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Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

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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.

I absolutely loved this plot!  And I loved the main character, Blaire. But who wouldn’t love a strong, gun-toting, cellphoneless, nineteen-year-old girl from Alabama?! She’s been through a lot and deserves much much more than what she’s got at this point in her life. Under very unfortunate circumstances, she looks to her father, whom she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years, for a place to stay while she looks for a job and saves up for her own place. But when she gets there, she encounters the ever so HOT Rush, her ‘stepbrother’ so to speak. At first he wants nothing to do with her, but after he realizes that they may share a mutual disdain towards her father, they try to be civilized. But it doesn’t last long when they can no longer fight the attraction they have for each other.

I wanted to like Rush. I wanted to fall for him with Blaire but something was lacking between them… It took me a while to believe in their relationship and chemistry, it just felt so rushed. I didn’t believe in their strong attraction to each other because they never really got to know each other. I never really got to know Rush so I had a hard time connecting with him. And dialogue that should have been significant in getting to know each other was just put out there so quickly. However, I was eventually able to look past the disconnection, and once I invested myself into this couple, I was able to connect with the story.

Abbi Glines is such an amazing author that even though I didn’t feel a strong connection with Rush and Blaire, the storyline was written well enough to pull me in. When it comes to sexy scenes and angst, Abbi Glines knows exactly what she is doing! I was surprised at how much my heart ached when a plot twist was revealed and prepare yourself for a cliffhanger as well. I am 100% sure the next installment will not disappoint. March 2013 cannot come soon enough! Definitely going to pre-order that sucker.

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Just For Now by Abbi Glines

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The day Preston Drake figured out that wealthy women paid well for a set of tight abs and a pretty face his life turned around.

The run down rat-infested trailer he had shared with his alcoholic mother and three younger siblings was now only a place he visited to pay the bills and stock the pantry with food. 

He no longer worried about his family starving or living without electricity. The money he made entertaining rich older women more than covered his family’s needs and his own. He had it all figured out. Except…

There was this girl.

She was as innocent as he was tainted.

Amanda Hardy wished her knees didn’t get weak when Preston walked into a room. She hated the fact her heart raced when he flashed his smile in her direction. He had a different girl in his bed every night. He was the kind of boy a smart girl ran from. So, why was she coming up with ways to get close to him? Even when it was obvious he wanted to keep her at a distance.

Maybe her heart knew something the world didn’t. Maybe Preston Drake was more than just a pretty face.

This has to be my favorite of all the books I’ve read from Abbi Glines! I swear it just keeps getting better and HOTTER! In Because of Low and While It LastsI always thought of Preston as the pervy, player friend, but in this book. Wow, I loved him!

Preston is pretty much a gigolo because his mom sucks and he has to take care of his four younger siblings. Everyone expects the worst of him so he kind of plays into the role. Until he starts falling for his best friend’s little sister, Amanda. She has no clue about his lifestyle and at first she does anything and everything to get his attention but after he pulls her in and pushes her away for the umpteenth time, she gives up and tries to walk away from him. He knows that she deserves much more than he can give and that he is not good enough for her but he wants to be good enough for her. When they finally give in to the heat and attraction, their love story is sweet and scorching HOT.

I loved getting to know Amanda and I especially loved getting to know Preston. It was nice to be in his thoughts and get into his head. He is by far my favorite Sea Breeze guy (waahh, sorry Cage… but I will always love you!). He has the most interesting and heart breaking background and he isn’t as superficial as he seems in the other books. I would definitely have fallen for him like Amanda… or paid for him like those wealthy old hags *AHEM* what? Anyway, my favorite thing about this book is the guest appearance of my favorite couple, Cage and Eva! Though small and not too significant, I will take what I can get!

I feel like I keep repeating this but dammit Abbi Glines, you’re an amazing author! I can’t wait for the next book. I’m sure it will go beyond all of my expectations!

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The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines

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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. . .

So yesterday I posted my review for The Vincent Boys, the predecessor to The Vincent Brothers, and I was left unimpressed with the story. Sawyer and Lana’s story most definitely made up for it! I loved this one! I liked Sawyer in the first book and I fell in love with him in this one. I loved seeing his character developing and his feelings growing more for Lana throughout the book. Ashton and Beau kind of grew on me a little, as Sawyer slowly got over his feelings for Ashton. I understood Lana more than Ashton in the first book because she had actual problems, rather than just not feeling like herself. I even found Sawyer fairly easy to relate to in that it is pretty damn hard to get over your first love. She was all he knew for a long time so feeling anything for another girl was so new to him. So glad I didn’t give up on this series 🙂

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The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

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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….

Abbi Glines is one of my favorite authors, however, I just didn’t like this one. It has nothing to do with Glines’ writing style and I definitely understand why it got so many reviews, this story just wasn’t for me. I didn’t really like the main characters, Ashton and Beau. Maybe because I couldn’t relate to her or because I didn’t find her whole “I’m so tired of being good” deal believable, I just found them a tad annoying. I did like Sawyer though and it annoyed the hell out of me the way Ashton and Beau treated him when he chose not to stick up for Ashton when she was getting bullied for cheating on him. The bullying thing was a little over the top, especially when Ashton, supposedly not-always-so-good girl, never stuck up for herself yet was so angry when Sawyer didn’t either. Seriously? If you’re so damn tired of being good, stick up for yourself and punch that hussy in the face like she deserves!

Also, and this may or may not be spoilerish, but I really liked the idea of Ashton stepping away from both boys to let them fix their relationship without her in the picture. I thought that was really mature and considerate; the character development I was hoping for throughout the book BUT it totally didn’t stick.

Anyway, it wasn’t a bad book, like aforementioned, this one just wasn’t for me. I still love Abbi Glines and won’t let this one book hinder what I think of her and her writing style. In fact, I am giving this series another chance and am going to read The Vincent Brothers. I have a feeling Sawyer and Lana will make up for this one 🙂 Team Sawyer!

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While It Lasts by Abbi Glines

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Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it.
Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball — or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues — or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer baling hay?

Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible.
Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows.
Oh — and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties – he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips.

Warning: This is not a young adult book. It is impossible to get into Cage York’s head and keep it clean enough for YA. Language, sex, and alcohol were used in the making of this book… wait that sounds wrong doesn’t it?

I loved this book! Abbi Glines does not mess around! From the very beginning, I was pulled into the story; I had to put the book down for a second just reading the prologue because there was so much emotion, I couldn’t handle it.

I loved Cage and Eva! I loved them individually but especially together. I actually hated Cage in Because of Low but after getting to know him in this story, I fell in love! I enjoyed reading about them slowly coming together and growing into something more. They both had their own individual issues to resolve but they unexpectedly got through them together.

What stands out to me about this story was that it had just enough drama. Not too much where it stressed me out, but not too little where it made the story boring. There was just enough drama in the backstory so that the character progression was obvious. The interactions between Cage and Eva were fun and exciting and didn’t wear me out from dreading the worst. And the love scenes… WHEW! Hot and intense and never over the top. Will definitely be reading this again in a month or two.

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