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Up in Flames: A Rosemary Beach Novel
     

Up in Flames: A Rosemary Beach Novel

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by Abbi Glines
 

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines returns to Rosemary Beach one last time in this highly anticipated finale.

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

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines returns to Rosemary Beach one last time in this highly anticipated finale.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/30/2016
In the 14th and final installment of the Rosemary Beach series (following 2015’s The Best Goodbye), a spoiled and impetuous rich woman becomes a pawn in a clash of wills between two dangerous, obsessed men. Nan Dillon tires of the mercurial, promiscuous behavior of her boyfriend, Major Colt, and heads to Vegas for some fun. There she meets the mysterious Gannon Roth, whose take-charge, aggressive attitude appeals to her more than Major’s vanilla ways ever did. She has no idea that Gannon is also Cope, Major’s crime-lord boss, and that they just want to discover what she knows about one of her former lovers. Nan returns home and fends off Major’s clumsy flirtations while pining for her Vegas fling. The love triangle comes to an explosive resolution when Nan makes a rash, life-changing decision. Told through alternating perspectives in swift, breezy chapters, this erotic romance isn’t very romantic or erotic; the characters range from unlikable to detestable, the sex is blunt and unsatisfying, and the love angle is vastly underdeveloped. It’s hard to root for any combination of these characters, especially with Major’s predilection for anonymous, passionless encounters, and Nan’s jaded boast that she has “little to no respect for the male species.” Violence in the bedroom, the recurring theme of stalking (Cope keeps Nan under constant surveillance and uses the information to seduce her), and the two men’s collusion likewise make this an unappetizing, unpleasant tale, which eventually reaches an entirely implausible and deeply distressing ending. Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel and Goderich Literary. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501115394
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
06/28/2016
Series:
Rosemary Beach Series , #13
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
213,996
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Up in Flames


  • Men pissed me off. In my experience, they always wanted something from me, but it was never really me they wanted. I knew it without giving them more than a moment of my time. When they looked at me, they saw “daughter of a rock star” and “money.” Most of them were just hoping I’d get them on the cover of a cheap gossip magazine.

    This left me with little to no respect for the male species. I held only one man in high regard, and that was my brother, Rush. He had always been there for me when I needed him—except for a few times when I was a raging bitch to his wife, Blaire. But now that I was over my jealousy, Rush was back to being my rock. And it was enough for me that he was happy.

    I knew it was time that I grew up and fought my own battles. I wasn’t doing a fantastic job of it, but I wasn’t doing too badly, either. I was managing things. In my own way . . .

    My phone vibrated in my hand, and I looked down to see Major’s face on the screen. This was my newest bad idea. He was gorgeous and almost too sweet for me—I usually liked at least a little bit of drama—but what kept him from being too perfect was the fact that he was a player. He loved women. Craved the attention he got from them. He thought I was too stupid to know that when he wasn’t with me, he was usually with someone else, but his acting skills weren’t as foolproof as he thought. I could tell by the way he responded to my texts if he was with someone else or if he had time for me.

    I thought I was dealing with this reality pretty well, but it was getting harder to keep my heart in check and not fall for his pretty-boy charms. His kindness was getting to me, even though I knew I was nothing more than another girl to him.

    What are you doing?

    This was the kind of text I usually got when he was alone and bored. At first, I had thought he was genuinely interested in the answer, but after noticing how often the words hey sweetie and babe flashed across the screen of his phone when we were together, I knew that was all bullshit.

    All men were liars. Even the bighearted, pretty ones.

    I didn’t trust men, but unfortunately, I needed them in my life. I wished I weren’t always so needy for affection and attention, but I was. I hated that about myself, and I often tried to hide it, but it was getting harder to do that. Watching Rush abandon his playboy ways for the right woman and seeing his best friend—and my onetime fuck buddy—Grant Carter, turn into the perfect man for his wife, Harlow, hadn’t been easy. I wasn’t a Blaire or a Harlow. I didn’t inspire men to want to change for me. Admitting that hurt deeply, but it was something I was coming to terms with.

    Anger, self-loathing, and feelings of inadequacy can make a person hateful. Bitter. A monster.

    That’s exactly what I didn’t want to become.

    As much as I wanted to ignore Major, I knew I wouldn’t. Replying to him meant he’d give me attention, and then I could pretend for a moment that he had feelings for me. That I was worth more. That I was the kind of girl a guy would change for.

    Just waking up, I replied, as I sat up in bed.

    The text bubble that always popped up when someone was in the middle of replying showed up on the screen, and my stomach did a little flutter thing. He was alone. He was thinking about me.

    Yes, I know, I sound pathetic, but I’m being honest here.

    Sleepyhead. What time did you go to bed last night?

    The better question would be what time did he go to bed last night. He hadn’t texted me after eight p.m., and I had too much pride ever to text or call him first. His last text had been distracted, and I assumed he was with someone else.

    Late, was my simple response. The truth was, I had sat on my sofa, cuddled up alone under a blanket, watching season three of Gossip Girl and eating popcorn that I would have to run off this morning.

