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Until the Last Star Fades

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  546 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Touching, heartfelt and passionate, UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES blurs the line between slow-burn romance and women's fiction, and is a must-read for hopeful romantics, devoted daughters, and the moms they cherish.


In her senior year at NYU, Riley Hope appears to be on top of the world. With a loving mother who makes Lorelai Gilmore
Paperback, 483 pages
Published November 8th 2018 by Kirkwall Books
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Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
➳The boundaries of wanting what you can reach, have been broken in this very emotional and in depth full of hope and fresh light of a romance novel...

➳The last time I read a book by Jacquelyn, it was a twist of events that made me want to take my time in understanding her type of style in writing. When her publicist reached out to me to review this one, I already had it added to my TBR so I was excited to dive into it earlier than what I was expecting. I am glad that I did because this angst
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loves, 2018
Ashes Books & Bobs.

All the heart eyes!

I can't begin to explain my excitement over scoring an ARC of Until the Last Star Fades! This was my most anticipated read of the latter half of 2018 and did not disappoint in the least. I'm going to dub Jacquelyn Middleton the Queen of Book Hangovers! After every book of hers, I always feel like I've moved away from dear friends I'm used to seeing daily. When I turn the last page, I mourn my loss of the characters. In each book, the characters are s
This romance was just okay.
This is a new adult romance that follows Riley, a twenty two year old living in New York who suffers from anxiety. One day she meets Ben, a British actor who just had a rough pilot season in LA. Riley is recently engaged to her hockey playing boyfriend Josh, and realizes she isn’t as happy as she could be with him.

This story is okay as far as romances go, I didn’t really love anything about the story - nothing was incredibly memorable or stood out to me. I liked that
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Until the Last Star Fades

Jacquelyn Middleton

UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES is the perfect way to spend the day! All of the characters seem very genuine and relatable and I was emotionally invested in them all, right off the bat. Riley stole my heart as a woman struggling with mental illness. The story shows how an illness not only effects Riley but those around her. Especially Ben and the chemistry between the two is not something the reader can ignore. Hang on people! It will be a wild and crazy rid
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
”Sometimes the heart wants what it can't have.”

Sweet and full of heart! Something about this book really grabbed me and I very much enjoyed this funny, tender and sexy story. Riley Hope is a senior at NYU with a long-distance boyfriend and a lot on her plate. She takes care of her ailing mother who is struggling just to get by but never, ever complains and really has a beautiful, sunny outlook on life. Riley’s bond with her mother is one of the central relationships in this book.

A chance, c
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing, swooning, and of course crying. UTLSF had me on an emotional roller coaster that I never wanted to get off of. This is a story of romance, family, and friendship. Riley and Ben's story deeply touched me through their happiest and hardest moments! Their love story melted my heart while also healing it. I saw a lot of myself in these characters and I will miss them and what they have to teach me. Jackie has an amazingly unique way of telling an incredible story while enc ...more
Meredith Mara
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
‘Until the Last Star Fades’ brings seriously sexy romance without being all about the romance. It’s a beautiful love story that unfolds slowly amid life’s hardships and obstacles.

Middleton has a knack for writing complex and relatable characters and doesn’t shy away from putting them through the ringer. As in life, there are no easy solutions here for our main protagonists Riley and Ben. Riley experiences her fair share of pain, awkwardness, and despondency, as she navigates love, friendship, lo
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
3.5/5 –

this book was so cute! it brought out ALL the NY feels and it makes me want to travel there (and london) all over again. those are my two favorite cities and Until the Last Star Fades makes me wistful for my next visit.

