Welcome to the Weekend Goodreads! Each week(ish) I will post about a book I’ve read recently. Don’t worry, there wont be too much plot involved, mostly just my thoughts and reactions to the work.
Fallen too Far, Never Too Far, Forever too Far written by Abbi Glines
So you may have noticed, I’ve decided to change the name of this section to Weekend Goodreads. It’s hard sometimes for me to post on Fridays but I usually have much more time on the weekends. Who doesn’t, right?
***WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW***
Abbi Glines writes both young adult and new adult books. Yes, you read that right. New adult. I had never heard of that until I stumbled across Abbi’s books. Wikipedia defines new adult as: “a developing genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18-25 age bracket. New Adult fiction tends to focus on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices.” Basically it’s a romance novel for people transitioning from young adult to adult titles. Abbi has several series. My two favorite are the “Too Far” and “Existence” series. For this post, I’ll review the “Too Far” series.
In Fallen too Far, Blaire Wynn arrives at her father’s house in Rosemary, Florida after the untimely death of her mother. Expecting to see her father, Blaire is instead met by her stepbrother Rush, an angry, spoiled, get’s-what-he-wants rich kid son of a rock star (say that five times fast). Rush is put out with the very thought of having Blaire stay at his house but eventually relents and allows her to move in. It’s all supposed to be temporary. That was the plan. But Blaire and Rush soon find that they can’t keep away from each other. The chemistry between them crackles. It’s fantastic. The only problem between the two of them isn’t really a problem with them. Rush’s sister Nan immediately antagonizes Blaire, verbally abuses her, and basically tries to run her out of town. And everyone always says “It’s Nan’s story to tell; we can’t tell you why Nan hates you, she has to tell you herself”. It’s not until the very end of the book that we discover what the problem is with Nan. It’s kind of a doozy. Blaire, feeling betrayed by Rush’s secrecy, flees back to Alabama.
In Never Too Far, Blaire discovers that….SHE’S PREGNANT! You read that right, Blaire is with child. Rush’s child. Since she has no one left in Alabama, Blaire goes back to Rosemary. She’s not really planning on staying in town or telling Rush that she’s pregnant but she ends up telling him anyways. And he’s thrilled. Things seem to be working out well for Blaire and Rush until Nan enters the picture. Again. Nan has a boating accident which leaves her in a coma for several days. Rush blames himself for her accident, because they had a fight before it happens. He’s distraught and stays by her bed until she wakes up. Blaire is devastated by Rush’s seeming abandonment. The book has a very happy ending though, which I wont spoil for you 🙂
Never Too Far was supposed to be the last Rush and Blaire book but it was so popular and so loved and well-received when it was released that Abbi agreed to write them another book. And it’s hands-down the best in the series.
Forever too Far picks up right after the end of Never Too Far. Rush and Blaire and engaged to be married, Nan is dealing with some information that was discovered after her accident. Rush’s father Dean arrives and spends time with both Rush and Blaire, taking special attention to Blaire and her unborn child. More drama with Nan causes Rush and Blaire to travel from Rosemary to LA and we’re introduced to Harlow, the daughter of one of Dean’s bandmate’s. As it turns out, Nan is also a daughter of Dean’s bandmate and is raising hell at being abandoned by her father. She also continues to lash out a Blaire which puts a lot of stress on Blaire and the baby. Eventually Blaire decides she can’t take it anymore and leaves LA. Rush goes after her, desperate to find her and convince her to keep him. While Blaire is visiting her father, she finds out that she has a half brother. Her mother knew but never told her anything about it but now her father has rekindled a relationship with his son and encourages Blaire to do the same. Rush and Blaire do get back together and Blaire gives birth to a happy, healthy baby.
These books are pure fluff and pure smut and great summer reads. There’s a lot of sex in these books, so if that bothers you then definitely steer clear. The biggest problem I had with these is that there’s no real growth. There is no real difference in the characters. Blaire continues to go back to Rush even though he, time and again, treats her like crap. He’s not a very likeable character in my opinion. I want a man who isn’t such a baby and doesn’t have a complete come-apart when he doesn’t get his way. He’s just, ugh, I don’t really care for him. I kept trying to but I couldn’t really get into him. His relationship with Blaire is almost abusive in a way, the same way Christian’s and Ana’s was in Fifty Shades of Grey. Blaire can’t make many decisions on her own once she starts dating Rush. He’s way overprotective, he makes all Blaire’s decisions for her and tries to control every aspect of her life. It’s annoying. And he gets so angry if she makes a decision without him. There really wasn’t much about this series that makes it worth re-reading. It was pretty good but definitely not the best by her.