Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Review: Abbi Glines "The Best Goodbye (Rosemary Beach #12)."
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next sizzling novel in the Rosemary Beach series, featuring well-known playboy and Blaire’s half brother, Captain.

The look on Rose’s face had screamed that she was hiding something. Hell, she’d practically run away from me. There was something to that. I knew there was...

After ten years in the employ of a mysterious crime boss, River “Captain” Kipling is ready to leave his sordid past—and his cover occupation as an upscale restaurateur—behind him. The only thing standing in the way of his “retirement” is his commitment to launch a new restaurant in the resort town of Rosemary Beach. With his sister, Blaire, nearby, Captain can delay his dream of running a humble bar on the waterfront, but the unwanted attentions of his head server, Elle, have him itching to get out.

Until he notices Rose Henderson, the new server at the restaurant. All he knows about the pretty redhead with the cute glasses is that she’s a hardworking single mom from Oklahoma. But there’s something overly familiar about her laugh...something strange about the way she looks at Captain...

Review: Surj

Another Rosemary Beach story by the lovely Abbi Glines and I couldn't wait to dip my toes back into that lovely town and get soaked up my that wonderful sense of familiarity I always get when reading a book in this series. BUT.... please don't all throw stones at once but this one wasn't quite for me... I know, I know. It really does gut me to have to say but Captain's story was so different to the other books and although many of you out there loved that, for me, it just didn't work. 

You can't tell your heart to stop loving someone. I've been trying that for years. 

"The Best Goodbye" started out brilliantly and I loved the back stories of both River and Rose. Chapters told from the past were both heart waring and soul destroying in equal measure and clearly highlighted the devastation each of these characters had experienced and tried to leave behind. Yup, be prepared for Abbi Glines signature truck load of angst which she definitely didn't scrimp on in this book. I loved the whole secrets element of "The Best Goodbye" too. Both Captain and Rose had pasts that they were trying desperately to keep locked away and that's what kept me engaged. I mean who doesn't love a good secret right? And these were good... really good!!! 

Because when River Joshua Kipling decided you were worth protecting, 
he did it with everything he had.

So what went wrong when things seemed to going along on the right tracks? For me, the minute things came out in the open, the characters started to frustrate me. There was so much push and pull, will they won't they and so much jealousy that it drove me crazy in the end. I wanted to shake the characters, especially Rose who became increasingly annoying, the further I read. Unfortunately, she knew how irritating she was becoming because she owned it and apologised (to River of course over and over again!!!). Grrrr. 

On top of that, the main thing that keeps me coming back to this series of books is that overwhelming sense of familiarity I get when I turn the pages of a Rosemary Beach novel. The surroundings, the characters, that sense of community. For me, this was something that seriously lacked  in "The Best Goodbye" with only Blaire, Mase and Reese making an appearance very briefly. 

“I can’t remember what my life was like before you,” I told him honestly. 
“And I don’t want to remember.” He smirked. “I remember what mine was like before you, 
and I don’t ever want to live without you again.” 

So all in all, an ok addition to this series but probably one of my least favourites Abbi Glines books to date. Gutted but that doesn't mean I'm giving up. Hell no... we have Nan's book on the way and I can't wait for that one. I rated "The Best Goodbye" ❤️❤️❤️

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