Author: Cristy Marie Poplin
Publication Date: November 17, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance
Willow Monroe and Kennedy Danes have been best friend’s since drawings were assignments in school. They’ve been joined at the hip for years. They love riding bikes together, smiling for real, and laughing, even at the wrong times.
Once their senior year of high school rolls around, Kennedy becomes terminally ill. Though he has plans that don’t involve sadness, he still needs to find a way to tell Willow he only has six more months to live.
Willow and Kennedy can never say the word ‘goodbye’.They have this agreement to say Hello up until their last time spent together. The sixteenth of August in the year of 1997 is when Willow and Kennedy say Hello for the last time.
Nine years later finds Willow in the smallest hospital of Chicago, working as a registered nurse. There she meets Wyatt Blanquette, a curmudgeonly patient with untapped wisdom and heart, beneath a stony exterior. When they agree to be nice to each other instead of abundantly rude, Wyatt eventually shows the fact that he sees a light in Willow that cannot burn out. Everything changes once Wyatt reveals to Willow his heart-wrenching secret.
Willow’s thoughts bicker, and she has to determine whether she should suppress the feelings she’s afraid of reliving, or to let them be seen — with her heart wide open.
4 / 5 Stars
Our Last Time is a touching story about a young woman who loses the love of her life only to find her next love nine years later in the last place she expected.
Willow is a young woman caught between the future and the past. After Willow lost Kennedy to cancer at eighteen, she planned to never fall in love again. She couldn’t risk her already broken heart. Willow had nothing left to give.
Things begin to change for Willow nine years later when she shows up for her shift and is assigned a new patient. Wyatt’s demanding and irritating. He quickly becomes Willow’s least favorite patient at the hospital, but just as quickly he endears himself to her. There’s something about this fierce, broken man that gets to her. She finds herself dreading the day Wyatt will be well enough to leave her. Willow’s done what she planned to never do: she’s fallen for someone.
Willow’s not the only one who has fallen, though. Wyatt has, too. And Wyatt has a secret that could end things for Willow and Wyatt before they even begin.
Our Last Time begins in the past when Willow and Kennedy must say goodbye. From there, it alternates between events in the past and present. We get to see Willow’s sweet friendship with Kennedy. We also get to see her more grown up attraction to Wyatt. It’s almost like getting to read two completely different stories because she’s been through so much and is a different person in the future than in the past.
My favorite parts of this story were the chapters in the past. I loved the connection Willow and Kennedy had. Willow had a cute tomboyish personality and a deep connection with Kennedy. I loved how they started as best friends and finally admitted their feelings for each other. I especially loved Kennedy. I would have been devastated to lose such an amazing friend and boyfriend, too! I can understand why it took Willow so long to be able to fall in love again.
The only issue I had with the chapters in the past was the way they were set up. The first chapter is Willow and Kennedy’s last goodbye. Then, time jumps back further to earlier in their childhood and builds to after their goodbye. I get why their goodbye was the first chapter, but it felt a little weird to me since we get to see Willow after that moment in the past.
The chapters in the present were also good, but they left me with a lot of questions. Willow seemed very jaded and unhappy at first. I didn’t completely understand her relationship with her best friend/roommate, Caitlyn. I got that Caitlyn had somehow ended up being her support system but looks back at the past didn’t really show me how it ended up that way. I found information about Caitlyn’s life to be a little distracting from the story. But maybe there’s going to be a second book about her that I’m unaware of and this information will tie into it.
I loved Wyatt, though. The chemistry between Willow and Wyatt was hot and way more adult than her relationship with Kennedy had been. It was nice to see Willow finally let go of Kennedy and start to live again.
Our Last Time was a moving story about surviving the loss of a loved one and getting a second chance at love.
**I received an electronic copy of Our Last Time from the author in exchange for an honest review.