Book Blurb: (Goodreads)
Prim, proper, classic good girl, and her least favorite label – icy.
Lila Kate Carter has heard them all. The last one, being the newest. She is not icy. She just doesn’t care for Cruz Kerrington and his spoiled, selfish, careless ways. That doesn’t make her icy, that makes him a jerk!
Tired of being labeled and doing what is expected of her, Lila Kate leaves Rosemary Beach, Florida ready for an adventure. Wanting to recreate herself, find a new path, and become something more.
Eli Hardy is tired of women who always act the same, do the same thing and expect the same thing. He’s ready to swear off women until he can get the rest of his life together.
Two weeks into his no-women-rule he meets Lila. She’s so damn sweet and polite. Like she walked right out of an etiquette book. But he’d already been drunk before she walked in so there was a good chance she might not be as stunning and perfect as he thinks. He’s just too drunk to worry about that.
The next morning, he swears he can still smell her on his skin. He just can’t remember why or what happened after that third dance.
Their worlds are about to collide, and so are the secrets and lies
So I’m going to try and make this a spoiler free review, but know that it’s an extremely difficult task because, man oh man, do I want to talk about this one in detail! If you haven’t read Like a Memory (Nate’s story) then I would definitely suggest you stop reading now because this post will spoil it for you! Fair warning!
Okay, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! So when Abbi Glines posted that it was available on iBooks early, of course I jumped on that immediately! We are introduced to both Eli Hardy and Lila Kate in Like a Memory, and I couldn’t wait to learn more about each of them! Cruz Kerrington has been playing the push and pull game with Lila Kate for far too long, so when he labels her as an untouchable, icy, goody two shoes, Lila Kate decided to put some distance between her and Rosemary Beach. Lila Kate craves adventure, and doesn’t want to be the prim and proper girl that everyone sees her as. So she takes off to Sea Breeze, the first stop on her adventure to find happiness, and who does she run into, Eli Hardy.
I loved that we got to see a bit more of Nate and Bliss in this story! The relationship between Eli and Bliss reminds me so much of Low and Cage. I have to say that I am a little disappointed with the relationship between Nate and Lila Kate, both claiming that the other one is like a sibling and that they grew up very close, I just didn’t feel that sibling or even best friend sort of chemistry between the two. One of my favourite moments of the story was being introduced to Jace Montgomery. If you’ve read Grant and Harlow’s books, Take a Chance and One More Chance, you will absolutely adore the moments between Lila Kate and her parents. It was so nice to see Grant as that protective father figure again.
I couldn’t put this book down, I read it from start to finish and didn’t end up asleep until a little after 3am. It was definitely worth it. I enjoyed every minute of this book, but I don’t feel like its over. The end of this one left me with so many questions, I’m really curious to see where Glines takes us next on this Sea Breeze meets Rosemary Beach journey.
Was this book what I expected it to be? No. Was it what I wanted it to be? Absolutely! If that makes no sense to you, good! Go read it! If you have read it, please let me know what you thought!