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Novella Serial Review: Once She Dreamed by Abbi Glines

Serial Saturdays: On the occasional Saturday, I review a serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with or worth buying all its parts. Here is this week’s offering:

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Synopsis for Once She Dreamed (from Goodreads):

Everyone in the small country town where Sammy Jo Knox had been born and raised, never left. They made their life there. Got married, had kids, lived in the same houses that were always there along the streets that never changed. The whole white picket fence and tree swing might look good on greeting cards but in real life it was boring, at least to Sammy Jo.

When Sammy Jo was a little girl she began dreaming of something bigger. Brighter. Something that wasn’t her town. She wanted to see the world and experience it all. Just how she was going to do that she had no idea. Because if her momma had her way, she’d marry one of the boys in town and be spitting out babies and going to church on Sunday with them all lined up in a row.

The day Hale Christopher Jude III walked into the bakery she worked at, she knew he was it. That part of life she was missing. He smelled of foreign places and exciting things. He represented all the bright lights she dreamed of and simply put, she hoped he was her way out of this place.

What Sammy Jo didn’t realize was things that appear perfect… aren’t. And chasing her dreams could lead to something very different.

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Series: Once She Dreamed
Author: Abbi Glines
# of Parts: 2
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: October 2016 – December 2016
Source & Format: Own & Public Library–eBook

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I read anything by Abbi Glines–especially her New Adult stuff. So how this series slipped my radar is beyond me. Anyways, I found out that Part 1 was a freebie on Kobo and snapped it up!

At first glance, this serial has the typical Abbi Glines’ formula: rich boy falls for country-girl. But the last two sentences gave me hope that there was something more to this story so I was eager to discover it.

The Plot:

For me the plot was one of the things I struggled with the most in both installments. I found that Part 1 was terribly dull. The vast majority of that part is spent establishing the fact that Sammy Jo doesn’t want to be in Moulton. It just made the story seem so mundane and boring. We hardly get any time with Hale–or what his presence means for Sammy Jo.

Part 2 gets a little more into the drama but I still found it underwhelming. One of my favourite aspects about novella series is that things happen at a rapid pace and new things are constantly thrown your way to keep you intrigued. And I didn’t feel like that happened here.

I will say that there was one very good twist (even though I did suspect it earlier). I wish it was elaborated on more but I enjoyed it.

The Characters:

Sammy Jo is about as naive as they come. For the most part I cut her some slack because I understood why she didn’t seem to know any better. BUT, she is told by countless people what the obvious path is and she still chooses to ignore it. She never really learns from it and I found her character development was stifled.

As for the rest, I hate to say it but they were all pretty cliche.

The Romance:

I really thought this was going to be more of a romance but it is actually more of a coming of age story for Sammy Jo with a little dash of love thrown in along the way. Again, I wasn’t a huge fan thanks to the quickness of it all and the underdeveloped side characters.

Series Rating: 2.5/5

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This was a disappointing read for me. While I can see what was trying to be attempted, it just pales in comparison to Glines’ other work with its slow delivery and lacklustre characters.

Read if You Like: short novellas
Avoid if You: dislike slow stories, want more to the plot

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Spin-off Saturdays: Sea Breeze Meets Rosemary Beach by Abbi Glines

Spin-off Saturdays: On Saturdays, I will review a series that is a spin-off series. It is recommended that you read the original series first in order to get the most out of the spin-off series. Here is this week’s offering:

Sea Breeze Meets Rosemary Beach Series is a spin-off of the Sea Breeze Series and the Rosemary Beach Series

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Series:

This is a spinoff of the the Sea Breeze Series and the Rosemary Beach Series.

Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books: 2 (Like a Memory, Because of Lila)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Unsure
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: February 2017 – ongoing
Source & Format: Own & Public Library–eBook

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WARNING: If you have not finished the original Sea Breeze and/or Rosemary Beach series, this review may have spoilers!

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My Expectations?

Well, I’ve been waiting for this series since I finished the last book in the Sea Breeze Series nearly 3 years ago, before the Rosemary Beach Series was completed. You see, we got this little epilogue that features the leads of Like a Memory and I knew from those few pages that another epic series was on the way.

I didn’t expect this series to be released in 2017 but I couldn’t wait to dive in. Watching the offspring of all the couples I’ve fallen in love with over the years get their own chance at HEA? Not everyone gets that chance with their favourite series.

How Does It Compare To The Original?

It’s like the perfect hybrid between the Sea Breeze and Rosemary Beach Series. You’ve got the slower, sweet nature of the Sea Breeze stories but it has that dash of over the top drama Rosemary Beach is known for.

And everything is so intricate! These character’s all intersect each other in interesting ways and it just gets you invested in finding out what happens next.

Not to mention, entirely addicting reads: just like their predecessors.

Anything I Didn’t Like?

