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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 34 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: December 18, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HEDV320
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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?
Except for the sex scenes, which I find repetitive, this was a great read.
This is a review on the Rosemary Beach Series including Twisted Perfection & Simple Perfection
I absolutely LOVED this series, Abbi Glines is one of my all time favorite authors.
I love the way all the characters appear in all the books and how over the series you get to know each and everyone of them with each book.
Blaire & Rush are still my favorite couple by far, with Della & Woods close second.
Just being able to loose myself and feel like I'm actually there whilst reading these books was a major plus for me. Especially when you can't pout the books down and you never want it to end.
I loved being able to laugh, cry and get angry which sometimes doesn't always happen but when a story is written as good as these, it happens!
Thank You Abbi Glines for taking me on an amazing journey through books. Can't wait to read the rest.
As for Rush, he continued to be the sweet guy who made some more mistakes, but I understood why he felt pulled in different directions. Some people might judge him, but I've got a sibling that has serious emotional issues and can relate to how that affected him. He really was doing his best to be there for his sister and Blaire. I doubt anyone could have handled his situation perfectly, but he did try to make up for it when he screwed up.
Overall, this was a sweet series and one I'm really glad I read. Could it have used some editing for spelling/grammar mistakes? Yes, but those things didn't take away from my enjoyment. The story kept me riveted to the end. If you're looking for something fast-paced, this isn't it, but if you enjoy romances with a lot of drama and emotional pull then you might want to pick this trilogy up.
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