Up in Flames
Synopsis:#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines returns to Rosemary Beach one last time in this highly-anticipated finale and much beloved series.
Spoiled. Selfish. Rich girl. Villan. Slut.
As the Prada-clad bad girl of Rosemary Beach, Nan Dillon has been called every vile name under the hot summer sun. Some of her reputation is deserved—she’s never had to worry about anything but maintaining her perfect figure and splitting Daddy’s private jet with her brother, Rush.
But Nan is far from happy. Rush has another kid on the way and doesn’t have time to catch up with his sister. Grant, the last guy she truly cared about, chose to be with her half-sister, Harlow, instead of her. And Harlow, who has never gotten over the way Nan treated her when she first moved to town, remains distant.
So when Major asks her out, she jumps at the chance to date the gorgeous charmer. Though she doesn’t know much about the sweet-talking Texan, and though it’s clear he doesn’t want to be exclusive, dating him beats hanging out with vapid socialites or watching Netflix alone at home.
For a while, Nan deals with Major’s playboy ways, but after he burns her one too many times, she takes off for an impromptu wild weekend in Vegas. There, she meets Gannon, a darkly seductive and oh-so-dangerous businessman who knows exactly how to handle her.
With Major asking for a second chance and Gannon haunting her dreams, Nan has to decide who to give her heart to. But what she doesn’t realize is that these players are involved in a much bigger game—and they’re already two moves ahead of her.
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I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been waiting on pins and needles to see how on God’s green Earth Abbi was not only going to redeem Nan, but actually make us “like” her. We’ve spent endless books hating this vile woman and thinking up ways we would love to see her killed off. I know I had visions of her tripping during one of her tantrums and landing eyeball down on one of the heels of her stilettos. And this was one of my tamer scenarios! So suffice it to say, I had serious doubts I was going to be able to like Nan and I started reading her book with a whole bucket full of apprehension.
Up in Flames…first thing I have to say is it was NOTHING like I expected it to be. Like, not at ALL. So kudos to Abbi Glines for knocking me for a loop. I freaking love it when authors do that! It’s going to be hard to say too much without giving stuff away, but let’s just say it ain’t all about Nan and Major. There is SO much more involved!
I think my favorite thing about this book was really getting into Nan’s head and seeing how she thinks and why she acts the way she does. I originally expected it to be a pity party and that I wouldn’t be sympathetic but I found myself being swayed one page at a time. I think the turning point for me was this…
“Standing up, I headed for the door and downstairs. I wanted to see him in my house. Cooking in my kitchen. These were dreams I’d never experienced because I’d been afraid to. This wasn’t what I knew in men. This was something men did for the Blaires and Harlows of this world. Not the Nans.”
I think what we all thought was bitchy, spoiled and thoughtless was actually a girl with very low self esteem and some serious abandonment issues. Thankfully for Nan, she starts to see the error in her ways and what she’s been missing when a very sexy, broody, dangerous mystery man enters her life. Things get crazy hot and take a turn that you won’t expect. I have to say this is probably my favorite Rosemary Beach book since the Rush books. I never, in a million years, would think I would be saying that but I truly loved the depth Abbi brought to this seemingly one dimensional character. I have to give Up in Flames a solid 4 stars and dare you to read it without switching your #NanHater status!
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