Book Review – Our First and Last by Becca Seymour

True Blue #7
Publisher: Rainbow Tree Publishing
Pages: 102
Characters: Ian/Frankie
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, Series

When a cute nurse needs to be saved during his shift in the Pride kissing booth, he’s rescued by a man he least expects. Now he just needs to figure out how to achieve the future he wants, one that will lead to a happily ever after and a place he can call home.

Ian Haughton is a loveable, hardworking nurse. He’s ready for a change and wants to escape and start afresh in the small community of towns he’s grown to love—Kirkby being at the heart.

When the new annual Pride festival launches in this small-town community, Ian is happy to be involved but reluctant to be the lips needed to draw in the crowds at the kissing booth. That is until one man’s lips save him from an uncomfortable moment and end up turning his world on its head.

With miles separating Ian from the future he so desperately wants, he has no idea how he can make it all work out, especially when someone appears to be driving a wedge in his plans.

Some surprises are unexpected, while some revelations come with the sweetest of first—and last—kisses.

Our First and Last is a sweet and sexy M/M romance in Becca Seymour’s bestselling True-Blue series. It can be read as a stand-alone novella, but it’s recommended you read book four, Thinking It Over, first so you have a better understanding of the wonderful characters in this world.

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I’m already a huge fan of this series, and I always enjoy another peek into the world of Kirkby. I’d loved Ian and Frankie from previous books, and thoroughly enjoyed their friends to lovers story. This author has the balance of romance, plot, and a touch of drama just right, and this was another wonderful feel good read.

I’d loved Ian from the glimpses of him in previous books, and was very happy that he’s got his own story and HEA. He’s such a nice guy, almost to his determent, especially with the horrible Leroy who is determined not to take no as an answer. I thought Leroy came across as creepy, and a real threat, especially when it got to the part of the story where he makes a very serious move. I loved how protective Frankie is, and how he tells Leroy in no uncertain terms to get lost the first time they meet.

The family and found family vibe is one of this story’s strengths. I enjoyed the scenes with Ian and Frankie interacting with Tyler, and also the friendship between Jasper and Ian.

It was great catching up with characters from previous books. I love Carter’s mother. She’s has such great lines, and no filters when it comes to asking about the ‘important’ details.

I read this story in one night as I couldn’t put it down, and wanted to be sure these guys got their HEA.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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