The Last Man in Texas
If you like the best friends turn to lovers story, then you should enjoy this book.
Elizabeth Richmond has loved Cameron Malloy forever. She even went to the same college and majored in the same courses just to be with him. Now she’s vice president of his company and his invaluable partner. She wants more, and he’s oblivious. After a terrible argument at the office, Lizzy strikes a deal with Cameron: help her land a local bachelor as her husband, and she won’t leave the ad agency until after the big presentation to a major potential new account. Cameron buys it, and Lizzy gets her chance.
Lizzy is your typical best girlfriend character. She loves Cameron but hasn’t chanced acting on it. She’s cute, has a great personality, and has made herself indispensable at her job. When she realizes that she’s finally going to have to take action, she does go for it. She lets loose a little and sets off a few sparks.
Cameron is also your typical nice, oblivious guy. He’s a hottie who doesn’t date a woman more than six times, and he can’t see what he has in Lizzy. Actually, he won’t see. When he finally takes his blinders off, look out. Lizzy doesn’t stand a chance when he makes up his mind.
Freed’s got a way with dialogue and writes good family scenes. It’s nice to see the rest of the Malloy family here. Travis and Kara from Talk to Me make brief appearances as do Cameron’s dad and other brother (whose story I hope is next). A secondary story with Lizzy’s friend and coworker, Rachel, and her husband is sweet. Rachel and Lizzy have some great bonding moments together, including their mutual panic when they decide to go after their men in some veeerry unusual clothes.
The Last Man in Texas is standard romance but nonetheless entertaining. Don’t expect much conflict, internal or external. Once Cameron figures out he’s been a bonehead, everything falls into place. All in all, this is not a bad way to spend a few hours.