While It Lasts (Sea Breeze 3) by Abbi Glines-Adult Contemporary Romance
Kindle format given by author for review/ARC
Summary:Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it.
Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball -- or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues -- or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer bailing hay?
Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible.
Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows.
Oh -- and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties - he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips.
It's no surprise that I loved this book. I'm a huge Abbi Glines fan, but that aside, I was really excited about getting inside Cage's head. Mission accomplished! I absolutely knew that Cage was going to be special. I remember sending Abbi a note while I read Because of Low asking (begging) if there would be a story about Cage. I think Cage crept into my heart at that point and held on tight. I was dying to see what kind of girl could get into his heart (besides me). Immediately, I knew Eva had what it took to make that happen.
Within the first few pages of the book I was in tears. However, that quickly changed once Cage entered the scene in chapter one. He's cocky, sarcastic, and oozes sex appeal. Eva is not impressed in the slightest. See...Eva has had a very different life than Cage. She's confident in herself, feels loved, and has a clear plan for her life. Unfortunately, she's had to alter that plan because of Josh's death and she certainly doesn't want someone like Cage York to interfere in her life. As time goes by, she can't fight her attraction to him and Eva learns that there is more to Cage than just a pretty face.
I loved seeing Cage's heart warm up to the possibility of trusting someone to love him. Also, allowing himself to love someone truly. He's had a tough childhood and the only one he had to count on was Low. He protected himself by jumping into bed with anyone to fill a void. I think that he knew right away that Eva was going to be different. She wasn't a game to him. As much as I loved seeing him fall in love, I was still happy to see that Cage's humor and some of the sexy cockiness wasn't lost. Man...that boy has some good lines and some good moves. *sighs*
I just want to briefly mention that I was really happy to see Low again. I hadn't realized how much I had missed her until she showed up. Of course, I loved seeing a little snippet of Marcus too, even though it was brief. What I would like to see, (crosses fingers) is a story with AMANDA (Marcus' sister)! Agree???
Overall, While It Lasts, was everything I had hoped for and more. There were times I wanted to yell at Eva and smack Cage upside the head. There were times I needed to catch my breath from all the steam. There were tears, laughter, and full out swoon. AND, I absolutely adored the ending! One of the things I appreciate the most about Abbi's stories is that they aren't wrapped up in a nice little package. Her characters have to work for their love. While the situations are more dramatic, it makes it seem more realistic to me. Ultimately though, her characters find their happy ending.
If you are a fan of a great love story, sexy guys, and strong females, then you must check out the Sea Breeze Series!
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