Review: You Were Mine by Abbi Glines

You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach 9)

You Were Mine
(Rosemary Beach #9)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Published: December 2, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

4

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From #1 “New York Times “bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a brand-new Rosemary Beach novel about Tripp Newark and his hidden romantic past with Bethy Lowry.

In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from…

Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she’d had one too many drinks–again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever…

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“With you, I want it all. If I get a taste of what it could be, I won’t ever want to let it go. I fell in love with you when I was sixteen, and that’s never changed. But trusting you with my heart again is different. With you, I need to know it’s forever.”

Bethy Lowry has always been one of those side-characters in the previous books of Rosemary Beach series that instantly got me. She was so strong and very likeable. What happened to her in Simple Perfection ruined me, though. That’s why when I knew that she was getting a story, I instantly felt hopeful for her happy ending.

This book gave that to me. I love Bethy and Tripp’s happy ending. Their history was vague in the previous books but it became clear here. I loved how these characters reunited in Rosemary Beach and eventually confronted each other about what happened in the past. Their story was bittersweet and heartbreaking, but I’m glad Abbi Glines was able to pull this one off.

I particularly loved Woods and Della’s beach wedding scene here and how everyone was present to celebrate their happiness. (view spoiler) As a whole, it was an emotional yet very romantic and unforgettable book. And as usual, I loved the setting. I think Rosemary Beach will forever be my fictional comfort zone. 🙂

 

Rating:

4

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Review: One More Chance by Abbi Glines

One More Chance (Rosemary Beach, #8; Chance, #2)

One More Chance
(Rosemary Beach #8)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: September 2, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

4

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Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker and someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow’s half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own.

Harlow had taken the chance, falling hard and fast for the guy who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love…

But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now Grant and Harlow must decide if they have enough fight to make it work – or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.

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“My heart had always been weak, but loving Grant made it strong.”

Harlow is one lucky woman!

I swooned all over this book! I think One More Chance is better than Take a Chance because the development of the main characters here was greatly emphasized. Not to mention the emotionally-driven storyline which was loaded with tear-jerking drama.

So many things happened in this book and Grant and Harlow’s relationship was tested big time! I became so emotional when Grant begged Harlow for one more chance, asking her to forgive him and start all over again. When things became even more complicated, putting Harlow’s life at risk, I became an emotional mess!

What made me love this sequel was Grant’s effort to redeem himself. He was such an ass in the previous book but he changed a lot here and became a better man for Harlow. Certainly there were heartbreaking scenes but the sweet ending made it up. I couldn’t ask for a better one!

“Love shouldn’t make our choices for us; It should just add importance to our choices.”

Rating:

4

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Review: The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines

The Vincent Brothers (The Vincent Boys, #2)

The Vincent Brothers
(The Vincent Boys #2)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication: December 18, 2012
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating:

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Hot romance is the cure for heartbreak in this sequel to The Vincent Boys.

Getting a boy to fall head-over-heels in love with you isn’t easy. Especially when he’s been in love with your cousin for as long as you can remember.

Lana has lived her life in her cousin’s shadow. Ashton always made perfect grades, had tons of friends, and looks model-perfect. And she’s always had Sawyer Vincent—the only boy Lana’s ever wanted—wrapped around her finger. But now things are different. Lana has a chance to make Sawyer see her, and she’s taking it. If only he’d get over Ashton—because Lana is sick of second-best.

Sawyer’s heart is broken. He’s lost his best girl to his best friend. And then Lana comes to town. Ashton’s cousin has always been sweet and soft-spoken, but now she’s drop-dead gorgeous as well. Sawyer doesn’t know if Lana can heal his broken heart, but spending time with her might at least make Ashton jealous.

What starts as a carefree fling becomes a lusty game of seduction. Sawyer and Lana may have different motives, but their scintillating hookups are the same kind of steamy. . . .

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The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines

5 sexy Southern drawl Stars!

The Vincent Brothers is the second book of The Vincent Brothers series. This time, it’s about Sawyer and Lana. In the first book which is The Vincent Boys, there wasn’t much anything about them that was interesting since they were just childhood friends and Sawyer was deeply attached to Ashton. But in this book, they met again and became romantically involved when Lana went to Grove to spend time with Ash and to temporarily get away with her family issues. Lana was, at the same time, aiming to finally get Sawyer’s attention who was her secret childhood crush. Things, however, were not that simple because despite the sexual tension between them, Sawyer still hasn’t moved on from his heartbreak over Beau and Ash’s romance.

I totally loved this book. It was so much better than the first one. The ultimate reason was of course, SAWYER VINCENT. This guy and his sexy Southern drawl… *swoons I didn’t expect myself to like him better because his character in the first book seemed off and shallow. But here… He’s a total Mr. Hottie McHottie and his character improved a lot. I admit he was a total a-hole in the first parts of this book but throughout the rest of the book, I understood him even better and I ended up falling for him.

