Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Review: While It Lasts by Abbi Glines


While It Lasts (Sea Breeze, #3)

  Title: While It Lasts
  Author: Abbi Glines
  Publisher: Self-Published
  Publication date: July 31st 2012
  My rating: 4 stars





Description on Goodreads: Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it.

Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball -- or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues -- or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer baling hay?

Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible.

Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows.

Oh -- and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties - he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips.

While It Lasts is a companion novel in the Sea Breeze series.  When I first heard that Abbi Glines was writing a book about Cage, I was a little skeptical.  Cage is a character we first met in Because of Low, and to be honest, I was not part of his fan club.  In fact this is my status update at 31% in Because of Low:  “Someone needs to tell Cage this is no way to woo a woman. Cage=Moron!”  He was a total man-whore who had a different girl/girls, every time he came into the picture (yes, girls as in pleural!)  So yes, I knew I was going to take some definite convincing to warm up to Cage.  Thankfully, Abbi never disappoints me, and I fell hard for that boy! 

Cage gets into some trouble jeopardizing his scholarship and chances of finishing school by getting a DUI.  His coach gives him the option to work at his brother Wilson’s farm, as a punishment and as a condition to keep his scholarship.  Wilson is someone who demands respect and hard work, so Cage is not getting off easy.  Cage has to bale hay, herd and clean up after cows; miles away from the parties and girls as he’s accustomed to.   The only woman in the near vicinity is Eva, the farmer’s daughter.  Even if Wilson didn’t tell Cage that she’s completely off limits, Eva herself looks at him like he’s the dirt beneath her fingernails. 

Twenty-year old Eva is still grieving over the only love she ever knew, Josh.  He was her first love and she was engaged to marry him before he was killed on duty in Bagdad, a year and a half ago.  She still wears her rings and finds little enjoyment in life.  When Cage shows up on her doorstep, she has no intention of letting him into her heart.  Sure he is gorgeous, but he knows it, and she’s seen his type before.  Eva is not about to let him use and lose her! 

Like I said before, Cage’s previous record was going to be hard for me to overcome to the point where I’d actually like him.  Luckily, he came off as sweet and protective in this story.  And it certainly didn’t hurt that he oozed devilish charm and charisma.   Here’s an example:

He stood up and glanced back over his shoulder.  When his eyes locked with mine, a wicked grin touched his lips. “You see somethin’ ya want, baby?”  “Maybe. I’m checking things out.  Seeing if I’m interested,” I shot back with my own evil grin. Both his dark eyebrows shot up and he turned completely around giving me a view of his sweaty chest. Oh my. That never got old. “I see something I want,” he drawled as he came toward me. My heartbeat started that silly fluttery thing it did when he got near me.  “You do?” I asked as he stopped in front of me and leaned in. “Hell yeah, I do,” he murmured. “I love chocolate.”…..His arm reached out beside me and took the piece of chocolate cake I’d brought him. 

 For some reason, Eva was a girl who commanded his respect.  Probably because she wasn’t easy like all the other girls he’s come across.   Also, once he found out her sad story, he really wanted to be the one to make her happy again.  After being slowly wooed and seduced by Cage, Eva finds that she’s coming back to life again, but guilt feelings over Josh hold her back. 

 Another reason I gave Cage a chance is because we find out some of the reasons behind his behavior.  Because of being neglected by his mother and treated like nothing, he decided to never let anyone close enough to give them the chance to hurt him. So he just used girls up, never letting them mean a thing.   Low, his best friend, was the only exception; she loved him unconditionally since they were young. 

When reading an Abbi Glines story, I know I’m always in for a fun read full of sexy banter and steaming HOT chemistry; one that will leave me with a satisfied grin on my face when I’m through. I think this is Abbi’s hottest story to date. It was a scorcher!  

I should say that this was not a YA story.  I think this falls under the New Adult or Adult genre and there are some explicit scenes in this story.  So if you’re young or if that kind of thing bothers you, consider yourself warned.  





18 comments:

  1. Lovely review, Rachel. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the book so much better than I did. I haven't read Because of Low, but I'm actually happy I didn't after everything you mentioned about Cage. I probably would hate him even more. :P

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  2. Great review. I wasn't a big fan of Cage either when I read Because of Low, but it sounds like he... redeemed himself in this book? Can't wait to read this book now!

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  3. Awesome review Rachel!!!!!! I love learning about New Adult process and hearing about how your feelings of disgust for Cage changed throughout this story. I really like the sound of Eva and Cage, the both seem to be complex characters from your brilliant review!

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  4. I haven't had a very good experience with Abbi Glines' books in the past, but your review makes me want to pick this one very badly. It sounds like a wonderful romance and the fact that it's New Adult sounds even better! Brilliant review, Rachel! :D

    ~Keertana
    Ivy Book Bindings

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    1. Thank you ladies.

      Keertana, I hope you like this if you decide to pick it up. I think this is the hottest story Abbi's written so far. :)

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  5. I haven't read from this author before, but this sounds so fun! I love that extract, Cage sounds awemse... But not as a man-whore. Eva sounds lovely too. Other than those explicit scenes, I think I'd love this!

    Thanks for another great review, Rachel. (:

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  6. I'm really curious about this one Rachel! I really like it when a character I've previously disliked grows and becomes a solid hero in his own story. This also sounds crazy hot, and I'm a huge fan of all things romance so I think I would enjoy Cage and Eva together! Thanks for the review:)

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  7. I love that authors can manipulate us so easily. First you despise a character, and with good reason, and then she makes you like him in a heartbeat. It makes me, as a reader, feel so small somehow. :)
    I love smut Mondays! You always make me add to the list of guilty pleasures to read. :)

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    1. Jenny, if you're a huge romance fan then look no further, Abbi Glines delivers HOT romances!

      Maja, I'm happy to corrupt you, lol!! ;)

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  8. I have not read an Abbi book yet but I keep seeing such good things about this book. Cage sounds like an interesting character. I do like how this bad boy wriggled his way into your heart and changed your opinion! Eva sounds like a tough cookie. Cue the steamy music....yes agree they really need to do a better classification in the YA category!

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  9. Abbi must be a really great auhor to make you change your mind so much about Cage! I've never read a book from her before, but will be looking out for this now.

    Another persuading review, Rachel! :) xxx

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  10. Cage sounds like an interesting character! I love that despite what you thought of him in Because of Low, he turned out to be a likeable character in this book. Even though Abbi Glines isn't the best author for me, I hope I can give this a try one day. Fantastic review, Rachel! :)

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  11. I haven't read an Abbi Gline book either, but from some of the reviews, Cage doesn't sound all that likeable in the first book, which makes me wonder if I really want to read it. I probably will. :P I'm glad that Cage improves and also that Eva seems to be quite resistant at first. Brilliant review, Rachel! :)

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  12. I haven't read anything by this author and now I want to give her a try. Glad you enjoyed it Rachel. :)

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  13. Great review. It was a good book. Cage is yummy! It's too bad he's not real!

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  14. Lovely review, Rachel! Even though I have some issue with this one, especially with their sudden changes, I still end up liking most of it. And it was indeed a helluva hot read! Haha! :)

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  15. Hello, I'm a new blogger and a friend of mine, recommended your blog. To be honest I have never read any books by Abbi Gline, but its one on my list to read. Thanks for the great review!

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  16. He was a man-whore LOL. That has had me cracking up for like several minutes straight. Would I feel lost if I have not read the previous books in this series and started this book?

    Awesome review. This looks really good and I need more New Adult books in my life!

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

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