Book Review – Up In Flames by Abbi Glines

Posted 06/27/2016 by Cezanne in Book, Review /// 5 Comments ///

Book Review – Up In Flames by Abbi Glines Title: Up In Flames
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach Series #13
Publisher by: Atria Books
Published on: June 28, 2016
Genres: New Adult Romance
Page Count: 256
Format: eBook, Paperback, Audiobook
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines returns to Rosemary Beach one last time in this highly-anticipated finale.

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.

I admit I haven’t read the last few books in this series. Like most, I was never a big fan of Nan, but damn it I was curious to read her story. I knew that I would probably never love Nan but I was at least hoping I could learn to like or understand her. Maybe I went into this story with too many expectations but I am beyond disappointed in this book. Nan’s story was just over the top, soap opera – style drama. There was very little depth to the storyline and at times it was simply unbelievable.

This story was supposed to be a romance and yet I saw little to no romance at all. Like none. I was waiting to have some sweet words and romantic gestures. Maybe some actual love making or getting to know one another on a deep emotional level but nooooo….. This story was mainly two men playing, “The Girl Is Mine”. Sigh.

Since I hadn’t read the last few books I was a bit lost as to what was going on. I felt as is Nan’s book needed a chapter or two of backstory or a quick little recap of what had happened so for. (Maybe a harlequin style family tree to remind me how all the characters were connected??)

This novel just jumps right in and we were immediately “shown” the hot mess that was Nan and Major’s “relationship”. I didn’t feel their connection and I honestly didn’t understand them. He seemed to like/tolerate her and she seemed mildly infatuated with him. His actions and words were contradictory towards her. One minute he couldn’t stand Nan and the next he couldn’t get too close to her because she was breaking down his defenses. I was getting whiplash from the back and forth. Nan knew exactly the player type that Major was and yet she still wanted him and his attention/affection .

When Gannon is brought into the picture, Nan is immediately drawn to him. At first he comes across as a bit of a mysterious, sexy, alpha male but after a while I found him to be a bit annoying. Again the connection between him and Nan seemed superficial. They would talk, he would take her on a few nights dates, but the mainly their interactions was between the sheets. None of this made me want to see them together. I kept hoping to feel this deep connection and attraction that they both had for one another but it was lackluster.

I don’t feel as if I got the chance to truly know Nan. She wasn’t quite the raving witch that she used to be but she wasn’t exactly little Miss Susie Sunshine either. There was so much self loathing from her character and she desperately seemed to want someone to love. I wanted to understand her but I didn’t really get to know her how I had hoped I would.

The best parts of this book were seeing Nan in auntie mode (she really did love her nephew) and when Rush and Blaire would pop up (let’s face it, my Rush crush will live on forever). Series villain or not, I wanted so much more from this book. Nan deserved a better story than this BS. There was just too much foolish drama. So goodbye Rosemary Beach. Goodbye for good. I need to just go back to the time of Rush, Woods, and Grant and pretend none of this existed.

About Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.

5 responses to “Book Review – Up In Flames by Abbi Glines

  1. Great, now I have “The Girl Is Mine” in my head. It seems like everyone has been dying for Nan’s book. What a bummer that it didn’t live up to your expectations. I wouldn’t like feeling a lack of connection to the romance either. :/

    • Cezanne

      Lol. I hoped the serires would go out with a bang not a bust. Heck I’m still trying find where the actual “romance” took place. It was non existent.

  2. So, I didn’t hate this book quite as much as you did, but I definitely didn’t love it either. I’ve stuck with this series since the beginning, begrudgingly even for the last few books as I realized that maybe Abbi’s books just aren’t for me anymore, and I expected more from the final book in this series. I don’t hate Nan, but I don’t like her either. I loathed Major. He was a first class douchebag. Gannon/Cope was better, but still not wonderful. I just found this to be a very “meh” book overall. It probably could’ve ended 6 books ago… at least.

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    • I very much applaud your dedication. I gave up on this series at Grant’s book. I had to stop or I she was gonna be angry about my Sea Breeze series (which is my fave). I did not want to hate her and remember the happy times…lol.

      • Haha. Trust me when I say I understand. I started to get annoyed when each character’s story arc became two books, but I soldiered through. I still need to go back and read the rest of the Sea Breeze series, too…