I simply love the romance here. It was emotional and there was so much sexual tension between Sawyer and Lana. All throughout the book I found these two so cute and adorable. They’ve got the chemistry that I rarely feel in some romance books. There was also a lot of things that happened here. I loved the adventure Sawyer and Lana experienced together with their group of friends. I also loved the push-and-pull thing between the couple and the series of conflicts that was resolved in a sweet manner. Other than that, there was also family drama which made me cry.
And that HEA? It was so perfect! The moment I closed the book, I practically hugged it with a smile on my face. I need more books like this!

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Review: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)

The Vincent Boys
(The Vincent Boys #1)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication: August 21, 2012
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating:

4 stars new

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Fifty Shades of Grey meets Jenny Han’s Summer series in this sizzling account of attraction and betrayal.There was something wicked about Beau that drew me to him. What was wrong with me? Why did I want to sin so badly

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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The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

I’ve buddyread this book with my lovely sistah Beatrice. (Click her name to read her beautiful review of this book) 🙂

The Vincent Boys is a sweet and adorable NA story. It’s light, quick, and easy to read. One of the reasons why I opted to read this book is because my love for Abbi Glines is immense. I fell in love with her Rosemary Beach series, and although this book wasn’t exactly as good as Rosemary Beach, it still surprised me.

I love Ashton and Beau’s story. At first I was so skeptical because of the love triangle thingy and the involvement of the major character Sawyer and especially the fact that there was cheating involved, but believe me when I say that all of these things did not matter as I’ve read the book because there was nothing seriously heavy about the story. The plot was simple and the peaceful setting was enough to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

This book was not perfect in terms of overall impact. The characters have flaws but the good thing is, there was an emotional depth in the story and there was a remakrable closure which made me smile in the end. And oh, who doesn’t love a hot, gorgeous bad boy like Beau who does everything to protect his girl? *SWOONS! Overall, it’s a nice guilty-pleasure and feel-good book– something that basically cures reading slumps. I recommend this to NA lovers like me! :))

Rating:

4 stars new

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My Favorite New Adult Contemporary Books Thus Far

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I’m a sucker for contemporary books, especially New Adult. This genre is so irresisible because it’s simply a guilty-pleasure one. I have read several NA books and there were a lot that pulled at my heartstrings. Some, however, were not for me. Reading a New Adult book is like taking a risk because in my case, usually these books are either a hit or a miss. Luckily though, I have found some books that I happily shelved as favorites, and here they are:

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1)

I’ve read this last year, but until now, I still can remember the “I had fallen too far. I was in love with Rush Finlay” quote that gave me all the feels! This book is my kinda book. Rich, hot guy falling for simple, uptown girl. And oh my goodness, I love the setting. Love the Rosemary Beach! What also made this book a winner for me was that it’s basically not just about romance. It also has family drama that really makes you cry.

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)

The main reason why I love this book is the sizzling hot chemistry between Camryn and Andrew. The travel + romance combo was also something that makes the whole story swoony and a lot more interesting. And well, who doesn’t want a stranger-to-friendship-turned-into-relationship kind of story? And… who doesn’t want a hot damn guy who loves to sing and play guitar? 😀

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)

Just hearing the title makes me swoon all over again. Because… ETHAN HOLT. Apart from the fact that Ethan Holt is definitely the man of all the men in NA, Bad Romeo is a book that has all the elements to make every reader fall in love. It’s about two stage actors reunited once again, a second chance kind of romance. I fell completely in love with this book and its sequel Broken Juliet and for me, it’s a rare gem.

Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry

Loving Mr. Daniels

This book was so unexpected. This was recommended to me by a friend and I actually didn’t have any expectations prior to reading this. Well, color me surprise! This was definitely a HIT. I love the romance, the angst, the character-driven story, the setting… everything! I did have a serious book hangover after reading this because of how it basically made me cry in a very good way. I have read books that are all about forbidden love and this is one of the best so far.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)

I always fancy stories that are with broken characters and this fortunately made me appreciate these kinds of books even more. I love the main characters Callie and Kayden. They’re one of the couples that basically made me feel awed and teary-eyed. So much feels! What I especially love about this book was the instant connection I felt the moment I started reading it. Just simply a great, emotional read!

Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)

This book is actually my recent favorite. I’m currently reading its sequal Addicted for Now. It’s so good! The moment I started reading it I knew it’s going to be my new favorite. Loren Hale and Lily Calloway are seriously RELATIONSHIP GOALS! *sigh. The thing about this book is that it’s not just your ordinary NA romance book. The premise is unique. Ever met characters that both share the same insanity? Yes, they’re both addicted. One is addicted to booze and one is addicted to sex. What happens when they collide? If you haven’t read it, find out. 🙂

Confess by Collen Hoover

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I confess that this book is one of the best NA books in the history of books. I consider myself a fan of CoHo and all of her works that I’ve read so far are really excellently done. For me, Confess tops it all. I love the characters, especially OWEN “OMG” MASON GENTRY. The premise of this book is so intense but what made me feel drawn to it was the humor that CoHo did not fail to bring. I did cry at the last chapters of this book– especially when I’ve read this quote: “That could be fate, you know.”

