Title – The Best Goodbye
Author – Abbi Glines
Publisher – Atria Books
Publication Date – December 1, 2015
Series – Rosemary Beach, #13
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next sizzling novel in the Rosemary Beach series, featuring well-known playboy and Blaire’s half brother, Captain.
“The look on Rose’s face had screamed that she was hiding something. Hell, she’d practically run away from me. There was something to that. I knew there was . . . “
After ten years in the employ of a mysterious crime boss, River “Captain” Kipling is ready to leave his sordid past—and his cover occupation as an upscale restaurateur—behind him. The only thing standing in the way of his “retirement” is his commitment to launch a new restaurant in the resort town of Rosemary Beach. With his sister, Blaire, nearby, Captain can delay his dream of running a humble bar on the waterfront, but the unwanted attentions of his head server, Elle, have him itching to get out.
Until he notices Rose Henderson, the new server at the restaurant. All he knows about the pretty redhead with the cute glasses is that she’s a hardworking single mom from Oklahoma. But there’s something overly familiar about her laugh…something strange about the way she looks at Captain…
Oh, Abbi, Abbi, dear Abbi! The Best Goodbye is so reminiscent of what I fell in love with in the beginning of the Rosemary Beach series, yet so completely and utterly different from all the previous books. There’s the perfect amount of angst with the romance factor, and a bit of mystery that kept me turning the pages, unable to put this one down. I really loved the spin that Glines put on these characters to make their story feel fresh and new.
“Time had changed both of us. Instead of loving him until I was breathless, I just wanted to slap his handsome face and leave town.”
What set Captain and Rose apart from previous characters, resulting in my favorite part, was the dual nature of their personalities. The world saw one facet of who they were, while they each knew an underlying, hidden piece in the other. While I want to elaborate on the characters and what I adored so much, it is very hard to do so without giving away any of the storyline. What I will say is that I was gripped by their present, intrigued about their past, and incredibly invested in their future. Captain and Rose had such hardened cores because of what they had been through, but it was Rose who came out stronger despite it. It was such a strong contrast to the other couples’ dynamics. Abbi Glines wrote these two personalities with such a strong presence that I couldn’t help but want more. Captain and Rose have such a protective nature to their personalities with hardened cores and it made for a beautiful coupling.
“Because when River Joshua Kipling decided you were worth protecting, he did it with everything he had.”
For fans of the Rosemary Beach series, we don’t get to see too much of the other couples. There are glimpses of previous characters, especially Blaire since Captain is his sister, but for the most part, we don’t get them. Normally, I would feel a tinge of disappointment because I relished those moments so much in the past. However, the story of Rose and Captain captivated me. It didn’t leave me thinking about the others. The Best Goodbye was the most standalone in the series, yet as I said, familiar, and easily skyrocketed to my favorite!
“I’d never be able to say goodbye to River – he’d always be a part of me – but I was preparing myself to let go of him.”
Abbi Glines somehow continues to come up with new, fresh spins and weaves her stories together in the greater picture perfectly. Each book gets better with its flawless storytelling, pulling you into a vortex of beautiful, raw emotions. Glines writes impeccable, unforgettable romances – particularly with these latest releases. I’m always left yearning for more purely out of love for the world she has created. I have to say that I am quite curious as to what she’ll do with Nan’s story in the next, and final, installment of the Rosemary Beach series. As far as I’m concerned, there is no redemption, but if anyone can do it, I know it will be Glines.
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1)
Never Too Far (Rosemary Beach #2)
Forever Too Far (Rosemary Beach #3)
Rush Too Far (Rosemary Beach #4)
Twisted Perfection (Rosemary Beach #5)
Simple Perfection (Rosemary Beach #6)
Take a Chance (Rosemary Beach #7)
One More Chance (Rosemary Beach #8)
You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach #9)
Kiro’s Emily (Rosemary Beach #10) – FREE!
When I’m Gone (Rosemary Beach #11)
When You’re Back (Rosemary Beach #12)
Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #14)
Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.