    What were you doing up late?

    That kind of question always annoyed me. He felt like he could just ask me anything because he knew I’d give him a real answer. but I could never straight-up ask him what he was doing, because I knew I’d only get part of the truth—usually the part that didn’t involve another girl.

    Watching TV. I didn’t feel like lying to make him jealous. I had realized long ago that Major didn’t do jealous where I was concerned, which sometimes felt like a slap in the face. Yet another thing I always forgave him for, just because he was so damn nice.

    Gossip Girl or Grey’s Anatomy?

    He knew my two favorite shows. He remembered everything about me. Which was yet another thing that complicated things for me.

    Gossip Girl.

    I’m good, he texted, with a winky face. He was the only guy I knew who used emojis. At first, I thought it was weird, but I expected it now. It was just Major being Major. He could make things acceptable that normally weren’t sexy.

    Lunch today? Maybe Japanese?

    He loved Japanese food.

    And I was afraid, maybe just a little, that I loved him.

    Sure.

  • Meet the Author

    Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

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    Up in Flames: A Rosemary Beach Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I've read all of her other books in the series. Couldn't wait for this one to be released. Not only a terrible storyline, but a completely implausible one. Abbi did Nan a terrible disservice and she has cheated her loyal readers.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I LOVE Everything Abbi Glines writes! Rosemary beach is one of my favorite series , but I am so very sorry to say this was the worst book in the series. I was hoping for an epic story for Nan , but I was just Disappointed. Captain's story wasn't much better. I absolutely have loved ALL of her books so please read this series from the beginning, just leave out the last two books. Abbi Glines PLEASE keep writing! I will Keep reading!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    ...But I expected a bigger boom for the ending of such an amazing series! The end of Sea Breeze had me happy and clawing for another book. Made me want more. I absolutely loved Rosemary Beach Series from the first with Rush/Blaire, all the way to Mase/Reese. Then the stories get a little sketchy with Captain and Major and all the "undercover action", it seems like a completely different series where some of my favorite characters make appearances. Nan, in this book, seems com-plete-ly diff-er-ent than when she was previously featured. I liked her better in this book because of her no nonsense thoughts and strong will to survive on her own. She was a completely different character. Ending with, I loved this series so much (specifically Woods Kerrington, hhhhhh love me some Woods) but the storyline ended up changing in the last three books.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I was so excited for this book but it was just too smutty for me. I loved the other books in this series and I didn't mind the sex scenes in them. This one was just too rough and not enough passion. She was treated like crap by BOTH men in this book and Nan allowed it. The twist was good but didn't make up for the rest. I will admit I did enjoy the small glimaces of the other couples in this book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I have read all of herbooks and really love this series. This however was not her best work. I hate to admit I was disappointed.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Throughout these series I was a Nan hater but I am now a Nan lover. Great story. Job well done Abbi. Sad that this is the end of RoseMary beach.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was more than I ever could've imagined. I fell in love with Abbi when I read While It Lasts. She has made me laugh and cry and cry even harder. I will continue to be obsessed as long as she's writing. I grew up and live in the same small town I always have in rural Oklahoma. These books hit home with my southern heart. Thank you for making me love Nan. I knew you wouldn't disappoint!
    beau2fullybrkn1 More than 1 year ago
    I admit I haven’t read the last few books in this series. Like most, I was never a big fan of Nan, but damn it I was curious to read her story. I knew that I would probably never love Nan but I was at least hoping I could learn to like or understand her. Maybe I went into this story with too many expectations but I am beyond disappointed in this book. Nan’s story was just over the top, soap opera – style drama. There was very little depth to the storyline and at times it was simply unbelievable. This story was supposed to be a romance and yet I saw little to no romance at all. Like none. I was waiting to have some sweet words and romantic gestures. Maybe some actual love making or getting to know one another on a deep emotional level but nooooo….. This story was mainly two men playing, “The Girl Is Mine”. Sigh. Since I hadn’t read the last few books I was a bit lost as to what was going on. I felt as is Nan’s book needed a chapter or two of backstory or a quick little recap of what had happened so for. (Maybe a harlequin style family tree to remind me how all the characters were connected??) This novel just jumps right in and we were immediately “shown” the hot mess that was Nan and Major’s “relationship”. I didn’t feel their connection and I honestly didn’t understand them. He seemed to like/tolerate her and she seemed mildly infatuated with him. His actions and words were contradictory towards her. One minute he couldn’t stand Nan and the next he couldn’t get too close to her because she was breaking down his defenses. I was getting whiplash from the back and forth. Nan knew exactly the player type that Major was and yet she still wanted him and his attention/affection . When Gannon is brought into the picture, Nan is immediately drawn to him. At first he comes across as a bit of a mysterious, sexy, alpha male but after a while I found him to be a bit annoying. Again the connection between him and Nan seemed superficial. They would talk, he would take her on a few nights dates, but the mainly their interactions was between the sheets. None of this made me want to see them together. I kept hoping to feel this deep connection and attraction that they both had for one another but it was lackluster. I don’t feel as if I got the chance to truly know Nan. She wasn’t quite the raving witch that she used to be but she wasn’t exactly little Miss Susie Sunshine either. There was so much self loathing from her character and she desperately seemed to want someone to love. I wanted to understand her but I didn’t really get to know her how I had hoped I would. The best parts of this book were seeing Nan in auntie mode (she really did love her nephew) and when Rush and Blaire would pop up (let’s face it, my Rush crush will live on forever). Series villain or not, I wanted so much more from this book. Nan deserved a better story than this BS. There was just too much foolish drama. So goodbye Rosemary Beach. Goodbye for good. I need to just go back to the time of Rush, Woods, and Grant and pretend none of this existed.
