Book Review: The Last Drop by Layla Rayne

The Last Drop

Author: Layla Rayne
Series: Table for Two, book 1
Publisher: Independent (April 3, 2020)
Kindle edition, 108 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary M/M Romance


Three restaurants, three flops. Chef Gregory Valteau doesn’t want to believe it’s a sign, but his culinary future in New Orleans looks bleak. Until he meets a handsome hipster with all the right moves, behind the bar and in bed. Gone the next morning, the sexy bartender leaves Greg inspired and wanting more—of him and his creative cocktails.

Anthony Monaco has spent five years on the go, but a steamy NOLA night with a sexy chef has Tony aching for a return trip to the Big Easy. When Greg offers him the chance to help launch a new gastropub, Tony can’t turn it down. But six weeks is all he’s willing to commit. Any longer and he might not be able to leave, especially working beside temptation-in-a-chef’s-coat every day.

As Dram prepares to open and the chemistry between them boils over, Tony’s fears come true, his heart whispering stay while his brain shouts go. Greg can’t abide by the latter; he wants Tony in his life and behind their bar. He’s the one, but to keep him, Greg will have to convince Tony he can show him the world without leaving the one they’ve built together.

The Last Drop was originally published in the Heart2Heart Anthology and has been significantly expanded with new content. It is a stand-alone foodie romance novella featuring lovable main characters and all the tasty food, cocktails, and romance you could want in a short and sweet, low-angst read.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Aaaack, this book! It’s just so sweet and heartbreaking. The pining! I can’t!

The Last Drop is a sweet, quick read that was originally published as part of an anthology, and then the author fleshed it out some more and released it as a novella. I was caught up in the sparks and tension between Tony and Greg (aka Manhattan and New Orleans) from the get-go. There’s something about a mysterious one night stand where they don’t even exchange real names that just GETS to me! Then then Greg trying to find “Manhattan” again, and the way he waits for him – ugh, be still my heart.

This is the first book the the Table for Two series, and can be read as a standalone. That being said, I already want books for a couple of the side characters as well!!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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