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Series Review: Rosemary Beach 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 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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Take a Chance by Abbi Glines | Chances Series

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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