When it Rains by Lisa De Jong

When It Rains (Rains, #1)

When it rains, it pours. That explains my emotions while reading this book. All throughout the book, I experienced an emotional roller coaster, because the author’s writing style is absolutely good– so good that every word Lisa De Jong puts into the story can pierce through your heart. I had a hard time moving on from a hangover few days after reading this. It’s a story that is so hard to forget.

Manwhore by Katy Evans

Manwhore (Manwhore, #1)

This book is a typical guilty-pleasure read. Rich men with oozing sex appeal? Give it to me! I love Manwhore. It’s not a perfect, emotionally-driven book but the scenes and the sexual tension that the main characters shared in this book are the exact reasons why you just want to keep reading it. It has Fifty Shades of Grey feels (minus the BDSM), but who cares? I love Fifty Shades of Grey!

So you’ve met my favorite NA books so far. What are your favorite NA books? Anything you can recommend? Feel free to comment below. 🙂

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REVIEW: Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines

Forever Too Far (Too Far, #3)

Fallen Too Far
(Rosemary Beach #3)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Abbi Glines
Published: June 9, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

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?

MY THOUGHTS…

It was a great series-ender. Abbi Glines did not fail to make such a great conclusion for Rush and Blaire’s story. As a reader who very much enjoyed the first two books of this story, I find Forever Too Far difficult not to love. Rush and Blaire’s story is so beautiful, heartbreaking, and full of drama.

It’s nice to finally see them being seriously attached to each other while they also grew more mature in dealing their family problems. I love how Rush became more determined to show to Blaire how important she is and that she always comes first before his family. I also love how Blaire manages the antagonists around her in this book. She’s seriously a badass character and it only makes me admire her even more!

This book and series is one of my favorite NAs. I love it! The drama and everything in it made me cry and swoon and smile, too. Added the fact that it has some steamy scenes which just make the book entirely romantic.

Kudos to Abbi Glines! 🙂 I can’t wait to read more of her books.

Rating: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines

 

Twisted Perfection (Perfection, #1)

Twisted Perfection
(Rosemary Beach #5)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Abbi Glines
Published: April 8, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance,
Contemporary
My Rating:

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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…

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I wanted to love this. Really, I did. Because yeah, it’s Woods this time. You get the feels? It’s WOODS! And because Woods is the main character here, I did not hesitate to put this on top of my priority TBRs. I have grown to love his characters in the Too Far series I literally swoon all the time. I even loved it whenever he’s interacting or flirting with Blaire, to the point where I consider love triangles to be okay as long as it’s Woods versus Rush.

But well, yeah, I admit I expected too much because I didn’t find what I was looking for in this book. It didn’t really thrill me, to be honest. I’ve got some issues that made me rate it lower than what I’d expected.

I have nothing against Woods here. In fact, he’s perfect, as usual. The hot damn, gorgeous panty-wetting guy girls would literally drool on. He’s exactly the same guy I’ve come across in Too Far series. Sexy and really, really swoon-worthy with a gentle and nice character. So I basically don’t have problem with him in this book.

The problem I found, I guess, is Della. When I read the blurb, I instantly thought she’s mysterious and I had this urge to get to know her more. But uh-oh, I didn’t expect her to be a bit of slutty. For those who love Della, forgive me guys, but I think her character doesn’t sit well on me. Yes, she grew up helpless and vulnerable and everything, and I understand that she needed a kind of loving or f*cking or whatsoever in order to feel loved and needed but I think that just ruins her character. I guess she’s too easy and she doesn’t even use her brain when she slept with her boss (the “stranger” Dallas bar boss) which ended up in a disaster when she found out that he was married. Ugh, that scene just typically ruined my mood. Whatevs.

Moving on, I also don’t like how Abbi Glines overdoes and exaggerates the sex scenes here. I’m always in for some steamy scenes because they basically spice up the whole story, but I guess it’s way too much I even found myself skipping some of the pages in order to get to the main point of the book and in order to find out its conclusion. (Oh, the struggle.)

I was also stressed-out when it came to the part when Woods’ parents interfere his love affair and the way they control him. I’m basically tired of dealing the same sh*t I’ve got in Too Far series when Rush’s mother and sister did not approve Blaire. I’ve had enough. It’s the same thing over and over here in Perfection series. I guess the plotline is also just the same and it’s no longer making an appeal to me. 😦

So yeah… I think the book isn’t much of a perfection for me.

My Rating for this book: 3 Stars

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