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Just For Now (Sea Breeze Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Abbi Glines
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Book Description

An insatiable attraction heats to the boiling point in this steamy book set in the shore town of Sea Breeze from the author of the white-hot The Vincent Boys.

Preston is one bad boy. And Amanda has harbored a crush on him for forever. When she finally makes her move on him, it does not end well. But still, she can’t resist him. Especially now that he seems to be pursuing her, too.

No one wants wants them to be together. Not Amanda’s brother Marcus, who is on the verge of his marriage to Low, and definitely not any of Preston’s buddies. They know way too much about Preston’s dark side. Even Preston realizes he’s not good enough for someone like her.

But Amanda believes there is more to Preston than his bad boy persona, and she is determined to unearth what he’s hiding behind his seductive blue eyes—secrets that could explain his actions. Secrets Amanda might not be able to forgive.

Yet the dangerous attraction persists...and neither Preston nor Amanda is going to deny it.

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About the Author

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, 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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Chapter One

Three months later . . .


The bottom step was rotten. I needed to put fixing that on my priority list. One of the kids was going to run down them and end up with a twisted ankle—or worse, a broken leg—if I ignored it. Stepping over it, I walked the rest of the way up the steps to my mother’s trailer.

It had been a week since I’d stopped by and checked on things. Mom’s latest boyfriend had been drunk, and I’d ended up taking a swing at him when he’d called my seven-year-old sister, Daisy, a chickenshit for spilling her glass of orange juice. I’d busted his lip. Mom had screamed at me and told me to get out. I figured a week was enough time for her to get over it.

The screen door swung open, and a big gap-toothed smile greeted me.

“Preston’s here!” Brent, my eight-year-old brother, called out before wrapping his arms around my legs.

“Hey, bud, what’s up?” I asked, unable to return the hug. My arms were full of groceries for the week.

“He brought food,” Jimmy, my eleven-year-old brother, announced, and stepped outside and reached for one of the bags I was carrying.

“I got these. There’s more in the Jeep. Go get ’em, but watch that bottom step. It’s about to go. I gotta fix it.”

Jimmy nodded and hurried off toward the Jeep.

“Did you get me dose Fwooty Pebbles I wyke?” Daisy asked as I stepped into the living room. Daisy was developmentally delayed in her speech. I blamed my mother’s lack of caring.

“Yep, Daisy May, I got you two boxes,” I assured her, and walked across the worn, faded blue carpet to set the bags down on the kitchen counter. The place reeked of cigarette smoke and nasty.

“Momma?” I called out. I knew she was here. The old beat-up Chevelle she drove was in the yard. I wasn’t going to let her avoid me. The rent was due. I needed any other bills that may have come in the mail.

“She’s sweepin’,” Daisy said in a whisper.

I couldn’t keep the scowl off my face. She was always sleeping. If she wasn’t sleeping, she was off drinking.

“The dickhead left her yesterday. She’s been holed up pouting ever since,” Jimmy said as he put the other groceries down beside mine.

Good riddance. The man was a mooch. If it wasn’t for the kids, I’d never show up at this place. But my mom had full custody because in Alabama as long as you have a roof and you aren’t abusing your kids, then you get to keep them. It’s some fucked-up shit.

“You bought free gaddons of milk?” Daisy asked in awe as I pulled out all three gallons of milk from a paper bag.

“’Course I did. How are you gonna eat two boxes of Fruity Pebbles if you don’t have any milk?” I asked, bending down to look her in the eyes.

“Pweston, I don’t think I can dwink all free,” she said in another whisper. Dang, she was cute.

I ruffled her brown curls and stood up. “Well, I guess you’ll have to share with the boys, then.”

Daisy nodded seriously like she agreed that was a good idea.

“You bought pizza rolls! YES! Score,” Jimmy cheered as he pulled out the large box of his favorite food and ran to the freezer with it.

Seeing them get excited over food made everything else okay. I’d gone weeks with nothing but white bread and water when I was their age. Momma hadn’t cared if I ate or not. If it hadn’t been for my best friend, Marcus Hardy, sharing his lunch with me every day at school, I’d have probably died from malnutrition. I wasn’t about to let that happen to the kids.