one of my favorite aspects of this novel (aside from the NY vibes) was the focus on mental health. our lead struggles with anxiety and depression, and while i personally don’t suffer from either of those, i felt Jacquelyn Middleton did a really great job at representing the
Mia Book Addict
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is easy for me to say that 'Until the Last Star Fades' is one of my favorite books, I read in 2018. I started reading this book as soon as I received it, I know my review is little late but this happens to me when I read Jacquelyn Middleton books. Why? To tell you the truth I had to wait a bit so that my emotions will settle down and also find a way to write this review so that it would make justice to this amazing story. I still feel that whatever I say won’t be enough to convey my feelings ...more
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! It covers so many topics - friendship, mother/daughter relationship, depression, and of course there’s a great romance. The writing was great and I fell in love with the characters. Riley and Ben are the stars of the book but the other characters also brought so much to the story. The book takes place in NYC which is one of my favourite places to read about. Overall this is a great slow burn love story but the book goes so much deeper than that and explores other topics ...more

After reading and loving Jacquelyn Middleton’s first two books, London Belongs to Me and London, Can You Wait? her newest offering became one of my most anticipated books of 2018. Until the Last Star Fades is a beautiful story about love, loss, hope, friendship, and pursuing your passions. As with the London books, this one was full of fun pop-culture (and awesome '80s!) references, wonderful details about the setting (New York City in this case), and mentions of food that make me drool -
Taylor Knight
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the main characters so much and I thought Riley was so relatable. It was so refreshing to read about a character that deals with anxiety and depression, something I definitely relate to but rarely see represented in books.
I was so invested in the story and couldn’t put this book down, which doesn’t happen that often for me. I went out of my way to make time to read this book and it was definitely worth it. Jacquelyn Middleton never fails to write a book that I fall in love with but Unti
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading "London Belongs to Me" and "London, Can you wait?", I had high expectations for Jaquelyn Middleton's new book: "Until the Last Star Fades". I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced eBook copy and it did not disappoint.

Once again Middleton has built a world full of well-developed characters and beautifully constructed relationships that draw you in from the first page. From the brilliantly-conceived meet-cute, to the hilarious banter between friends that I have come to associa
Alyssa | Swept Away By Books
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
So heartwarming, sweet, touching and emotional.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, romance, new-adult, arc
Though lacking a setting similar of Stars Hollow Riley Hope is essentially Rory Gilmore....bookish with a bad taste in guys and a super close relationship to her mom. Riley is struggling to finish up college while dating a hockey player. I have to admit I really disliked him (reminded me of Logan). She randomly meets a British guy, Ben, who might just be the distraction that she needs. She has her secrets but so does him. I have to admit at times I didn't trust Ben. He seemed too good to be true ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review originally posted on my blog, Turning Pages.

This is a book about family, love, and following your dreams. The message of the book is beautiful. I loved the focus on a relationship between a daughter and mother - on the child/parent dynamic - and I think it was handled very well. However, I struggled with the romance in the first half of the book, which is a pretty dominant focus. That’s a big chunk
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want to thank Jacquelyn for sending me an ebook arc of this book. This did not, however, affect my reading.

Until the Last Star Fades is story about a young woman and her mom; a young woman and a young man; a young woman and herself. And so much more.

After "London Belongs to Me" and "London, Can You Wait", Jacquelyn hits home again with this book. Riley Hope meets Ben Fagan at the airport, weird-looking and insisting Ben Fagan. Yet, they still managed to bond, and that's part of the sto
Loraine Oliver
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: reviewed-books
I really loved this book. This book is even better than the first two books by this author and I loved those books and gave them a 5 star rating. I wish I could rate this as 10 stars, it was that good! This story is very special and tells the tale of Riley a senior at NYU. Everyone loves her and her childhood friend and now boyfriend Josh, is off in North Dakota on a NHL scholarship and is also a senior. It is after a 5 day trip to North Dakota to watch her boyfriend Josh playing hockey, she is ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars
UTLSF tells Riley and Ben’s story and how after a strange luggage mix-up their paths intertwine. As they get closer and they start being around each other and having fun, they start to know more about the other. It’s then when we start to see that this story is not only about them, and not just about romance. UTLSF is so much more; I thought it was a deep, emotional story. It was packed with a wide range of feelings, and very sweet and hopeful. Also, it has great, lovely and complex characters t ...more
Caryn - iam.caryn
My eyes are swollen from crying so much.
Until the Last Star Fades was equal parts heartfelt and heartbreaking.

