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Last Chance [Epub] ➛ Last Chance Author Lauren Runow – Thomashillier.co.uk MackenzieFrom the very first moment I laid eyes on him, I knew my heart was his for the taking He was the boy who filled me with butterflies and made my palms turn clammy at the mere sight of himThere MackenzieFrom the very first moment I laid eyes on him, I knew my heart was his for the taking He was the boy who filled me with butterflies and made my palms turn clammy at the mere sight of himThere was only one problem he was my best friend s older brotherIt s been eight years since I ve last seen him, and I refuse to live another day without telling him the truth So here I stand, taking my Last Chance to get him to notice me, my Last Chance to see if he feels the same wayI need to know if he is just a fantasy, or if he could be my reality Before my reality changes foreverConnorI never wanted a girlfriend I was burned by love and vowed to never go down that road again But when the beautiful girl I ve known practically my entire life snuck her way into my arms there was something that changed in me I wanted to be with her, next to her Just simply kissing her lips made my life completeNow I have one missionTo make hers complete, too Last Chance is a story of love and heartache proving that life is not always fair, but it s worth the pain to get the moments you ll treasure forever.

  • ebook
  • 171 pages
  • Last Chance
  • Lauren Runow
  • English
  • 23 February 2018

About the Author: Lauren Runow

Lauren Runow is the author of multiple Adult Contemporary Romance novels, somedirty than others When Lauren isn t writing, you ll find her listening to music, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field with her boys Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish She is a proud Rotarian, helps run a local non profit kids science museum, and was awarded Woman of the Year from Congressman Garamendi She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sonsYou can also stay in touch through the social media links belowFacebook at at at at her reader group sign up for her newsletter at.



10 thoughts on “Last Chance

  1. SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ says:

    LIVE AMZ US AMZ UK LIVE AMZ US AMZ UK BlurbMackenzieFrom the very first moment I laid eyes on him, I knew my heart was his for the taking He was the boy who filled me with butterflies and made my palms turn clammy at the mere sight of him.There was only one problem he was my best friend s older brother.It s been eight years since I ve last seen him, and I refuse to live another day without telling him the truth So here I stand, taking my last chance to get him to notice me, my l LIVE AMZ US AMZ UK LIVE AMZ US AMZ UK BlurbMackenzieFrom the very first moment I laid eyes on him, I knew my heart was his for the taking He was the boy who filled me with butterflies and made my palms turn clammy at the mere sight of him.There was only one problem he was my best friend s older brother.It s been eight years since I ve last seen him, and I refuse to live another day without telling him the truth So here I stand, taking my last chance to get him to notice me, my last chance to see if he feels the same way.I need to know if he is just a fantasy, or if he could be my reality Before my reality changes forever.ConnorI never wanted a girlfriend I was burned by love and vowed to never go down that road again But when the beautiful girl I ve known practically my entire life snuck her way into my arms there was something that changed in me I wanted to be with her, next to her Just simply kissing her lips made my life complete.Now I have one mission.To make hers complete, too.

  2. Paige Paige says:

    4.5 Love Of A Lifetime StarsAll the tears All the feels Last Chance is a bit of a departure from Ms Runow s norm but what a way to introduce herself in a new way While there is still steam lots of it , this one was acontemporary love story that ripped my emotions and never let up There was still some of her trademark angst and suspense, but it was also a story that really delved deep into it s characters and my heart Mackenzie has been in love with her best friends brother for ye 4.5 Love Of A Lifetime StarsAll the tears All the feels Last Chance is a bit of a departure from Ms Runow s norm but what a way to introduce herself in a new way While there is still steam lots of it , this one was acontemporary love story that ripped my emotions and never let up There was still some of her trademark angst and suspense, but it was also a story that really delved deep into it s characters and my heart Mackenzie has been in love with her best friends brother for years And now that she s started her list, she s going to make things happen So she sets it up so that she can finally show him who she is and that she isthan his little sister s friend And what develops isthan she could have hoped for But life is constantly moving forward and all the things she wants to accomplish come at a price When Conner enters her life, nothing is the same As this story opened up, I was intrigued to say the least Learning about these two characters and their connection had me flipping the pages And the underlying angsty made me a tad anxious While the beginning started somewhat slow, it really picked up speed and was full steam ahead for most of the book leaving me breathless by the end This story is one that I won t forget and reminds me why I m so glad I found Ms Runow on Twitter all those years ago If you re new to her, this would be a phenominal read to introuducce you to her way with words Just have some tissues on hand ARC provided to A is for Alpha B is for Books for honest review

