Everything she had known was no longer true.
Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.
Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.
What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?
You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.
It’s no secret how much I’ve always enjoyed Abbi Glines’s new adult books. I’ve been a huge fan since reading The Vincent Boys this summer, and that didn’t change when I read her Sea Breeze series. Then I met Rush Finlay, and he was the jerk I loved to hate in Fallen Too Far. He’s definitely a changed man in Never Too Far, and while he and Blaire still deal with their fair share of drama, more than fair share, I was happy to see the strides they made in their relationship.
I don’t want to give too much away on either plot line, so I’ll keep it short. Never Too Far picks up only about three weeks after Fallen Too Far ended. Blaire is living with Cain’s grandma, and dealing with some pretty serious life changes. Aside from all the other life changes this poor girl has already been through. My heart still broke for her, much like it did in the first book, but this time, I was happy to see she was a much stronger person. That’s not to say she didn’t have some insecurities still. And by some, I mean quite a bit.
That’s where she was wrong. “No, You’re my family. And as for making my life difficult, you, Blaire Wynn, make my life complete.”
This brings me to Rush. He’s still in Rosemary, living miserably without Blaire. MISERABLY. The dude can’t seem to get it together. And rightfully so. Blaire was the first girl he ever loved, considered changing his life for, would’ve died for. And just as fast as they came together, she was gone. When she comes back, he is bound and determined to do whatever it takes to make her see how much he loves her and would do anything for her.
“She may have had enough time to deal with things. What if she does come back? What will you do?”
What would I do?
I was pleased with the progression of the story once Blaire returned. I didn’t want a lot of will they-won’t they back and forth drama. So the fact that their chemistry IGNITED (BURST INTO FLAMES, people), and there wasn’t a ton of indecision made me happy. What I wasn’t super in love with was the back and forth that occurred after that. I felt like some of the drama started to get to me. I can understand misunderstandings, but I guess sometimes I just wanted to smack the both of them around a bit. But I do realize that Blaire is nineteen years old, and so some of those insecurities, especially given her history, and what she was facing in her future, made sense.
Abbi definitely upped the ante with the steam factor in this one. Rush and Blaire were hotter than ever. HOT-TER.
I’d be remiss not to mention the supporting characters, as well. I LOVED seeing more of them and am looking forward to Woods’ story even more now, after getting better acquainted with him in this book. I loved how he and Bethy, and even Grant were so supportive of Blaire and really looked out for her best interests. In a time when she felt so alone, it was great to see she had them.
Nan … ew. Still awful. Why’s she so hateful. I guess in the end she did slightly come around, and for that, I’ll give her a half thumbs up, although, we didn’t get to see much of a change. Quick side note –> who was the mystery guy in Nan’s room? What the? That never fleshed out like I thought it would … my guess is Grant, though.
Now this brings me to the end. And it’s abrupt stop. I felt like it could have been rounded out a bit more. While I read today that Abbi will be publishing a third Rush and Blaire book later this summer, after making it to #1 on Amazon (and B&N and iTunes) — CONGRATS — I do think that she could have just extended the story a bit more and it wouldn’t need the third book. If it was truly where she saw their story ending, then I do think it was kinda sudden. Things were clearing up, thank God, but then it was like whiplash. DONE. Over. Where’s my epilogue? Don’t get me wrong, there wasn’t a cliffhanger, of course, but it was just not the best resolution either. End of the world, no. Worth mentioning, yes.
Why 4 stars then, if I almost always give Abbi 4.5 and 5? Honestly, I do think the ending kindaaaaa threw me. I was smiley and happy with where it was going. And then it stopped. And I was like WHA?! And I have to mention, the editing wasn’t great. I’m not talking formatting issues that I know a few Smashwords buyers had (I had those, too). I’m talking actual grammatical errors. Doesn’t bother everyone, I realize, and clearly, doesn’t mean a book can’t be and stay #1, but for me, it’s a turn off. Especially when the potential for amazing-ness is there. I like my commas swagged and my sentences complete, without being run-ons. :) Call me a nerd, call me a Nazi. Oh well. It’s me.
As a whole, though, this was great and kept me on Team Rush Crush for sure. I only hope book three isn’t just unwarranted drama for them. I like them happy. :) That being said, in the meantime, I look forward to the bonus chapter or epilogue when Abbi reaches 500 reviews on Amazon. Based on her first 24-hours on sale, I’m guessing it won’t be long before people are knocking down her door for that! If you’re looking for angst and steam, this series is definitely one for you. And make sure to check out all Abbi’s other books while you’re at it.