“I thought I told you to get out. You caused enough trouble ’round here. You run off Randy. He’s gone. Can’t blame him after you broke his nose for nothin’.” Momma was awake.

I put the last of the cans of ravioli in the cabinet before I turned around to acknowledge her. She was wearing a stained robe that was once white. Now it was more of a tan color. Her hair was a matted, tangled mess, and the mascara she’d been wearing a few days ago was smeared under her eyes. This was the only parent I’d ever known. It was a miracle I’d survived to adulthood.

“Hello, Momma,” I replied, and grabbed a box of cheese crackers to put away.

“You bribing them with food. You little shit. They only love you ’cause you feed them that fancy stuff. I can feed my own kids. Don’t need you spoilin’ ’em,” she grumbled as she shuffled her bare feet over to the closest kitchen chair and sat down.

“I’m gonna pay rent before I leave, but I know you have some other bills. Where are they?”

She reached for the pack of cigarettes sitting in the ashtray in the middle of her small brown Formica table. “The bills are on top of the fridge. I hid ’em from Randy. They made him pissy.”

Great. The electricity bill and water bill pissed the man off. My mother sure knew how to pick them.

“Oh, Pweston, can I have one of dese now?” Daisy asked, holding up an orange.

“Of course you can. Come here and I’ll peel it,” I replied, holding out my hand for her to give it to me.

“Stop babying her. You come in here and baby her, then leave, and I’m left to deal with her spoiled ass. She needs to grow up and do shit herself.” Momma’s bitter words weren’t anything new. However, watching Daisy flinch and her eyes fill up with tears I knew she wouldn’t shed for fear of getting slapped caused my blood to boil.

I bent down and kissed the top of her head before taking the orange from her and peeling it. Confronting Momma would only make her worse. When I left, it would be up to Jimmy to make sure Daisy was safe. Leaving them here wasn’t easy, but I didn’t have the kind of money it would take to go to court over it. And the lifestyle I’d chosen in order to make sure they were okay and taken care of wasn’t one that the courts would look favorably on. There wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell I’d ever get them. The best I could do was come here once a week and feed them and make sure their bills were paid. I couldn’t be around Momma more than that.

“When’s Daisy’s next doctor’s appointment?” I asked, wanting to change the subject and find out when I needed to come pick her up and take her.

“I think it’s last week. Why don’t you call the doc yourself and find out, if you’re so damn worried about it. She ain’t sick. She’s just lazy.”

I finished peeling the orange and grabbed a paper towel, then handed it to Daisy.

“Tank you, Pweston.”

I knelt down to her level. “You’re welcome. Eat that up. It’s good for you. I bet Jimmy will go out on the porch with you if you want.”

Daisy frowned and leaned forward. “Jimmy won’t go outside ’cause Becky Ann lives next doowah. He tinks she’s pwetty.”

Grinning, I glanced back at Jimmy, whose cheeks were bright red.

“Dammit, Daisy, why you have to go and tell him that?”

“Watch the language with your sister,” I warned, and stood up. “Ain’t no reason to be embarrassed ’cause you think some girl is good-looking.”

“Don’t listen to him. He’s in a different one’s panties ever’ night. Just like his daddy was.” Momma loved to make me look bad in front of the kids.

Jimmy grinned. “I know. I’m gonna be just like Preston when I grow up.”

I slapped him on the back of the head. “Keep it in your pants, boy.”

Jimmy laughed and headed for the door. “Come on, Daisy May. I’ll go outside with you for a while.”

I didn’t look back at Momma as I finished putting away the food, then retrieved the bills from the top of the fridge. Brent sat silently on the bar stool, watching me. I would have to spend a little time with him before I left. He was the middle one, the one who didn’t push for my attention. I’d sent the other two outside knowing he liked to have me to himself.

“So, what’s new?” I asked, leaning on the bar across from him.

He smiled and shrugged. “Nothing much. I wanna play football this year, but Momma says it costs too much and I’d be bad at it ’cause I’m scrawny.”

God, she was a bitch.

