Friday 26 April 2013

Review: While it Lasts - Abbi Glines

Trouble follows Cage York around. Usually his charm gets him off the hook, but this time his recklessness means he's spending his summer sweeping out barns and babysitting cows, instead of enjoying late-night hook-ups.

The only bright spot is Eva, an uptight, snarky brunette who seems immune to Cage's advances. Behind those big blue eyes and fiery temper, Eva is nursing a broken heart and the last thing she needs is a player like Cage flashing his irritating (though admittedly gorgeous) smile in her direction.

But as the humidity rises, Cage begins to crack Eva's carefully built walls as the two of them learn that what they want, and need, may be something they never expected . . .

The Sea Breeze Series:
Because of Low
While it Lasts
Just for Now
Sometimes it Lasts
Bad for You
Hold on Tight

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Playboy and party animal Cage is in trouble, getting caught drink driving was the last straw and he is at risk of losing everything - his place on the team and his college scholarship - if he doesn't turn his life around fast. His coach has given him one last chance to redeem himself, he just has to keep his head down, work hard and stay out of trouble for the whole summer to earn it. Spending his summer in the country working on a farm is Cage's idea of hell but the moment he sees Eva things start to look up. That's before he realises she's the bosses daughter and firmly off limits. Eva is the one woman who seems immune to Cage's charms and that draws him to her like nothing else but Eva has had her heart broken before and the last thing she needs is another guy in her life, especially a player like Cage. Can Cage break through Eva's defences and persuade her to take a chance on him? What will it cost him if he does succeed?

We met Cage in Because of Low, and saw that he's a total player who is happy to jump into bed with any girl who will have him and that he never lets his heart get involved. In spite of his bad boy attitude we did get to see how much he cares for his best friend Low, the two of them grew up together, they both had difficult family lives and neither of them has ever had anyone who they can rely on apart from each other. As much as I didn't like Cage's attitude towards girls I did feel for him as I started to learn more about his background and I had a feeling that when he finally met the right woman he would fall hard and fast. I knew there was a nice guy hiding under that cocky exterior and I'm so pleased Eva managed to bring him out of his shell! You can't beat a reformed bad boy and Cage is one of my favourites, he keeps his confident and cocky outer shell while managing to show an incredibly sweet and romantic side to him too and of course I loved him.

My heart absolutely broke when I learnt about Eva's past, I actually cried (in public!) when I was reading the prologue. She has lost so much and has spent the last year and a half living in a kind of limbo, her grief has changed her and she is a shell of the person she used to be. Eva was so defined by her relationship with Josh that she doesn't really know how to act now that he is no longer around and she doesn't know how to move on without him. It isn't easy for her to open up to Cage but he is patient with her and he understands that she needs to take things slowly. It was lovely to see her start to open up to him and I felt she really deserved to find some happiness. Cage and Eva both bring out the best in each other, they have both been through tough times and they come out the other side stronger than ever, especially when they are together. Their relationship is sweet and builds slowly but it is also passionate and incredibly sexy.

Without a doubt While it Lasts is my new favourite book by Abbi Glines and Cage is my favourite of her heroes. I'm really enjoying the Sea Breeze books and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, I hope that Eva's friend Jeremy gets his own story at some point because I really want to see his happy ending. Although this story doesn't end on a cliffhanger I was excited to learn that Cage and Eva are going to have a second book written about them, that one will be going straight to the top of my to buy pile when it is released because I loved both of these characters. If you're new to the series then I do think you could read this book as a standalone but I'd strongly recommend reading at least Because of Low first because it gives you a lot more background on Cage. This isn't a series to miss if you're a fan of NA contemporary romance though and it's one I'd highly recommend.

Source: Received from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review

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