Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Last Guy Breathing
Author: Skylar Cates
Series: The Guy #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 154 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 8, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Henry Clueley doesn’t want to be in Glamour, not after moving far away to overcome a difficult, if privileged, childhood. He’s no longer that pudgy kid desperate to escape his hometown, but it still holds painful memories. When his recently widowed mother needs him, however, “dependable Henry” does the right thing—even if it means leaving the IRS to take a boring corporate position. Things don’t stay boring for long. Soon Henry helps the local sheriff’s department unravel a crime. Posing as half of a fake couple seems like a fun idea… until Henry learns he already knows the deputy playing his other half.
Deputy Locke may be new to the Glamour Sheriff’s Department, but he’s fought his way up in the world and is determined to make a good impression. He keeps his private life quiet, even from his beloved younger brother. Locke knows better than most the need to protect what’s his.
Henry resents the arrogant, gorgeous cop, and Locke thinks Henry is sheltered and spoiled. Their secret and steamy encounter only adds to the animosity. As they join forces, Henry thinks a relationship with Locke would be catastrophic, but the white-hot passion between them makes it hard to resist.
Review: I have really enjoyed this series. Each one has been a little different but carries the same sense of something or a certain vibe that surrounds the town of Glamour. We met these guys briefly in The Only Guy where they met at their mutual friends’ wedding. It was but a short steamy hookup which left them both at odds, though for different reasons.
Fast forward to now, Henry is back in town taking care of his mother, and Locke has returned to work at the Sheriff’s Department after a bad deal in the big city. Locke is pretty much a cold jerk. He doesn’t do relationships, doesn’t want any connections, etc. He especially doesn’t like what he believes Henry to be – a spoiled rich guy. Even though neither can deny the sexual chemistry in the air, they both fight it based on their respective assumptions and behavior.
Then, they are thrown together to solve a case. Henry has suspected his firm is in the midst of some shady dealings. That happens to coincide with a suicide case being investigated, and since Locke has undercover experience, he is chosen to be Henry’s backup as they try and uncover more evidence. Now, pretty much hating each other whilst fighting the sparks, they must now act as lovey boyfriends. It is quite comical at times.
Barriers are slowly broken down as more things about these guys are made clearer to the other, though it is not an easy road. Eventually, they realize what’s important – Locke most especially learns that he does want to invest more of himself in someone. He does not change overnight though, which I liked. Even though it was bad for Henry, it seemed more realistic that it took him awhile to change his ways.
There is the excitement of the investigation, centering around the suicide and finding out who the bad guys actually are. There are also issues with Locke and his brother concerning their mother which causes problems between them. Not the best parts of this story, but they were engaging nonetheless.
So, if you’re looking for a solid story with enough meet to sink your teeth into, give this a try. The guys aren’t perfect, but they find ways to work around their differences and find love. I definitely recommend this series.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*