ARC Review: The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines

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ARC Review: The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines
The Best Goodbye
Book Info

Released: December 1st 2015
Series: Rosemary Beach #13
Pages: 256

“As well as Glines writes her bad boys, she also writes bad characters well. When she introduces a new character to a reader that is meant to be disliked, you end up really hating them. ”
~ Under the Covers

In the thirteenth book of the Rosemary Beach series, Abbi Glines presents readers with a bad boy hero and tortured heroine. River “Captain” Kipling is Blaire’s half brother and he epitomizes the playboy spirit. What’s interesting about his character is that he is a professional killer. His employer is a crime boss but Captain wants nothing more than to own his own restaurant. While I’ve followed this series from the very beginning and enjoyed the books for the most part, this one seems the most different from all the books. It almost seems like a complete departure from the series and I think that’s all due to Captain’s character. While he still embodies the bad boy that Glines is known for writing, the whole professional killing aspect of the story seemed pretty out of the blue and misplaced in the story. I didn’t like Captain. He came across as sleazy rather than sexy so I would’ve passed on him.

Rose’s story is a little more to Glines’ style. She has a complicated past and it seems, like a complicated future. But she finds solace when she is with Captain. I only wished I liked Captain more so that I could get more involved in the story, but unfortunately the heat wasn’t there for me.

Quite a bit of the first half of the story are flashbacks from an earlier time. It outlines their time when they were younger and as you can expect, it’s rife with drama and trouble. There are a few characters that I didn’t like and as well as Glines writes her bad boys, she also writes bad characters well. When she introduces a new character to a reader that is meant to be disliked, you end up really hating them. I’m curious to see if in the next book, Glines detours once again or if she’ll stick to what’s tried and true.




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About Abbi Glines

Since publishing her first novel Breathe in May of 2011, Abbi has also released The New York Times bestselling Seabreeze Series which includes Breathe, Because of Low, While It Lasts, Just For Now and Sometimes It Last, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless. New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers. Last but not least her most popular series to date, Rosemary Beach which includes The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, Twisted Perfection and Simple Perfection. Her newest book scheduled to be released on December 17th, 2013 is Misbehaving (Seabreeze).

When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.


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  1. Nice review, Annie.

    This is one author I’ve shied away from. The blurbs don’t pull me in. Aside from that, I’ve found that (the majority of) New Adult just isn’t for me.

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