In particular with Like a Memory the one dramatic twist I could have done without. I feel like it just took things a little too far and it actually caused me to rate the book lower than I would have up until that point.

I also felt like these stories did a lot more telling than showing when it comes to the romance. I wanted to see why these couples wanted to be together and not just be told that they had these deeper feelings.

My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:

Damn, I hope everyone gets a story 😛 I’m always entertained by anything Abbi Glines reads so I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next.

Series Rating: 3.5/5

Like a Memory 3.5/5 | Because of Lila 3.5/5

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Fans of (either) original series will love the next generation. But for those entirely new to Glines’ work will surely become invested in seeing the origins of this series.

Read if You Like: drama, contemporary, romance
Avoid if You: dislike soap opera-esque drama
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Synopsis for Like a Memory (from Goodreads):

One memory.
One special summer.
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now.

Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear.

She had leukemia.

Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart.

They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.

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Series Review: Existence by Abbi Glines

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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Synopsis for Existence (from Goodreads):

What happens when you’re stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn’t cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn’t let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he’s dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn’t realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he’s about to break all the rules.

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Series: Existence Trilogy
Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books: 3 (Existence, Predestined, Ceaseless)

There is a novella #2.5 called Leif

Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: First Person, Single (Existence); Alternating (Predestined onwards)
Publication Dates: December 2011 – September 2012
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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Disclaimer: I never read Ceaseless (Book 3). Find out why below…

Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I bought this series within the first year of me getting my Kobo…and it took me 4 years to get around to. Oops!

In those 4 years though, Abbi Glines has become one of my most read authors on Goodreads. I’ve devoured her New Adult series in days and absolutely love her works. But I never got around to this series until I had to set some priority reads for my Rock my TBR 2016 Challenge.

It has been a long time since I read a YA paranormal series (I mostly read fantasies or dystopian novels) but the concept sounded unique and I love Glines’ ability to write addicting romances so I was excited to start this.

The Concept:

I feel like the synopsis does a bit of a disservice to the story because you really don’t know Death is “Death” until you are past the halfway mark. I think I would have liked not knowing what type of paranormal creature he was until later. Seemed like a bit of a missed opportunity but Glines does throw some other twists in there to give you some surprises.

The Plot:

I kinda forgot what it was like to read a YA paranormal romance until I picked this up. You know, little plot besides the heroine mooning after some mysterious hero who she inexplicably feels drawn to. It was very Twilight-y to say the least.

Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I did find myself easily drawn into Pagan’s world and there is a bit of a mystery to uncover which made it exciting to read. But as I found myself nearing the end of Existence (say the 80%) when the real plot started to unravel, I realized that nothing really happened for the first 80% of the book. Predestined had a lot more going on in it, but I just didn’t care enough…

The Characters:

Pagan is a bit on the dull side if you ask me. I also didn’t like her character progression once she meets death. She’s one of those heroines who loses who she is when she meets her love interest and that annoyed me.

I felt like more could have been done with these characters. They are pretty surface level in terms of their development.

The Romance:

This was a little lacking for me. Why does Death become obsessed fall in love with Pagan? Why does Pagan fall for Death? I didn’t get the connection at all. It’s a little too insta-love for my preferences.

Oh! Did I forget to mention the love triangle? To be fair, it wasn’t that bad and actually contributes positively to the plot at times.

When to Read the Novella, Leif:

Read this after book 2, Predestined. But it’s really just some deleted scenes from another character’s POV from the first two novels.

Will I Finish It?

I wasn’t very attached to these characters, so I’m happy with not continuing. I read enough reviews of Ceaseless to know what goes down.

Series Rating: DNF

Existence 3/5 | Predestined 2/5 | [Leif] N/A | Ceaseless N/A

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If I read this when I was a teenager when my preference was for YA paranormal, I would have LOVED this series. Glines has a solid plot for a series of this type but unfortunately, at this point in my reading life, I need that little bit more to keep me interested.

Read if You Like: YA paranormal, Twilight
Avoid if You: dislike dull heroines
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Series Review: The Field Party by Abbi Glines

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The Field Party Series

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Synopsis for Until Friday Night (from Goodreads):
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

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Series: The Field Party
Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books: 4 (Full Series Order Here)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Unsure
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sports, Realistic Fiction
Heat Rating: warm *spicy YA*
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: August 2015 – ongoing
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**

Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

Abbi Glines is my most read author according to Goodreads–so I think it is apparent that any books she publishes, I’ll probably be reading it even if I’m skeptical.

You see, I don’t tend to enjoy books set in the Southern part of the USA. I find the drama is a little too…dramatic for me. It’s a little over the top and seems to bring out the worst in some characters. Of course, there are exceptions. Beautiful Creatures is one of my all time favourite series and it is a TOTAL Southern novel–but oh so good. Oh, and anything Abbi Glines writes seems to work for me…though maybe not The Vincent Boys.