“Is that so? Well, I disagree. I think you’d make an awesome corner or wide receiver. Why don’t you get me the info on this and I’ll check into it?”

Brent’s eyes lit up. “For real? ’Cause Greg and Joe are playing, and they live in the trailers back there.” He pointed toward the back of the trailer park. “Their daddy said I could ride with them and stuff. I just needed someone to fill out the paper and pay for it.”

“Go on ahead and pay for it. Let him get hurt, and see whose fault it’ll be,” Momma said through the cigarette hanging out of her mouth.

“I’m sure they have coaches and adults overseeing this so that it is rare someone gets really hurt at this age,” I said, shooting a warning glare back at her.

“You’re making me raise the sorriest bunch of brats in town. When they all need bailed outta jail in a few years, that shit is all on you.” She stood up and walked back to her room. Once the door slammed behind her, I looked back at Brent.

“Ignore that. You hear me? You’re smart, and you’re gonna make something of yourself. I believe in you.”

Brent nodded. “I know. Thank you for football.”

I reached out and patted his ...

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1442488611
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 30, 2012)
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG You have to read this book! October 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Each time I read one of Abbi Glines books, I am completely blown away by how amazing it is. I think to myself there is no way it can get any better, and then she does it again. It is mind boggling the talent this lady has. I am a huge Abbi Glines fan, and the Sea Breeze Series is one my favorite of all her series. I fell in love with Sadie and Jax in Breathe, came to adore Low and Marcus in Because of Low, Cage and Eva's story was fantastic and left me all hot and bothered every time I thought about it. I thought, there's no way it can get better, but people, Preston's and Amanda's story has taken me to a place I didn't think a book could transport you to. Preston Drake has got to be the hottest guy ever birthed from the creative mind of Abbi Glines. He just oozes with sexiness. It seeps through the pages and right into your heart, and other places. That being said, his story is also heartbreaking, and the depth of emotion I felt for what he had gone through left my chest aching and a lump in my throat.

Amanda Hardy is a doll. She is absolutely perfect for Preston. I loved her character, and really admired her because I don't think I could have handled some of the things she did. What she went through would probably crush a lot of people, but she handled it with a grace and patience that amazed me. She is Marcus' little sister and the little sister to all the guys he hangs with. Needless to say she has been "off limits," but she also has a long line of "big brothers," ready to beat the crap out of anyone they think is messing with her.

One thing I really love about this series is that you can read each of the books as a stand alone easily, but trust me when I say you will want to read the entire series.
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43 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who the heck bought this love story!?!?!?!?!?! November 26, 2012
By Christy
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok..let me say first that I really like her other stories..but this one was HORRIBLE!!! I mean really?!!?!? Preston still having sex with women for money...WHILE..he is with Amanda..whom he loves!!!!?!? GAG! And then the ending is so is laughable! She easily forgives him..and they live happily ever after? HUH? So where is the trust that he does not sleep with those women anymore?..when he already has done so in the past? A tiger does not change his stripes overnight people. And in lolly fairy land to so easily forgive him the way she did. There is so closure in this book...I was so let down. I spent my whole evening devoted to reading this..hopeing for a realistic happy ending..and I get this joke of an ending? Sorry...but I was real let down with this story...I hope Abbi gets back on her game with the next book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the series! November 4, 2012
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Just For Now is the fourth book in the Sea Breeze series, and just when you think you might not be able to get more drama or steam out of these characters, you do! The focus of this story is Preston Drake...we meet him in the first book, as Marcus's best friend, then we get more of a glimpse of him in book two, but really he still remains a mystery. Well now, we get his full story and learn what he's all about. Oh, and can't forget, there's almost Marcus's little sister, Amanda Hardy.

This story was a great addition to the Sea Breeze series, because not only did supporting characters become main characters, but we were still able to check in on the other characters that we've grown to love from the other books. While Cage York was my favorite before, Preston Drake is now running a very close second. He's so damaged, but oh so sexy. YUM!

