XOXperts Review : The Last Resort by R.S. Kovach

Title: The Last Resort
Author: R.S. Kovach
Release Date: March 20, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eBook

Alejandra Barros doesn’t know the meaning of failure until fate pulls the rug right out from under her Louboutin stilettos.

Board of Directors’ meetings, corporate takeovers, and jet setting around the globe don’t allow for much of a personal life—and even Ali’s limited free time is dedicated to her beloved horses, show jumping at a championship level. When a freak riding accident shatters her wrist and messes with her confidence at work, her boss mandates a month-long hiatus. If she wants to save her career, she has no choice but to go.

Pebble Creek Lodge is not far from Denver, but the high-end retreat might as well be a world away from the frenzied pace of Manhattan. From the moment she arrives, Ali feels so out of place she’s practically ready to skip the whole “required recovery” nonsense and hop on the next plane back to New York. The only thing stopping her is the ranch hand Hank Mathis and his perfectly chiseled abs, which are intriguing and delicious enough to make her linger.

By the time Ali admits she’s in a bit of a funk, not even the moral and physical support of a gorgeous cowboy is enough to bring her back to her old self—especially when the object of her desires is secretly battling his own demons. To get her life back on track, Ali will have to decide what it is she’s really fighting to regain and what it will take to find it—or she’ll risk losing the one thing that could truly make her happy.

THE LAST RESORT was meant to be a sweet story in which the main character finds herself after a riding accident. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a positive reading experience whatsoever. The story had potential, but I didn’t feel like it reached what it could have been. The heroine, Ali, came off as a strong woman who was full of passion and independence. Then I began to have mixed emotions when I saw it was just a mask she wore. I wanted to like her, but her arrogance, and self-centeredness overshadowed any positive attributes. I get that she’s messed up from her trauma, but I was put off by her naivety and the way she treated others. 

Hank was likable in comparison to Ali. He had issues all of his own that he needed to deal with, yet he was still willing to help her. His kindness rivaled Ali’s off-putting personality and for that reason, they worked well, in theory. I wasn’t a fan of their “relationship”. They had a gross lack of communication which I found extremely frustrating. They didn’t give in to their feelings right away, yet their romance happened too quickly for my liking. Add on the fact that they couldn’t even be honest with each other, and it just didn’t feel real at all. 

The abrupt ending was the rotten cherry on top. There was no happy ending or wrap up to the story, which was unfortunate because I only kept reading in hopes of getting a solid happily ever after. To be honest though, I really don’t think even a HEA or epilogue could’ve saved this book in my eyes.

R.S. Kovach is slightly obsessed with Pachelbel’s Canon, but not so much with splitting infinitives. An art historian by training and a senior financial administrator by trade, she has worked at universities across three continents. Her native language of Hungarian has been only slightly more useful than her other obscure skill of quoting THE PRINCESS BRIDE, but being a Wattpad Featured author with over 3 million combined reads across various genres has given her the opportunity to write commissioned shorts for both THE GALLOWS and CRIMSON PEAK movie promotional campaigns.

After winning the inaugural XOXOAfterDark.com flash-fiction contest, Pocket Star Books will publish her debut contemporary romance, THE LAST RESORT, in March 2017. She is also a featured author in the Gallery Books fairy-tale retelling anthology ONCE UPON NOW, out in October 2016.

She lives with her husband and three boys in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and is currently seeking representation. You can also find many of her books on Wattpad or Radish Fiction.