From reading her various posts, I know that Abbi was really excited to start this series and it is something that is really close to her heart. Needless to say, I was excited to see what Abbi Glines would bring with this series…

What I Liked:

–The Romance–

Lately, I’ve been droning on and on about characters lacking an emotional connection when it comes to romance. This one did NOT have that problem!

I really loved watching West and Maggie develop that friendship first. I love romances where the characters support each other and work as partners to move through a difficult time. Sure, everything happens really fast in this novel but that is just part of the circumstances. It didn’t bother me that their relationship was fast-tracked because I could see why it was forming and how well they worked together.

OMG, you do not know how happy I was when Maggie clearly stated that their relationship was starting to become unhealthy! I’m all for the idea that love heals but I’m also a firm believer that it isn’t the only thing that can save a person. So I really appreciated the maturity Maggie showed by looking at their relationship and stating that it was heading into a place she didn’t like. She scored major points with me after that!

–The Plot–

I thought there was a great balance between the romance and the main plot line which is dealing with grief/family tragedy. The romance wasn’t all consuming but always had that underlying tension to keep it developing. It complimented the character progression well I think.

And if you’re worried this book is only going to focus on football, rest assured that it plays a very minor role in this story. It’s more of a connecting factor for West and the rest of the characters.

We also get introduced enough to the other characters who I assume are going to get their own books later. Not a ton to make me wish I was reading their book instead of West’s and Maggie’s but enough to get me excited for their stories once they are released.

What I Didn’t Like:

–Maggie’s Character Development–

I really feel like it was lacking for Maggie in this book. Looking back at the synopsis, I can see why the novel focused more on West because he really has the main, ongoing story unfolding. However, Maggie is a full POV character and I wish her situation was addressed more than it was. If the story was only told from West’s POV I would have been satisfied with her growth but I felt like more could have been done with her.

–Rushed Ending–

I know that some things were left dangling for the rest of the series but I felt like West and Maggie’s story could have used an extra 30 pages or so. Some things were wrapped up wayyyy to easily for my liking and others were just left out in the open. This was really the only time I felt like the plot focus was on the wrong aspect the entire time I was reading. I’m sure some of those things are going to be addressed in the next book but I kinda wanted a resolution to their story within their story.

My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:

Like I said, I’m curious to learn more about the rest of the characters and get some of my questions answered about those dangling bits.

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–March 19, 2017– Book #2: Under the Lights

Ok, I was really scared to read this when I read the synopsis. I detest love triangles in my stories; particularly in my YA because I can’t take all the petty back and forth drama. And I didn’t really enjoy The Vincent Boys which focuses on a girl torn between two BFFs…the same concept here.

But I should know better! Abbi’s writing over the years just gets stronger and stronger.

While the love triangle is an element here, it is never the sole focus. Instead, we get great character development which in turn leads to a strong romance.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than its predecessor for a variety of reasons. One is that all the leads had solid character development and it never felt lopsided or like one character was the focus more than the other. I also liked the dramatic plot a lot. It constantly surprised me with its development and I liked that it kept me on edge trying to figure it all out..

And of course, it sets up beautifully for the next installment.

–September 17, 2017– Book #3: After the Game

This was super cute! Their story was really heartfelt and mature in a way you don’t always see in YA contemporary romances. Watching these two learn to forgive and forget about what people think was fabulous. They’re just so likeable as characters and super sweet that you want to see them succeed.

I do wish the romance was a little more though. I just wanted to see that connection emphasized a little more at the start but they do make a great pair when all is said and done. I was thoroughly addicted to this story!

It was like the perfect hybrid between the first and second novel but with a new set of unique leads.

–October 8, 2018– Book #4: Losing the Field

To say I’m disappointed in this book would be an understatement. Honestly, this book was a 2/5 star read for me until the last three chapters when I really got angry with the direction it took.

Overall, the best way to describe this novel is underdeveloped. I can appreciate the attempted drama Glines tried to instill in this story. It’s soap opera-esque and melodramatic–exactly that I expect when I pick up this series. But I think there was too much thrown in here and it took away from the characters and romance. (Where was that plot for revenge anyways?)

As for their love? Where did it even come from? Tallulah’s worship of him over the years and her shedding a few pounds? Compared to other couples in this series I feel like we didn’t see much of them together and I failed to see the deeper connection they shared. I also think they spend more time apart then together…

But the moment that took this book from a “meh” read to an “oh wow, that’s awful”?

Why I Rated This 1/5 Stars:

When Tallulah decides not to press charges against the teacher that tried to seduce her–KNOWING he did the same thing to two other girls–that irked me to no end! In this time of assault awareness(#metoo movement) I’m so upset that her response was simply “It’s OK. It’s over now.” No, it’s not and you should be doing everything in your power to prevent it from happening again if you can; especially when there is a child involved.