  3. The Book Bee The Book Bee says:

    Sadly, this book was a DNF for me.This book was my first read by Lauren Runow, and it won t be my last, but I will need to wait awhile and forget about how this book made me feel, first Despite my dismal non rating, I do see what she was trying to write, I just didn t feel it I have purchased another of her books, so I know I need to make some time to check outof her writing, but this one left a very sour taste in my mouth aggravatingly so Since I didn t come to the ending naturall Sadly, this book was a DNF for me.This book was my first read by Lauren Runow, and it won t be my last, but I will need to wait awhile and forget about how this book made me feel, first Despite my dismal non rating, I do see what she was trying to write, I just didn t feel it I have purchased another of her books, so I know I need to make some time to check outof her writing, but this one left a very sour taste in my mouth aggravatingly so Since I didn t come to the ending naturally, it will simply be a DNF for me without a starred rating I did, however, speak with a friend that read it and she did confirm my suspicion on the plot This was a no go for me before I received the spoiler, so my review is completely unbiased in that aspect.I am bothered by the lack of build up in every single aspect of this book, from their meeting, to the reconnection, to the sex It was virtually non existent and that made for a storyline that was choppy, characters that were awkward, and a chick that acted like a crazy stalker I got all this in the first 15% and it just didn t work out well for me I felt like there were some parts that really worked, the description was actually there, but then there would be nothing Three actions in one sentence, without any elaboration at one point, then multiple paragraphs explaining how he had sex with her in another part It felt like there were pieces pasted together at times, and it didn t have any flow or continuity It was really difficult to get into a groove with the way this one was written.I had a VERY hard time with the heroine With Mackenzie fawning over Connor her entire life, it became a slightly embarrassing, yet pathetic excuse, for all of her actions and the things she did She looked desperate from the very beginning of the book Even after they ve grown up and moved on, pushing as hard as she was, throwing herself at him just to get noticed, it made me cringe for her by the way she was acting Literally, the entire time I was reading with a what thah pinch on my face I didn t understand any of it, mostly because we had ZERO build up NOW, after knowing the plot spoiler and the ending of the book, it could have been handled differently to avoid the awkwardness while still providing the excitement and allowing me to warm up to her I just couldn t She was seriously..just, yeah.And Connor granting her a wish felt like he was tragically doing her a favor by sleeping with her I was literally disgusted at the entire situation It felt like an honest wham bam thank you ma am kinda moment between them and she was so lucky he took the time to do this for her I just didn t connect with either of them I got very slimy feelings from him and very immature feelings from her.Soooo, elephant in the room I feel like I need to say that the sex club literally plays an obligatory meeting part and that s it It s like the token sex club addition to a book nowadays Nothing else of value was there Nothing was added to the storyline by that And the problem I had with it was that it wasn t explained AT ALL, yet again It wasn t introduced It wasn t built up It was immediately accepted, so that was really awkward to witness.almost forced Needless to say, this did not work on ANY level for me at all I m so sad because I was hoping to hear a new voice that I could follow and brag about That just didn t happen with this bookBEE

