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Claire’s a rich widow on a mission, who partakes with abandon from the pharmacy stored in her Prada purse. Rob’s an aging, hygiene-challenged porn star and reality show celebrity.

Stuck on the same flight, bound for the same eccentric town, she hates him on sight. She thinks she knows all there is to know about him but is dying to find out more. He’s disinterested but some
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Published March 14th 2019 by Italics Publishing (first published June 1st 2013)
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Helena Hann-Basquiat
Things are not always as they appear. Kathleen O'Donnell has created an amazingly broken character in her protagonist Claire. I went into this book with zero preconceptions, having not read any blurbs or excerpts, and so I followed blindly as I was led into a world of aging porn stars and the revenge schemes of the very wealthy. Claire makes the unlikely acquaintance of Rob Rhino, an ex-porn star with a famous tool, and despite her constant contempt for him, he slowly manages to ingratiate himse ...more
Jordana
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Attention romance writers and readers. Take a break from meet cutes, aching loins, alpha billionaires, and vapid heroines. Go read The Last Day for Rob Rhino by Kathleen O’Donnell and gasp in awe and delight at this textbook specimen of genuine, flawed characters falling slowly, messily, unintentionally in love. Watch in awe as a talented author blends new-girl-in-town and small-town-love tropes, honors a hate-at-first-sight template, and creates something utterly original and affect ...more
J Young
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully weird!

I would not exactly call this book a thriller but it definitely was weirdly suspenseful. It made me laugh and feel sorry for the characters at the same time. Claire Corrigan is a bald addict with an unusual mission who cannot seem to escape from Rob Rhino, an aging porno star. Throw in her bizarre in-laws and a small town that cannot seem to decide between religion and pornography and you have a recipe for some very unusual character interactions. Of course, there is an odd dea
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Denise DeJonge
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so entertaining. I found myself at times comparing Rob to a old male porn star that had been in reality shows in the US in recent years. I loved how these 2 characters (Rob and Claire) were completely opposite but yet so very much the same. I loved the plot twists. I felt guilty at times wanting revenge but loved how karma took care of things.
Dianne Biscoe
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was different than I expected it to be: an aging porn star and a rich widow are certainly an unlikely pair to be come friends...though it takes most of the book before that occurs. Claire is out to seek revenge against her dead husband by burying him with his family and how all this shakes out is weird, at times crazy and also funny. The end was unexpected to me and definitely added to my enjoyment of the story!
Cathy R
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightfully Quirky, Cozy Thriller

This book was loaded with surprises, twists and turns, love, revenge, hypocrisy, humor, devotion, deviance, deception, pain, healing, mystery, and delightfully quirky characters. I loved it! (And I want to know more about Claire’s life after her return to California!)
Joyce
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has many twists and turns that you won't see coming. The author keeps you guessing as to what will happen next.
Sherry Vaughan
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoy

This is probably one of the best books I've read this year. A bald, pill popping widow bound for Pennsylvania to exact her revenge meets an aging porn star. The rest, as they say, is a really good story. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll enjoy the entire experience.
Peggy Tree
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the characters and the storyline is great. It's very different, disturbing, provocative and there are so many twists and turns, funny and sad moments. Revenge takes many forms and has many consequences. Fascinating book.
Serena Soape
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loved this thriller - definitely a page turner that keeps you wanting to read !!!
Sylvie Parris
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
I love it when a book surprises me. When it does so while making me laugh and find myself caring about the people created in the world inside the pages, you have me flopping on the deck, gills gaping as I gasp. "More, more."

It's a coming of age book, in a very unique fashion as the two main characters are not on the cusp of adulthood. The protagonist however finds herself examining her life, intending to lay he late husband's ashes with that of his family. Everything goes sideways from there.

I'
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E.L. Farris
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Claire had been a beauty until she wasn’t." What a great opening line this would have made!

I'm writing this review on The Last Day for Rob Rhino by Kathleen O'Donnell and I really want to do justice to the author, who, by the final chapters, deserved a standing ovation.

The Last Day of Rob Rhino is not in a genre I would normally have chosen to read, so I began reading with a jaundiced eye.

Claire Corrigan, a bald, socialite widow, is on a sedative induced mission to reunite her dead husband w
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MJ Symmonds
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Won a copy from Good Reads First Reads

This book deserves every one of the 5 shiny, golden stars I gave it :)

Wow this book exceeded all expectations I had of it. Loved everything about it. Thank you Kathleen O'Donnell for this gem.

Claire is a bald, drug dazed, widowed socialite. She is going to reunite her dead husbands ashes with his estranged family whom she has never met. Enter porn star Rob Rhino. Claire has the unfortunate luck to be seated next to Rob on their flight. She dislikes Rob upon
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Kurt Springs
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claire Corrigan is a bald woman on a mission. She has the ashes of her cheating husband in the overhead compartment on an airplane. She has her mobile pharmacy in her purse. She is planning to settle accounts by burying her husband in a place he has been avoiding in Pennsylvania. On the same airplane is Rob Rhino, one time porn start and reality show host. Yet Claire has more problems than she realizes. Problems the Rob Rhino has seen far too often in his line of work. He is determined to help h ...more
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Kathleen O’Donnell weaves a dark, tragic, and humorous psychological thriller with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The Last Day For Rob Rhino had every element a good story should have. A solid plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s somethi ...more
Alison
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Every so often, I go through the giveaway section of Goodreads and enter for basically any book that looks interesting to me. I'm not much of a lucky person, so I rarely expect to win, but for once I did. I had it shipped to my parents house, and didn't receive it for a month or two after it arrived. When I opened the package, not only had Kathleen signed the book, but she also included a hand written note. I found it to be so thoughtful, that I started reading almost immediately.

