Up in Flames by Abbi Glines – Amy’s Review

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I’ve been reading the Rosemary Beach series from the very beginning.


4 stars


Spoiled. Selfish. Rich girl. Villain. Slut.

As the Prada-clad bad girl of Rosemary Beach, Nan Dillon has been called every vile name under the hot summer sun. Some of her reputation is deserved—she’s never had to worry about anything but maintaining her perfect figure and splitting Daddy’s private jet with her brother, Rush.

But Nan is far from happy. Rush has another kid on the way and doesn’t have time to catch up with his sister. Grant, the last guy she truly cared about, chose to be with her half-sister, Harlow, instead of her. And Harlow, who has never gotten over the way Nan treated her when she first moved to town, remains distant.

So when Major asks her out, she jumps at the chance to date the gorgeous charmer. Though she doesn’t know much about the sweet-talking Texan, and though it’s clear he doesn’t want to be exclusive, dating him beats hanging out with vapid socialites or watching Netflix alone at home.

For a while, Nan deals with Major’s playboy ways, but after he burns her one too many times, she takes off for an impromptu wild weekend in Vegas. There, she meets Gannon, a darkly seductive and oh-so-dangerous businessman who knows exactly how to handle her.

With Major asking for a second chance and Gannon haunting her dreams, Nan has to decide who to give her heart to. But what she doesn’t realize is that these players are involved in a much bigger game—and they’re already two moves ahead of her.

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When you reach the thirteenth book in a series you love and it’s about a character that has been nothing but horrid to most of the characters you’ve met and loved how do you get past that bias? How can you go into the book without questioning “How is the author going to redeem this character?” The answer is you can’t. You go into it hating the character and questioning why the author bothered to write the book to begin with. BUT then you start reading it and you quickly realize this book isn’t about redemption, it’s about understanding and acceptance. We have all been introduced to Nan the super bitch who hates everyone in her life but, her brother Rush and seems to take pleasure in causing misery. But is that who she really is or, is that who she’s had to become to survive?

As a previous Nan hater I can tell you READ this book, you might not love Nan by the end of it but, you will love her story. Abbi finally gives us a glimpse into who Nan really is, what makes her tick, and what makes her feel. This book grabbed my attention from page one and I read until the wee hours of the morning because I could not put it down. I have always loved Abbi Glines writing style. I love the duel point of view and how she has so many characters that interweave into the story adding more to the book without taking away from the main character’s story. She does all of that perfectly here.

There is so much more I could say and want to say but, the story really speaks for itself. Nan is who she is and it’s up to you to decide if you can accept that or not.

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