I could not have been more pleased when I saw the news that this final book would give us Nan’s story! In this world, there is “evil” and there is “misunderstood” and with everything you learn about Nan from the other books in the Rosemary Beach series, I always felt she was just misunderstood and her anger misdirected. Nan needed a voice and Abbi Glines did an incredible job at giving her a story!
“Villains were created, not born.”
Nan didn’t have the ideal childhood. Sure she came from money, but she never felt the love of parents who genuinely cared for her and the only person who’s ever been in her corner was her brother Rush, whom we first met in Fallen Too Far. Over the course of this series, Nan has seen the men around her (Rush, Grant, etc.) fall in love and change for the different women in their lives. As if growing up without a loving parent wasn’t enough to cause insecurity in just about anyone, seeing all these transformations has really led Nan to believe that she is not worthy enough to cause the same reaction in any man.
“I wanted to be someone’s Harlow. Or Blaire. But I’d always just be Nan. And Nan wasn’t enough. I never had been, and I was done trying to be.”
In Up in Flames, Nan finds herself in a bit of a love triangle between Major and Cope, who we’ve met and heard about in earlier books. When dealing with love triangles, I usually choose my pick early on and this story was no different. Although both characters had their charming bits, one stood out more than the other to me and it reminded me why Abbi Glines quickly became one of my favorite authors! Not everyone is easy to love, but Glines was able to create the perfect person for Nan; someone who would not only understand her but also bring out the best in her. I didn’t walk away feeling like “well that was convenient” in the least. It felt genuine and I was 100% invested in this story!
Although this could pass as a standalone, I wouldn’t recommend reading it as such. Having read the other books is what really makes this story because it allows you to truly appreciate the tremendous growth of Nan’s character. Abbi Glines didn’t go into the history of the characters as much so reading this book as part of the series is what really gives you a better understanding. It also doesn’t hurt that this entire series is fantastic!
My only con for Up in Flames is that I wish we would’ve gotten a prettier bow to wrap up the series as a whole. Abbi Glines wrapped up her other big series Sea Breeze in a huge way and I was really looking forward to the same with the conclusion of Rosemary Beach. I was pretty bummed out to not have that happen. Either way, I am a huge Abbi fan and look forward to her future books!
Up In Flames by Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #13
Published by Atria Books
Pub Date: June 28th 2016
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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The villain of Rosemary Beach finally gets her own happy ending in the long-awaited final novel of the #1 New York Times bestselling new adult romance series by Abbi Glines.
The blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Rosemary Beach series ends with a bang when the troubled character readers love to hate gets her very own happily ever after in this eagerly anticipated and overwhelmingly requested story. Known for causing problems for everyone in Rosemary Beach, Nan has been growing up lately, and she’s finally taking center stage—and finding love with the man she least expected.