Saturday, August 17, 2013
Book Shelf: Just for Now (Sea Breeze #4) by Abbi Glines
The run down rat-infested trailer he had shared with his alcoholic mother and three younger siblings was now only a place he visited to pay the bills and stock the pantry with food.
He no longer worried about his family starving or living without electricity. The money he made entertaining rich older women more than covered his family’s needs and his own. He had it all figured out. Except…
There was this girl.
She was as innocent as he was tainted.
Amanda Hardy wished her knees didn’t get weak when Preston walked into a room. She hated the fact her heart raced when he flashed his smile in her direction. He had a different girl in his bed every night. He was the kind of boy a smart girl ran from. So, why was she coming up with ways to get close to him? Even when it was obvious he wanted to keep her at a distance.
Maybe her heart knew something the world didn’t. Maybe Preston Drake was more than just a pretty face.
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Just For Now marks the 4th book in Abbi Glines's wildly successful Sea Breeze series and follows in the tradition of the previous with all the romance, attraction and love you can handle!
Ugh. Why does Abbi Glines do this to me? I mean, really? How can she write a book that I love so completely and yet still want to throw at a wall? I don't want to give too much away but Just For Now certainly took me on one hell of NA ride. Honestly, I'm at a mixed mind when it comes to this story. On one hand I loved it and on the other.....not some much.
As with the previous three books in this series, Just For Now features two fantastic characters and a really addictive storyline. The attraction and chemistry between Amanda and Preston is off the charts, but I really, really struggled with Preston's deception in this novel. I understood why he did what he did and why he had to....I even agreed with him at times, but to me the why's didn't matter....what he did was still cheating, even if he wasn't in it emotion, the physicality of it made it cheating.
And yet saying that, I actually appreciated this story. I didn't like what Preston did, for so many reasons and in so many ways, but Abbi Glines managed to write Preston's confliction and despair so well that I felt for this lost boy. This poor soul who was backed into a corner and saw no other way out; who did what he did for his family and the little ones who depended on him simply because he had no other choice
With Preston's life so difficult and messed up, the complication of Amanda Hardly, his best friends little sister and the girl who makes him want things he doesn't think he should is a perfect recipe for excitement. Amanda really is a sweet girl. In a way she's sheltered and spoiled, but she's also so very kind and likeable. My only issue with her was that I felt like she forgave too easily at times. If it wasn't Preston and I didn't know the man he was inside, seeing her let a man walk all over her and treat her how me does at times, would have been too much for me. Amanda deserved only goodness and love and I'm glad she ended up getting it.
Preston and Amanda's relationship is all kinds of forbidden. She's his best friends sister and he's the notorious playboy, but they have such a great chemistry from the beginning. They're attracted to each other so intensely and it's interesting seeing Preston fight it in the beginning only to give up in the end.
The family dynamic Preston has with his younger sibling is a delightful extra in this story. Abbi Glines really rattles things in this book, facing some tough issues and not shying away from the harsher things in life.
Just For Now was very sweet at times, sizzling at others and heart wrenching the next.....there's a wedding, a death and a new beginning. I cannot wait to see what Abbi Glines has in store for this series next!
Source: Sent for review by Simon & Schuster Australia (Thank you Anabel!)
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My Recommendation: NA fans don't want to miss this series.
Cover: Fits in perfectly with the series
Will I read sequel/continue with series: YES!