  4. Anne OK Anne OK says:

    The New Year is starting off with lots of new to me authors, and I m liking the way things are clicking thus far as I dig into the stack of TBRs and new ARCs.I went into this story completely blind knowing nothing about this author or any of her backlog of books I was totally unprepared for the unexpected that lie ahead Lauren Runow s new stand alone introduces Mackenzie Thomas and Connor Hayden in a best friend s older brother trope with a side of so much .Don t let that cover fool you The New Year is starting off with lots of new to me authors, and I m liking the way things are clicking thus far as I dig into the stack of TBRs and new ARCs.I went into this story completely blind knowing nothing about this author or any of her backlog of books I was totally unprepared for the unexpected that lie ahead Lauren Runow s new stand alone introduces Mackenzie Thomas and Connor Hayden in a best friend s older brother trope with a side of so much .Don t let that cover fool you this is not Gene Kelly s singing in the rain happy dance Yeah, you might get a glimpse of a slow dance with raindrops falling all around, along with a few kisses shared behind a big red umbrella, but your heart is going to break when the cloudy days arrive, and downpours leak from your eyes on those stormy days I ve read my share of similar plots, and although there were parts I found equally as emotional here, it still didn t kick butt and wreck me emotionally or earn top billing either Bright Side, by Kim Holden remains the best and my absolute favorite.Here, the opening scenes threw me off kilter and I didn t much care for Mackenzie s sneaky masked setup for a one night stand with Connor Nothing good ever starts with a dirty trick being played on an unsuspecting soul But then shortly thereafter Connor disappointed me with the way he responded to finding out who his hookup had been Beginning with those first several encounters, it was like a wall went up between me and them, and I never fully allowed myself to be completely won over by either Connor or Mackenzie I m not totally without sympathy and feelings, so I was caught up in their pain and sadness as the story moved forward Even so, I remained less taken by them as individuals andenthralled with the overall story.Dual points of view from both Mackenzie and Connor allow readers to peek into the inner thoughts of both characters I m a reader who favorsthan one POV theinformation you re allowed, the better And frankly, I just love getting inside a guy s mind.I don t want to go into many details from here on out because well, you know why SPOILERS and I don t like them Finding out the details all on your own is what makes reading so special Take that away and there s nothing to look forward to discovering.The blurb does throw you off a bit This really isn t a second chance at love story And it doesn t have the typical happily ever after either There is indeed a reconnection and it involves a girl in love with her best friend s older brother The relationship is very fast paced feels insta lovish is that even a word However, nothing seemed to diminish the romance once it had begun It is beautiful, emotional, powerful and sexy, too Connor is certainly prime boyfriend material I questioned his feelings at first, but he made a true believer out of me without too much difficulty He was sincere, noble and magnanimous Actually, both Connor and Mackenzie ended up being a special couple and I truly believed in their love and devotion for each other They share some very special moments ones I won t soon forget You ll want to keep the Kleenex nearby TIME OUT FOR A LITTLE RANTING .The writing did not blow me away At times it seemed to lose its way My two biggest gripes while reading this book centered on the number of typos and the confusion in properly setting out the age difference between Connor and his sister, Tracy and Mackenzie, along with substantively identifying secondary characters that popped up without warning here and there with no clearly stated identity The author missed the mark and lost me completely as she referred to the ages of the characters at various stages in the saga, and her math was wrong on the age difference between Connor and Mackenzie and Tracy It stated in black and white that he was 28 and Mackenzie and Tracy were 25, butthan several times the difference was set out for readers as being four years not three If it had only been a one time slip, I might overlook it Then Connor mentions that the last time he saw MacKenzie was eight years ago and that she was fifteen Okay, 15 8 23, right Well, obviously the author doesn t think so because, like I said above, it s stated in black and white that MacKenzie is 25 Simple math Then there were those former girlfriends Sarah and Amy whose identities were never fully established They were just haphazardly tossed in helter skelter I never did figure out who Connor s The One was through high school and college Who is SARAH Was she The One Sarah came out of nowhere and her name was used only one time with no explanation I kid you not And, then there is AMYbut I m not sure exactly how she fits into the picture Did she cheat on Connor with Alan, or did she cheat on Alan with Connor There was nothing to ever indicate that Alan and Amy were presently together, married or otherwise And Connor and Alan have several encounters in present day time sharing beers and because Alan is a doctor, he is a great help to Connor with questions he needs answers to But at the end of the book, Amy and Alan have had a baby girl that was born just a few months ago WTH It made absolutely no sense to me You think you re confused Color me doubly so, because not only did the author confuse me, but so did the reviews Not a single reviewer has mentioned this problem nope everyone raved about perfect writing This book really needed a final proofread to knock out some simple editing problems and clarify secondary characters before being published END OF LITTLE RANTThis author is very capable at expressing deep feelings with her words and left a message well worth consideration The nature of the subject matter shredded my heart and left me questioning Why do we worry so much about the small stuff when life might end with your next breath Make the most of all that is offered Laugh, love, treat others like you want to be treated and don t regret the chances you didn t take.Love like there s no tomorrow

