Saturday, April 25, 2015

Review: Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1) by Abbi Glines


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
To want what you’re not supposed to have…
She is only nineteen.
She is his new stepfather’s daughter.
She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.
But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.
Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…
Blaire just may have fallen too far.

MY TAKE:
I was skeptical of this book at first, but I'm glad I gave it a try because this is one of the better New Adult books I've read so far.

In Fallen Too Far, Blaire has nowhere to go after her mother passes away, so she asks her father for help. Her father has a new family now, but he invites Blaire to stay with them for awhile. Her father and his wife are gone, but the house is occupied by Rush, her stepbrother. Things begin to heat up between them, but Rush has secrets he's keeping from Blaire, and when Blaire finds out, nothing will ever be the same again.

Part of my skepticism was because this played around with the good-girl-bad-boy trope, which is pretty common nowadays, especially in NA books. However, the story and the writing were able to keep things fresh so that eventually, at the most crucial point, it stopped being about that and it became something much more deeper. I wasn't expecting it, but near the end of the book, I was actually in tears several times. Yes, after that, it got a bit overdramatic, but if that's your sort of thing, you'll enjoy this one.

I was just okay with Blaire at first. I could relate to her in some ways, but definitely not in others. In the last 1/4th of the book, though, that's when I settled solidly in the pro-Blaire camp. I'd say more, but it may count as spoilers. Let's just say she did something very badass that I enjoyed a lot.

As for Rush, I liked him enough, although I didn't feel as connected and sympathetic for him as I did with Blaire. I did like them together, though, and now I'm itching to find out what happens next in their story.

THE GOOD:

  1. You really get to feel sympathetic for Blaire after awhile.
  2. There's a whopper of a plot twist near the end.
  3. Blaire and Rush belong together. 

THE BAD:

  1. Some people may find the good-girl-bad-boy trope, plus a few other cliche things a little boring. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
I held his gaze. I could see the storm in his eyes. I knew he was confused. I could see the fear. Then there was the love. I saw it. The fierceness in his eyes. I believed it. I could see it clearly.
READ IT IF:

  1. You're looking for a New Adult book that can provide you with a good cry.
  2. You like good girls who go for sort-of bad boys.
  3. You like bittersweet stories. 

RATING:
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