Monday, January 7, 2013

Review - Fallen Too Far (Fallen Too Far #1) by Abbi Glines

To want what you’re not supposed to have... She is only nineteen. She is his new stepfather’s daughter. She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.   But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.  Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that… Blaire just may have fallen too far.

Release Date: December 14, 2012
Publisher:  Self Published
Genre:  Romance, New Adult, Bad Boys
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble 

Me when I read the last page:  Oh, no, no, no, no, no!  This isn't happening...this can't be over!  What have you done to me, Abbi Glines!!  

Then I calmed down and read a bit further:

Their story isn't over....Never Too Far coming March 12, 2013

PHEW!  Now I can remain calm.  At least we have a release date for Never Too Far, because if there wasn't a second book, Fallen Too Far would have been pure torture!  I flew through the pages of this book, and all I want is more Rush!

This is a story about Blaire, a 19-year-old girl who has lost everything - her mother, her house, her money.  She had already been abandoned by her father, but needs to turn to him for help.  Even though her father is ready to help her, when Blaire shows up at his house, she learns that he is on a European vacation with his new wife.  The house isn't even owned by her father - it's owned by his stepson, the son of a rock and roll legend, Rush Finley.

"Keep your distance from me, Blaire.  You don't want to get too close.  Last night."  He swallowed loudly.  "Last night is haunting me.  Knowing you were watching.  It drives me crazy.  So, stay away."

Oh, Rush....I didn't like you at first.  You were a womanizer and a sexaholic.  You were detached and less than nice to Blaire.  But you won my heart, you sexy, intense, rich, alpha male, you!  Rush begins his relationship with Blaire by ignoring her.  He's rude, yet he relents and lets her sleep under the stairs of his house in the maid's quarters.  Soon, though, he begins to warm up to Blaire, but insistently pushes her away.  By the end, Rush cannot leave Blaire alone, although he knows what kinds of problems their relationship will cause the other people in his life.

I can't touch you.  I want to so damn bad it hurts like a mother fu#@er but I can't.  I won't mess you up.  You''re perfect and untouched.  And in the end you would never forgive me.
Blaire gets a job working at the local country club.  She's a beautiful girl and rakes in the tips.  Her goal is to earn enough money to move out of Rush's house and get a place of her own.  Unfortunately, Rush's circle of rich and fabulous friends attend the country club, including Rush's bitch of a sister, Nan.  She goes out of her way to make Blaire feel like she's a loser.  Nan has an unknown agenda against Blaire that we are not aware of until the end.  And let me tell you - I couldn't figure out why Nan hates Blaire so much.  Glines did an excellent job of keeping me guessing.  Although Rush is captivated by Blaire, he feels an strong need to protect his sister at any cost.  

Although Rush fights his attraction to Blaire, he eventually gives in and we are treated to some smokin' scenes between these two.  Blaire is the type of girl that goes after what she wants.  When Rush tried to push her away, Blaire basically told him what she wanted from him.  They begin a hot romance that is studded with obstacles.  There is the family obstacle with Nan, as well as the social obstacle of Rush being the hot, rich guy and Blaire being the "help" at the country club.  Fortunately, Rush doesn't care about the social obstacles, and he eventually decides that he wants Blaire more than he cares about his family obstacles.

I didn't know what this is that is going on between us but from the moment I laid eyes on you I knew you were going to change my world.

My only slight issue with this book is the big reveal at the end.  Blaire strikes me as a smart, tough girl.  When she learns the truth about why Nan hates her, she is a bit histrionic.   I felt that she overreacted to the situation and ends up hurting herself and Rush.  Was Rush holding a bit back from Blaire?  Yes.  But in his situation, I would have done the same thing.  Blaire has herself in a bit of an emotional predicament by the end of this book.  As much as I hate cliff hangers, I think that this one was written very well.  I am so happy that I only have to wait until March for the continuation of this story.

I can't change the past.  All I can do is give you what you want.  It'll kill me, but I'll do it.


The Readdicts said...

Oh my God, I'm just coming back from puttin up my review of Abbi Glines' Breathe (Sea Breeze #1) and I it's such a co-incidence that I came across your review of Fallen Too Far! I know this one ends on a major cliffhanger-ish/sad note (I read the ;ast line of the book!). ;) I'll be reading the whole book soon and lovely review, Jamie! Never Too Far will be out soon (March isn't all THAT far away) so you'll get your happy ending hopefully!

Sarika @ The Readdicts

Cimmaron @ Talksupe said...

This was such a great read! That ending left me screaming WHYYYYYYY?

I agree with you Jamie, I would have done the same thing as Rush. From what he did to being cautious about if or when to reveal Nan's secret. I did have it figured out very early and the situation they are in won't be easily solved with so much history and emotions involved. As mush as I love Rush I definitely would not want to be in Blaire's position.

Neyra said...

Oooh, great review Jamie! I've seen this baby around Goodreads. i'm not much of a fan of drama and hysterics, but this sounds interesting enough. Plus you did say " sexy, intense, rich, alpha male, you!" - I'm in! ;) LOL

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