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I hated that response and how it comes across to readers, especially younger readers. I’m all for fiction being fiction but I think there was a great opportunity for a strong lesson and it just didn’t happen.

My Rating: 4/5

Until Friday Night 4/5 | Under the Lights 4/5 | After the Game 4/5 | Losing the Field 1/5

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It isn’t my favourite Abbi Glines series, but it was exactly what I was expecting. I cried and swooned so mission accomplished. This is perfect for those who want to try an Abbi Glines’ novel but don’t like New Adult.

Read if You Like: high school drama, stories about grief, books set in the South
Avoid if You:  don’t like football players, high school drama

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Series Review: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

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Series: The Vincent Boys
Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books: 2 (The Vincent Boys, The Vincent Brothers)

On Goodreads there is a book 3 listed called My Vincent Boys. According to Abbi Glines blog she would like to write a prequel novel for the series but she has no immediate plans to write/publish it.

Book Order: Connected but Chronological
Complete?: Technically Yes — but see note above
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
Heat Rating: really warm + spicy YA
Point of View: First Person, Alternating

Thoughts:

I feel like on this blog I have made it no secret that I detest love triangles in romance novels. If they are done right, they are great–I love sexual tension as much as the next girl–but most of the time they are taken to an extreme that does nothing for me except piss me off (ex Bella Swan in Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer). Just make up your mind! I read to escape from my stressful school life: I don’t want to be stressed waiting for the heroine to pick between the two most perfect men on earth that just happen to admit their undying love for her simultaneously–because that happens to me all the time in real life. I digress…

It is because of this frustration from love triangles that when I see a book cover with three people on it and/or read a synopsis that gives me the impression that the heroine is going to be spending the entire book torn between two guys, it’s an immediate pass. There are two exceptions: one is when it is obvious that there is really one guy the girl is truly in love with (you know those YA novels where there is one mysterious dark love interest who is evil and then the good guy); and two is when one of my favourite authors writes a novel with a love triangle. When my favourite author writes a love triangle novel, I’ll consider reading it, though my expectations might not be overly high going into it.

And this is the case here with Abbi Gline’s Vincent Boys series. Before I read my first Abbi Glines novel, I marked these books as a pass. But now that I have read two series by her and love her writing style and characters, I decided I should give this series a shot.

But even Abbi Glines couldn’t sell me on this one. I simply don’t enjoy reading stories where one partner cheats on another and that is what happens in The Vincent Boys. I get there there is more to the situation here then simply stepping out on your partner with some random person; all three have been friends since they were kids so of course there are unrequited feelings lingering. But that almost makes the whole thing worse for me. It also didn’t help that I didn’t like Ash at all–I just didn’t understand her one bit and some of the things she did made me raise an eyebrow (spoiler: |really Ash? You give your virginity to your boyfriend’s cousin and still plan to go back to said boyfriend after all is said and done? How are you going to explain that one?|). If you took Sawyer away from the equation, I would enjoy this book a lot more and would think it was a cute, quick childhood sweetheart read.

And while I enjoyed The Vincent Brothers a lot more, a “lot more” is a bit of a stretch. I mostly enjoyed it because none of the characters cheated on each other. I found the characters to be petty, vain and selfish–and far to angsty for my tastes. Granted, the characters are 17 so I expect immaturity and teenage rebellion but wow, the angst was palpable. I just didn’t like the blend of it an the sexy times we get.

Just a note about the sexy times: I read the uncut and extended version so I am assuming the original version isn’t as sex-orientation (please correct me if I am wrong!). This isn’t a young adult series where sex is simply alluded to–it is described in a fair amount of detail–more of what you would see in a New Adult series.

Conclusion:

This is one of those series that isn’t my personal cup of tea. It’s everything that I expect of Abbi Glines so in that sense I wasn’t disappointed; it’s just that it is too angst driven for me and I didn’t enjoy the love triangle aspect. However, if you like love triangles and don’t mind vain characters: this is a great, albeit spicy, young adult series for you to read.

Rating: 3/5
Would I Recommend this Series to a Friend: No

Similar Reads: Rowdy by Jay Crownover (Marked Men Series #5); Breathe by Abbi Glines (Sea Breeze Series #1) and Torn by K.A. Robinson (Torn Series #1)

Synopsis for The Vincent Boys (from Goodreads):
Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.

Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.

Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist…

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Series Review: Sea Breeze by Abbi Glines

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Favourite Author, Favourite New Adult Series 2014 (Honourable Mention)
Series: Sea Breeze Series
Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books:9 (See full list here)
Book Order: Connected*

While each book focuses on a new pair of leads, the exception is Books 3 (While It Lasts) and 5 (Sometimes It Lasts) that focus on the same leads.

Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
Heat Rating: really warm (books 1-3); getting hot (books 4-9)
Point of View: First Person, Alternating

Thoughts:

Ever done something when you know you shouldn’t? I sure have and this series is one of them. When I was planning my Christmas Holiday reads following my exams, I had planned to only read the Kobo purchases that have been sitting on my Kobo for ages and froze all my holds at the library to do so. But, when I checked the latest additions to my library’s eBook section and saw that all of the books in this series were newly added AND available to check out, I seized the opportunity and snagged them while I could! What was a couple of days spending on this series really in the grand scheme of things 😛

I’m glad I did! I basically read a book a day with this series. I really enjoyed reading this series and it was addicting in the sense that I really became attached to all the characters. Without reading the synopsis for each book, I cheated and found out what character would be the star of each book so that when I read one book I would pay attention to that character and that made me super excited to see what was in store next for this great cast of characters.

This series is one that straddles the line between Young Adult and New Adult. I’ve read posts where Abbi Glines herself classifies it as Young Adult as it is less steamier that her New Adult reads; but I myself would say it is more New Adult than Young Adult. While it is less steamier than her other New Adult series, Rosemary Beach, it is definitely steamier than any Young Adult read I have ever read. Sex is more than eluded to in this series but it isn’t as descriptive as Glines’ other works. But I found it got a little more descriptive as the series progressed.

Speaking of Rosemary Beach, this series is very similar. It reminds me of the teenage/younger version of Rosemary Beach in that the characters are all jaded in their own ways but everything is toned down compared to the Rosemary Beach series. The male leads aren’t full out alpha males, the sexual content is quite tame and most of the characters are quite a bit younger (though they do get older as the series progresses). This series also isn’t as drama heavy as Rosemary Beach and the character relationships and events don’t overlap as much as Rosemary Beach. So I think it goes without saying that if you enjoy one, you will enjoy the other!

My only “peeve” about this series is that some of the romances were of the “insta-connection” variety. Not all of them were like that (4 come to mind that weren’t) but it can be a little bit of a turn off if that isn’t your cup of tea. I find that they do expand upon the initial physical attraction so you warm up to the relationship by the end but I think it is important to mention just in case.

FUN FACT: While it Lasts is going to be made into a movie! Details can be found here!

Conclusion:

Another great New Adult series by Abbi Glines! If you love the Rosemary Beach series or just New Adult reads in general, this is a great one to pick up!

Rating: 4/5
Would I Recommend this Series to a Friend: Yes

Similar Reads: Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines (Rosemary Beach Series #1); Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola (Crush Series #1) and Wanted by Kelly Elliot (Wanted Series #1)

Synopsis for Breathe (from Goodreads):
Sadie White’s summer job isn’t going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother’s increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother’s job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can’t breathe without Sadie.

Series Review: Rosemary Beach by Abbi Glines

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Favourite New Adult Series, Favourite Author
Series: Rosemary Beach + Too Far; Perfection; Chances Series
Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books: 14 (See All Books + Reading Order Here)

There are also a number of novellas. See the reading order and list here.

Book Order: Chronological but connected
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama, Contemporary
Heat Rating: hot
Point of View: First Person, Single (The Too Far Series), Alternating (Twisted Perfection onwards)
Publication Dates: December 2012 – ongoing
Source & Format: Own–eBooks + Public Library–eBooks & Paperbacks

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I decided to create one homepage for this series because I realized that there are quite a few more books that are going to be published (yay!) in this series that are technically classified as “Rosemary Beach” and not by a spin-off series title.
That being said…

This review post will begin to review books 9+ in the Rosemary Beach Series (so anything after You Were Mine). If you have not read books 1-8 this page may have some spoilers.

Read reviews for books 1-4 (Too Far Series) here

Read reviews for books 5-6 (Perfection Series) here

Read reviews for books 7-8 (Chances Series) here

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–December 17, 2014– Book 9: You Were Mine

You Were Mine is probably a novel that readers of the series have been waiting for since Fallen too Far–I know I have. And my anticipation for this book increased incrementally after Simple Perfection and the CRAZY twist we get. And after reading it, I have to say that it is the perfect answer to all fans’ wants. Thankfully, the story isn’t dragged out into two books and sticks to the one. It’s heart-breaking, sweet and just a great addition to the series.

–April 22, 2015– Book 10: When I’m Gone

I walked through rain, hail and sunshine to get When You’re Gone–I’m not lying! We had the weirdest weather when I left to go pick this book up! So despite it being in the thick of exams AND already having 2 books on the go, I finished this book in day. It was really addicting because it was a such a sweet romance! I loved Reese’s story and how she was trying to find herself after years of abuse and working with her learning disorder. And her hero (I don’t want to give away exactly who he is for those not yet reading the series) was the perfect compliment for her. Though I don’t love the alpha male tendencies it wasn’t overwhelming and he really did let her work through her issues on her own when it came down to it. Of course, there were some dramatics but they weren’t anything new (ie unexpected) to the series–it’s your regular antics but it was still fun to read! I’m looking forward to their story wrap up in the next book, When You’re Back.

