by Emma South
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: September 12, 2014
Publisher: Emma South
Genre: New Adult Fiction/Romance
Paperback: 214 pages
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Harper Bayliss is about to pay the full price of fame. That is, if her stalker’s plans work out. Hollywood’s new favourite starlet is already feeling overwhelmed by the insecurity of her past, a family that controls her every move, and the stresses that come with her job when a brutal attack from a madman takes that stress to a whole new level. But what neither Harper nor her attacker saw coming was the 6’4”, heavily muscled ex-Marine, Nick Martell, throwing himself in harm’s way to save her. After she visits him in the hospital to offer her thanks, she can’t help but be intrigued by the man she finds beneath the bad boy exterior. Plagued by guilt over his failure to protect the one person that mattered the most, all Nick wants is to find some peace. The tattooed former Marine is scarred, inside and out, but saving Harper Bayliss might be his first step toward redemption. What’s more, her answer to his heartfelt question is about to send them both down a path of scorching passion…and maybe even love. With the pressures of Harper’s fame and Nick’s guilt working against them, will their feelings be enough to overcome all the obstacles, including the stalker that’s still out there? If he gets his way he’ll show them that, even if they choose each other, you seldom get to choose the last thing you see.
The Last Thing You See by Emma SouthSometimes the worst of times can bring about the best of relationships. Harper is a rising star, a hot commodity in an industry that loves you one moment and doesn’t recognize you the next. Young, beautiful and magnetic, she becomes the object of more than just fan fever. Enter a scarred and lonely ex-Marine, with more regrets and guilt in his past than anyone should have to carry. Nick just reacts to danger, saving Harper and the rest, as they say is romantic history.
Harper seems to have it all, but her past is a dark watercolor of pain and insecurity and her present is run by the firm hand of her overbearing step-mother who has lost sight of the young woman in favor of the commercial empire Harper has become. Can these two damaged souls find a way to heal each other? Will healing Harper help Nick heal himself? An uphill battle to be together in their own little world is full of potholes and emotional roadblocks, but when physical danger once again presents itself, nothing will stop Nick from the one woman who has been able to reach him.
The Last Thing You See by Emma South is a tale of second chances, healing and self-discovery, as well as a love story against the odds. Well written and full of speed bumps, Ms. South has avoided the over-angsty, darkness that can be found in NA books as she avoids the over-the-top damaged heroes in favor of creating her own, fresh creations. Harper and Nick are both very well fleshed out and actually quite grounded, and their relationship builds with a depth that feels realistic and well-rounded as they become more than just bed partners. Sultry and heated sensual scenes will sizzle off the pages with their intensity in a physical expression of the love and trust these two have come to share as Ms.South digs deep into her well of creativity and presents a very nice addition to the genre.
I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.