  5. Courtney Courtney says:

    GOD DAMNIT, Lauren I love you and I hate you right now LOL This book was so muchthan what I thought it was going to be when I started reading it I went into this book blind I didn t read the blurb and just dove right in And let me tell you, even after finishing this, I went back and read the blurb and it still won t prepare you for everything and to be honest, I love that the blurb doesn t give the story away But geezus, this book had me in a ball of emotions.I am going to say thi GOD DAMNIT, Lauren I love you and I hate you right now LOL This book was so muchthan what I thought it was going to be when I started reading it I went into this book blind I didn t read the blurb and just dove right in And let me tell you, even after finishing this, I went back and read the blurb and it still won t prepare you for everything and to be honest, I love that the blurb doesn t give the story away But geezus, this book had me in a ball of emotions.I am going to say this now and get it out of the way If this book came with any type warning as to what is going to possibly happen in this book, the whole plot of this book would have been ruined So any reader out there that states they wish they had an inkling of what was going to happen needs to be quiet giving away any portions of a book because the reader needs to be prepared for what is going to happen is ridiculous You need to go into this book without any knowledge of what is to come enjoy the suspense of what the author is writing It just makes the book that so muchenjoyable and meaningful.I am writing this review with tears streaming down my face, even a day after I finished this book I just can t hold them in This book broke me, it really did I applaud Lauren for writing such a heart wrenching book, but I want to yell at her too for making me feel so much LOL But in all honesty, I love when an author is able to pull such strong emotions from me I was completely vested in these characters and their story they became like family to me.I won t say much about this book except is it soooo muchthan the blurb Kenzie is one hell of a strong woman she s a god damn pillar of strength I just can t fathom being in her shoes, but she definitely made me want to be just as strong as she And Connor that man is one in a million There are no others like him This story is heart wrenching yet so beautiful I can t say enough wow s to express my feelings on this book.Something I feel that is worth mentioning too, is the songs that Lauren mentions throughout this book Many of the books I read, songs are always mentioned in them and at times I do look them up, and sometimes I just ignore it altogether However, with this book, these songs were a very important part of the story and I felt moved to look up the lyrics to them and even listen to them when I could while reading this book And wow are they evenimpactful than I anticipated And that s all you are getting from me on that Just be prepared forwhen you read this book The story is so beautiful but will make you cry Once you start this book, you won t be able to stop reading it I finished this book while I was at work because I had to know how it all played out And yes, I was ugly crying so hard, I had to leave my office to compose myself.Lauren s message behind this story is something we all take for granted daily Live life to it s fullest, each day is a blessing Never take for granted what you already have it s not always greener on the other side Lauren, you are a diamond in the rough that everyone needs to know about Your writing is impeccable Your characters are so real and their stories are amazing And I love that write not only contemporary but erotic bdsm novels I can t wait to readfrom you in the future

  6. Akd Akd says:

    Unpopular Opinion Alert This review contains spoilers 3Bucket ListStarsYou made my life completeMaybe something is wrong with me or maybe my heart is simply insensitive.But I couldn t really enjoy this book Not because of the writing style, because that I can assure you it was completely flaweless, however I think it wasbecause of how the main characters relation startedIn this story we have Mackenzie who has a bestfriend named Tracy, who happens to Unpopular Opinion Alert This review contains spoilers 3Bucket ListStarsYou made my life completeMaybe something is wrong with me or maybe my heart is simply insensitive.But I couldn t really enjoy this book Not because of the writing style, because that I can assure you it was completely flaweless, however I think it wasbecause of how the main characters relation startedIn this story we have Mackenzie who has a bestfriend named Tracy, who happens to have an older brother Connor.Their relation started with a one night stand However this wasn t a random one No, Mackenzie, who had a crush on Connor since her teenage years, purposely planned her encounter with him, which led to a one night stand This was probably the main reason I couldn t enjoy the rest of the story, even though, when later in the book we discover it was part of her bucket list, one she had to start ticking because she had cancer.Apart from that fact, I couldn t connect with Mackenzie.she was way too inconsistent for me.Everything progressed way too fast for my liking It felt like there were too many things going on, which led to an incredible bspeed rate with the book s timeline.Also in the end they end up having a kid And we also learn another thing that broke my heart a little bit view spoiler Mackenzie dies hide spoiler I can t help but wonder if there s going to be another bookfingers crossed Nonetheless, this is my opinion, but I remark that it s an unpopular one

