ARC Review: The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines

Posted December 12, 2015 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines
The Best Goodbye
by Abbi Glines

2 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 1st 2015
Series: Rosemary Beach #13
Published by Atria Books
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
 

“As well as Glines writes her bad boys, she also writes bad characters well. When she introduces a new character to a reader that is meant to be disliked, you end up really hating them. ”
~ Under the Covers

In the thirteenth book of the Rosemary Beach series, Abbi Glines presents readers with a bad boy hero and tortured heroine. River “Captain” Kipling is Blaire’s half brother and he epitomizes the playboy spirit. What’s interesting about his character is that he is a professional killer. His employer is a crime boss but Captain wants nothing more than to own his own restaurant. While I’ve followed this series from the very beginning and enjoyed the books for the most part, this one seems the most different from all the books. It almost seems like a complete departure from the series and I think that’s all due to Captain’s character. While he still embodies the bad boy that Glines is known for writing, the whole professional killing aspect of the story seemed pretty out of the blue and misplaced in the story. I didn’t like Captain. He came across as sleazy rather than sexy so I would’ve passed on him.

Rose’s story is a little more to Glines’ style. She has a complicated past and it seems, like a complicated future. But she finds solace when she is with Captain. I only wished I liked Captain more so that I could get more involved in the story, but unfortunately the heat wasn’t there for me.

Quite a bit of the first half of the story are flashbacks from an earlier time. It outlines their time when they were younger and as you can expect, it’s rife with drama and trouble. There are a few characters that I didn’t like and as well as Glines writes her bad boys, she also writes bad characters well. When she introduces a new character to a reader that is meant to be disliked, you end up really hating them. I’m curious to see if in the next book, Glines detours once again or if she’ll stick to what’s tried and true.

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About Abbi Glines

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 Last, 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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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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No jerks!….thanks for the warning

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Nice review, Annie.

This is one author I’ve shied away from. The blurbs don’t pull me in. Aside from that, I’ve found that (the majority of) New Adult just isn’t for me.

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Thanks Annie, I’ll be avoiding this book

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Thanks for the review, I’ve only read the first 3 books.