The Last Dance
By: Aimee Brown
About the book
Can you truly forgive and forget?
Ambri and Henry have been best friends forever. They’ve been through the highs and lows of life with each other by their sides. The worst? When Henry’s wife, and Ambri’s sister, died. Together, they can face it all. Until one night destroys everything.
Two years after he stepped out of it Henry walks back into Ambri’s life and she’s more than a little shocked. But as old friends fall into even older habits they need to decide whether they can forget the past and embrace their future.
Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult and Anna Bell.
Ambri and Henry have been best friends since high school. In fact, Ambri and Henry are more like family to each other. They are as close as two people can ever be. Henry was even married briefly to Ambri’s sister before she passed away. After Ambri and Henry take their friendship one step further, Henry runs away scared. Two years later, he is back in Portland. Can Ambri ever forgive Henry for leaving her completely devastated or is it already too late to repair their fractured relationship?
This is the first book I have ever read by Aimee Brown and she writes one of the sweetest romances I have read in a long time. I can see why this story is perfect for fans who enjoy books by Nicholas Sparks. Brown has this certain quality to her writing that is so deep, meaningful, and really quite powerful. Reading The Last Dance is like watching your favorite romance movie. It is filled with such emotion, tenderness, and angst. Sadness just oozes right off the page. Brown hits one of my favorite tropes…friends to lovers and does it in such a way that is absolutely breathtaking. Although, I will admit to being a bit nervous since both Ambri and Henry were both in relationships when Henry moves back to Portland. But, I have to say it was handled really well and believable.
Ambri and Henry were both well crafted three dimensional characters and their realness just poured through the pages. While Henry may not have been my favorite after what he did to Ambri, I still could not help from feeling sorry for him suffering through depression. Depression can wreak havoc on your life and I could see how much of a toll it was taking on Henry. Ambri, on the other hand, is my favorite character. She is so sweet and caring and really loved Henry. It was really hard watching her go through Henry’s sudden departure. Now that it is two years later, they have both grown as individuals and Henry really does redeem himself in the end.
The Last dance is a sweet and moving friends to lovers romance that is both heartfelt and emotional. If I had just one word to sum up this book, it would be….Perfect. These are the kinds of stories that warm my heart and make me believe in romance. Aimee Brown is definitely a huge talent and I would definitely recommend reading this story if you are a huge fan of romance.
About the author
Aimee Brown is a writer of romantic comedies set in Portland, Oregon, and an avid reader. She spends much of her time writing, raising three teenagers, binge-watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal. Aimee grew up in Oregon, but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets. She is a lot older than she looks and yes, that is a tattoo across her chest. (In the Portlandia spirit, yes, I lived many years in PDX and I do indeed have a bird tattooed on me (2!)) Aimee is very active on social media. You can find her at any of the networks below. Stop by and say hello!