LAST RESORT by Amber Malloy **Review**

GENRES: Romantic Suspense; Multicultural Romance


About the Book

African American socialite and bestselling crime writer Cayden Young returns to her high school stomping grounds to solve a cold case. Unfortunately, her hot business partner is in her way. In love since high school, they couldn’t work out their rich-girl, poor-boy differences. While she attempts to put the past to rest, she ends up unearthing a more than a decade-old secret that could get her killed.

Former Marine Levi Scott is ready to take over his family’s resort fulltime. The only problem is he needs to buy out his partner, who he happens to be in love with. Always on unsure footing with the wealthy beauty, he is determined to get her out of his life for once and all, and decides the best way to do so is offering to help her solve a thirteen-year-old cold case. Soon, they figure out the murderer may still reside in their posh resort town … and Cayden could be next on their list.

Read an Excerpt

Since the third step always creaked under foot, he counted to ten before he flipped on the lamp and loosened his tie.

“Holy shit, Levi! What the hell?” She jumped while he bit back a chuckle.

“Isn’t that my line?” Beads of water from her shower gathered on her skin. She wore a pair of barely-there yoga shorts, and Levi could see straight through her tank top. Round, full breasts were easy to make out beneath her stretched-too-thin material.

“There’s no way that event ended this early,” she scolded him.

“Forgive me for ruining your heist … should I leave and come back to let you finish?” Everything about the woman turned him on, starting with her messy bun and black-framed glasses.

No rich-girl representative or spoiled brat came to steal time in his shower spa. Instead, the real girl next door stood in front of him. “My shower was one thing, Ms. Young, but my last bottle of wine?”

She held onto a bottle of Riesling, shipped from the Italian vineyard that wanted the resort to use them exclusively. “Do you not remember telling me to stop taking wine from the resort?”

“There’s this thing called inventory, and if a bottle is missing,” he spoke slowly as if talking with a child, “it is considered stolen. Much like what you’re doing right now.” He pointed to the contraband in her hand.

“I beg to differ. You don’t even like Riesling, Mr. Scott.” She smiled innocently. “So what happened? Did you forget something?”

“Now that you mention it…” Taking off his tux jacket, he threw it off to the side. “What do you think about this couch?”

Cayden shook her head, probably not following his line of questioning. “Heirloom? It doesn’t really go with the décor.”

“Exactly! I worked my ass off to make this place look … what’s the word?”

“Modern,” she offered.

“Manly. But we’ll go with your term. Look at this craftsmanship … dark, hardwood floors, straight lines, and that kitchen is a work of art. I made that farmhouse table by hand,” he bragged, glad she didn’t interrupt. “Then there’s this monstrosity … a red velvet Victorian. And let’s not forget the piano. No one plays that shit. Why the hell do we even have it? My mother claims it’s too valuable to put in storage, so she leaves this crap here.”

“I’m guessing you want to get rid of it?”

“Of course, but you know Lydia’s weapon of choice is guilt,” he complained while rolling up his sleeves. “I was thinking if I changed or altered it in some way, then maybe I could tolerate it.”

“Hmmm.” She tilted her head to the side while she relaxed her stance. “What do you have in mind?”

My Review

Last Resort is a quick, entertaining read with engaging characters. While the rich girl/poor boy storyline has been done to death, author Amber Malloy breathes new life into the trope with a nice twist on the usual stereotypes. By making the heroine a hardworking writer who also solves crimes, rather than a spoiled rich girl, she’s made me forget what has always passed as the norm. I loved Levi’s character as well, an honorable ex-Marine with a wonderful, somewhat comical relationship with family.

The romance is witty, ultra-sexy and believable. The mystery is well executed and the conclusion drawn out to an appropriate end.

My only real qualm about the book was it got lost on occasion both because of the unusual phrasing and the changes in time period. While I’m usually a fan of one or two flashbacks, or a prologue, to establish background, I found it was a bit overdone. I had to backpedal in a couple of instances to understand the story.

Still, the few minor flaws didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book itself. If you enjoy both comical and steamy interaction between your two main characters, you will definitely enjoy this story.

About the Author

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.

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A Giveaway

Amber Malloy will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week, review tour. You are welcome to visit as many stops as you’d like for even more chances to win!

February 13: Book Magic – Under a spell with every page
February 13: Sharing Links and Wisdom
February 20: Long and Short Reviews
February 27Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 27Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance
March 6Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
March 6Viviana MacKade

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Amber for this stop on her tour. Please come back again all this month for more authors, books and giveaways.


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4 Responses to LAST RESORT by Amber Malloy **Review**

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you 🙂

  2. Victoria says:

    Thanks for sharing the great post!

  3. Karen H says:

    Enjoyed reading your review of this book.

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