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Rosemary Beach Series (1-6) by Abby Glines

Title: Fallen Too Far #1, Never Too Far #2, Twisted Perfection #3, Forever Too Far #4, Simple Perfection #5, Take a Chance #6
Series: Rosemary Beach
Author: Abbi Glines
Pages: 300, 193, 290, 292, 256, 256
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Book Description:
Fallen Too Far #1
She is only nineteen. She is his new stepfather’s daughter. She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that… Blaire just may have fallen too far.

Never Too Far #2
He had held a secret that destroyed her world. Everything she had known was no longer true. Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him. Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again. What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately? You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.

[The Other 4 Book Descriptions]Twisted Perfection #3
Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…

Forever Too Far #4
Rush promised her forever... but promises can be broken. Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more important. Letting go isn’t easy.

Blaire believed in her fairytale... but no one can live in a fantasy. Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart. Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone... too far?

Simple Perfection #5
Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents’ dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he’d ever wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.

Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she’s quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she’s run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can’t be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her. But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?

Take a Chance #6
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 before he even met her?

My Thoughts on the Book
Fallen Too Far #1
I don't know if I view this as a serious read or just one of those books you read to fill time because you don't actually have the time to read something more intellectual or emotionally heavy.

I don't typically read very many contemporary novels but this one wasn't bad. It had a decent story even if at times predictable. The writing was good. The characters were likeable.

I can't say I devoted much emotionally to the characters or the book but I did enjoy that the ending wasn't exactly what I expected. Nice change of pace.

While I can't sing this books praises persay it wasn't a bad read. For the type of story it is, it is actually pretty good and I will be continuing on with the series.

Never Too Far #2
This is more of a guilty pleasure than a good book. I wouldn't say the writing is very deep and the situations seem overly dramatic but the story is easy to follow and good enough that you want to know more.

The story does suck you in and leave you willing to follow the continuing story of Blair and Rush though I really hope these two get their acts together.

Twisted Perfection #3
Della has had a really hard life and while I totally understand her weakness it does seem a little convenient that Woods is the only one that can keep her from slipping into her panic attacks.

The reoccurring theme in these books is the men being overbearing. They don't prevent the woman from living their lives but at times their possessiveness just appears to be bordering on stalker, if these woman weren't receptive.

Still the actual emotional connections and passion between the characters is addictive and hot.

Some of the extreme characters are annoying especially since they don't seem to be revolved very well.

The continuing cussing throughout the books is distracting and would be more of a put off if I didn't enjoy the story as much as I do.

At times the writing is confusing.

Overall, I can't say any book in this series is great but they are a guilty pleasure that is just a fun quick read.

Forever Too Far #4
The real torture in this story is the involvement of Nan. Nan is the worst character in any of these books. She's a spoiled brat and Rush's continual need to run after her will never help her.

She needs the ultimatum that is she can't be civil to Blair she needs to get out of Rush's life.

It is more than ridiculous that Nan hates Blaire for something she discovered isn't actually Blaire's fault. It is also seriously annoying me that instead of being happy about about finding more family Nan acts like a spoiled brat.

Of course, Nan's father is no better.

Again, not great writing. Far too much cussing. But overall a decent story.

Simple Perfection #5
Okay so I've been a harsh reviewer for these books.

I don't know whether or not I'd really recommend these books to anyone but should someone ask me I would say that while they are the most well written, and while the story seems almost predictable at times they aren't bad and I did enjoy them.

One major complaint I will continue to have is these almost overbearing men. I don't mind a dominate man in a story but I feel as if Glines heroes push the envelop at times.

Many reviewers have complained about Woods getting needy in this book and I'm not sure if this is before or after the shocking revelation. I will say this, in the beginning of the story, Woods' need to be with Della seemed a little over the top but towards the end and after the shock... I completely understood it.

Now onto said shock. Why? While I've been critical I would still say that Abbi Glines has entertained me. But now I feel anger towards her. The "shock" in this book was out of left field and not in a good way. I do believe this is all to set up a story for Tripp. Other readers don't want his story but I'm not one of those. I don't mind Tripp having a story but not at the expense of characters I've come to enjoy and actually hope had a story of their own. I'm thinking now that is impossible and my mind is predicting how Tripp's story will go and the effect it will have on Rosemary.

I can't say I'm happy about it but I will say that the "shock" has made me what to know how the residents of Rosemary carry on and how Tripp coming to town to stay effects everyone else. But first more about Grant....

Take a Chance #6
I have to admit to being a little confused by this book. Grant is not the man we thought he was.

Grant always struck me as the compassionate rational sibling and then he got involved with Nan which actually did make sense because for some reason Grant started to believe that Nan just needed someone. In reality she has a fatal cause of bitchiness.

The thing is when it comes to Grant's story he seems more destructive and out of control than the Grant who put gas in Blair's truck or was always there to pull people back from the brink.

In part, this has to do with the blow dealt to the group but in reality I think it is just a poor turn in the story to make more drama in the book than was actually necessary.

Harlow's life and dealing with Nan are drama enough. After all Harlow is the daughter of a rockstar and her life is going to be turned upside down with a life altering revelation and then there is her secret.

I believe these things were enough to carry the story and even provide the tension that comes at the end of this book and the break in Harlow and Grant's relationship (much like Rush & Blair and Woods & Della).

The story is enough to intrigue you and keep you interested but I can't say the story or the series is spectacular reading.

Other Book in the Series:

Coming Soon
Tags: books, books: reviewed, genre: contemporary, genre: drama, genre: romance, ~author: abbi glines, ~rating: 3
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