Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #13)
by Abbi Glines

Atria Books
 256 pages 
 ISBN: 9781501115394, $15.00 
 June 28, 2016 
eBook ISBN: 9781501115400, $7.99

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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This series has been a series that has always been special to me. It was a series I know I could always look forward to. They might have not been my favorite books of all time, but they were still enjoyable. I was sad yet excited to read this book. I couldn't believe that this series was coming to an end, but I was looking forward to seeing how Glines would wrap this up. Then, I found out that this last book was going to be about my least favorite character, Nan.

The idea of Nan being the main character made me skeptical. I have always been a firm #NanHater, but I had a feeling that Glines was going to try to change my opinion on Nan in this book. After reading the book, I can say that I understand Nan more. However, I am definitely not a #NanLover. I still consider myself a #NanHater. I might not hate her as much, but I still don't like her.

My issue with Nan in this book was that I felt like she didn't really grow as a character. She sort of did, but not really. I liked being able to understand why she was mean to everyone, but it didn't really excuse her actions. Plus, she didn't really change her ways. I was expecting more growth in that department! Ugh. 

I would have liked to see Nan grow slowly through out the book and change her ways. I was disappointed that she barley change. At least she started to think about being nice to the people who were so kind to her. I guess that's something. 

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about the romance in this book, especially because it seemed like there would be a love triangle. However, the romance was better than I expected. The romance wasn't my favorite in this series, but it definitely had some good moments. Nan and the men in this book have some insta-lust. I wouldn't necessarily call it insta-love, but they definitely had the hots for each other right away. I don't want to spoil anything that happens, but I will say that I was happy with who Nan ended up with. I think Nan and that man are well suited for each other. Their connection was a little sudden, but it worked for them. It was nice to see Nan end up with someone who loved her thorns and all. 

The drama in this book did seem a bit extreme and almost like a soap opera. However, it made the book extremely exciting. The drama and mystery woven into this book kept me glued to the pages. I loved all of the twists and turns Glines threw into the book. Those aspects of the book were my favorite part of the book.

Since this book was the last book in the series, I was expecting to see a lot of wrap up for the characters from the previous books. I was disappointed that this book was kind of lacking in that department. I wish this book would have had more resolution on certain characters and storylines. I did not feel like this book gave me a proper goodbye to all of the fantastic characters in this series. I am hoping that maybe Glines will write a novella to properly wrap up all of the storylines. 

Overall, this was a fast and entertaining read. However, this book wasn't exactly what I was hoping for in the final book in this series. I do think fans of this series should still read this book and figure out if they are truly a #NanHater or a #NanLover.

3.5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

I have been a faithful follower of the Rosemary Beach Series for a while now. I first started the series when only the first two books were out and still self published! Rush and Blaire made me fall in love with the series, but I stayed because I became so attached to every character. I was there through all of the ups and downs, all of the heartbreaks, all of the tears of pain and joy! I feel like I'm part of the family! I despised Nan for such a long time and was torn when I first heard that she would be getting her own story, mostly because I didn't know if she could be redeemed. 

Nan has really transformed from being a selfish little brat to a young woman who is really trying to find her own way. The book starts with her hoping to have a relationship with one guy and sort of turns into a love triangle. I didn't really know if either of the relationships would turn out to be real and felt really horrible for Nan, because everyone deserves love even her. Abbi gave me everything I've come to expect from her books, dirty talk, sex, and most importantly DRAMA! But she also added a little more spice this time as well, lets just say the sex was a bit more aggressive than the other books in this series. Adding the amazing angst to it and I was highly entertained! I honestly couldn't put it down! It wasn't my favorite in the series, but it's hard to pick a favorite because I just absolutely adore this series so much! 

I'm actually hoping that Abbi will change her mind and keep writing this series because she definitely has material to keep it going for at least a couple more books, but only time will tell. I may never love Nan but I do have a new opinion of her, and even respect her too! The bad girl of Rosemary Beach is no longer, she can now live her life knowing she has been redeemed!

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. 

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at and

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