The Last Word by Katy Birchall is an entertaining slow-burn romance story, based on various tropes. It has all the makings of a fun rom-com, and a great message about family.
Harper and Ryan met eleven years ago during an internship, and had a short-lived romantic relationship. They haven’t spoken since then, due to Ryan’s unfortunate betrayal of Harper. Now, Harper is a Celebrity Editor and Ryan’s a Features Editor. They are both successful in their careers and in avoiding each other. When Ryan is brought on to work at Narrative magazine, where Harper works at, they can no longer avoid each other. Suddenly, not only do they have to work together, they also have to pretend they’ve just met, and put up with having to collaborate on assignments. With deadlines forcing them to work and travel together and workplace layoffs looming over them, the race for Harper and Ryan to outshine each other is on. Who will have the last word?
This is a fun story based on multiple tropes:
- Enemies to lovers
- Second chance
- Forced close proximity
- Workplace romance
Harper and Ryan are both witty and likable. Their opposite personalities definitely added to the entertainment of the storyline. I loved the banter between the two. Also, this is a dual timeline story, so the alternating back and forth between past and present adds background and depth to the story. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. My only quibble had to do with Ryan’s betrayal, but the overall storyline made up for it.
I’ve read all of the books by Katy Birchall and have enjoyed them all. The character development, humor, and fun storyline is what I loved about this one. I recommend it. It’s a beautiful story about love, trust, and believing in yourself. The audiobook is read by Karen Cass, one of my favorite audio narrators. Needless to say, I highly recommend the audiobook.
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