Series Review – Too Far Trilogy by Abbi Glines

Hello everyone!

Today I am doing something a little different. Last month I read a lot of New Adult books and some of those were the first three books in the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines. These three alone are their own trilogy revolving around the same couple and they were too short to do an individual review for each of them so I decided to do a series review instead.

This is the first time I’m doing to so let’s see how it works, shall we?

Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far and Forever Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1, 2, and 3)

Author: Abbi Glines

Publication: December 14th 2012, February 25th 2013 and June 9th 2013

Publisher: Abbi Glines, Smashwords and Abbi Glines

Format: Kindle Edition 300 pages, ebook 193 pages and Kindle Edition 292 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read: November 2015

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Fallen Too Far Cover

Fallen Too Far

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
To want what you’re not supposed to have…
She is only nineteen.
She is his new stepfather’s daughter.
She is still naive 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

Critically
Plot – 3 out of 5 stars
dramatic, full of back and forth, miscommunication, angst, rushed, really fast paced
Writing Style – 3.5 out of 5 stars
simple but verbose, addicting, easy to fly through it, sometimes can be a bit juvenile and immature
Characters – 3 out of 5 stars
Blaire is tough but vulnerable. She’s sweet, shy and honest but strong and independent.
Rush is rude and closed off. He’s very possessive and protective. In his good moments, he’s caring and extremely apologetic but those don’t happen often.
Interesting to see the relationships between the main and supporting characters and their roles in this first story.

Never Too Far Cover

Never Too Far

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
He had held a secret that destroyed her world.
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
.

Critically
Plot – 3 out of 5 stars
This just had way too much drama for me. It took it to an over exaggerated level. There was angst, anger, vulnerability and growth. But it was too much in such a short amount of time.
Writing Style – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Simple but verbose. Sometimes it was really immature. But it was angsty, addicting and easy to read. It sucks you in and doesn’t let go, no matter how much you want to.
Characters – 3 out of 5 stars
I was not a fan of them at all.
Blaire is weak and scared. She’s really vulnerable and hurt in this installment, but she takes life by the horns and becomes strong and fierce considering what she’s dealing with.
Rush tries to redeem himself. The last book left him in a bad light and he’s apologetic and determined. He’s kind of on a rollercoaster ride since he’s scared and hurt and torn about a lot of his surroundings.

Forever Too Far Cover

Forever Too Far

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Rush promised her forever… but promises can be broken.
Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more important. Letting go isn’t easy.
Blaire believed in her fairytale… but no one can live in a fantasy.
Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart.
Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone… too far?

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
Finally this series got itself together! It has a little bit of drama and a little bit of angst, but not as much as the first two books, thank God. It’s a lot more focused on love and it introduces a lot of things for the next books in the Rosemary Beach series.
Writing Style – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I’m repeating myself but who cares? Simple, verbose. We get some new POV’s in this one and you can tell the distinction between characters. It’s also a bit more mature and developed than in the first two books which is great.
Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
Blaire: I am so happy with her development. She’s strong, powerful, determined, confident, open and honest. Everything I needed her to be since the beginning, she finally did it!
Rush: He got better. Still annoying and indecisive but he’s strong, protective, loving and sadly, very overwhelmed by what’s going on in his life.

Emotionally

I have no idea how to start this part of the review. I haven’t thought this through very much because I want to talk about all the books, but at the same time I don’t want to spoil anything too much even though this is the spoiler section. Weird isn’t it?

Considering how much I loved Abbi’s Sea Breeze series, I can say I was a bit disappointed with this series.

The first book just felt completely over the top to me. There was just too much unnecessary drama. The plot wasn’t complicated, it was very simple, but all the circumstances surrounding the main characters that drove it over the edge. There was miscommunication, secrets, betrayals and angst. And for such a little book, that’s a lot going on. The relationship between Rush and Blaire also had its problems. He was rude and mean but at the same time would get really jealous of other men and possessive of Blaire. But he’d turn right around and sleep with other girls practically in her face. It was very unhealthy and I wasn’t a big fan of it, until he finally got his shit together. I would’ve liked to see Blaire be more assertive and strong with her choices and how she’s treated by a lot of people, Rush included. She didn’t completely annoy me like some other main characters have before but she didn’t blow me away. Her point of view was solid and reliable but it kind of got boring after awhile. Rush was your typical New Adult male character. He’s a playboy, rich, rude, overprotective. It got old really fast. But his motivations for his actions are different than most male main characters. Even with all the complaints I have for this book, it was very addicting and easy to read. So going to the next book was no problem.

The second book just got worse to be honest. If I thought the first one was dramatic, it had absolutely nothing on this one. There was a huge revelation at the end of the last book which ends with Blaire taking off back to Alabama so that’s where we begin. But she doesn’t have enough money to get started and then this huge thing is revealed which was not as much of a shock as I’m sure the author thought it would be and it creates a whole bunch more complications. For such a short book because it’s the shortest of the three, there were so many things going on! There was drama and angst and people being emotional. So much back and forth between the main characters. It was just exhausting and to be quite honest, really immature and juvenile considering what was going on was actually quite serious. This is the book where Blaire got on my last nerve. She was so incredibly annoying. She was immature and childish, like a petulant 5 year old. But I did understand why she was doing it and where she was coming from but that didn’t stop me from being irritated to hell and back. Rush was a bit too intense in this book as well. He was almost practically in a stalker mode. But I did appreciate how he tried to take care of Blaire and how they slowly fixed their relationship.

The third book is where it’s at for me. I finally got a nice healthy dosage of angst that I wanted. Not too much but just enough to keep things interesting. But even though I think this is the best book in the trilogy, I feel like it wasn’t necessary. The second book could’ve been obliterated and the third book would be second and it would’ve been a nice duology. And I think that way because the plot of this book kind of tries to wrap everything up even though it is a little weird. Our little couple is happy and in love and cumbaya and everything but outside forces are trying to tear them apart which has been one of the themes throughout the whole series. This one revolves around Rush having to pick between Blaire and his sister Nan. Again has been happening in the whole series but it comes to a head in this one. And it got so crazy that it felt like one of those fake reality shows, there was so much unnecessary drama but this time it was around our main characters and not about them, which I guess is why it didn’t bother me as much as in the first two books. Blaire’s growth is great. We finally get to see her be an adult and make smart and kind decisions about her life and the people she wants in that life. She got to reconnect with her Dad and salvage her relationship with him which I really appreciated and loved. Rush still annoyed me at times but I’m starting to think that’s just my reaction to his personality. Just like in the first book, these other two books were just as addicting, again kind of like a reality tv show, which is probably why I ended up finishing them and why I’m most likely going to continue on and finish the Rosemary Beach series.

So that’s it for this review! Let me know if you’ve read until the end and what you think of this format for series reviews. I tried to keep it as close to my original as possible because I feel really comfortable using that style. Thanks for reading and see  you on my next post!

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