Sunday, 28 December 2014
Review: One More Chance by Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach (book 8)
Publication Date: 2nd September 2014
Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker and someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow's half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own.
Harlow had taken the chance, falling hard and fast for the guy who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love...
But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now Grant and Harlow must decide if they have enough fight to make it work - or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I love the Rosemary Beach books. I am a huge fan of Grant and I like Harlow. I enjoyed Take a Chance and I was so looking forward to seeing Grant and Harlow get their HEA... So it actually pains me to say that this is my least favourite book in the entire series.
The beginning annoyed the hell out of me. I wanted to bitch smack Harlow upside the nut and down the other... How dare she keep such a secret from Grant? Her reasoning was pathetic and selfish. Her behaviour that of an immature child.
Then when we get past that round of frustration and stupidity we are faced with lots of little bumps, minor angst inducing moments, lack of communication and lack of real connection before The Ending.
Why am I writing the ending as The Ending you may ask? Well, the answer is simple. It was the most over-blown piece of tripe I have ever read. It was packed full of ridiculous occurrences worthy of an 80's TV melodrama with bad hair, bad acting and no soul.
Of course something had to go wrong with the pregnancy. Of course Harlow had to almost die of some mysterious medical condition that only the blood of a close relative could save her from... Of course Nan is redeemable and saves the day! I couldn't decide whether I wanted to cry, rage or puke.
One of the drawbacks of being a BioMed graduate (and working in the field), I guess. The inability to swallow medical bullshit for the sake of a "good" story.
Setting aside the above frustrations, I didn't hate the book. I enjoyed the appearances of the rest of the Rosemary Beach crew and at the end of the day, they get their happy ever after and I'm happy with that. I'll just be skipping this book in my series re-reads.
On a side note, I think a lot of people will like this book for the very reasons I had issues with it so... To each their own!