THE LAST THING YOU SEE
by Emma South
Available September 26th 2014
Harper Bayliss is about to pay the full price of fame. That is, if her stalker’s plans work out.
Hollywood’s new favourite starlet is already feeling overwhelmed by the insecurity of her past, a family that controls her every move, and the stresses that come with her job when a brutal attack from a madman takes that stress to a whole new level. But what neither Harper nor her attacker saw coming was the 6’4”, heavily muscled ex-Marine, Nick Martell, throwing himself in harm’s way to save her. After she visits him in the hospital to offer her thanks, she can’t help but be intrigued by the man she finds beneath the bad boy exterior.
Plagued by guilt over his failure to protect the one person that mattered the most, all Nick wants is to find some peace. The tattooed former Marine is scarred, inside and out, but saving Harper Bayliss might be his first step toward redemption. What’s more, her answer to his heartfelt question is about to send them both down a path of scorching passion…and maybe even love.
With the pressures of Harper’s fame and Nick’s guilt working against them, will their feelings be enough to overcome all the obstacles, including the stalker that’s still out there? If he gets his way he’ll show them that, even if they choose each other, you seldom get to choose the last thing you see.
The Last Thing You See from USA Today bestselling author Emma South is a New Adult Romance about letting go of the past to find unconditional love in the present.
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This book was incredible! So very, very good I once again found myself sacrificing sleep because I could not stop turning the pages. THE LAST THING YOU SEE by Emma South is a touching and heartfelt love story of two people who seem at first look to have nothing in common, but their souls seem to recognize a kindred spirit and they connect on a very deep level.
Their first meeting occurs when a crazed stalker of the beautiful, rising starlet Harper attacks her in public and Nick, a recently discharged Marine, just happens to be nearby and saves her with his lightening fast response. Harper visits him in the hospital to thank him and see for herself he will survive the injuries he endured for her safety. One visit becomes more as they both feel the strong attraction and sense of belonging whenever they are together. Nick becomes Harper’s fight trainer for the new movie she’s filming giving them a reason for spending regular time together. Despite the attraction, and because of the hidden brokenness they both struggle with, they begin as friends who quickly find themselves comfortable sharing deep secrets creating a strong emotional bond of trust and respect, and finally true love.
I absolutely loved how well Emma plays out Harper and Nick falling in love. This is not a rushed love at first sight story. This is story of second chances, of the healing power of honest and real love, and accepting yourself — scars and all. Harper may be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, but the scars and insecurities of her early childhood she hides behind her public face have left her every bit as damaged and broken as Nick. Most of Nick’s scars may be visible, he was captured and cruelly tortured by the enemy when he was on active duty overseas, but the worst of his pain comes from the loss and failure he feels for not protecting the one person that mattered the most. Saving Harper begins his slow trek to healing and keeping her safe from the stalker, who is still at large, and gives him a new purpose. For her part, Harper realizes she has found someone who sees her for who she truly is, expects nothing from her, loves her unconditionally, and would give his very life to protect her. She has yearned for this true acceptance her whole life.
The last Thing You See is a tender love story, with times of humor, great passion, frustration, sorrow, danger, and suspense told in a very real way through the very talented writing of Emma South. I laughed, I cried, I fumed, I sighed! The entire story is wonderful keeping my full attention and the ending is especially gripping, chilling really. Leaving this reader wondering right up until the end what would be the last thing they see. So good! 5 stars
~Complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review~
~About Emma South~
I’m in my thirties and living in New Zealand. A little over a year ago I lost somebody very close to me. I was lucky in a way, I was given enough time to make a promise. My promise was that I would never forget our young and innocent love, and it’s a promise I intend to keep.
My writing is a way to help me keep that promise. I’ve always enjoyed writing but was forced into being ‘prudent’ and giving myself over to soul-crushing office work for the sake of a steady salary. Recent events forced me to re-evaluate my priorities and I decided to take a chance. I like to put little pieces of ‘us’ into my writing, from funny conversations we had, to apocalyptic arguments, to that special feeling you get when you hop into bed fully aware that your feet are freezing but your partner doesn’t kick you away.
Even though these things are set in fictional worlds and attached to fictional characters, in a way it feels like I’m doing something that will make our love live forever. If somebody reads one of my stories and likes a joke or sheds a tear, then our love has lived on, and I thank any readers I might have for that.