Amanda Hardy has been lusting after Preston for a long time. Not only does she know his reputation as a playboy, she also knows he's her brother's best friend. After one night together, one super hot night together, Amanda thinks things might change...except they don't, at least not in the way she wants. Preston doesn't ever acknowledge their interaction and in fact, he treats her horribly. She thinks that he just regrets what happened, when the truth is that he doesn't remember it all (thinks it's a dream), and only pushes her away because he can't stop thinking about her.

Preston and Amanda together make perfect sense. He doesn't let many people in to his life, not just his professional choices, but even his personal situation.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS November 9, 2012
By Laura
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! Lots of glowing reviews about this wonderful 'love story' and not a mention of Preston's extra curricular activities!!
I didn't read the first book in this series but I liked 'Because of Low' and 'While it Lasts'. However, this book is the weakest in my opinion.
Amanda (Marcus' sister) has been in love with Preston since she was 16. She's now 18 and the book starts as she makes a play for Preston one night when he is drunk. They have sex in an outside storage unit and she gives him her virginity (although she had told him she wasn't innocent). It's over very quickly and then he walks out and leaves her alone.
The book then starts 3 months later. Preston has been trying to avoid Amanda because he feels he's not good enough for her. When he does see her, he is quite mean to her and hurts her. Poor Amanda is what can only be described as a drip!! When Preston finally gives in to Amanda again it turns out he had forgotten about having sex with her! When he finds out he took her virginity, he feels bad. He also remembers that Amanda had an orgasm that night. Now considering all he did was kiss her breast, I find this a bit laughable!!
They embark on a sort of relationship but its a bit difficult because her brother Marcus or any of his and Preston's friends can't find out. Preston also has siblings he has to take care of because his Trailer Park Mother is a waste of space. Now here is the part I found hard to take about this story. To make enough money to have his own apartment, go to school and look after his mother and siblings, Preston needs to make a lot of money. To do this, he sells his body, yep, he's a Gigolo!!
Whilst seeing and having sex with Amanda, he still carries on servicing the older women who pay him for sex.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!
I must say that Preston and Amanda were two of my least favourite characters throughout this series to date. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a CRUSH on Preston!!
Preston was FAVORITE guy of the group in this series and to think that innocent Amanda is the one who gets to tame Preston makes this story all the better for me! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Taii Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars this series is seriously addiciting!
In book four of the Sea Breeze series we get Preston and Amanda’s story. This series is addicting and I devoured it in one day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JOANNA DURSI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this series!!!!! I can't wait to read more.
Published 1 month ago by natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet and sexy
Preston is the resident man whore, literally! But the love of a good woman is about to change all that. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mom of Twins
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I thought this was fantastic! We always knew Preston was a man whore but now we find out why! Great story and I highly recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Bette Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Hot
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Preston and Amanda
With every book we’ve gotten a little piece of Preston Drake and I’ve never been 100% sure about him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paris Hansen
4.0 out of 5 stars Amanda went through something horrible, I mean yes she put her self in...
WOW! Talk about intense. Amanda went through something horrible, I mean yes she put her self in that position and she handled herself well but I can totally see why she felt... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nicole Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars this series just keeps getting better & better
Wooo Hooo! Way to go Abbi Glines, this series just keeps getting better & better.
Published 3 months ago by Kristin Young
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When I'm being forced up a mountainside with a backpack weighing me down, terrified of meeting a bear around the next corner or when I'm being hauled out into choppy waters holding on for dear life afraid I'll be pitched over at any moment, I wonder why, exactly, I married my crazy husband. Then again having an adventurous if somewhat insane spouse has been the best muse a writer could ask for. My debut novel, Breathe - a YA contemporary romance, was released May,17, 2011 by Wild Child Publishing and it's thanks to one of those spur of the moment boat trips that sparked the idea for Breathe. I've been writing all my life but it wasn't until I tried my hand at YA fiction that I found my groove. Apparently I never really grew up, which may explain my marriage to a dare devil. I've recently signed the contract on my first YA paranormal titled Existence to be released this Christmas. On October 21, I will be releasing The Vincent Boys - an older YA romance with an edgier feel. It will be available in digital format on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can find me on Twitter @abbiglines I have a slight addiction....

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