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Forever Too Far: A Rosemary Beach Novel (The Rosemary Beach Series) Paperback – April 22, 2014
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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 Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.
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"It's all too far. I want you right here beside me... forever."
Saying goodbye to a beloved series is always a bitter sweet experience, but when a story has meant so much to you for so long and singlehandedly cemented your love of the New Adult genre, knowing we would not be revisiting these characters again feels like losing old friends. Thankfully, we leave them in a happy place, with the right ending and with the type of bond they desperately needed from the very first time they laid eyes on each other.
"What changed you? You're so completely different than that guy I met back in June," I said, smiling at his confused face.
Rush reached out and slipped his hand into my hair and tangled his fingers around the strands. "This sweet, determined, sexy-as-hell blonde walked into my life and gave me a reason to live."
We watched Rush and Blaire, two young people who could not be any more different if they tried, fall in love hesitantly but irrevocably. All the odds were against them, from family history to upbringing, but they weathered the storms, put their differences aside and simply connected as two souls who craved unconditional love more than anything else in life. Their relationship has been an emotional affair from the very beginning, a constant struggle to reconcile their pasts with the future they wished to build together, their families playing a crucial role in that struggle. Even after they finally found their happy ending at the end of Never Too Far, a few loose ends were left up in the air, potential threats to their happily-ever-after, and in this final book we see them battling those to truly become each other's family. This book is not the story of Rush and Blaire trying to stay together - we have seen them through enough drama to know they do not deserve any more of it thrown their way - this is the story of them learning to balance their new priorities in life and learning to put each other first, before anyone else.
"Do not ever speak to her that way again. ... Don't underestimate her importance. She's mine. Respect that." ... Blaire came first. Always.
After a tumultuous start, the young couple is finally in a good place both emotionally as well as relationship-wise. They are engaged with a baby on the way, and their bond is a healthy combination of sexual attraction and genuine affection and regard for each other. They have become each other's world, each other's number one priority and the love of each other's life. Rush has evolved from non-committal bad boy to devoted and doting fiancé, determined to make Blaire forget all the pain and sorrow that life has put her through. He is protective, affectionate, openly demonstrative and possessive of the woman he loves. His fear of losing Blaire again motivates him to become the type of man he needs to be for his future wife and their unborn child.
"The woman I got pregnant happens to be my heart. I'll marry her and spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to make her smile."
But Rush's family is a permanent obstacle in their path to happiness, constantly putting him in situations where he is forced to choose between their needs and those of Blaire and their baby. With every step forward that he makes, his family's drama makes him take one step back, where his actions or inactions end up making Blaire feel set aside and neglected.
"You're afraid you and the baby won't come first. You don't want him to have to choose."
This is in so many ways a book about Rush learning to reconcile his old life and his old priorities with his new ones. It is a book about choices in life and the consequences of those choices. It is a book about finding the type of love that makes you willing to do just about anything to keep it and knowing to never take it for granted.
One of the main differences between this book and the previous two is the amount of limelight that is put on some of the secondary characters. We get to meet some new ones, re-visit some old ones, and find out the possible directions that some of the spin-off series might take. While we somewhat reluctantly leave Rush and Blaire to their happily-ever-after, we find ourselves eagerly anticipating Woods and Della's next book, Simple Perfection, as well as Grant's two books, This One Chance and Take a Chance.
If you've loved Rush and Blaire as much as I have, you will get great satisfaction from the events in this book. This is the perfect conclusion to their story, with no unnecessary complications in their relationship just for the sake of drama - this is the happy ending they deserved all along. I have only one objection - what will I do without my Rush Crush now?
The writing is terrible. My grammar is poor and I was catching mistakes. Rush is a spineless wimp in this book. I think everytime he opened his mouth he was apologizing or talking dirty. Defintiely, not the alpha he was portraying in the bedroom. The only reason I finished reading the book was in the hopes it would get better. I like Abbi but this book stood have stayed shelved.
I stopped walking and stood on my tiptoes to kiss his cheek. "I love you, Rush Finlay."
"Good 'cause I'm not ever letting your sexy ass get too far away from me again."
"How far is too far?" I asked.
"It's all too far. I want you right here beside me...forever."'
When I first read Fallen Too Far the first book in this trilogy, I was hooked! I fell in lover, instantly with Rush and Blaire. I couldn't wait for the second book, and when I finally got it, I read it through in one sitting, staying up to finish, knowing I had to go to work the next day. The brilliant Abbi Glines heard all of her fans begging for me, and she gave it to us! Rush and Blaire still had more to give, more to say, and we wanted more. So, thank you Abbi for giving them their happy ending.
This last installment of Rush and Blaire's story was not the best of the three, since the first two were brilliant, but this was of course still very enjoyable (and dare I say, even a bit naughtier?). Forever Too Far begins just about where the last installment left us. Blaire and Rush are together, in utter love with each other, waiting on the baby to be born, but there are still some barriers to their relationship. Notably, Rush's family. Well, not all of his family, mostly just Nan and Rush's mom. We meet Dean, Rush's dad, the rock god, who quickly became one of my favorite characters. He was hilarious! Rush was fiercely protective of Blaire, as usual, even when Dean first meets Blaire.
'Dean chuckled. "Like father, like son."
"I.m nothing like you. The woman I got pregnant happens to be my heart. I'll marry her and spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to make her smile."'
But Rush had nothing to prove to Dean. Dean could see that Rush was head over heels in love with Blaire. And, of course Rush made that clear to anyone who questioned his love for this woman who, honestly he had not known too long before falling deeply.
'"When she walked into my house the first time and I laid eyes on her I was attracted to her. That part was easy. But then I got to know her. She wasn't like any other girl I'd even known. She was so determined when she should have been beat down. Her life had given her s*** and she was fighting to live. She wasn't going to back down or give up. I admired her. Then I got a taste and I was sunk. She's everything I want to be."'
And, this is why I fell in love with Rush (and loved the first book, even with that heart breaking cliffhanger ending). The wedge, also known as Nan (Rush's sister) that was trying to get between these two created some much needed drama in this installment. What Abbi is really good at writing (besides those sexy scenes) is angsty relationships. Forever Too Far, since it was really Rush and Blaire's swan song, had less of the angst that I love reading from Abbi, but Nan was a good catalyst for that. And, it was handled really well.
Other than the angsty scenes, and the sexy scenes,, the best section of this book for me was when Blaire was preparing for her wedding, and Rush sent her some gifts. This is such a tender moment, and I don't want to go any further with describing, lest I spoil it for the next reader. But, I'll just say, I shed several (happy) tears, along with Blaire.
In this last installment, we had Blaire and Rush's point of views in alternating chapters, but we also get a chapter of two for each from Grant's POV, and a new character, Harlow (who happens to be related to Nan). So, I guess we have a pretty good idea who Grant's books will center around (although I'm sure Nan will rear her ugly head too!).
In short, this is a fitting ending to the Rush and Blaire story, although not as intense as the first two. Still, a MUST read, particularly for any Abbi Glines fan.
Except for the sex scenes, which I find repetitive, this was a great read.
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The chemistry between the two is off the charts hot.
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