Title: The Last Favor
Author Name & Publisher: Meg Harding (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 6, 2016 – 124 pgs
Three years ago Andrew Wilson and Flynn Barnett were in a relationship, until Flynn made a mistake that nearly cost Andrew his life. Andrew walked away from the FBI, his home, and his partner, and started over back in Montreal, running a restaurant.
Fast forward to the present and Andrew is knee-deep in preparations for his sister’s wedding. When an ex-colleague calls to ask for one last favor, the last person he expects to walk through his door is Flynn, in need of a place to stay. Only thing is, Andrew can’t say no.
Two weeks of wedding hijinks bring back all the old feelings that have simmered below the surface. Caught in a cycle of fighting and making up, the two men try to figure out if there’s anything they can salvage. And even if there is, Andrew can’t be sure this time will be any different.
This is a quick read at about the size of a novella. The start of the story is very quick and a bit choppy but it allows you to see how Flynn and Adam meet and how their relationship really started before tragedy and some pig hotheadedness splits them up. The two together are rather funny and you can see small glimpses of how well they should work together. However you don’t get a full feel for how they are as a couple before the story jumps three years after they split up.
While both Flynn and Adam have some really sweet and great qualities. They both came off rather childish to me with how they react to the events that have brought them to the present time. I had a hard time seeing them as FBI agents with the way they handle the situation between them. Even the secondary characters have this trait and I struggled with how no one seemed level headed enough to actually get either one of them to communicate openly. There are some rather humorous parts and some touching moments. I never really felt invested in their happily ever after since they never really addressed the issues they had, it just gets glossed over a bit to get to the HEA. But it is a fun and easy read so if you are looking for something that wraps up quickly this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
Flynn and Andy… their story is jumbled and not really about them. I found that this had a promising premise, but just didn’t deliver for me.
While I can understand why Flynn did what he did, but in the end, this story seemed to be a little about Flynn and Andy and mainly about Andy’s sister’s wedding.
While I did like that you were able to see how their relationship began and ended, it was not very cohesive. It seemed to jump around and then, once they were in the same spot for the story, it really only glimpsed at their issues, relationship and feelings.
Overall, this was a short story with extreme potential.
When Andrew unwittingly allows his former partner to crash the family reunion before his wedding, Finn and Andrew have one last chance at a future together.
I enjoyed this short romance without ever becoming fully invested in it. Finn and Andrew’s backstory is interesting, but with Andrew narrating the story, readers never see Finn’s perspective. This exaggerates the misunderstanding that leads to Andrew and Finn’s first break-up, but it never properly allows readers to understand why Andrew is still hung up on FInn.
The chaos of the family wedding preparations is fun, but there were a couple of times that I felt sorry for Andrew’s sister as his personal drama seemed to overshadow her wedding.
Ultimately, this is a fun, short second chance romantic comedy. The characters are likeable, the wedding adds some excitement and I enjoyed the romance.
I have to say the title to this book is truly fitting. I was really sketacle about this book when it started out as “the beginning”, “the middle”, and “the end”. All those where was just small glimpses into the life of Andrew and Flynn. I had preconceived judgments of Flynn from those short glimpses and as it turns out I was very wrong about him.
At first I thought Flynn was this self absorbed individual that did not think it was necessary to inform his partner both on and off the job as a FBI agent what was happening in the take down that they was working. I felt like he left out vital information that Andrew should have made aware of instead of trying to go for authentic emotions. Later in the book I realized once again I was wrong.
I believed that Andrew was truly justified in leaving Flynn high and dry along with the FBI after the outcome of the raid and all the information that Andrew learned was intentionally left out in the briefing. But again I was wrong.
This book was good at making me believe one thing to later learn it was the opposite and I loved every minute of it.
I loved the fighting, making up, learning from their mistakes the hard way, and eventually if Andrew and Flynn was going to try to make their previous relationship work again and if they did would it be the same or would they come out of it with hard lessons learned and stronger for it.
This book is a book that makes the characters learn from their mistakes and it also shows that the blame of why Flynn and Andrews blew up in their faces was not just one of their faults but both. Both did things wrong and both has to do what they have to in order to own those mistakes and make the necessary changes within themselves to make their relationship work.
This was a very good book. It kept my attention from start to finish even though I was skeptacle the first couple of pages. I am so glad that I read this book. I found it to be a highly enjoyable read and would definitely recommend others to read it.
Meg Harding is a graduate student, currently studying MA Publishing in the UK. She plans to continue on to become an editor, all while continuing to write. When she isn’t writing she enjoys the theatre, concerts, and lazing about in front of the TV.