Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Best Goodbye (Rosemary Beach #13) by Abbi Glines: Review


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next sizzling novel in the Rosemary Beach series, featuring well-known playboy and Blaire’s half brother, Captain.

The look on Rose’s face had screamed that she was hiding something. Hell, she’d practically run away from me. There was something to that. I knew there was...

After ten years in the employ of a mysterious crime boss, River “Captain” Kipling is ready to leave his sordid past—and his cover occupation as an upscale restaurateur—behind him. The only thing standing in the way of his “retirement” is his commitment to launch a new restaurant in the resort town of Rosemary Beach. With his sister, Blaire, nearby, Captain can delay his dream of running a humble bar on the waterfront, but the unwanted attentions of his head server, Elle, have him itching to get out.

Until he notices Rose Henderson, the new server at the restaurant. All he knows about the pretty redhead with the cute glasses is that she’s a hardworking single mom from Oklahoma. But there’s something overly familiar about her laugh...something strange about the way she looks at Captain...

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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:

Unexpected. If I could sum up The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines into one word, it would have to be unexpected. After learning a bit about Captain's background in previous books in the Rosemary Beach series, I had a feeling that his story would be darker and more twisted than previous books in the series. Somehow, though, I was still surprised to discover the extent of the darkness lurking inside of him – a darkness that set the tone for the majority of the narrative and signaled a shift in terms of the future of the series. With its combination of romance, mystery, and suspense, The Best Goodbye is an engrossing story about second chances and redemption that’s sure to tug on your heartstrings.

I must admit that this review is insanely hard to write. There’s so much about the plot and about the characters that’s unveiled with each chapter that it’s difficult to say anything without revealing information that should be discovered over the course of the narrative. The story is told through alternating perspectives with several flashbacks included so we got to delve further into the backgrounds of protagonists, River "Captain" Kipling and Rose Henderson. It was this glimpse into the pasts of these characters that evoked such strong emotions and provided insight into the present-day mindsets of Captain and Rose. After not being Captain’s biggest fan at the start of the book, I liked getting to see him interacting with Rose, who brought out a sweeter, sexier side of him.

If you're looking for a book that makes you feel, The Best Goodbye brings enough angst and drama to keep you on your toes. As I previously noted, the overall feel of The Best Goodbye is vastly different than our introduction to the Rosemary Beach series, Fallen too Far, and it's mind-blowing to realize how far this cast of characters have come. Captain and Rose represent an edgier, grittier, and more unpredictable shift in the series. While I can't say that the prospect of reading Nan's story was particularly appealing before reading The Best Goodbye, this book piqued my curiosity in a way that ensures I'll be eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series.

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

Rating: 4 Stars

1 comment:

  1. Aaaannnnnnnnnnnd that's going on my TBR! Great review, thanks!