Type: New Adult, Series, Series Finale, Book 13, Rosemary Beach, Contemporary, From hate-her to love-her
About the Book: The villain of Rosemary Beach finally gets her own happy ending in the long-awaited final novel of the #1 New York Times bestselling new adult romance series by Abbi Glines.
The blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Rosemary Beach series ends with a bang when the troubled character readers love to hate gets her very own happily ever after in this eagerly anticipated and overwhelmingly requested story. Known for causing problems for everyone in Rosemary Beach, Nan has been growing up lately, and she’s finally taking center stage—and finding love with the man she least expected. [Synopsis from Goodreads.com]
My Review: Guys, I can't believe I'm saying this... but I like Nan. She has, for sure, been a huge villain throughout the entire Rosemary Beach series - partially because she's related to a good portion of them, and therefore demanding of her relatives' attention. But I can't believe it. Abbi Glines actually made me feel bad for her. Nan's gotten better towards the end of the series, sure, but she is still a self-centered witch. Or.. she was. And I'm not one for love triangles, that trope has been done to death, but Glines manages to throw a weird wrench into the traditional love triangle plot to make it feel different enough to work.
Nan finds herself torn between Major and Gannon, and frankly, for a while there.. I didn't know who to root for. Honestly, I hated them both, at least a little, and in different ways. But I also saw something good in both of them. I think Major was what Nan thought she wanted, whereas Gannon was what she needed. Anyone familiar with the series knows how much of a handful Nan can be - and Gannon is the perfect foil for her mood swings and catty moments.
Normally, what keeps me reading Glines' books are the characters. I've always found the stories to be okay, but nothing spectacular. But the past few Rosemary Beach books have shown a lot of promise, and even made me look forward to the next one. But Up In Flames had me hooked the whole way through. This was a one-sitting read for me, because I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen, and how everything was going to be solved. And even though this is the final Rosemary Beach book, there better be a spin-off, because what happens to a certain character absolutely cannot be the end!
And for those of you that just keep coming back for the steamy scenes - because yes, Abbi Glines knows her way around some good, hot scenes - trust me, Up In Flames has the best stuff yet.
Cover Lovin': Good. Fits the rest of the series, and it definitely caught my eye while browsing.
Recommendation: As Nan has been a constant character throughout the Rosemary Beach series, and her escapades are therefore widely known - it would help to have some prior knowledge of Nan before reading this.
Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5)!! I can't believe how much I liked this, especially since how I have been a Nan-hater since the very beginning. But really, this blew me away. And yeah.. whew, Gannon really did it for me. And he really is the perfect foil for Nan. Honestly, I hope we get to visit Rosemary Beach again in the future.
Make sure to pre-order your copy of Up In Flames by Abbi Glines today. You won't want to miss Nan's story!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~
Disclaimer: I received a free, advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.