Format: .mobi (Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Idealistic good girl Madelyn Grayson believes in doing what’s right. Even as a high-powered executive in the mad world of advertising, she doesn’t cut corners, making her ad campaigns sizzle without having to burn anyone along the way.
Rival exec Zack Douglas never wastes an opportunity to land the next big deal—especially when it benefits him. A bad boy with a reputation to match, he has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to get ahead, no matter who gets in the way.
When a hot promotion pops up at their company, both Zack and Madelyn wind up on the short list for the position. But as the two square off, they discover that being heated rivals in the office makes for scorching bed play behind closed doors. Will Madelyn’s steamy, secret affair with Mr. Vice make her compromise her ideals—or worse, lose her heart?
Who doesn't like the enemies to lovers troupe? There's just so many possibilities for an explosive romance that it's hard to come across a story that doesn't do it justice. The Last Man on Earth by Tracy Anne Warren did a good job bringing to adversaries together and creating a roller coaster of a romance.
Zack is the quintessential playboy without a care in the world. He's successful at his job, though he doesn't much care about how he succeeds, just that he does. He's the kind of guy you want to hate but can't, just when you're about to say "What an ass!" He turns around and says or does something that makes you go "Hmm, well maybe he's not too bad."
The romance took awhile to get going between Zack and Madelyn, they spent a lot of time as enemies and even when they did acknowledge the attraction between them, it still took time before anything came of it. In the meantime though, there was plenty of angst and emotional turmoil.
Zack was exactly what he presented to everyone, a playboy man who will do anything to get to and stay on top of the game. I liked that he didn't try to hide who he was and how he worked. What you see is what you get with him and while he had some less than perfect traits, he was upfront about his lifestyle.
My problem though was with Madelyn. In the first half of the book she was a great, successful career woman who was independent and fun. I liked that she wasn't willing to compromise her belief in right and wrong in order to get ahead at work. Every advancement she made, she did through hard work, not through lies, trickery or false flattery.
However, after she started her affair with Zack she changed. She became whiny and weak. She knew at the start of her affair with Zack that it was just sex yet after a while she started confusing it with love and became almost desperate with the need to get married and have kids. She was borderline freaky with how much she wanted to get married. Suddenly the woman who wouldn't even think of cutting corners at work in order to get ahead has no problem using an old friend who is in love with her to make her wish come true. I almost wanted to shout "Run for the hills Zack and don't look back!"
Unfortunately, I just couldn't get passed Madelyn's ridiculous and hypocritical behavior and that's what made The Last Man on Earth go from an entertaining beginning to an okay read that I had to put down once in awhile because she frustrated me to now end.
Final Verdict: The Last Man on Earth was a good read, not great but good. The backstory was interesting and there were plenty of sweet and sexy scenes between Zack and Madelyn but it was also a good example of how certain characteristics in one of the lead characters could turn a reader off. Will I try book 2? Sure. There's a leftover character from this book that I would like to see get a happy ending.