  7. Gitte TotallyBookedBlog Gitte TotallyBookedBlog says:

    4.5 Star Spoiler Free Review Why are my dreams coming true when everything else is falling apart Beautiful and heart breaking A true soul mate love story one that dreams are made of despite the direction the characters journey takes Such a truly emotional journey that ll have your heart caught up in every word and your tears fall in both happiness and intense sadness too The heart wants what it wants no matter the circumstances and the intense moment of passionate love and happiness no 4.5 Star Spoiler Free Review Why are my dreams coming true when everything else is falling apart Beautiful and heart breaking A true soul mate love story one that dreams are made of despite the direction the characters journey takes Such a truly emotional journey that ll have your heart caught up in every word and your tears fall in both happiness and intense sadness too The heart wants what it wants no matter the circumstances and the intense moment of passionate love and happiness no matter how brief vastly outweighs never to have met your true love at allGoing from friends to lovers can be a difficult transition Only time will tell if you head back down the friend road or straight into a relationshipLauren Runow s writing was flawless and vividly evocative She wrote her characters with such heart, warmth and depth We cared for every single one and their place in the story Music plays a huge part of this story and serves such poignancy Through diary entries we learn of a young girl s dream of a boy who stole her heart never to let it go As the years pass her heart never forgets Mackenzie wants the boy and finally, years later, she goes for what she wants This is my last chance to make it rightMy last chance to prove to youNo matter what pain is aheadYou re worth every path I ve been led Connor has no idea that his little sister s best friend is in love with him and has been since childhood Everything comes as a bit of a surprise to him and his life changes forever on a whirlwind The speed and intensity felt a bit rushed however we couldn t help but be swept away How do I go on, knowing she s not my forever The message of hope, inspiration and love is wonderful in Last Chance If you love love with intensity if you want something go for it, if you dream try your utmost to make that dream come true Life is too short to second guess yourself, live each day to your full potential and never say never You get one chance at life, make it countHow long have you wanted this He touches my lower lip How long Awhile,I whisper.Available to purchase below US UKCome visit and follow us at TotallybookedBlog TB on Facebook TB on Twitter TB on Pinterest

  8. Carlene Inspired Carlene Inspired says:

    3.5 StarsLast Chance is the kind of book that will have you putting tissue after tissue to your face, wiping away countless tears as you find yourself invested in the story It s romantic, it s a bit sexy, and it features a gripping and emotional best friend s brother storyline There s also a lot of angst, the kind that gets to you and leaves you wondering where a happy ending could possibly come from Lauren Runow tells the love story of Mackenzie and Connor like a fairytale There s a bucket 3.5 StarsLast Chance is the kind of book that will have you putting tissue after tissue to your face, wiping away countless tears as you find yourself invested in the story It s romantic, it s a bit sexy, and it features a gripping and emotional best friend s brother storyline There s also a lot of angst, the kind that gets to you and leaves you wondering where a happy ending could possibly come from Lauren Runow tells the love story of Mackenzie and Connor like a fairytale There s a bucket list, there s hopes and dreams, and there s moments every girl dreams of sharing with her knight in shining armor It s cliche, but in a cute way that definitely puts it in the contemporary romance category I read it in one sitting, expecting the ending, but appreciating how Lauren Runow got to it.I had some issues with continuity in Last Chance and maybe I m too much of a stickler, but tiny things that don t fit in really bother me When Connor is doing over the top, sweet things some of the opportunities to tie them together were missed Mackenzie starts out as a very strong, confident character and I felt like as the book continued her voice became very weak She comes across as selfish and despite her personal issues there was so much opportunity for her not to be On top of that, the relationship and book is rushed, finding us moving from a highly sexual moment to an insta love moment to the rest of their lives together.Last Chance is at times over the top, but beyond my personal annoyances it is a sweet book with a very romantic story It is, without the angst, what dreams truly are made ofI ll be your fantasy, but for tonight only Then you never come back Last Chance is just another great example of how versatile Lauren Runow is as a writer It features her trademark sexiness, but also falls right in the middle of all the romantic books we label as sweet and cute Similar to Nicholas Sparks novels, it s a book that will have you crying and falling in love.ARC provided in exchange for an honest review

  9. Grey Grey says:

    You ll run the full gamut with all of the feels in this book Ms Runow does not pull any punches in Last Chance, wielding words like a knuckle taped ninja I was fortunate enough to screen an early editionand wow, I can still remember the hot and saucy bits and the emotional and gut wrenching scenes, too 4 Keep the Kleenex handy stars.

  10. Michelle Krystel Michelle Krystel says:

    Arc provided by author for honest review Wow wow wow, I was not expecting this story to hit so hard But it sure I did Not only did I devour this book in a day I also added some great music to my play list When I look back at Connor I see a hero and one of the most amazing men Last chance reminds me so much of a walk to remember though are completely different and in some ways the Same You will see what I mean once you read it on release day, January 9th

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