Published by Atria on June 28, 2016
Genres: New Adult, adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
The villain of Rosemary Beach finally gets her own happy ending in the long-awaited final novel of the #1 New York Times bestselling new adult romance series by Abbi Glines.
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.
Up in Flames is the final book in the new adult/adult contemporary romances series by Abbi Glines. It is hard to believe 1) that the rosemary beach series has 13 books in it, and 2) that I have not read a single one of them until Up in Flames. I have been a fan of Abbi Glines since she first published her very first book as an indie author. I have read every single one of her books, right up until this series. I have wanted to, they have been on my wish list since forever but there are just too many books and not enough time. Now that the series is over, I think I am going to buy the complete series and binge read them all.
But I think that I am in a very unique and interesting situation. I never got to know Nan from any of the other books. So I didn’t know her as the town B personally. I went into this book with a clean Nan slate. And I think that gave me a very different reading experience. I liked Nan. I thought she was vulnerable and self aware and a cool girl. Up in Flames is an interesting read for me. I feel like I can almost split the book into two parts. The first 80% and the last 20%. The first 80% I loved everything about this story. It was a 6 star read for me. I loved the split narrative between Cope/Gannon, Nan and Major. I freakin’ loved Gannon, and I thought Nan was great. But then Nan made a single decision about 80% into the book and I felt things spiraling from there. I felt like the end of the story was crazy. It lost a bit of its shiny excitement for me.
I still really enjoyed this book, but it was because I was still holding on to the first 80% of the story. I wanted to see more from Gannon’s point of view because there is just something so irresistible about him. But he was far to silent for my liking. I wanted to get inside his head! A lot happens in the end of this book, and as much as I loved almost everything about Up in Flames, the end section is not included in that list. I liked how it ultimately ended but it was a bit of a crazy road getting there.
Bottom line: I loved getting to know Nan. And I really, really loved Cope. I came away from this book with a burning desire to immediately grab all of the other books in the series and binge read them.#UpInFlames by @AbbiGlines is coming June 28 from @atriaindies. Pre order now! http://bit.ly/1rM7dFL Click To Tweet
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