Fallen Too Far was Blaire's story. Now it's time for Rush to share his side.
Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story...
Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.
Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.
Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.
He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.
Current GoodReads Rating: 4.27 Stars
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 242 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Atria Books
It has been almost two years since I read the other side of this story, Fallen Too Far, the first book in the Rosemary Beach, Too Far series back in August 2014. I did not read the synopsis on this book to remind myself of the story line or to know that it was a different perspective of the first in this series. These renditions of telling the same story in a different perspective are not my favorite and I don't know if I would have added this to my to-read list if I would have read what it was about, but once I started the book I didn't want to put it down.
It had been so long since I read Blaire's point of view that it was a nice refresher. I had loved the original so it was nice to slowly have it brought back in Rush's bad boy perspective. Abbi Glines mentions at the end that she tried to add in a scene or two that was new, but for the most part since it had been so long between reading the series, nothing stood out as overly fresh and exciting to me. I skipped around and now have only read one and four in this series now, so I'll have to go back and read the two middle ones because I hated this ending. I don't remember the first one ending on such a sour note, but that might be why I wasn't in a hurry to read the next one.
It was well written as all of her books are. You feel the sex draw and emotion of the characters. I think I might have hated Nan even more from her own stepbrother's perspective than in the first book. She was such a spoiled brat that it got a little distracting how manipulative she was, but I commend the author for making her character deep enough that I despised her.
A few things that rubbed me the wrong way was how often Rush said he "owned" Blaire, the possessive obsession with making her eat and wanting to watch her, and how overused the phrases"innocent", "sweet", and "baby" were used to describe her. I would have slapped an asshole that saw me as a weak little girl that needed saving and kept reminding me of how young and untouched I was. That to me feels more like a predatory relationship than an equal, complimentary relationship. It is not a confidence boost to be constantly told how weak you are and that you wouldn't be able to survive on your own. The possessive language, the repetitive story line, and cruel ending brought it down two stars for me, so I ended up giving this book three out of five stars.