen was in emoti
Sharon Metcalf
If I had been asked to define the term "love triangle" I'd almost certainly have used words like affair, jealousy, secrecy.    Turns out I'd have been wrong.  At least in the case of the love triangle which was central to My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari.      In this novel  Simi, Nirvaan & Zayaan befriended each other in their teens and named themselves the Awesome Threesome with the motto "Everything we do, we do together".    This wasn't quite literal but was pretty close to it.   There' ...more
Falguni Kothari
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Ahem. Of course I read this book, I bloody wrote it!
It was a difficult story to write because of its themes, but I think I'm a better writer (definitely a more compassionate person IRL) from writing it. This story was a journey into my past, a discovery of my present and a promise to my future. I'll always be in love with My Last Love Story.
Kristy K
2.75 Stars

This book was depressing and uncomfortable. That’s not always a bad thing, but I think it was a little too much for me here.

This was well written and I’d easily pick up another book by Kothari. But, the story line and the little twists and nuances just made me so..well, uncomfortable. Not in a cringe-worthy way, more like a “this shouldn’t be happening” type way.

There’s a man with terminal cancer and his wife who he’s blackmailing to have a baby via IVF. Then there’s the old best frie
DNF at 26%, unfortunately.
This story simply did not appeal to my tastes and was not paced in a way to hold my attention as a reader.

Thank you to Harlequin and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel, releasing on January 23, 2018.
I want to thank the Author for providing me with her beautiful and interesting novel!
My Last Love Story is an incredible read, you can find very unique writings within that differs from other romance books, the story is very emotionally and told by interesting mixed feelings, and it really is a page-turning which I devoured it so fast!
The story has interesting main characters, Simeen, Nirvaan and Zayaan, it is a very beautifully told tale of a close relationship, warmth and sacrifices of the s
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
This was quite the riveting read, an incredibly refreshing story rich with history and heartache and impending loss. It's unpredictable and complex and the writing was truly stunning. There's nothing cliche about this storyline, nothing is sugar coated, nothing is simple. There's no forced drama, no contrived HEAs, just a very organic progression amidst some seriously complicated circumstances. It's a profoundly intense story of friendship and love and I devoured it in one sitting. While I like ...more
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me begin with a disclaimer. I have never been fond of love-triangle stories. So when I picked up Falguni Kothari's My Last Love Story I was ambivalent about it. But having read a couple of the author's earlier books, I was curious as to what she would do with it. And I'm so glad I did! By the time I finished the book I was totally and completely invested in the lives of Simeen, Nirvaan and Zayaan. It's a beautifully told tale of friendship and love, of choices and sacrifices, of the secrets ...more
Lisa Aiello
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angsty-romance
I received a copy of this through NetGalley for my honest review.

4 Complicated Stars!!!

I was pretty sure I knew what I was getting when I went into this book. Angst and heartbreak and a love triangle. He's dying from cancer and wants her to have a baby, and there's a best friend in the mix. I grabbed a tissue box and settled in. But wait - this story wasn't even close to what I thought it would be!

I'm not sure I'll do the complexity of the story justice, but here we go!! We are dropped into the
To quote Zayaan "Bloody fuck." This book is basically a combo is When Breath Becomes Air, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dostana and A Distant Heart, and hit me in the emotions. Full review here! ...more
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
I found this to be a hard book to enjoy as the subject matter was pretty grim for the most part. At times I really felt engaged with the story and at other times it just felt awkward. Simi, Narvaan, and Zayaan meet years before. They decide they are going to be best friends forever. Simi and Zayann then fall in love and plan to marry. A terrible event happens in Simi’s life and she stops all contact with the two men. Her engagement to Zayaan is off and neither of them knows what has happened wit ...more
Tumika Patrice
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari

Simeen was the fun-loving, spoiled only daughter in her family of five. Content to living it up and enjoying her teenage years without worries, life as she knew it came crashing to a screeching halt at the tragic death of her parents. Orphaned, she was left in the care of her two older brothers, who were barely of legal age, each trying to find his way in the world to make a great life for himself, and her leeching aunt and uncle. As Simeen sank deeper into d
***ARC provided by Harlequin Graydon House Books (US & Canada)****

REVIEW to COME closer to release day...although I will say this:

I don't think I have ever read a book quite like this before. Boundaries were tested and bent. My feelings and comfort zone were irrelevant. What an authentic depiction of a complicated, unconventional friendship and love story. Whew! I am full and drained all at the same time!
Ruchi Singh
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, literary
The affections and bonding during childhood always has a profound effect throughout the life. More so if there is no one else to lean on to. ‘My Last Love Story’ explores this friendship, bonding and love—between not two but—by three people, who are totally, irrevocably in love with each other.

Falguni Kothari dares to tread on a relationship which the society (read readers; me included) might have frowned upon, especially when a girl is involved with two boys. But the author has done a skillful
Srilakshmi Indrasenan
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Romance is never my genre. I run far away from reading romantic tales. However, the book blurb of this one caught my eye. Love Triangles are something that is so done and dusted in the past by many authors. With no expectation of something novel, I started to read this book.

The book was indeed surprising, in a positive way. The lives of the 3 protagonists had been beautifully sculpted. When I say beautiful, do not compare it to fairy tales. This is a realistic beauty. The beauty is so realistic
Ankit Saxena
This is somewhat Different.
First thing, I got this book in Goodreads' giveaway for honest review to give in exchange..

