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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,922 ratings  ·  380 reviews
See you on the other side.

Laya Marston’s husband, Cameron, a daredevil enthusiast, always said this before heading off on his next adventure. He was the complete opposite of her, ready and willing to dive off a cliff-face, or parachute across a canyon—and Laya loved him for it. But she was different: pragmatic, regimented, devoted to her career and to supporting Cameron fr
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Atria Books
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May 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
1.5 "utterly disappointed" stars !!

Most(est) Disappointing Read of 2019 Award

Thank you to Netgalley, Atria Books and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for a review.

Ms. Carlino has written one of my all time favorite contemporary romances. That gem of a book was titled Before We Were Strangers and I still sweetly smile thinking of that book and what it means to me. I look forward to re-reading that and swooning all over again.

I was so excited to receive a copy of a new book thinkin
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****3.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

There are times in life when the pendulum swinging between happiness and sadness begins to slow. The powerful force of emotions goes dormant, we pause, look up, and realize we are finally content.

This story was equally depressing as it was bizarre. At times I wondered what path the author was trying to pave for the main characters. I struggled with my feelings for this book for almost 70% of it. I didn’t empathize or even like the heroine, L
Debbie Oliphant
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I was excited to read and review this book as I am a fan of this author. The summary drew me in and after reading the first paragraph, I was emotional and did not want to put the book down...…..but after getting thru the halfway point, I did want to put the book down. I did finish and glad I did get to the ending as the story ended nicely.

Laya's life changes abruptly when she becomes a widow after being married for a very
Chelsea Humphrey
I think it's safe to say that I'm just not compatible with this author, and this was our last tango. I definitely would encourage other readers to pick it up and give it a try for themselves, though!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
❤️3,5 -4 STARS❤️

This is an emotional and heartbreaking read!You need to be in mood to read it!It wasn't easy to read it, there were moments I wanted to stop, The Last Post is definitely different from her other stories.

"Scars are a testament to the love and the relationships I had for and with each person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it. Scars are a testament to life."


I had a harder time connecting with both Laya and Micah but at some point it happened!I loved the premise
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
~dnf @35%~

This was my first Renee Carlino book and whilst I will try reading another one of her novels in the future, this one just was NOT for me. I felt the characters to be very unrealistic and two-dimensional, it was something I just couldn't get past. The style of writing was also something that didn't bode well with me, I found it to be very narrative (instead of descriptive) and it tended to lack emotion. The romance was cringey, at best and lacked a lot of substance that I kept looking f
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I seriously loved this book!

Both Laya and Micah were such unique characters and as usual, Renee Carlino's words sucked me right in.

A heartbreaking beginning with reading what Laya went through, losing her husband Cameron tragically. Her struggle to accept his death was completely understandable.

And then there's Micah. He was almost like a lost soul trying to find his way in life, and figure out what was important to him. He had quite an interesting personality. And I absolutely LOVED his twin
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

I was extremely excited to read this book based on the blurb and author. It seemed like the perfect book to tug on my heartstrings and allow me to get lost in a beautiful love story.

Unfortunately, this book didn't tick the boxes I needed it to. Granted, it was not a horrible read. I really enjoyed certain parts and some of the humor, especially between Melissa and Micah. However, much of this book seemed downright weird to me. Many readers, myself included, though
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
**The Last Post generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

4 "Isn't it beautiful?" Stars

Renee Carlino's vivid, descriptive prose never fails to draw me into her stories. Having read this book pretty quickly, unable to tear myself away from the tortured and tragic yet hopeful and full of love pages, I found myself enamored with the story telling chops of Carlino. Her style of writing just always manages to find some long buried emotion or reveals a new v
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Laya had a whirlwind courtship and marriage to her husband Cameron after meeting at the emergency room she worked at with an injury from his job as a stuntman. It was one of those moments in time where they both knew there was something there between them that they couldn't ignore. Life has been crazy ever since.

