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  • Mass Market Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (23 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553589768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553589764
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LEP VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A story of tragic, too soon loss, and of old love refound.

This book features three of the main characters from Beach Girls - Stevie, Jack and Nell and is set at Hubbard's Point.

Nell is now 17 and still mourning the tragic loss of her boyfriend, Charlie, a year ago. Charlie and Nell had known each other since childhood and were very much in love. Although lots of other boys at Hubbard's Point would like to take Nell out, she can't forget the loss of Charlie. Her father, Jack, who knows loss from the death of his wife when Nell was a child, and Stevie have tried to help Nell through the loss. However, Jack has saddness of his own, as a now pregnant Stevie refuses to marry him, remembering her previous three disasterous marriages. She wants them to stay as they are, partners. Jack howerver, needs the permanence of marriage.

Local singer songwriter Sheridan Rosslare is devestated by the loss of her wonderful, bright son and can no longer write the ballads that she is famous for. She has sunk into depression and increased drinking. Sheridan comes from a family who believe in love magic and her grandmother was an Irish witch. Sheridan's sisters Agatha and Bunny, are increasingly worried about her.

Charlie, who was just turning 18 a year ago, was due to enrol at University in New York and had gone to NY a few weeks early in order to settle in before term started. The first week he was there he supposedly took a midnight walk by the river and was mugged and killed.

Nell cannot understand this and blames herself for turning down his invitation for her to go to NY that weekend. She thinks that if she had been with him it wouldn't have happened. She needs closure, needs to know why he was by the river and what happened.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
exciting investigative romance 2 Aug. 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
One year may have past since Charlie died in what the New York police determined was a random act; however, his mother singer/songwriter Sheridan still grieves her loss, numbing her pain with Wild Turkey. Joining her in mourning is Charlie's girlfriend Nell who has worn a ragged anklet cloth he gave her 350 plus days ago just prior to the lethal mugging. Both women who adored Charlie visit his gravesite in Hubbard's Point, Connecticut regularly.

Nell has doubts about the NYPD rush to judgment that her beloved was in the wrong place at the wrong time due to a bad luck occurrence. She needs to prove the cops wrong, but understands this is real life not fiction so an amateur is not successfully sleuthing. Instead she hires private investigator former Hubbard's Point native son Gavin Dawson to uncover the truth of what happened to Charlie. Gavin has an extra incentive as his beloved Sheridan tossed him to the curb for his youthful out of control lifestyle; he prays maturity and solving the case will give him a second chance with Sheridan.

The return to Hubbard's Point (see THE PERFECT SUMMER, SUMMER'S CHILD and SUMMER OF ROSES) is an exciting investigative romance with a touch of the paranormal and a feel of homecoming (appearances by former stars) although mourning is everywhere. The inquiry raises some intriguing questions related to Charlie's death, but though driven by a personal cause Gavin struggles to affirm premeditated. However, the key to the tale is Sheridan whose grief is so strong that her melancholy seems to be overwhelming Gavin's attempts for a second chance at love. LAST KISS is a deep character driven thriller.

Harriet Klausner
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Actually Four and a half... 21 July 2008
By Racheal Kalisz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was such a wonderful book with so many beautiful characters, I was sad to come to the last page.

Sheriden lost her son almost a year ago. She quit writing the beautiful music that was such a large part of her life, and now spends her time drinking away the memories of her beautiful boy who had just left for college. She had a bad and quick marriage to Charlie's father, who she does not speak to. The one true love of her life Gavin, comes back to try to solve the mystery behind Charlie's death.

Nell had saved her money and hired the best Private Eye she could, that being Gavin. Nell lost the love of her life too when Charlie was murdered, "a mugging gone bad" in NYC where she had planned to join him after her senior year of high school. She is not going to NYU anymore, and with college looming, she just needs answers to what and who has taken her Charlie away.

Jack is Nell's dad and he has an unlikely love in Stevie (the recluse author from Beach Girls), who is now pregnant with Jacks baby, Nell's future brother or sister. Jack is a traditionalist, an architect. He is miffed that Stevie will not accept his marriage proposal to make them all a real family. After being down the aisle 3 times prior and having them all fail, she just cannot do it again...and if they love each other, why do they have to be married any way?

Agatha and Bunny are around as well. Sheriden's sisters who are sure they can work their magic to get Sheriden to give into her feelings for the only man she has ever loved. Gavin is promising her answers to Charlie's death, but Charlie is gone and answers will not change that.

All of the character's are so well developed, this is a wonderful read. I could not give it five stars due to some redundancy in the story telling that I feel an editor should have caught, but I did really love this book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Grief, Love and Faith 15 Mar. 2009
By Beth E. Settje - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Losing a child has got to be one of the most difficult experiences in life for a mother to go through. In Last Kiss, when a young man dies way too early in his life the women in his life are extremely deeply affected. How each copes with the loss is its own story. Rice does a solid job of telling their stories, both individually and interconnecting them. Love emerges in spite of the grief, which helps everyone move forward. What is refreshing is that this book is not a love story in a typical romantic novel way. Instead, it really focuses on women's strength and the faith they have in themselves and those who love them.
Though a stand alone, it does help if the reader has read other Rice books that take place in Hubbard's Point.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not for me 13 Sept. 2013
By Erin's mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book I've read by this author and it will be my last. In both there's a love story (or two) and a mystery. The premises catch my attention but after a few chapters I find my mind wandering and realize the story is meandering around not getting to the point - it's boring! The characters are not well developed at all. The language is melodramtic and I caught myself rolling my eyes and groaning out loud on several occasions. In addition, in both stories the solution to the mystery is predictable and therefore very anti-climactic and left me thinking "that's it??".
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Connecticut's Allure 21 Sept. 2008
By J. S. Slater - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having known Luanne as we were young, I purchased this for a very close and dear girlfreind of mine whom lives on the San Carlos Indian Reservation. I had taken her to Mystic once, and thought she may enjoy a story by Luanne. Arizona Apache visits Connecticut and I was right, she loved it and I am sure that I will be sending her many more books by Luanne.Thank-you Luanne.----Jon S.----
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