The Last Favor, by Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 6, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Three years ago Andrew Wilson and Flynn Barnett were in a relationship, until Flynn made a mistake that nearly cost Andrew his life. Andrew walked away from the FBI, his home, and his partner, and started over back in Montreal, running a restaurant.
Fast forward to the present and Andrew is knee-deep in preparations for his sister’s wedding. When an ex-colleague calls to ask for one last favor, the last person he expects to walk through his door is Flynn, in need of a place to stay. Only thing is, Andrew can’t say no.
Two weeks of wedding hijinks bring back all the old feelings that have simmered below the surface. Caught in a cycle of fighting and making up, the two men try to figure out if there’s anything they can salvage. And even if there is, Andrew can’t be sure this time will be any different.
Most romance novels start at the beginning and go until the HEA. But oh, what a glorious and refreshing change to read The Last Favor! Not only is this a really fun book to read, but it’s also about what happens after. It’s a book about a break-up, and the aftermath, and two men finding a second chance at love.
What it boils down to is Flynn not trusting him.
Romance novels about heartbreak and angst are not easy to write, but Meg Harding has definitely pulled it off here, combining the darker emotions with some humorous moments to keep things from getting too negative. I thought Andy and Flynn were the perfect couple to read; they know each other so well, but they’ve also hurt each other very badly, so there’s an interesting relationship dynamic there and the underlying knowledge that they can hurt each other again if they aren’t careful.
I do think Andy over-reacts a bit… but, then, what Flynn did was pretty bad too. And one of the things I liked here was that both characters acknowledge their wrongs and try to fix them. They’re redeemable, which makes them incredibly likable.
The background wedding shenanigans were hilarious!
I wish the ending had been drawn out a bit more. I would have liked to see more of Andy and Flynn, but it was still a lovely novel all around.
Meg Harding is a graduate student, currently studying MA Publishing in the UK. She plans to continue on to become an editor, all while continuing to write. When she isn’t writing she enjoys the theatre, concerts, and lazing about in front of the TV.
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