–August 1, 2015– Book 11: When You’re Back

When You’re Back has to be my least favourite book in the series. I was expecting a completely different plotline with this book given how the previous book ended

–one that emphasized character growth and not just jealous inducing situations. I’m tired of sequel books where the leads are the most desirable people in the world that everyone wants to bang, regardless of the fact that they are in a committed relationship with someone. Because when that is the case, the leads to communicate and the entire plotline becomes something that could have been prevented if they had just SAID THEIR FEELINGS!

I just felt like this book went in the wrong direction. I felt like I had been there, done that with this book so I was really disappointed in it. It was a good bridge for the next two books–and I will admit there was one great twist–but overall, it was sub-par at best.

–January 23, 2016– Book 12: The Perfect Goodbye

I was really curious to see what would be in store Captain in this book. He definitely isn’t a favourite character of mine but the bits and pieces I knew about him had me more than a little anxious to see what Abbi had in store for him.

I have to say that I enjoyed this book a lot more than When You’re Back. The execution and flow was simply much stronger than the previous instalment. I liked the back story we got for each character and how it made me love their characters even more. They were also stronger characters individually can while I found myself frustrated with them at times, knowing their past and what was happening, I found it easier to understand and look past it.

However, I thought the ending was rushed. Everything wrapped up too quickly but at the same time, I’m glad it won’t be dragged into a sequel book. At the same time, I made me excited for the very last novel, Up in Flames by dropping a few little hints…I can’t wait for this grand finale!

–August 11, 2016– Book 13: Up in Flames

The grande finale is here! I’ve been waiting for this story since book 1…and it wasn’t entirely what I was expecting.

I gotta give Glines credit here: this story is unlike anything else we’ve seen in this series. It’s perhaps a bit of a risk but it kept me curious to see how everything would fall into place. I’ve found the last few novels to be very similar to each other, and while enjoyable, I wasn’t overly impressed.

But this one was different. It grew on me as I read and I got into the story more and more. And by the end, it had won me over.

I dunno how else you could have concluded this story–and this series–but Glines does a great job! I’m going to miss this series!

Series Rating: 4/5

Fallen Too Far 4/5 | Never Too Far 4/5 | Rush Too Far 4/5 | Twisted Perfection 4/5 | Simple Perfection 4/5 | Take a Chance 4/5 | One More Chance 5/5 | You Were Mine 4/5 | Kiro’s Emily TBD | When I’m Gone 3.5/5 | When You’re Back 3/5 | The Best Goodbye 4/5 | Up in Flames 4/5

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One the best and one of my personal favourite New Adult Series. Full of swoon-worthy guys, drama and great heroines–a must read for any New Adult fan!

Read if You Like: soap opera like drama, hot new adult romances
Avoid if You: don’t like some alpha male tendencies, new adult novels

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Synopsis of Fallen too Far (from Goodreads.com):
To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

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Series Review: Chances by Abbi Glines (Rosemary Beach)

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Favourite New Adult Series (Too Far Series); Must Read Author
Series: Chances; Rosemary Beach (#6 Take a Chance; #7 One More Chance)

This is a spinoff of the Too Far Series and helps make up the Rosemary Beach Series. This series should be read according to the series order found on Goodreads (see it here).

Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books: 2 (Take a Chance, One More Chance)
Book Order: Chronological (Connected to previous books in the series)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: getting hot
Point of View: First Person, Alternating

Thoughts:

PLEASE NOTE: Although the Chances series is a part of a larger series called Rosemary Beach I have decided to review each series separately (find them all here). However, books 9+ will be reviewed on the Rosemary Beach central blog post here. Regardless, I highly recommend reading the series in the order posted on Abbi Glines’ blog due to overlapping plotlines and events.

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WARNING: IF YOU HAVE not FINISHED the Too Far or Perfection SERIES THE FOLLOWING REVIEW and SYNOPSIS MAY HAVE SPOILERS!

I’ve been dying to read Grant’s story since we were first introduced to him in Fallen too Far. When I read that he was going to get his own spin-off series I was really excited to read it. I thought he was going to end up with Nan but with the way the rest of the series progressed I’m glad that wasn’t the case; I really liked Harlow’s character the moment we were introduced to her in the previous book (I can’t remember what one it was exactly).

I liked that the mystery of Harlow and Grant’s previous interaction (which was alluded to in the other books) wasn’t revealed right away in Take a Chance. I liked the flashbacks of the past and seeing how they were going to move forward. I felt like things moved too quickly between Harlow and Grant but it wasn’t really any different when you compare the relationships in Too Far and the Perfection Series and I even think that they had more social interaction than the other two relationships so I liked that. I really liked them together and they are probably my favourite couple in the Rosemary Beach series.

