Because of Lila – 4 Stars

Abbi Glines

Sea Breeze Meets Rosemary Beach (Book 2)

Release Date: July 12, 2017

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Prim, proper, classic good girl, and her least favorite label – icy.

Lila Kate Carter has heard them all. The last one, being the newest. She is not icy. She just doesn’t care for Cruz Kerrington and his spoiled, selfish, careless ways. That doesn’t make her icy, that makes him a jerk!

Tired of being labeled and doing what is expected of her, Lila Kate leaves Rosemary Beach, Florida ready for an adventure. Wanting to recreate herself, find a new path, and become something more.

Eli Hardy is tired of women who always act the same, do the same thing and expect the same thing. He’s ready to swear off women until he can get the rest of his life together.

Two weeks into his no-women-rule he meets Lila. She’s so damn sweet and polite. Like she walked right out of an etiquette book. But he’d already been drunk before she walked in so there was a good chance she might not be as stunning and perfect as he thinks. He’s just too drunk to worry about that.

The next morning, he swears he can still smell her on his skin. He just can’t remember why or what happened after that third dance.

Their worlds are about to collide, and so are the secrets and lies.


Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series . She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.

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4 Stars

I love Abbi Glines and I will happily return to the Rosemary Beach or Sea Breeze characters any time she wants to write more. Her latest release, Because of Lila came out yesterday and I was up until 1 AM finishing this book because I couldn’t put it down. I would definitely recommend this romance!!

Grant and Harlow’s daughter, Lila Kate is all grown up. Desperate for change after being rejected by the man she loves, Lila decides to break free of the persona that has surrounded her for her entire life. She sets off an adventure.

Her journey brings two men front and center. One is everything you could ever want in a companion – sexy, smart, attentive and kind. Lila should want Eli but no matter how she tries, she just cannot wrestle her heart away from Cruz – her childhood friend who she grew up with and a man she has loved since she was 14.

Here’s where the drama and Abbi angst kicks in. Cruz wants Lila just as much as she wants him. But he believes that he isn’t good enough – which is why he’s avoided and hurt Lila for years. He thinks she deserves a good man like Eli.

However, the heart wants who it wants and Because of Lila is the story about two people finding their way through life’s messes and bad choices. It wasn’t my favorite book of this group but I really enjoyed it. I love seeing the offspring of my favorites finding their one true loves.

Now I’ve seen some criticism of this book and the characters that are involved in the storyline. And the truth is they’re not perfect. Cruz was a manwhore. Eli was in love with Bliss. BUT characters change and grow – they evolve into people who earn or deserve true love and happiness.

My issue (and it’s a small one) with Because of Lila wasn’t the character development or the coupling. I just wished that the drama and follow through at the end of the book had been more. It felt like everything wrapped up too quickly. That probably makes me greedy or a needy reader but whatever – there is never enough from this series.

So my advice is to give Because of Lila a chance, these characters are worth getting to know.

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