Review: Up in Flames by Abbi Glines


img_0002Villains were created, not born.

Published: June 28, 2016

Publisher: Atria Books

Pages: 223 (Nook eBook)

Series: Rosemary Beach #13

2 Stars

I was not the kind of girl who sat around until someone gave her attention. I went after it.

Spoiled. Selfish. Rich girl. Villain. 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.

So, I don’t think words can properly express my disappointment for this book. The Rosemary Beach and Sea Breeze series have been some of my absolute favorite books since I discovered them in high school. They were what opened my eyes to the world of new adult romance and I’ve been hooked ever since. I devoured these books and I had honestly put off reading this because I didn’t want the series to end. Now, I’m wishing I just hadn’t read this at all and let the series end with the last book.

First, I want to make it clear that I didn’t dislike this book because of the fact that it was about Nan. In fact, I was excited to get Nan’s story. What I didn’t like? That Nan wasn’t even a bitch in this. I mean, we get twelve full books of her just being this ruthless cunning bitch and here we get this weird story where we hardly see any of her telltale personality. It was the worst.

Second, I absolutely hated the way this book is laid out. So we get three POVs here; Nan, Major, and Cope. We get this whole first half of the book where Major is chasing after Nan and is talking about how much he loves her and I’m emotionally invested thinking they’ll end up together and NO THEY DO NOT. Like why, Abbi? WHY? I didn’t even like Cope, he was a jerk bag. Do I think Nan needed a stronger, more dominant man? Yes. Did she need a psychopath? No.

This book is getting two stars because it was steamy and being back in Rosemary Beach felt like coming home, but damn, I really hated this. I haven’t liked her recent work really, at least not the same as I liked her first books, but her Boys South of the Mason Dixon is a great series of hers if you’re looking for something that feels like the first Rosemary Beach books. If you haven’t read this then don’t, just let the Rosemary Series end on the previous book.

Happy reading

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