Friday, 22 July 2016
Book Review: Up In Flames [Rosemary Beach #13] by Abbi Glines
Rosemary Beach is a series I was late to, but one I have really enjoyed. When Up In Flames arrived I was torn over what to do. I wanted to read this book, to find out if Nan finds a way to redeem herself for everything she has done, but I also didn't want this series to end, especially knowing this was going to be the final full book in the series.
Up In Flames is Nan's story, and up to this point I was firmly a Nan hater. I disliked how she treats everybody, how her jealousy causes nothing but trouble for everyone involved. All she cares about is herself and I honestly did not know how I could see her in any other light. We get to see Nan for the person she really is. We see how her actions affect others, and how she treats her 'boyfriends'.
Major is an unfortunate casualty in this book, but to be honest he isn't really much better than Nan, so although I did feel somewhat sorry for him, her did bring it all on himself. Nan and Major are an unlikely duo, they are only in this for one thing alone, and when Major gets bored of Nan's attitude he sleeps around, which just annoys Nan. Her solution is a trip to Vegas where she meets the mysterious but very sexy Gannon.
Gannon was someone who was very hit and miss for me. I liked how he treated Nan during dates, but his attitude in bed was a completely different thing, and at this point I really did feel sorry for Nan, and I wanted her to get up and walk away from it all. But soon Gannon's fun is over and Nan returns home. I liked this part of Nan when she returns, I love seeing her with Nate and how amazing she treats him, and also how this builds the relationship between her and Blaine.
I don't want to say too much now about the connection between Gannon and Major and how it all plays out. I do like how these books all connect with each other, and hopefully readers of this series will make the connection quickly. I liked how the book played out, and how it was revealed. There was a moment where I wanted to slap Nan for what she does, it's selfish and wrong on so many levels and any chance of warming up to Nan were dashed with this action.
Up In Flames was a book that left me with very mixed feelings, especially concerning Nan. How Up In Flames ends was nice, and some might say deserved (see above thoughts on why I disagree on some part of this). I liked how the series is wrapped up nicely, although I am still holding out for a crossover.