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The Last Text

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,381 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Happy Birthday, Daniel. I was told not to send you another text, but I never was any good at listening. I love and miss you. I always will.

When I lost my partner of eight years, I felt like my world was crashing down around me. In order to feel some relief from the overwhelming emptiness, I’ve found myself sending him texts every year on his birthday, even though I know he
Kindle Edition, 120 pages
Published May 7th 2019
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☆ Todd
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Gah! Adorable story was A-FREAKING-DORABLE!

I'm so happy that I read this novella. I'd expected the grief angle to be a bit more overwhelming, but it really wasn't.

As soon as Jace replied to Merrick's birthday text to his deceased partner of 8 years, life got better, and kept on getting better.

[My Merrick...]

The humor in the story was spot on, without ever coming across as being corny or trying to hard. In a word, both the story and Jace were charming.

After wallowing in despair for 2 year
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This is a book about a man dealing with the loss of his lover and partner. Merrick and Daniel were together for many years prior to Daniel's passing two years prior. Merrick texts a birthday message to Daniel's former number every year, until one year a man named Jace responds.

My biggest issue with this story is that we are told Merrick is grieving, but that grief is never shown. There are few glimpses of Daniel as a person or Merrick and Daniel's relationship. The emotions were all surface.

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
The Last Text is the first and only book I've enjoyed from Alice Winters. So I guess when she isn't trying to be funny she actually writes stuff I like to read... huh.

I usually have a hard time with novellas, but I thought this one was done really well. I am a sucker for a romance book that takes place after the loss of a partner, and this one was no different. It wormed its way into my heart.

May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 42%
considering its subject matter, I thought it would be an emotional read but I couldn't feel anything!
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it


I’ll be honest I didn’t particularly like the cover and the blurb didn’t scream “read me” so why did I pick this up?

It’s simple, a friend of mine read it and gave it 5*. You may think this isn’t unusual but I didn’t realise this friend knew 5* was even an option. She clings onto her stars even more than I do and that’s saying something.

But glowing review and 5* aside I nearly quit on this. Just because I don’t particularly like the subject of death, grieving and a past love who ultimately s
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Last Text by Alice Winters is about 29 years old Merrick. Merrick is still grieving after the loss of his partner. Two years later and he always finds himself texting his boyfriend's old number, except one day he receives a text back.

Some highlights:

-I usually prefer dual POVs, but this story worked better from a singular POV. This story was really about Merrick moving on with his life and healing.

-Jace. He was so sweet and charming.

-Friends to lovers.

-Slow burn.


-Emotional without
Kaje Harper
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novella is a lovely, slow journey from grief to love. Merrick is 29 and still grieving the sudden death of his husband two years earlier. His family and friends are great and they try to keep him distracted with company on the significant anniversaries of his loss. But some of those small rituals of hanging on are important to him, and one of them is sending a birthday text to the man he was with for eight years. He doesn't expect Daniel to somehow magically see it - it's just a last tiny c ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: made-me-laugh, ku, lgbtq
*4,5 stars*

For some reason this book really spoke to me.

Merrick’s grief feels bone deep. We can all see he is totally drowning in it, leaving himself no room to ever find his way out. He is painfully lonely and pretty much lost in life.

I know it is unlikely, but I really enjoyed how he meets Jace. It is romantic and fun and something different. And so fitting. It actually felt real enough.

And Jace? He is amazingly astute with psychology for a guy who works in IT, but I guess that’s down to his i
Well, wasn't this just a gem of a read! Loved every single word I read, teared up a few times, snorted with laughter a few times too and had ALL the feels.

This is how you write a novella, it was bloody perfect. Not once did it feel rushed and given the subject matter was dealt with beautifully. I need me a Jace in my life ❤️❤️❤️
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, 100-pgs-or, mm-romance
Lovely hurt/comfort story. These two guys come together at just the right time for both of them - Jace needs to be needed, and poor Merrick needs a new HEA.

I was afraid it would be too angsty for me, but I promise, it's not. It's sweet and uplifting and full of feel-good feelings.

I liked the idea.. Texting your late partner when you're dealing with his loss. But it was too short for me to really feel it. Therefor I couldn't feel Merrick's grief.
I loved Jace though.
Princess under cover
So boring I can cry. The premise promised deep emotions. My expectations were utterly unmet.
The Book Bee
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I'm a very talented man, Merrick, you just don't know it yet."

I love when I add a new to me author to my schedule and am pleasantly surprised by the book I read. Alice Winters is very new to me. She normally writes action and comedy, and even has a paranormal thriller comedy....all centered around MM romance. The Last Text was her first jump into Contemporary MM, and now I am peeping out her other books. She's definitely on my radar now and after reading this one and knowing
Ula'ndi Hart
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-reads
Overall book rating: 4
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 3.8

Yes. I liked this.

I liked the idea of texting someone you lost. I liked the idea of “someone” texting back.

I can see how this book won’t work for everyone.

But I’m one of those it did work for.