And once I star
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Judy Johnson
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Claire Corrigan and Rob Rhino are an unlikely pair of allies in this humorous albeit tragic story that has you wondering who is really helping who. Claire is seeking revenge and is going back to her dead husband's hometown to exact it. Enter Rob Rhino, an aged, over the hill porn star who still has a following (in wouldn't you know it) the same small town that Claire is headed to. Without giving anything away, there are characters that a super likable and super UNlikable, and you find yourself c ...more
Robin Winter
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's humor with a twist. Laugh-aloud satire-with-a-heart, Kathleen O'Donnell's first novel springs surprises and double entendres galore. If you dare, follow the unexpected adventures of Claire, a bald socialite on the road to a showdown with her infamous hero. The layers of vengeful plot peel back as naturally as Claire pops her next pharmaceutical and washes it down with orange juice, vodka, or maybe a splash of water if the other two aren't handy. Just when you think you know where the stor ...more
Renee
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I read a lot and people love to add their favorites to my "must read" list. I am often disappointed. A friend recently told me her cousin wrote a book . . .okay . . . This was a great recommendation. A bald, rich, and widowed druggie meets an aging, good hearted porn star. An adventure ensues. The flawed characters are eloquently presented, crammed with emotion and subtle humor. The storyline is dysfunctionally smart.
William Martin
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Refreshingly different! Funny, poignant, heart-felt and with the speed and turns of a roller coaster.

It's difficult to create a character that is simultaneously offensive, funny, quirky, intelligent, and self-centered, but also with a big heart. Amazingly, O'Donnell pulls it off with not only one primary character, but with two.

This book is a complete joy and what I hope is the first of many from an extremely talented writer.
Ramona
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kathleen
Thanks for selecting me to read your book. I just loved it and I did not think I would when I first started it. I never expected all the twists and turns the book offered. The characters were fully developed and were very complex Being from Pennsylvania I kept trying to find clues to tell me where the exact location of the novel, but unfortunately was unable to decipher any landmarks So I placed it in Western PA
KUDOS
Fadra Nally
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m always nervous to read a book by someone I know even if it’s someone I only virtually know. I worry it will be too amateurish or just try too hard. But a few chapters in, I didn’t care who wrote the book because I loved the characters so much! No one you want to or expect to love because they are all tragically flawed. And yet somehow, you find yourself rooting for them. A great read from start to finish, especially if you love quirky characters.
Beth Teliho
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally unexpected characters and plot. When I close a book with a smile, I know I'll be giving it 5 stars. Don't try to guess what this book is about - just trust the excellent writing and storytelling and you'll be immersed before you know it! The unique characters will stick with me for months to come. Loved the depth as well as the humor. Fresh and realistic.
Cynthia
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very lucky and won this book from Goodreads. I LOVED it! It made e laugh and made me cry. What an amazing story. I am recommending this to all my friends who are avid readers. Thank you so much, Ms O'Donnell. Cynthia Parks.
Lucinda
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't what I was expecting, and was the better for it. Sometimes you pick up a free book because it is free and if you don't like it, you have lost nothing if you decide not to finish it. Fortunately, this book turned out to be one that I did enjoy and kept me reading to the end.
Heather
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hated the main character for most the book lol. But I can understand why she did the things she did. It is an amazing story of family conflict, betrayal, and hurt with a dash of humor and healing.
Rachel Cacek
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible nail-biter

Fantastically written, very original. Believable characters, so well done you felt you knew them. Story fast-moving, twisting and turning to the very last word. Well done.
Margaret
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rob Rhino, Star of Stage and Screen

What an intricately woven story. Totally thrilling to read. Absolutely an all consuming psychological thriller. I've never read anything like O'Donnell's five star Last Day of Rob Rhino.
Clara E. Kparr
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, eye opening, and stylish

What a book? Makes one think of how one can be clouded by their judgment until it comes full circle. Revenge is something one must do on a clear mind and not in haste. But once the mind clears, how to do it in style
Celise Hartgrove
Mar 07, 2014 marked it as first-reads  ·  review of another edition
This was sent to me as part of a Goodreads first-reads giveaway! So far, I am literally LOL.. I usually know if I will like a book by the first few lines.. So far, so good!
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Kathleen is a 2x Book of the Year Finalist and Thriller of the Year award winner. She is a wife, mom of four, grandmother of six, a recovering blogger and living in Nevada with her husband. They are travel junkies who try to visit a different country every year. If she weren't a writer she'd be a photographer.

She writes dark, irreverently funny mystery/thrillers about women behaving badly. In addi
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