Author: Abbi Glines
Series: (Chances, #1; Rosemary Beach, #6)
Published: February 25th 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
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Summary: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the story of Grant, the sexy playboy who first captured readers’ hearts in Fallen Too Far.
When Harlow Manning’s rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nan’s room in nothing but his boxer briefs.
Grant made a huge mistake getting involved with a girl with venom in her veins. He’d known about Nan’s reputation, but still he couldn’t resist her. Nothing makes him regret the fling more than meeting Harlow, who sends his pulse racing. Yet Harlow wants nothing to do with a guy who could fall for her wicked half-sister—even if there are no strings between Grant and Nan.
Grant is desperate to redeem himself in Harlow’s eyes, but did he ruin his chances with her before he even met her?
Review: Every time I start an Abbie Glines series I always feel like I struck gold (sometimes just silver lol) because I end up enjoying it. But not much on the subsequent novels. Now the same has happened (which terrifies me about the sequels). I did enjoy Take a Chance, part of the spin of her Rosemary Beach series. And while it has the same elements as her other works, I believe this one was surely entertaining.
Harlow, daughter of renowned rock star and unfortunately Nan’s step sister, is currently on Rosemary. As we all know Nan has uncommitted relationship with Grant. But something happened between him and Harlow. But because of what has happened with Jace, Grant run away from her. Now that she was there and learned that he was still with Nan after what happened between them, this upset her. She tried to avoid him as much as possible. But when Grant realized what he was going to miss if he didn’t fix his problem with Harlow, he decided to finally pursue her. He set aside his fear of losing his loved ones and worked things out with Harlow. Only to find out that it wasn’t that easy. Not only his past with Nan sort of overlapping his relationship with Harlow, also her family has some bigger issue, as well some health condition that may get in the way of their relationship.
So Grant? I believe, I had forgotten him. I mean, who’s Grant again? That’s what I was thinking when I was starting the book. On the bright side, I treated it as brand new character rather than familiarizing myself with the set of old characters. Of course I remember Rush & Blair, but I only made it to book two. I tried book three with Woods & Della’s story. But it left me completely unimpressed so I ditched it immediately. But something was pulling me to this book, so I tried it against my better judgment.
It was exactly a bad decision. Like I said it was entertaining. Frustrating sometimes, but very entertaining. I have a like and hate relationship with both Grant and Harlow. I like Harlow when she acted tough; I know it’s just façade, but sometimes we have to give ourselves some dignity and not let people see our weakness. There is a good time for that. I also understand her regarding Nan and Grant. Even I would get affected if someone I’m building a relationship with has some history with woman I completely detest. Horrible situation, if I may so myself.
I do get where Grant’s fears are coming from. But I didn’t see anything serious about the nature of his relationship with Harlow. It was basically sexually founded. He was attracted to her and she felt different from the others, but I didn’t see anything outside the attraction. If you think about, there’s nothing really different between his relationship now, with the one with Nan (aside from he’s dealing with clingy and mad woman, be my guest.)
Of course they were going to break up. And of course there’s a sequel. But I’m sick and tired of reading the same plotline where in book one always ends with a break up. Can we have romance story where both characters are side by side facing their problems together? Is that too much to ask?
Preview Quote: “I just hoped she would understand. I didn’t want her to be hurt. But as much as I wanted her, the fear of being that vulnerable to one person was stronger. She had trusted me and I had betrayed her. I wouldn’t forgive myself for that. ” – Grant