Title: Best I’ve Ever Had
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Sea Breeze meets Rosemary Beach #3
# of Pages: 242
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Summer had returned to the coastal town of Sea Breeze, Alabama. The nightlife lit up with scantily clad sun-kissed bodies, live music, the smell of freshly cooked seafood.
Taking it all in he wondered if coming back had been the best thing. He wasn’t the same man who had driven out of town a year ago on the motorcycle he’d spontaneously bought after his best friend’s wedding. From the messy blond curls he’d let grow out to the tattoos now covering his arms, part of his chest and even the side of his neck, it all represented a part of his journey.
Eli Hardy was back, but he didn’t plan on staying for long. (Goodreads)
I’ve been a fan of Abbi Glines books for years now and I absolutely love the Sea Breeze and Rosemary Beach worlds she has created. Best I’ve Ever Had is the third installment in the crossover series and honestly I’m not sure how I feel about it. Don’t get me wrong it was amazing to check in with some of my favourite characters but I felt like the story of Eli and Ophelia got lost in that.
Eli has been a character that popped up quite frequently in the past two crossovers so I was really excited that this story was going to focus on him. I was not expecting his story to go in the direction it did, so it definitely kept me guessing. However, I don’t think this story went into nearly enough depth with what happened to Eli when he was away. It was hinted at and eluded too and eventually we do find out what happened but I felt like it became a last minute addition to the story instead of showing what Eli has truly overcome.
Ophelia is a likeable character, she’s funny and confident and I really enjoyed reading her portions of the story but again I felt that we didn’t get enough depth. I felt that there was very little growth to her as a character outside of her relationship with Eli.
As much as I love revisiting this world I feel like too much of it is spent trying to explain who is who and to mention every character and I’m not sure that’s necessary. It feels forced at times when some of the characters are mentioned. Fortunately, having read the entire series I was able to skim past some of these explanations as it wasn’t necessary for the storyline. Those who haven’t read these series would have a really difficult time jumping in I think.
Despite the fact that I had some issues with this story I did enjoy seeing how these two characters came together and I will continue reading this series along with everything else that Abbi Glines writes. If you’ve read Best I’ve Ever Had let me know what you thought in the comments!