Friday, 22 July 2016

Book Review: Up In Flames [Rosemary Beach #13] by Abbi Glines

Title: Up In Flames
Author: Abbi Glines
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Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Rosemary Beach #13
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 14th June 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines returns to Rosemary Beach one last time in this highly-anticipated finale.

Spoiled. Selfish. Rich girl. Villain. Slut.

As the Prada-clad bad girl of Rosemary Beach, Nan Dillon has been called every vile name under the hot summer sun. Some of her reputation is deserved—she’s never had to worry about anything but maintaining her perfect figure and splitting Daddy’s private jet with her brother, Rush.

But Nan is far from happy. Rush has another kid on the way and doesn’t have time to catch up with his sister. Grant, the last guy she truly cared about, chose to be with her half-sister, Harlow, instead of her. And Harlow, who has never gotten over the way Nan treated her when she first moved to town, remains distant.

So when Major asks her out, she jumps at the chance to date the gorgeous charmer. Though she doesn’t know much about the sweet-talking Texan, and though it’s clear he doesn’t want to be exclusive, dating him beats hanging out with vapid socialites or watching Netflix alone at home.

For a while, Nan deals with Major’s playboy ways, but after he burns her one too many times, she takes off for an impromptu wild weekend in Vegas. There, she meets Gannon, a darkly seductive and oh-so-dangerous businessman who knows exactly how to handle her.

With Major asking for a second chance and Gannon haunting her dreams, Nan has to decide who to give her heart to. But what she doesn’t realize is that these players are involved in a much bigger game—and they’re already two moves ahead of her.
My Thoughts
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.

Final Verdict
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.

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