Jillions of Book Reviews

Last Call at the Local

This was a sweet, enjoyable novel, perfect for reading on a cozy winter day. Raine and Jack are so great, some of the best characters I’ve read in a while. I loved the mental health rep and watching them become friends & grow and change throughout the story. The pub setting in Ireland also helped to make this story feel really cozy, almost like being there. It honestly makes me want to travel. 🙂 I’ve loved all of Grunder Ruiz’s novels, but this my be my favorite so far!



Raine Hart is used to the challenges of living with ADHD. It’s why she ditched her life in Boston to busk around Europe as a traveling musician. No boss. No schedule. No one to disappoint but herself. But when a careless mistake in Ireland leaves her unable to perform, she sees no other option but to give up her nomadic life.

Since inheriting the Local, Jack Dunne has wanted to make the pub his own. But the baggage of running a family business and the intrusive thoughts that stem from his OCD make changing things a challenge.

Over a pint with handsome, tattooed Jack, Raine accidentally insults him and the pub. Instead of taking offense, Jack is impressed by her vision of what the pub could be and offers her a job bringing it to life.

But when Raine and Jack develop feelings for one another their opposite lifestyles won’t accommodate, it becomes clear the pub isn’t the only thing that needs reinventing. As the end of their business collaboration draws near, they’ll have to find a way past the limits they’ve placed on themselves or let go of a love that could last a lifetime.

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