Thank you to Emma Scott and the team at Valentine PR for the advance reader copy of The Last Piece of His Heart, the final story in the Lost Boys series. The book releases on March 7th!
I absolutely adore Emma Scott’s romances as I am guaranteed a soul crushing cry session every time. Emma just writes such beautiful, heart wrenching love stories. This series has skewed a bit younger as these kids are coming of age in their senior year of high school, but that has not forced Emma to tone down the emotionality and heaviness of the issues the characters must deal with. I have been excited for the final installment for awhile as we have seen glimpses of Ronan and Shiloh’s relationship in the other stories. Now it is finally time to read about their journeys from their perspectives.
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Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“At Santa Cruz Central High School, they called them the misfits, the outcasts, the weirdos. But most of us knew them as the Lost Boys…
Ronan Wentz has been to hell and back, and he carries the scars to prove it. Worse, the blood of a monster runs through his veins. After ten years in foster care, eighteen-year-old Ronan is finally reunited with family. His uncle gives him a roof over his head and puts him to work, managing a shabby apartment complex in Santa Cruz, California.
But a second chance is still a second chance. Ronan becomes a solitary hunter, a vigilante, walking the streets at night to keep the nightmares at bay. If he can use the anger burning in his tainted blood to protect instead of hurt, maybe then he’ll find the absolution he seeks.
Then he meets Shiloh.
Shiloh Barrera looks like she has it all together. Smart, ambitious, and full of artistic creativity she channels into making beautiful one-of-a kind jewelry. But Shiloh’s cool, capable demeanor is a front. Her demons drive her to succeed as much as her ambition—to prove her worth to the mother who can’t stand to look at her, and who’s harboring secrets of her own.
When Shiloh and Ronan meet, the physical attraction is instant and scorching. Neither believes it will last. Falling in love is an impossible pipe dream saved for those less shattered and damaged than they are.
But as hard as they try to resist, the growing feelings between them seem inevitable… until one terrible night destroys Shiloh’s dreams and Ronan’s future. When the smoke clears, and the rubble settles, they’ll have to choose – do their pasts determine their future, or can they build a new one from the broken pieces of their hearts?”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Ronan Wentz and Shiloh Barrera are the main characters of this coming of age novel. This is the third story in the Lost Boys series which I have loved since book one. You can check out my reviews of Miller and Violet’s story, The Girl in the Love Song and Holden and River’s story When You Come Back to Me. You would know of Ronan August Wentz from the other boys’ stories. He has a tragic back story made up of a violent father, a dead mother, and a long stint in the foster care system. Shiloh Barrera was a bit more of a mysterious character to me, if you read Violet’s story you will remember bits and pieces of their friendship. Shiloh’s family is from New Orleans and her mother had her quite young. Shiloh has spent her life with a few constants, she does not know who her father is, her mother was extremely distant, and so she was raised in Santa Cruz by her great grandmother Bibi. Shiloh is creative, she even runs an Etsy shop that she hopes to turn into a full-fledged business.
- Setting: Santa Cruz is the small California town that has become a character of its own right in this story. It is judgemental, insulated and running amuck with gossip.
- Pacing: The story is paced perfectly. Emma writes slightly longer romances and it is so worth it. Even though much of the storyline follows the same timeline as the previous stories, you will never feel like things are rehashed. The content is new and you will never be bored taking in the story.
- Romance: Ronan upon meeting Shiloh he has an immediate attraction to her. Shiloh has a similar experience with Ronan. I do not want to spoil how beautiful it was to read these two fall in love. It was a friends to lovers in the purest sense. I hope I can convince you to go on this journey with Shiloh and Ronan, I promise you, you’ll never want it to end.
The Last Piece of Hist Heart receives five out of five stars.
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