Series: Rosemary Beach, #13
Author: Abbi Glines
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
The blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Rosemary Beach series ends with a bang when the troubled character readers love to hate gets her very own happily ever after in this eagerly anticipated and overwhelmingly requested story. Known for causing problems for everyone in Rosemary Beach, Nan has been growing up lately, and she’s finally taking center stage—and finding love with the man she least expected.
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I haven’t read all of the Rosemary Beach novels, but I have read several and there’s always been one character that’s interested me: Nan. She’s the character everyone loves to hate. She’s beautiful, impeccably dressed and a complete bitch. Nan’s made almost everyone in Rosemary Beach’s life hell at one point or another. I wondered how Abbi Glines would be able to make me fall in love with evil Nan.
All Nan wants is for someone to love her. She’s created a protective suit of armor around herself with her appearance and bitchy attitude, but when it comes down to it, she wants someone to love her as much as they love her sister-in-law, Blair, or her half-sister, Harlow. Nan’s hoping Major is going to be the man to sweep her off her feet, but she knows she doesn’t have his complete attention.
When Nan decides Major might not feel the way she does, she takes off for Vegas. In Vegas, she finds herself suddenly involved in an affair with the ruggedly handsome and mysterious Gannon. He brings out a side of Nan she never knew she had.
Returning home to Rosemary Beach after her intense time with Gannon leaves Nan feeling adrift. She can’t stop thinking about her experience with Gannon and how he made her feel. On top of that, Major is doing everything he can to woo Nan back. Nan will have to decide which man she truly desires.
I wish I could say that Up In Flames made me love Nan. It didn’t. I did come to like her, but I didn’t love her. I didn’t truly get to know her and her motives well enough in this book to fall in love with her. I wanted to connect with her character more than I did.
What I enjoyed about Up In Flames was the plot. The Major-Nan-Gannon love triangle made the book. I liked knowing what Nan didn’t and watching the entire situation unfold. A little bit of mystery and suspense added so much to the love story.
What kept Up In Flames from being a 5 star read for me was the connection I didn’t make with Nan and Gannon’s sexual preferences. Even though Nan was down for his dark and dirty wants, I found them to be a turn off and bordering on creepy.
Overall, Up In Flames was a fun book to read and a great ending to a much-loved series. Fans are sure to enjoy it. Readers unfamiliar with the Rosemary Beach novels will want to start at the beginning of the series to truly enjoy this book.