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Uncaged Review – Last Call at Coconuts by Beth Carter

Last Call at Coconuts
Beth Carter
Humorous Contemporary

Alex, a Type A marketer with a touch of OCD, spirals downward as her not-so-perfect world crumbles. While deciding whether to continue in a job she’s beginning to despise, she overhears two terrifying words: “Officers down” and sets out on a mission to see if her cop boyfriend was wounded—or worse. After a terrifying bank incident, she’s driven to the brink. What’s worse, she knows the man who truly loved her got away, but Alex isn’t the pity-party type at forty—especially at forty.

Two wealthy Van Buren socialites attempt life in the country after a meteoric fall from grace. Far from the razzle-dazzle of city life and designer clothing, will the mother-daughter duo embrace small-town living or return to jet-setting? Are wine in the woods, skinny-dipping, and county fairs enough to entice the New Yorkers to stay? And pie? What’s this about pie?

Suzy adjusts to life with twins while attempting to maintain her floundering wedding planning business. When someone from her past knocks on the door, Suzy’s husband goes to Hollywood in a frantic search for his teen daughter. She soon learns sleep deprivation and frown lines are the least of her worries.

High school counselor Hope loves her new role as wife and stepmom and doesn’t even care that the pounds she lost pre-wedding have returned. It appears her hopeless life is finally hopeful, especially after an inspiring surprise at Hilltop High.

Personal crises aside, the four best friends are horrified when Coconuts, their favorite island-themed oasis, morphs into a sports bar and goes on the market to the highest bidder. Will they be able to save their iconic Happy Hour refuge—and keeper of their innermost secrets—or will the new, sexy owner prevail?

Uncaged Review: The last book of this series wraps
up all the ongoing mini storylines for all the ladies,
and as a whole in a nice way. This book starts off
with a bang, with the Show Me bank getting robbed
and Alex taken as a hostage. And it keeps its pace
quite well throughout the book. One thing this author
does is have very short chapters that switches the
focus on each character, or when they are all together.
This would be very distracting for me normally, but it
works here. This is a series that I would recommend
that readers should start at the beginning, as you get
to know the characters from where it all began. You
could start anywhere in the series, but it won’t have
the same experience to what all these characters have
gone through.

This book focuses a lot on Alex, and there have been
many times in this series that I wanted to shake her,
but she pulls it all off finally in this book. This book
was surprising at times, with many laugh out loud
moments, and even some heartwarming moments that
pulled it together. I’m going to miss these characters,
but this is a six book series that I could easily go back
and read again, it has earned that place in my reading
library. I hope that the author will give us some
novellas in the future so we can “check in” with the
characters. Reviewed by Cyrene

5 Stars


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