Thursday, February 28, 2013
"Never Too Far" by Abbi Glines
From Goodreads: "He had held a secret that destroyed her world.
Everything she had known was no longer true.
Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.
Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.
What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?
You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out."
*Please note that while I have made all attempts to shield them, this book does contain a few spoilers. If you do intend to read this book do not read any further (unless you aren't bothered by them)*
I am divided about this book- due to a number of seemingly contradictory elements that it possesses. On the one hand I loved how independent Blaire was, not only more than willing to raise her child on her own, but letting Rush go so that he wouldn't have to choose between her and his family, but I didn't love how much of a push-over she was at times. How many times can you forgive someone? But more than that, how many times can YOU apologize for someone else's actions (ie. whenever her and Rush would have a disagreement of some sort, the blame oftentimes resting on his shoulders, she would be the first to apologize when it should have been HIM doing so). Additionally, Rush made A LOT of mistakes in this book, but the large majority of them are what I consider to be "cute" mistakes. Just when you're about to release the anger that has slowly been brewing in you at him, he informs you of why he made that mistake (ie. being unable to make it to Blaire's doctors appointment because he was having a very serious discussion with his family regarding their future together). Furthermore, while I do believe that there was more of a storyline in this book than the previous I am astounded by the number of sex scenes that it has (yes, they're hot and all of that jazz, but do you seriously have to have sex every three pages or so? Isn't there more to you relationship than that? In fact, I loved when Blaire called Rush out about this very fact). As such, I am torn between giving this book four stars and five stars.
While I am conflicted about a number of things in this book I am NOT conflicted when it comes to my feelings about Abbi as a writer. Namely, that she is AMAZING. It is evident that the woman has talent and THIS is where she is meant to be (and that she is so deserving of all of the success that has come her way). Just think, almost 2 months ago I was reading and loving the first book in this series, "Fallen Too Far"- a mere 2 months ago!
Furthermore, another element which I am not conflicted about in this book are the secondary characters. While they made very little to no impact on me in the previous book, my attentions more so on Rush and Blaire, in this I couldn't help but fall for each and every one of them- Woods, Grant, and Bethy. Usually I have no sympathy for the guy who didn't get the girl, however, in this? Woods, I love you. You are caring and kind to the nth degree. I can't wait for you to find your own happiness in your spin-off. Grant, like Woods you are so beyond caring, and I can't wait to see yours and Nan's relationship develop (thought that you were sneaky? You weren't). And Bethy. Bethy, Bethy, Bethy. If I ever hear Blaire refer to Cain as being her best friend again I WILL freak out. He is, in no way, shape, or form, deserving of the title. You are, time and time again. With your actions you have proved a million times over that you are much, much better than the rich folks that you and Blaire serve day after day.
All in all, despite my complaints I did very much enjoy this book. This book is the prime example of one in which when you start it you can't put it down until you are finished. Abbi is quickly raising the ranks of my most favourite NA author of all time and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next, namely the third book in this series, promised after this book hit Number 1 on Amazon).