Rosemary Beach 1-3 by Abbi Glines: Review

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Posted June 4, 2016 in review Tags: ,

Rosemary Beach 1-3 by Abbi Glines: ReviewFallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
Pages: 300
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Series: Rosemary Beach #1
Genres: New Adult
Source: Amazon
Also in this series: Take a Chance, One More Chance, Up in Flames
Also by this author: Take a Chance, One More Chance, Up in Flames, As She Fades
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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.

Rosemary Beach 1-3 by Abbi Glines: ReviewNever Too Far by Abbi Glines
Pages: 193
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Series: Rosemary Beach #2
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: Take a Chance, One More Chance, Up in Flames
Also by this author: Take a Chance, One More Chance, Up in Flames, As She Fades
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He had held a secret that destroyed her world.
Everything she had known was no longer true.
Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him. Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again. What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?
You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.
62,776 word count

Rosemary Beach 1-3 by Abbi Glines: ReviewForever Too Far by Abbi Glines
Pages: 292
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Series: Rosemary Beach #3
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: Take a Chance, One More Chance, Up in Flames
Also by this author: Take a Chance, One More Chance, Up in Flames, As She Fades
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Rush promised her forever... but promises can be broken.
Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more important. Letting go isn’t easy.
Blaire believed in her fairytale... but no one can live in a fantasy.
Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart.
Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone... too far?

Rosemary Beach 1-3: Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, and Forever Too Far
Abbi Glines

what i think

I decided to pop my Abbi Glines cherry with Rosemary Beach! I gobbled up all three books in a matter of days! These books are like New Adult angst and drama at its Springer-worthy best! Seriously, Rosemary Beach could be one big episode of Springer! However, I liked each book less…

Fallen Too Far, book 1, introduced us to Rush (the arrogant, rich, son of a rock star) and Blaire, the poor abandoned daughter of Rush’s new step father. Everyone in the whole damn town is immediately in love with Blaire. They think she is wonderful and perfect and farts rainbows. It was kind of annoying actually. Rush is your classic bad boy-his life is all about parties, girls, and more parties. He hates Blaire because of a huge secret about her family. Blaire has no idea what the secret is (or even that there is one) but the rest of the town does and nobody fucking tells her!! They just tell her that Rush will always side with Nanette over anyone else. This book centers on the push-pull of their attraction until the end when Blaire’s dad returns and she finds out the dirty family secret.

Never Too Far, Book 2, picks up with Blaire back in Alabama, and pregnant. She has drama with her old flame, and eventually, Bethy comes to visit and convinces her to return to Rosemary Beach. Rush is determined to win her back and vows to never put anyone ahead of Blaire again. He promises repeatedly that Blaire comes first. (spoiler alert: he breaks this promise REPEATEDLY). If Blaire had any other options in the world, she would have left his dumb ass. But, with no parents, and only a handful of friends, she is pretty much stuck sleeping on the floor (because she can’t afford a bed), walking 3.5 miles (because she can’t afford a car), and having to apply for medicare to pay for her doctors visits. Meanwhile, Rush has 4 cars, a giant house with beds in every room, and has never given money a second thought. The disparity between the 2 is striking, but it makes me even more irritated with Rush for not even wondering what her life is like. He never bothers to ask and then is shocked when he finds out she had to walk 3 miles because he left her standing in the driveway without a key to get in, or that she was sleeping on a friends couch and then eventually on the floor because she literally has NOTHING. Like, dude, you know what she has been through, how is it you keep missing this shit!? And what the fuck is up with Grant? Sometimes he is Team Nan then he does a 180 and is Team Blaire. His mood swings are giving me whiplash.

By the end of Forever Too Far, I’m still not sure I like Rush. He still screwed up a LOT in this book. Even after he said he would never put anyone before Blaire again…he does. Repeatedly. And every time she forgives him. It reminded me of the cycle of abuse. It just made me frustrated with them both. This book felt more like a wrap up and intro to other characters that will be featured in the next books in the series. I was ready to be done with Blaire and Rush by this point. Nan is set as the antagonist of the series, but honestly, I think Rush is the bad guy. Nan is a MAJOR bitch, a spoiled brat, and in serious need of psychiatric help to deal with the shit hand her life has dealt her, but she is just a mean girl. Rush breaks Blaire repeatedly. In my world, he is the villain.

I totally plan to continue reading the Rosemary Beach series; while I didn’t care for Rush, I love Glines’ writing and I devoured these books!

  • POV: Book 1 is Blaire, then the other books are dual.
  • Tears: N0
  • Trope: dysfunctional family, surprise pregnancy
  • Triggers: None
  • Series/Standalone: Series (must be read in order)
  • Cliffhanger: Book 1 and 2 end in cliffhangers; book 3 does not
  • HEA: View Spoiler »
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if you liked

Driven by K. Bromberg, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Fallen Crest by Tijan…then you will probably like Rosemary Beach!

 

Other Books in the Series

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Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

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One response to “Rosemary Beach 1-3 by Abbi Glines: Review

  1. Jen

    Springer-worthy! ROFL! I have Fallen Too Far & The Vincent Boys (that sounds like A LOT of crazy fun drama) on my Kindle, so I am still in need of reading an Abbi Glines book. I was going to start with The Vincent Boys since I was going to BR with a friend but I can’t wait to see what you think of the rest of this crazy series! Here’s hoping the ratings for the rest of the series goes up. 🙂

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