Book Review: The Last Resort Motel: Room 13 by D. Kelly

A new release by D. Kelly, an author you know I’ve been following for a while. This is a novella, but I suggest you read The Evolution of Us before diving into this one although there are no major spoilers.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Year: 2018
Part of a series?: No

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Never in a million years did Sage Garcia think she would be spending her three-day weekend at The Last Resort Motel with the man she swore off years ago. If she hadn’t agreed to do a favor for her best friend Baxter, she would be enjoying her time off instead of being stuck up on a mountain with him.

After tricking Baxter into picking him up, Gabriel Ross is looking forward to a guys’ weekend. Besides, he can use all the help he can get while he runs the motel restaurant for the weekend. When he opens the door and finds Sage on the other side, he’s anything but disappointed. Too bad he can’t say the same about her. Sage still holds a grudge from a hookup years ago, but Gabe isn’t the boy he was back in the day and is looking forward to proving it to her.

With their chemistry burning hotter than ever, will Sage give in and let Gabe make amends? Or will she remain resentful while keeping her heart under lock and key?


Sweet short story with Sage, a secondary character from D. Kelly’s previous release The Evolution of Us. In the other book we see a bit of Sage’s character: she is a lawyer and her mother organizes blind dates to help (better say force) her to find a man, but in the end she never ends up liking anyone. Truth is that Sage was burnt by love when she was a teenager, and she finds a hard time trusting another man and love.

In this story we met who was the man who seems to have ‘ruined’ everyone else for Sage, Gabriel. The two meet in the last place they expect to see each other and see if they can reconcile after all those years or the love they felt in the past has vanished.

The story is told from Sage and Gabe’s POVs. I like when we get double POVs because we can get inside the characters’ minds easily and connect with them. I really liked Sage from “The Evolution of Us” because she’s a tough type and is a confident woman. She isn’t a damsel in distress and it’s a relatable character. Gabe wasn’t one of those ‘macho’ men we often see on contemporary romance books. He was an optimist despite life wasn’t nice to him, and he always treated Sage with kindness.

If you read TEOU, you need to catch this story as well. But even if you didn’t read it, there aren’t heavy spoilers for that book and if you like contemporary romance, I’m sure you’ll like this story because it is quick to read. I think it was the best decision to write a short story instead of a longer novel because of the circumstances of the characters. I hope that D. Kelly will also write about Baxter and his possible future love.

RATING: 4.5/5


About purplebass

hey, you! Thank you for stopping by. I'm Tweety, and I am a girl who loves writing, reading, and watching stuff on TV and write reviews about it. I currently study languages (English and Spanish) @ University here where I live in Italy. I dream to become a teacher or something more impossible, like a writer. For the moment I only write stories on my laptop and review a lot of books. Speaking of which, I'm really into YA despite I am not a teenager anymore, and if you have suggestions, I am always open to hear your book advice! :D
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