‘Are you trying to wink at me?’ I asked. ‘No. I just want to make sure what I’m seeing is real.’ ‘What are you seeing?’ ‘The love of my life.’

Cameron travels all over the world chas
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦

I ADORE Renee Carlino's books and will read anything she writes. ('Swear on This Life' is a must-read, by the way.) With that said, I found 'The Last Post' to be a little confusing in its tone and characterizations. Although I was drawn into the story of Laya and Micah and their modern romance, I did not feel that this book reached its potential. Laya is recently widowed and cannot move on from her beloved husband Cameron's tragic death. She leaves public posts on his Facebook page
Laura Rash
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Exactly what I needed to read today. All the feels.
Jamie Rosenblit
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Renee Carlino has written some of my favorite books (Before We Were Strangers, Wish You Were Here, Swear on This Life) and some that were more "meh" for me (Blind Kiss). The Last Post falls somewhere closer to middle of the road this time for me.

What I Liked:
- Story about moving on after terrible loss at a young age
- Learning if it's possible to make room again in your heart without dishonoring a spouse who has died
- Fun family dynamics (bantering siblings always make me laugh, especially when
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
THE LAST POST is a story about a woman drowned in the grief of the loss of her husband and the man who was determined to save her.

Micha wanted to be the reason Laya smiled, he wanted to be the one she thought about and loved, and he wanted her in his life.

Micah started as a stalker. There really isn't any other way for me to describe his character. It was difficult for me to like him or view him as a love interest. He was oddly obsessed with his boss's daughter, Laya (who is deep in grief over
The Book Bee
Aug 21, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
REVIEW: DNF at 66%
"Scars are a testament to life."

My thoughts upon immediately starting this book: I feel like the voice in this book was one of ease, but with a quiet power behind it. You and Me, we are chatting. We are having a conversation and the prose is lighthearted, even though the subject matter has some heavy moments.

My thoughts just barely in the book: I feel like something is missing. The things that should have broken me - subject matter alone, read like I was removed from t
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first read by Renee Carlino and have to say I was a. tad bit disappointed :(.

The Last Post was a strange and sad romance to say the least. It definitely had me emotional in this tale but felt the romance was just all over the place and did things backwards. The majority of the story was about the grief and loss which was the ENTIRE book. This was a tad bit too heavy for my liking and just felt a bit more depressing then I wanted it too.

The characterization was weak which I struggled
3 1/2 "3...2..1...See Ya" Stars

I'm not exactly sure how to approach this review. I am a long-time fan of Renee Carlino's books. Truly, I have loved them all. That said, The Last Post was a more challenging read for me than the ones I've previously read. You're going to think I didn't like this book at all, but I did. I just didn't like it as much as I anticipated. I typically LOVE and want to shout from the rooftops about Ms. Carlino's books. This time, something was missing for me. I found
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lost-interest
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This book is supposed to be a story about a woman encompassing grief and finding a second chance at love. Sound wonderful, doesn't it?

Well, it was basically a ripoff. First off, it feels like a betrayal, in all honesty. Why? Because I love Renee Carlino with all my heart, and her books Swear on This Life & Before We Were Strangers are two of my all-time favorite novels. So I felt incredibly hurt when I realized 60% through this novel that I did not love. I did no
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my second book by Renee Carlino, and while I didn't like it nearly as much as her first, I did find it entertaining.

Poor Laya. She's a well-rounded individual and has survived the rigors of medical school; yet, she has found herself married to that most irresponsible of creatures - the thrill seeker. You know, those idiots that jump off buildings and mountains and cliffs. Like there aren't perfectly reasonable hobbies and/or jobs out there.