There were things that I’d like to have been a little different maybe, like having a little more of Jace and his background. Who he is except for being an amazing guy who gave so much of himself for a total stranger.
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Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute story, with humor, a bit of feels and a strangers to friends to lovers romance. The grief wasn't angsty, it had been 2 years since Merrick lost the love of his life. He is still mired in it (and is overly coddled by his overly involved mother and sister), but it's not a fresh wound, which I think might have added a bit more of an intensity to the emotion.

Jace is a breath of fresh air and, really, almost too perfect to be true. The two click instantly over text, and Jace wants no
Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
2.5 ⭐ rounded up for the ending
3.25 stars

I wanted to like this more than I did, because Merrick and Jace were cute and sweet together, and there were funny parts. I wanted to be able to give this at least four stars, but in the end I couldn't.

There was just a little too much of do I put it? "Funny Conversations" i Jace was joking and Merrick was joking, and Jace's grandfather showed and was joking the entire time he was in the book, and it just got to be too much after a bit. The lack of any real confl
⭐️⭐️.5/5 Stars. Rounding up because it was very sweet. I just didn’t click with the humor and weird family dynamics. Which is odd because I love the author’s, “Hitman,” and, “In Darkness,” series. Here it felt forced to me.
May 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
I think we can all agree that there’s no one formula to deal with grief. It’s a complex emotion and frankly, very few books and authors have tried to hash it out in a way which keeps you hooked and makes you believe in the characters’ journey. That said, this book ended up on the formulaic edge for me. It didn’t have the girth and depth it so clearly needed to endear us to the characters. I think the author thought of the phone-texting-gone-wrong as a cool idea for the MCs to connect and tried t ...more
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
Reread 7/12/2019 still love it
new decade 2/15/2020 still full of awesome

—————-original review——————

4.5* rounded up for Gramps. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Merrick is grieving the loss of his partner. He sends him a text every year on his birthday. This year, someone responds. What follows is a beautiful friendship that slowly grows into much more. Merrick isn't instantly over his grief. It's a process. Jace helps him learn to start living again. I loved them together. Jace's sense of humor made
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So lovely - 4.5 stars

The entire story has Merrick's grief at the core. I felt very sad for him. At the same time Jace was cracking me and Merrick up. So although the writing was not fussy I think it is pretty skilled to have both sets of emotions for both the MC and the reader. I loved their texts, their conversations and their actions.

Told entirely from Merrick's point of view I did wonder a bit how Jace viewed things but as it was not his story I managed to relax and enjoy what I was presente
Lost in a Book
Hmmmm.... this is very much a read that caught me in the right mood. I just finished Heartsong which obviously kicked me in the feels/head/ass/gut/everywhere (many times) and I just *needed* something lighthearted and sweet. The Last Text met the demand. I adored the sweetness of the main characters and usually I'm all *BRING ON THE ANGST AND GRIEF AND DEEP PLOT* but I appreciated lack of angst when I think normally I would have been all #sugaroverload #wheresthedepth. So it's fluff, yet some de ...more
Aղցela W.
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Merrick was grieving. He could not get over the loss of his boyfriend Daniel. Barely existing, he went through each day hoping for the best. Never deleting Daniel's number from his phone, he continued to text him trying to keep that connection until one day he received a text back. Grieve is a sad thing to be going through
I understand everything Merrick was going through as my father died a few months ago. Jace who has the number now text him back and they form a good friendship that helps him h
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every sentence pierced my heart. I loved this book so much! I want to start it all over again!

Merrick’s partner has been dead for two years and he’s still not coping well. It’s Daniel’s birthday and he leaves him a text message, like always. But this time, Jace responds saying this is now his new phone number.

After that text, they start messaging each other until they meet. But Merrick isn’t ready to replace Daniel yet. Nor is he ready to let Jace go...

This was a short, highly emotionally charg
Louis A
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
sweet and sad, I just wish it was longer
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
A beautiful journey from grief to love ...
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it


The Last Text is a warm, sweet read.

Merrick is lost in grief and loneliness. After the death of his partner (Daniel) two years ago, he bottled up all of his emotions rather than facing them head on. Now every birthday, anniversary, and memory of Daniel causes him pain. How is he ever going to move on? With a little help--that’s how.

I loved how Jace and Merrick met, flirted, and grew closer. Text after text made me smile. Their relationship showed how loss and love can form something new. We c
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

Woah, I wasn't expecting all the feels this book brought out in me! I had a feeling it would be a little emotional, but honestly this hit me hard. And I loved it.
Merrick is such a sweet character, trying to navigate his new normal after the loss of his long-time boyfriend Daniel. Jace is a doll. He is so kind and caring with Merrick, never pushing him to get over Daniel, never feeling second best because Merrick still has so much love for Daniel. I really loved how he was there for Merrick,
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books, favorites
This book got me from the blurb!!!
Merrick is heartbroken after losing his boyfriend... When he meets Jace, he finds out that it's ok to start living again!
I love their interactions, how Jace manages to bring lightness to Merrick's days and how great they are together!
I couldn't put this book down! One more awesome read from Alice Winters!
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