I won Middleton’s previous two books, London Belongs to Me and London, Can You Wait? in a giveaway and I read them both earlier this year. I absolutely loved them, so I was eagerly awaiting her next novel.

It did not disappoint! Even though this is her third book, I consider this her sophomore story because we’re now with a brand new cast of characters, in a whole new location, and dealin
Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals
What can I say about this book other than OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING!! This book struck so many personal cords with me. Riley is a senior at NYU and she deals with anxiety and depression. Her inner monologue sometimes could have literally been taken from my brain, especially when she was juggling a long distance relationship. I cried while reading this book and I don’t cry in books.

I may come back to this after my thoughts have processed more, but I think it’s safe to say I think I just found my
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an arc of this novel and it was a joy to read.

The characters felt like close friends, relatable, funny, loving but not without their flaws & troubles.

The multiple relationships- family, friends, significant other, were all outstanding, heartfelt and touching.

This is a fabulous book and a must read for all contemporary fans.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2018
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Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I took one star off because this book needed editing....too long in the most depressing of parts.....oh my goodness, Maggie being sick drained me and the characters!!

I also felt short changed on the time in London.

Oh, it's still some fine reading but seriously, too long on the time up to the big hospital visit.

Your book characters are well presented, even secondary and brief characters (Leia).

I feel the HEA was worth the slog through cancer treatments and being damn near poverty. I didn't rea
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Until the Last Star Fades was such a beautiful story with SO MUCH heart. I really enjoyed the main character Riley. She was so kind and truly cared for the people in her life. I loved the relationship between her and her Mother, their bond tugged at my heart strings the most. At first I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the other MC Ben, but he quickly proved that first impressions are not always what they seem and by the end he won my heart.

The way the book got its name totally stole my heart
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! I enjoyed Jacquelyn Middleton’s other books but this one is my favorite. I laughed, I cried. Riley, Ben, and Maggie are lovely, I feel like I was reading about people I’ve known in my own life.
Kori Sulewski (korireads)
3.5 stars -- I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book for review, and I enjoyed it! It’s a slow burn romance but with a great mother/daughter storyline as well that I really appreciated.

I really love how Jacqueline wrote Riley as someone who is struggling to identify herself in the face of thinking long term. As someone who graduated from college a few years ago and still struggles to really know where I’m heading, I felt for her!

I think their romance was adorable and Ben was perfect fo
Christi Massey
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG, EXCELLENT read!!! I never wanted to leave Riley's world. I miss her so much. I truly hope there's a follow-up to this as I was NOT placated by the ending!! Don't get me wrong, it was't a bad ending, but it left me craving MORE, MORE, MORE! Wonderful, exhilarating, heartbreaking, amazing read!! ...more
Danai Keir
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reviews
*** I was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. ***

The third book from author Jacquelyn Middleton is written with so much love and laughter; a book which had me hanging at the end of every chapter, begging me to keep reading, “just one more chapter”, avid reader’s FOMO. The last several chapters I binged read. Non-stop.
We follow the loveable main character Riley Hope, her two sidekicks Piper and Casey, beautiful mother Maggie, boy
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton (2018, Kirkwall Press)

Friendship, love, wanderlust, careers, illness, family, loss, and tough decision-making: each very human theme presents itself in Until the Last Star Fades, author Jacquelyn Middleton’s third novel that combines romance with pop cultural allusions, devastation with humor, and loyalty to the self with love of others.

Riley Hope is leaving behind college, past love, and—in some ways—a past life. And she’s sprinting, sometimes s
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Jacquelyn Middleton is a multi-award-winning author of love stories for hopeful romantics—‘hopeful' because her novels are always optimistic and she believes 'happily ever afters' are more important now than ever before. But life is messy, relationships are messy, and her books aren't afraid to go there, too. If you enjoy character and relationship-driven stories about people dealing with the triu ...more

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