This book was definitely higher in terms of drama considering what happened at the end of Simple Perfection (Rosemary Beach #5) plus Harlow’s life. I felt like it balanced well with their relationship: I didn’t feel overwhelmed by sappy-sweet moments but I definitely got all that I wanted plus some interesting drama. After reading Rush too Far (the retelling of Fallen too Far from Rush’s POV) where it was too over the top romance moments for me, I really appreciated the balance we get here.

I’m not a fan of how it ended–it felt a little rushed to me but that just means I am dying to get my hands on One More Chance!

UPDATED (December 8/14): When I got my copy of One More Chance from the library, I was giddy like a kid at Christmas! I would spontaneously break out into a smile and get goosebumps–I was SO excited to read this book. I really had no idea what was going to happen in this novel and what we got was the perfect way to wrap up Grant and Harlow’s story. I don’t think there was a chapter where my eyes were dry–this book made me cry, almost to the point of sobbing so be warned. For readers who didn’t love Take a Chance, One More Chance is everything you want it to be and is probably the best book of the Rosemary Beach series when all is said and done.

Conclusion:

Fans of the Rosemary Beach series will devour this! A great blend of romance and drama! New adult as its finest 🙂

Rating: 5/5

Similar Reads: Fallen to Far by Abbie Glines (Too Far and Rosemary Beach Series #1) and Toxic Rachel Van Dyken (Ruin Series #2)

Synopsis for Take a Chance (from Goodreads):
When Harlow Manning’s rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nan’s room in nothing but his boxer briefs.

Grant made a huge mistake getting involved with a girl with venom in her veins. He’d known about Nan’s reputation, but still he couldn’t resist her. Nothing makes him regret the fling more than meeting Harlow, who sends his pulse racing. Yet Harlow wants nothing to do with a guy who could fall for her wicked half-sister even if there are no strings between Grant and Nan. Grant is desperate to redeem himself in Harlow’s eyes, but did he ruin his chances before he even met her?

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Series Review: Perfection by Abbi Glines (Rosemary Beach)

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Series: Perfection, Rosemary Beach (#3 Twisted Perfection & #5 Simple Perfection)
Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books: 2  (Twisted Perfection, Simple Perfection)
NOTE: This series is a spinoff series of Too Far by Abbi Glines. I highly recommend that you read that series before you start this one! Recently the spinoff series have been grouped into a proper reading order and categorized under the series “Rosemary Beach

Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: Hot

Thoughts:

PLEASE NOTE: Although the Perfection series is a part of a larger series called Rosemary Beach I have decided to review each series separately (find them all here). However, books 9+ will be reviewed on the Rosemary Beach central blog post here. Regardless,  I highly recommend reading the series in the order posted on Abbi Glines’ blog due to overlapping plotlines and events.

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WARNING: IF YOU HAVE not FINISHED the Too Far SERIES THE FOLLOWING REVIEW and SYNOPSIS MAY HAVE SPOILERS!

**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**

I really enjoyed the Too Far Series, which is what this series is a spin-off of. It is actually one of two spin-offs planned for the series. I especially enjoyed Woods as a character. He is a hero that is worth swooning over and I couldn’t wait to see him happy with his own leading lady in his own series. And this one did not disappoint!

Della and Woods are both complex characters with twisted back stories that are realistic and heartbreaking. Both are wounded by controlling parents and this is probably why they work so well together. I will be honest and say that I didn’t really see the connection between these two characters at the start, other than the sex, but I think as the book develops they begin to understand each other a bit more. There are lots of twists and turns throughout the way so this is a hard one to put down.

The only disappointment I had was the lack of mention between Woods and Blaire and their relationship from the Too Far Series. I thought he had some stronger feelings for Blaire in the other books but it is never alluded to here. Perhaps he is over them but I feel it is fair to point out that he was attracted to a “fragile female” before he met Della. But this isn’t something that should deter you from reading the book, it’s just me being picky! (PS, Blaire does make a brief appearance in this book)

Updated (Dec 7/13): I recently read Simple Perfection after getting my hands on a copy after a few months of waiting. I was really excited to read this book and to be honest I was disappointed when I started reading it.

I think my biggest issue was the alpha-male dominant that Woods becomes. I hate overly possessive males and this is what we get with Woods. He is very smothering and I just felt like the relationship him and Della had wasn’t very healthy at all. Like in the last book, I didn’t see their connect improve and I honestly don’t know why they love each other so much other than a physical attraction and Della always being around. Della as a character improved as she begins to find herself a bit more and I liked the journey she takes in this book.

