Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Abbi Glines’ latest Rosemary Beach novel, The Best Goodbye! You’ll find my review and a great giveaway below!
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The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #13
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC, 256 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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…
I’ve been a big fan of Abbi’s Rosemary Beach series since I first met Blaire and Rush waaaaaaaay back when in Fallen Too Far. Each new couple has found a way to win my heart and make me root for them. It took a little longer for Captain and Rose, but I eventually came around.
Captain and Rose’s history is complicated. Of course, I’m not going to get into all that because I don’t want to spoil anything for you going in, since the blurb doesn’t give a whole lot away. I feel like I kinda figured out where the story was going pretty early on so there wasn’t a lot of twists or turns from my perspective, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t still enjoy it. Rose was a great character. She was a wonderful mom and her daughter, Franny, was about the cutest girl ever. Rose was hard-working and likable. I’d been intrigued by Captain since he first appeared in the series and I was anxious to get his story. I have to admit though, I was a little put off by him at first. I didn’t care for his plaything Elle, but I didn’t like how he treated her either. He did redeem himself in my eyes eventually, but it took some time. His one saving grace from the beginning was that he was nice to Rose, so I let the other behavior slide a bit. Plus, as more of his past came out, I felt more sympathetic to the loss he suffered, so that helped too.
Though the story was predictable and a little too short for my liking, I still enjoyed The Best Goodbye. I wish we would’ve gotten a little more time with Captain and Rose as I feel there is still some more story there, but I do suspect I’ll see them in the next Rosemary Beach novel, so I have that to look forward to. Abbi does a great job of giving us peeks into the lives of some of our favorite characters and couples from previous novels with each new addition and I love that. It’s always great to catch up and see how life is treating them.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.