ARC: The Last Man on Earth by Tracy Anne Warren

ARC: The Last Man on Earth by Tracy Anne WarrenThe Last Man on Earth by Tracy Anne Warren

Series: The Graysons, #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley on January 7, 2014
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Last Man on Earth was an interesting story…I really don’t know that the title of the book had to do with the story. I am currently searching the text for the title, because there wasn’t anything about being the last man on earth mentioned or alluded too.Any ohha! I still loved this story.

I was introduced to Tracy Anne Warren well before I started blogging and writing reviews through her historical series. Lately I haven’t read the historical romance genre much so have gotten away from reading her books. So when I saw she was writing a contemporary novel, I jumped all over it!

The Last Man on Earth is the story of two people driven in the world of advertising that are direct competitors for the same position. While Madelyn Grayson toes  the line, she fights for the top jobs while maintaining her dignity along they way. But her opinion of Zack Douglas is less than stellar, believing he is out to get all the juiciest jobs and doesn’t mind stepping on anyone to get there.

While the two face off for the different contracts to advance their career, a chance meeting a New Year’s Eve party leaves them wanting more after a one nightstand. The two keep meeting, but keep their affair a secret until Madelyn wants more, but knows Zach isn’t ready to give her more. It’s all supposed to be fun and games right? Until Zach is faced with losing Madelyn and he can’t get past his disbelief of love even for her.

While the sex is hot, it had a Victorian feel to it at times. This isn’t the erotic I have gotten used to lately, which was refreshing as I got to know the characters more and their anatomy a little less. Now I don’t mean that the sex isn’t steamy because it is, but after a while the details got less and less as we got to the heart of the issues that are driving these two apart.

I really don’t know where the title of this story came from. It’s not like Zach really is the last man on earth, nor do I remember Madelyn uttering those words. The only thing I can think gave the title to the story was they were co-workers who competed, so he would be the last man on earth she should ever get involved with.

We meet the Grayson’s and get to know the siblings not attached yet…all women. Up next will be Madelyn’s youngest sister and Madelyn’s ex-fiance. I don’t want to say much about the ex-fiance except he is a good guy and not ex because he did anything wrong. It just wasn’t the lusty love match that Madelyn needs.

In general, I found the story to be refreshing and made me once again want to go back and read the author’s older works again!

Do you believe in love? I hope so.
Do love stories without erotic sex scenes still interest you?
Heroes that don’t commit – take ’em or leave ’em?

 

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • I love it when a book has a different feel to it and as you say is ‘refreshing’. I am definitely okay with just plain romance. I enjoyed it when a writer is so good that she/he doesn’t have to sell it with sex and it will stand on its own feet. Erotic romance can be good, but truthfully its harder to write a good sex scene than people imagine. Many times erotic romance leaves me skipping after the first sex scene b/c its either bad or just the same ol’.

  • Oh fun! I’ve not read her before but love the idea of them being competitors and that it had a fresh feel to it. Have read a few over the year that had me scratching my head over the title. You’re idea makes sense for it. Glad you enjoyed getting to visit an old favorite 🙂