So, back to Laya. She loves this idiot and the
✨ A ✨
I feel like I'm going to be waiting excitedly every year for Carlino to publish a new book. Not a bad way to spend a year 😋

January 25th, 2019
August, why are you so far away? Get over here now.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Laya becomes a young widow when her husband’s daredevil career leads to a tragic accident. She becomes mired in her grief, unable to move through the stages of grief at a pace those around her deem acceptable. Micah works for Laya’s father and finds himself floating through the motions. He has entered a sort of crisis of self as he loses sight of what he wants out of his life and career. A brief meeting with Laya has Micah intrigued and he begins to come back into himself as he pursues
T. Rosado

4.5 Stars!

In full disclosure, I went into this book with lowered expectations based on some low ratings. As I was reading, I found myself trying to predict where the story was going, because there had to be a major jump-the-shark moment where this story derailed. I'm thrilled to report that it never happened. After some big smiles and a few tears, I ended up loving this story.

This is only the third book I've read by this author, but I enjoy this author's writing style with a passion. Personally,
Beneath The Covers Blog
3.5 stars

Laya never thought that she would be able to move on after the death of her husband, but maybe Micah can change her mind and get her to see there is love after loss.

I found the premise of this story to be good, the emotions Laya went through after losing her husband was gut wrenching. There’s not much to say about Micah. I just did not connect with him at all and I think that’s where I struggled with the story. I did find his and his sister’s relationship to be hilarious, more so her to
book bruin
3.5 stars

When I pick up a Renee Carlino book, I know that it's going to be an emotional ride. One that will pull on my heartstrings and make me examine my own life and experiences. The Last Post was no different.

Laya's journey after the sudden death of her husband was painful, poignant, and sometimes frustrating. There was a lot of hot and cold and erratic behavior, but I think it was the author's way of showing how disjointed and broken Laya felt. People cope and handle grief in so many differ
J. Greene
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t like "death" stories. The stories where either someone dies or the main character is suffering the death of a loved one. Sadness cloaks these types of stories like a wet blanket.

I was apprehensive about reading this book, but I'm glad I ignored my apprehension.

It surprised me to find that I could connect with this story the way I did. I’ve told you all before, and I’ll tell you again, I am a sucker for emotional reads. This book had emotion in droves.

Laya is happily married to Cameron. T
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Laya never planned to get married, never planned on falling in love. But life had other plans for her. Well on her way to becoming an orthopedic surgeon, Laya met Cameron, a fearless stuntman who got his thrills from extreme sports. They had a whirlwind romance and were married within a year. But only a year after they tied the knot, Cameron unexpectedly dies during one of his stunts and Laya is left trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She moved back to New York to be closer to her dad and ...more
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)

After a whirlwind first year of marriage, Laya is suddenly and tragically a widow. Retreating from work, family and friends, Laya is mired in grief and finds solace in leaving messages for Cameron, her deceased husband, on his phone and his Facebook page. Despite pleas from his family to stop the posts, which they consider hurtful, Laya can’t seem to stop.

Micah works for Laya’s father’s architectural firm and seems to be at a crossroads himself. He feels a disconnect with his friends a
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
not quite renee carlinos strongest story, nor is it my favourite by any means, but i am incapable of giving her books anything less than 5 stars.

i think she has a really remarkable way of capturing human emotions within her characters, and making the reader relate to those emotions, even if they havent experienced that kind of feeling before. particularly with this story, i think grief is explored and handled very well. i couldnt help but feel so heartbroken over the loss of cameron and emphath
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tragic. Hopeful. Beautiful.

How does one put themselves back together after a life altering tragedy? How far will you go to fix someone? Laya is drowning in grief when Micah comes along and inserts himself into her life in the hopes of helping to pull her from heartache. Loss and love and an ocean of obstacles stand between these two. Carlino delivers a story equally heartbreaking and heartening. I was able to slide into the story, feel the emotions of the characters, and get lost in their journe
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing read!! The characters were so witty and so funny especially the Hero! I loved it! With the story line being so heavy and filled with tragedy, it helped that there where some moments of laughter! I ran out and bought the paperback!
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Renée Carlino is a bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including Cosmopolitan Magazine, InStyle Magazine, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Redbook, Sunset Magazine, Coastal Living and the Union Tribune. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons. When she' ...more

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