Abbi Glines’ Sea Breeze series was one of the first I really remember reading and getting into when I first got my Kindle. I finally got around to reading the latest addition: Just for Now. I figured that since I pre-ordered the next two, I should probably read the one that was downloaded and waiting for me.
Here is the Goodreads description:
An insatiable attraction heats to the boiling point in this brand-new book set in the shore town of Sea Breeze, from bestselling author Abbi Glines.
Preston is one bad boy. And Amanda has harbored a crush on him for forever. When she finally makes her move on him, it does not end well. But still, she can’t resist him. Especially now that he seems to be pursuing her, too.
No one wants wants them to be be together. Not Amanda’s brother Marcus, who is on the verge of his marriage to Low, and definitely not any of Preston’s buddies. They know way too much about Preston’s dark side. Yet the dangerous attraction is there…and neither Preston nor Amanda are going to deny it.
I will admit that I was hesitant to pick up this book. I love the other books in the Sea Breeze series, but after reading the synopsis and the prologue/part of the first chapter that were released early, I was not sure if this one was going to be my taste. Honestly, my hesitancy was not entirely uncalled for, but the book was also not as painful to read as I expected.
Preston’s “work” did not bother me as much as I thought it would. I’m not saying I thought it was okay but knowing it was coming before I started reading helped. Plus, I couldn’t bring myself to hate him after meeting his siblings. Daisy had me just as wrapped around her fingers as she did everyone in the book. So even though I hated what Preston was doing, I could not bring myself to hate him.
I liked Amanda just fine, other than she was a glutton for punishment. She would get hurt and keep coming back. That bothered me a little. I understand that you can’t help who you love and blah blah blah, but I thought she should have made him work for it a little more. As soon as Preston showed even the slightest amount of decency, she would forget everything hurtful he had ever done and go back to pining away for him. It made me not really believe her declaration of love. She just seemed like a girl with a crush. Puppy love maybe, but not real love.
I think my real issue in this book was pacing. The whole timeline for the story seemed to condensed. I think if the events in the story had been spread out over more time it would have been better. That’s probably the real reason that it just felt like puppy love between Manda and Preston, it happened to soon. Neither of them have been in a relationship before (that I know of) and it seemed like the jumped the gun on everything. This book would have benefited from being longer, but at the same time I guess that would mean more of Preston sneaking around which would not have been okay, so I don’t really know. I just know that it needed something more.
Now, I will leave you with my favorite line from the book:
“I hope you like SEC football, because that’s all we watch around here. The other teams aren’t really important in the grand scheme of things” – Location 3367
Truer words have never been written. Geaux Tigers!
Find Just for Now on Amazon here.