Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review: While It Lasts

by Abbi Glines

Book Description
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 baling 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.

Book Review
Review Grade: 5/5
I was taking the bad boy off the market for good. 

One of my favorite series: Sea Breeze and one of my favorite characters in the series - the uber bad boy Cage . I am so falling in love with him all over again.

We met him in the book 2: Because of Low where I fervently wished he will have his very own happy ending - and here it is!!! Yay! 

The story started with a heavy heart - we met Eva Brooks whose heart was crushed by the news of her fiance's death in Baghdad along with other soldiers. Losing someone whose been with you whole your life, and whom you made your plans with is heartbreaking, and indeed, it would be hard for a person to go on from there. I don't think it is impossible - but the idea where to start, or how to start from scratch is just tasking. 

This is what I love about this book by Abbi Glines - because it shows how you can find another love - when you lost what you have thought your true love . The other love may not be the same - but it can be different: something new, something fresh, something different, something that you never thought can make you happy, something that you will never compare your past love to. 

It's a little bit crazy - gahd! Cage is crazy - in a good way. We have all been introduced to him in the previous book: Cage is the ultimate man-whore - and any girl would just adore him: his bad boy image and the alpha-male personality he exudes is the ultimate kill that an unsuspecting girl would get in trouble for. His smile can melt your heart and he's sigh just amazing. *starry-eyed*. But he gets himself into trouble when he gets a DUI and is forced to work for the summer taking care of cows. He will stick to this and stay out of trouble because he needs his scholarship. 

Only that - trouble struts in front of him: Eva. She has the most beautiful, sad eyes he had ever seen. He was warned that she was off limits. Now Eva - her heart was broken, her engagement ring is still on her finger, her jeep is parked in the garage for eighteen months and her guitar is kept inside her closet. Her life stopped, and everyone around her tiptoed, scared that they might mention Josh' name and she'd be in pieces. 

I like Eva - I love how Abbi Glines tried to make her character more realistic by allowing her to move on little by little rather than in haste. How her character doubted her feelings, and how other people at the same time her past affected what she and Cage had. 

There were sexy and steamy scenes: just as what I expected of Cage. I adore his control and his respect for Eva, it's really cute when a player falls in love. They tend to be overprotective studs and turns into one-woman.

The ending: it's sweet, but not too cheesy. I love how Cage got his happy ending - I think he deserves it for being a good friend to Low and experiencing such a difficult childhood. I also think Eva deserves this type of love story - mind blowing and exciting after all the aches she'd been through. 

And yes, by the time I was done reading the last pages, I could not help but look forward for the next book in this series!

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