Friday, June 24, 2016

Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #13) by Abbi Glines: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines returns to Rosemary Beach one last time in this highly-anticipated finale and much beloved series.

Spoiled. Selfish. Rich girl. Villan. 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.

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About the Author:

Since publishing her first novel Breathe in May of 2011, Abbi has also released The New York Times bestselling Seabreeze Series which includes Breathe, Because of Low, While It Lasts, Just For Now and Sometimes It Lasts, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless. New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers. Last but not least her most popular series to date, Rosemary Beach which includes The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, Twisted Perfection and Simple Perfection. Her newest book scheduled to be released on December 17th, 2013 is Misbehaving (Seabreeze).

When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.

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Review by Yvette:

I have a confession to make. I am going to go on record to say that I have been converted to a Nan lover and it's all thanks to Abbi Glines. I went into Up in Flames with a somewhat open mind, but at the same time I was skeptical to read an entire book about Nan aka the resident villain of the Rosemary Beach series. Would Nan redeem herself? Would I be able to shove aside preconceived notions about her character and enjoy her story? I think the answer to both questions is “yes” for the most part, and the reason for this is because nothing about this book was what I expected. The characters…the storyline…the ending: I loved not being able to predict what would happen next. With jaw-dropping drama, pulse-pounding suspense, and a smoking hot romance, Up in Flames is a book that’s sure to capture and hold your attention from start to finish.

Nan has always been a blunt, in-your-face, make-no-apologies type of person, but it was her vindictiveness towards those she saw as a threat that I found to be off-putting. I therefore thought it was smart on the part of Abbi Glines to steer Nan in a different direction from the Nan of past books by allowing readers unfettered access to her mind, insecurities and all. Right from the start, I appreciated her man-hating, no-nonsense attitude because it was a refreshing change of pace from her spoiled, all-about-me mentality we've previously witnessed. I was surprised by how much I empathized with her, particularly in regards to her complicated love life (or lack thereof) because it seemed that her wants and desires were decidedly simple, yet she was either constantly getting screwed over or was screwing herself over. What this narrative served as was an opportunity for growth and a chance for self-reflection.

A large part of Nan’s character growth derived from figuring out who and what she wanted romantically. Nan’s love interests (yes, that’s plural) are an essential element to the story because they each evoke unexplored aspects of Nan’s personality. Not only do we get to see a softer, more vulnerable side, but we also get to see a more confident, self-aware individual. The not-quite love triangle is messy and twisted, but it’s one that kept me guessing. Yes, I’m purposely being vague about Nan’s romantic entanglements so as not to spoil anything, but I will say that the love scenes in this book are edgier, naughtier, and more erotic than any of the author’s previous works.

As much as I’d like to review this book as a standalone, I did find that the knowledge of Nan’s past sins was too powerful to completely overlook. While I feel that Nan made important strides towards improving her character, I would’ve liked more resolution in terms of her relationship with Blaire and Harlow, as well as her father, who, despite playing a large part in the molding of her insecurities and her unhappiness, was only briefly mentioned. Overall, I expect Up in Flames won't be to everyone's taste as it is darker and a tad more risqué than some of its predecessors, but I found it to be a captivating read with complex characters that are faced with a complicated situation. Up in Flames is undoubtedly an exciting, action-packed ending to the Rosemary Beach series and I recommend giving the story and Nan a chance.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 Stars

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