Book Review | And One Last Thing
Title: And One Last Thing …
Author: Molly Harper
Lacey Terwilliger’s husband may be a lot of things, but she would never have pegged him for a cheater. The last person to find out in her small Kentucky town about her husband Mike’s wandering eye, she spontaneously retaliates in a very public manner and shares all the juicy details of Mike’s relationship with his secretary Beebee via his company newsletter. Soon Lacey’s infamous email is the subject of YouTube videos, David Letterman’s Top 10 List, and unflattering newspaper headlines. To make matters worse, Mike is suing her for defamation of character.
At her lawyer’s insistence, Lacey steps out of the public eye for a breather at the scenic lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandmother. Lacey thinks she is through with men–until she meets her Hugh Jackman look-alike neighbor, sexy crime novelist F.B. Monroe. Though they start off entirely on the wrong foot, Monroe and Lacey cannot ignore the sparks that fly between them. Will Lacey succumb to the handsome muse that inspires her writing creativity, or will she make a career of writing humiliating break-up announcements for scorned women everywhere?
Molly Harper’s deliciously wicked sense of humor shines in her first non-paranormal novel, And One Last Thing. Lacey Terwilliger is an unapologetic heroine who has finally had enough of trying to meet everyone’s expectations for the type of wife and person that she should be. Lefty Monroe is witty and sharp-tongued, everything that Lacey needs and never knew she wanted. I particularly enjoyed how Harper developed their relationship. Instead of immediately tossing them into bed with one another, she allowed to get them to know each other. They were witness to each other’s flaws and vulnerabilities, and had the feel of a modern Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy complete with the bad first impressions.
I fell in love with the cast of supporting characters, which included Lacey’s hilarious gay brother Emmett and Monroe’s quirky brothers and parents. Monroe’s family was a delightful contrast to Mike’s parents, who were exact representations of how Lacey and Mike would be if they stayed together another 25 years. But my favorite character of all, Maya Drake, did not have nearly enough page time. Screwed over by a past love, Maya drew on her bitterness and rage by making a living off of grating cards and announcements that Hallmark would never stock in a million years. She is everything that Lacey might become if she couldn’t find another way to deal with her unfortunate situation.
And One Last Thing… is a fast-paced and highly entertaining light romance which would be the perfect companion for an afternoon at the beach or pool. I simply devoured it and did not want to stop reading it.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*