First and Last by Rachael Duncan



Title: First and Last

Author: Rachael Duncan

Date of Publication: July 18, 2016

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Mia’s my best friend.
We’ve been inseparable since she moved next door when we were six years old. Then it all changed.
I don’t know when or why, but suddenly I want more. I want her. The problem was she didn’t.

At first.

But everything changes when you cross that line between friends and lovers.

I thought convincing her to give us a chance would be my biggest hurdle. Little did I know that was only the beginning.
Mia consumes all of my thoughts when we’re apart, and all of my senses when we’re together. There’s no going back to the way things were and I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure she isn’t just my first, but also my last.

Will we be able to hold on, or will our relationship go up in flames?

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Christina’s 3 1/2 Star Review

Best friends since the age of six, Blake and Mia are the epitome of the friends to lovers trope. Things haven’t always been easy, and happily ever afters aren’t always guaranteed, especially in Blake’s line of work as a smoke jumper. A series of unfortunate events leads Blake to reflect on all of the moments leading up to the present. The good, the bad, but mostly all of the firsts that they promised to each other so many years ago.

Told in Blake’s point of view, the author uses flashbacks to help tell the tale of Mia and Blake’s journey. Duncan does an excellent job of using this narration technique and makes it very easy to get involved in the story from the get go. The characters are likeable and the story is heartbreaking at times, but the author gives us just enough hope in each chapter to carry on.

If you’re looking for a saccharine sweet, friends to lovers story, look no further. I kind of waffled between three and four stars, but have decided to round up, simply because of the original storyline. I did have some problems with the book though. The flashback scenes are a bit heavy handed on certain elements throughout their friendship, such as Blake making grilled cheese for Mia on the first day they met. This is mentioned multiple times; I was honestly waiting for the sandwich to become a character at some point.

I get that the book is meant to be a tear-jerker, however in attempting to do that the author uses flowery language, but the very last page has a line that managed to produce tears, but not for the intended reason.

“But there’s one variable that remains constant…”

And I hate to be picky and be that guy (figuratively) that points stuff like that out, but a variable can’t remain constant…otherwise it’s a constant. Unfortunately lines like that are what make the romance genre cheesy (of the un-grilled variety).

I enjoyed the book, I’ll check out more of this author’s work, this just wasn’t a five star read for me.


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About the Author

Rachael Duncan is an Army wife and mother to two beautiful girls. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn’t for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing. She’s the author of Tackled by Love, The Lies and Truth Series, and Hopeless Vows.

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