Why I gave this book a high rating (ie 4/5 on Goodreads) despite my dislike of Woods and the direction the romance went is because of the MAJOR plot twists we get. There were two things I really didn’t see coming and the last one especially rocked my world. I applaud Ms Glines for going in the direction she is going because I never saw it coming and it makes things extremely interesting!

Conclusion:

If you loved the Too Far series or love New Adult reads, this one will not disappoint! I can’t wait for the sequel to see what happens next! Great setup for the rest of the series. If you like stories where characters from previous books interweave altogether, Rosemary Beach is a series for you!

Rating: 4/5

Similar Reads: Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines (Too Far Series #1) and One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy (Drew + Fable Series #1)

Synopsis of Twisted Perfection (from Goodreads.com):

Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…

Series Review: Too Far by Abbi Glines (Rosemary Beach #1,#2,#4)

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Note: This is just a review of the first 3 novels of the Rosemary Beach Series. For later novels, see the review here.

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Series: Too Far, Rosemary Beach
Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books: 4 (Fallen too far, Never too Far, Forever too Far) + Rush too Far

This series has two spin-off series: 1) Perfection 2) Chances. Collectively they make up the Rosemary Beach Series. (Reading Order found here)

Rush too Far is a retelling of Fallen too Far from Rush’s perspective but read it AFTER you finish the first 3 books!

Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult Romance
Heat Rating: Hot

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PLEASE NOTE: Although the Too Far series is a part of a larger series called Rosemary Beach I have decided to review each series separately (find them all here). However, books 9+ will be reviewed on the Rosemary Beach central blog post here. Regardless, I highly recommend reading the series in the order posted on Abbi Glines’ blog due to overlapping plotlines and events. Though I recommend that you read Rush too Far after you read the 3 books in the Too Far series.

I pretty much devoured these books, they were fantastic! I love new adult reads and this is an example of New Adult at it’s finest. Abbi Glines has quickly become one of my must-read authors (and my recent Kobo purchases can attest to this).

The first book, Fallen too Far, was great. Blaire is a complex character that slowly gets revealed to us and is strong and respectable. The book description makes her sound like an air-head but she isn’t really–she’s just jaded and has been isolated from the world due to circumstance. Rush is the perfect mysterious bad boy that makes readers swoon and it’s obvious he adores Blaire. Their attraction is more of an appearance thing at first, but they begin to respect and love each other as the book progresses. There are major plot twists that caused me to bug my eyes out and gasp in shock and I am so ever thankful that the second book had been released when I read the first one.

The second book, Never too Far, picks up right where the last one left off (and thank goodness for that!). Rush gets a little too needy for my tastes in this one but I can let that slide all things considered. It is a great read and I think I would have been happy to see the series end there but I am glad there is a third one because I feel like there are some things that could be further resolved.

There are a few love triangles in here that turned me off a bit (I can’t stand love triangles) but they aren’t very extreme–more like Blaire is a girl that every guy falls for but she doesn’t fall for every guy. There are a lot of well developed characters which makes the anticipation for the spin-off series unbearable at times as I can’t wait to see where this series goes.

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–June 28, 2013– Book #3: Forever Too Far

I just finished Forever too Far and I have to say, this book felt like an extended epilogue of sorts. I also feel that this book serves as the central hub for all the spin-off stories in the works because a majority of the book was showing how Rush and Blaire fit into and deal with the drama around them.

It was nice to see some closure with Rush and learn more about his character. Again, as in Never too Far, he was a little too possessive and whinny for my personal tastes (and I think Blaire was just as bad).

I thought this books ended a little abruptly (I went to hit the next page on my Kobo and was startled to see the Acknowledgement page) but I know that we will get to see more of everyone in the spin-offs.

–June 1, 2014– Book #4: Rush Too Far

I finally managed to get the time to read Rush too Far and in all honesty I’m not sure how I feel about it. While I liked reading from Rush’s perspective I also found that it irritated me. The possessiveness he shows in the later books is out in full force in this book and that annoyed me a bit because I didn’t feel like it was warranted (honestly, he said like two words to her and was like “she’s MINE”). Unlike when I read Fallen too Far, I really didn’t see the connection between Rush and Blaire other than the physical attraction in Rush too Far. Plus I was tired of Rush going on and on about how gorgeous and innocent Blaire was–I got it the first time thanks, no need to repeat it a bazillion times.

If Goodreads let me do half stars, I would have given the book a 3.5/5 instead I gave it a 4 just for the sake that I did like seeing how things unfolded from Rush’s side of things. Definitely read it after you read the other 3 books in the series though–and don’t read it while reading Fallen too Far because it has major spoilers!

Series Rating: 4.5/5

Fallen Too Far 4/5 | Never Too Far 4/5 | Forever Too Far 4/5 | Rush Too Far 4/5

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If you want a quick, new adult read filled with lots of love, twists and drama, this is a series I highly recommend.

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Synopsis of Fallen too Far (from Goodreads.com):

To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

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