Storyline Rating : 3.5/5 stars
Brief Summary from Goodreads :
Alexia has fought hard to over come a tragic illness in her past. Barely getting on with her life, she finally leaves home to enter the real world. This first big step makes her appreciate all that she has struggled with. This next step in her life, also leads her to a possible heartbreak. How can Alexia keep up with all of her struggles and keep going on?
Phillip has lost someone close to him when he was younger. This person was the most important person in his life. He has struggled to get past this loss, and once he does, he finds out something about his favorite person that makes him feel the hurt all over again. Why can’t Phillip move on for good? Can he really forgive someone in the past, if they no longer live?
A chance meeting has Alexia and Phillip spending hours talking. This sparks an attraction for each other. Every day, running into each other makes the attraction grow stronger until they finally give in to it. When another accident strikes, both of their pasts come barreling back to haunt them. Can they move forward knowing the secrets they now know about one another? How much more can two broken people endure? Will they find their way back into one another’s arms or have they finally come to a breaking point in life?
My Point of View :
A sweet and straight-forward story – not the “complicated romance” type of book that I normally read (you know….betrayal, love triangle…etc). It’s a relief that I get to read something that is not focused on sex. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy reading sex-turn-love kind of story. It’s just that sometimes you need a break from reading the same thing over and over again.
Last Heartbeat begins with a prologue that indicates Alexia at the verge of dying from a heart disease, and received a heart transplant when she thought all hope is lost. Fast-forward to 5 years later, Alexia is heading to college and she happens to meet this boy, Philip Ryan at the airport. As the story alternates between Alexia and Philip’s POV, we know that both of them “clicked” the first time they look into each others eyes. What’s more, they have quite a number of similar interests – such as heading to the same college, both took a year off before attending college….etc. The story proceeds to how Alexia and Philip fall in love, and how both of them struggle to tell each other about their surgery (Philip had a liver transplant), as both of them do not want to break the other person’s heart if they die from organ rejection.
What I do like about this book is there are no love triangle, I don’t have to constantly worry about who the heroine chooses at the end. I do find Megan annoying though…and I am curious – do such a girl exist? How is it that she don’t get the part where Philip does NOT want her? She keeps coming back again and again, I was so glad when she finally backed off.
Well, it’s a good read if you want to read the type of romance that is sweet and simple.
P.S. I almost thought Alexia would die in the end because of the title. I mean, who am I kidding – The LAST Heartbeat.
Favorite Quote : None from this book.