Fallen Too Far: A Rosemary Beach Novel (The Rosemary Beach Series, Book #1)
This book is a couple of years old and it’s been a while since I’ve read it, well before now anyways, but it never fails to entertain me. This is a fabulous book and series. If you haven’t yet let your imagination loose on Rosemary Beach, then you are certainly missing out and need to fix it ASAP. This book will be told through the POV of Blaire Wynn, our lovely leading lady.
This book begins finding Blaire outside the mansion of Rush Finlay, the son of rock legend Dean Finlay. It’s only been weeks since she lost her mother to cancer and even though her father walked out on his family five years earlier, he is the only family she has left and the house she finds herself sitting in front of, is the address he gave her. You should probably be aware that there is a web of relationships happening in this story and I will try not to confuse you too terribly much. Her first encounter is with Grant. Grant is Rush’s best friend/ex-stepbrother. All it takes is for Blaire to pull a gun on him for him to be Team Blaire. Oh yes, Blaire is an Alabama girl who knows how to wield a firearm. Grant introduces Blaire to the man of the house and if she was looking to be welcomed with open arms, she was let down pretty quickly.
Rush is not a very big fan of his mother, Georgianna, and detests her current husband, Abe, even more. Abe just so happens to be Blaire’s father. So his initial dislike of Blaire is really Rush just projecting his strong dislike for her father onto her. While he is an asshole from the get go, he does allow her to stay in his house, at least until she can speak to her dad and figure something else out. He may be cordial by letting her stay in his house, but don’t get carried away, he makes her stay in the maids room under the stairs. I forgot to mention that right before Blaire’s father walked out on his family, her identical twin sister Valerie was killed in a car accident. A car that their father was driving. So imagine first losing your other half, then your father leaving, then losing your mother to cancer all before the age 20.
Blaire finds a job pretty quickly at the local Country Club and becomes a hit from the start, especially with Woods, the son of the owner and Blaire’s boss. Tips are great for her, which is good, because she is getting the distinct impression from Rush that she will need to find a place of her own soon. It should go without saying that there is attraction from both Rush and Blaire to one another. Now, since we only get the story through Blaire’s perspective, we don’t necessarily know what Rush is thinking, but it’s pretty easy to figure out. He’s an asshole early on, but it doesn’t last long and his attitude towards Blaire changes pretty quickly. And he is harboring a secret that he feels will turn Blaire away forever, he’s just not willing to let her in on that secret just yet because it isn’t his story to tell.
Here’s the point that I have to tell you about Nan, since she is a huge part of this series. Nan is the half-sister to Rush (they share the same mother) and she is a MAJOR bitch and that may be me being too nice about her. Just to set you up a bit, Rush is very protective of Nan and Nan knows it and uses it to her full advantage. To give a little better understanding: Woods is interested in Blaire, but he knows that she is interested in Rush and that Rush is equally interested in Blaire. Woods warns Blaire about Nan by telling her that if it comes down to Rush having to choose between her and Nan, he will always choose Nan. I can understand sibling love and protectiveness, but Nan takes it way over the top. She goes out of her way to insult Blaire and make her feel inadequate every chance she gets. Even after I discovered the reason behind her hate of Blaire, her behavior was still unacceptable. But her character definitely adds necessary and fantastic drama to this book.
Since the book focuses on the relationship between Rush and Blaire, it’s no big secret that they hook up (I mean, look at the cover). But there are so many facets to this story, that you will constantly be wondering about the “happy ever after” for them. Unlike a lot of leading ladies, there wasn’t much that frustrated me about Blaire. Given her back story, you can’t help but have compassion for her and at least a little understanding for her feelings for Rush, even when you are thinking that she needs to walk away from him. Because on the very next page when he pleads his case, you will be right there with her saying, “give him a chance”.
This book is fantastically written and really tells a wonderful story. The supporting characters in this book really add the layer that takes this book from just being a book you read to being one that you can’t put down. It’s important to jump on their wagon, because many of them are going to get their own books down the road in this series.
The sex in this book is toe-curling. Even though Blaire is a virgin, at least when the book begins, it does not take away from the panty melting sex that is on those pages. Rush alone gives your imagination a show. It’s hot, sexy, passionate, and very well written.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of indulging yourself with a story written by Abbi Glines, well, you’re kinda crazy, but here’s what she does to a series. It’s more than just words on a page, it’s more like scenes, a movie reel that plays as you read. She makes you need the story, because once you start to read it, you have to continue it. She is one of those authors who gives meaning to the “just one more chapter”, there’s no such thing when you are reading one of her stories. This may be my first review on one of her books, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t read just one of her books. Trust me, this is a series you don’t want to miss out on. **There is a cliffhanger and the story continues in Never Too Far.