I really sorted of think that how this story be, when I started the book. But its quite good and moving with different phases in every other part of it. Nirvaan's character is not that much seemed worthy as protagonist than that of Zai. Simi being narrator was chosen well by author to say her words.One thing that story demanded came at the end of it, Love of Zai & Simi that they
Danielle Mootz
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was incredible love story. As I passed this novel along to someone else having just finished it all I could say was that I'd never read anything like it. Falguni Kothari did an amazing job describing the intimacy of close relationships and the added intensity of such a loyal friendship. You'll never read another novel quite like this! ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and at once delightful and heartbreaking, this story is entirely unexpected and lovely.
Three friends, whose love for each other has survived loss, betrayal, and secrets, are faced with the ugliness of terminal cancer and finding a way to go on living around it.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Original review can be found at

** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

I finished this book a while ago and I've been trying to figure out how I feel about it ever since. I'm conflicted with My Last Love Story and I'm not sure if I can adequately explain my reasons why.

At the centre of this book were Simi, Nirvaan and Zayaan. Simi was married to Nirvaan who was dying of cancer.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With this book Falguni Kothari has tried to break many barriers of our orthodox society and I would say that she has succeeded in doing so. She has written a very unconventional and a different kind of love story. It is a love triangle which I have never read before and could have never even imagined. For one person to love two different people and that too equally is something I could not have imagined. Each character in the book, be it Nirvaan, Zayaan or Simeen love the other two very much and ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Last Love Story is an unconventional and a poignant tale of love, friendship , loss , survival & healing. It’s a heartbreaking emotional journey like no other I have read. This book was in my to read list since forever and it was totally different from what I was expecting it to be . The story was an emotional roller coaster and there is no way a reader couldn’t have left effected by all the emotions. It’s a story of three friends Simi, Nivraan & Ziyaan. Falguni has beautifully weaved her sto ...more
Jamie Beck
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book months ago but only recently remembered that I forgot to write a review. My family just spent a short time in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I remembered!

I'm one of those readers who really enjoys a love triangle, and this one is spectacular because it is so different from any other. No contrivances or cliches here. Simi and Narvaan are married, but he is dying of cancer. He wants his wife to have his child, and to reconnect with their old friend (and her former fiance), Zayaan. Wow, right?
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Arresting ‘Triangle’
This was not a Sprint, where I just wanted to reach the end; rather a Marathon where I wanted to explore the depths of each of the characters before reaching the finishing line. And exactly like a marathon, reading this book was indeed a dramatic roller coaster. The opening scene of a doting wife, accompanied by her cancer stricken husband visiting a fertility clinic makes the story start with a plunge directly into the core, without any beating around the bush. Gradually whi
I went in expecting a sort of love triangle but I was definitely surprised. This book reflects on so much more than you thought. The friendship and love that the Awesome Threesome Nirvaan, Simeen and Zayaan share is very unconventional and not something you commonly read. But it was very beatifully written and I couldn't believe that despite all their feelings for each other, they still kept such secrets from which ate away at them from the inside. The book is also about dealing with trauma, los ...more
Tellulah Darling
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-adore
I didn’t read the synopsis before I dove in and all my expectations were based on the title and the cover. Yeah, those were pretty much blown away in the first couple pages for something much better and much richer. I can’t remember the last time my stomach was in knots because I was so tense to know how a romance was going to play out.

This is love in all its complicated, brutal, gorgeous, heartbreaking, breathtaking glory. There is no black and white, no right or wrong, just myriad shades of gr
I don't know what to say other than I'm so fortunate to read a book with a protagonist who is allowed to feel the full scope of her emotions, even if some come off as selfish. That too within the contexts and inner workings of the nuanced cultural and religious backgrounds shown in the book. Wow. ...more
Faiqa Mansab
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Falguni's best books. It's a complex story told masterfully. It's the kind of book that makes you uncomfortable because of the raw portrayal of human beings, their pains and their struggles, and life at it's worst and how it can also bring out the best in people. Must read for fans of Colleen McCollough. ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I enjoyed that the characters had different cultural and religious backgrounds, and that Kothari took the time to explain what those differences meant and looked like. I even appreciated the different take on a love triangle. I would have liked more, especially from the POVs of the two men. What I can't get around is the forcing of Simi to have a baby she didn't want to have. Nothing will get me over that. ...more
Harlequin Books
"This culturally-rich, emotionally-wrenching novel takes everything typical about a love triangle and turns it upside down. Kothari captures the unique perspective of three friends from diverse backgrounds, while at the same time presenting issues relatable and compelling to every reader. The plot is deeply layered and provides a touching look at how to face the unthinkable with dignity. It also gives a fresh and engaging look at the diversity found among Indian-Americans. This has the potential ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An emotionally complex story, Simi Desai latches on to a friendship with Nirvaan and Zayaan after her parents die. The trio begin the friendship in Surat, India, but Simi pulls away after a traumatic experience. After marrying Nirvaan, without telling either man the truth, tensions remain as Zayaan comes to Carmel, California to help Nirvaan get through cancer treatment. Nirvaan tries to plan for Simi’s future without him, as strong emotions and families from three different backgrounds, clash. ...more
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