    bjreader More than 1 year ago
    Loved this book. Abbi Glines's books are full of love, heartbreak and resolution. Great reads
    CChimni More than 1 year ago
    Up in flames was a bit different from the rest of the series. Gannon was more intense than any of the other Rosemary beach characters. But you need an intense character to handle Nan and her complexities. She seemed to grow up a bit in this story. She was a lot different from the glimpses we saw of her in Rush's story. Overall a good story but some things weren't quite completely explained at the end. Very intense and passionate.
    BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
    This book was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, since Abbi Glines announced that the villain of Rosemary Beach was getting a book I got really really excited, Abbi is an amazing writer, her stories are always beautiful, compelling and full of heart, I was wondering how she was going to make us like if not love Nan. There was never a doubt in my mind that she was going to be able to make us fall in love with her story the same way she has make us fall in love with her past books. Up in Flames is very different from her previous work because here we have 3 main characters, 3 PoV’s and that keeps the book fast and a little bit confusing, but confusing in the way that you don’t know who is the true protagonist sort of speak, you don’t know who is going to win in the end. We see Nan for who she truly is, we see her have this inner monologues about her past and the thing she did and we can see how much she is grown, how being a aunt has changed her and how much she loves it, we also realize something that is was obvious from her past story, she was looking for someone to love her, to be there for her, she was looking for her match. The book went by so so fast or maybe I just read it way to fast, like every single Abbi Glines book. I think this is the last full book in this series and I don’t want to say goodbye! I hope we know more about this series soon.
    Tay01 More than 1 year ago
    I have read all of Abbi's books with exception to the Vincent Brothers series, but this book ranks for me as one of my favorites. I will not give anything away, but if you have read the Rosemary Beach Series you know Nan is the devil. Straight up worst human in the books, and everyone knows it. This book though does her wonders and the man she ultimately ends up with is everything I would have ever wanted for Nan. I loved being inside Nan's head and learning/understanding what she was going through. We always saw her as the hater, the mean one to Blaire and Harlow - always taking their side, but this gave me, the reader, the chance to get inside her head and finally take her side. And after this book, I finally did. If you haven't read the Rosemary Beach Series, I recommend it. I plan on rereading them all (for the 5th time) this fall. They have taught me so much about love and myself. Keep writing, Abbi, it may sound strange but your books have given me a glimpse of the type of love I want and now believe in.
    micharch More than 1 year ago
    I actually detested Nan throughout this series and was contemplating not buying this book. I didn't think Abbi Glines would be able to redeem Nan in my eyes. She was able redeem her and even threw in a few plot twists that made the book very entertaining. It was nice to see Major again. The fact Nan was under surveillance and a job to the two (2) men that both wanted her and seemed to really like her was a bit heartbreaking for her. She felt undeserving of love or of anyone choosing her after what happened with her real father. Nan finally realized that she was chasing attention from anyone who would give it to her, instead of holding out for someone worthy of her. Major was clueless as to how he affected Nan and what his actions were doing to her. I liked how when it got turned around on him he didn't know what to do with it. Nan knew she had to make changes in her life and to be a better person if she wanted what Rush had and I think it finally took her seeing how she let Major treat her to find some of herself. I found some of the scenes a bit jarring and not something I personally would be okay with. I didn't like her reasons for what she did when it came time to leave who she thought was her soulmate behind. I did like how it all ended up though and was actually happy to see her get her HEA.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Wow i was blown away...ended up loving nan and cope...love this series...please dont let it end...there has to be more, we need it. Even if it is a book to catch up on all characters happy endings...please abbi..another hit!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    There is an all day chat room on july 2nd just search chat and click the first result.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love this series and this was an AMAZING read. I never thought I would of liked this character because in the other books, I wanted to smack the crap out of her. It takes you on a journey and I was blindsided on how it turned out. YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved the twists.
    Stephanie12 More than 1 year ago
    Love love loved this book! Abbi really pulled out all of the stops! The question is: How? How can you redeem Nan? Nan, the vilest female in the Rosemary Beach Series. She’s cold, mean, hard, needy, self-centered – the ice queen. Abbi Glines does redeem her, however it is not done through some grand gesture. No! She quietly lays down the foundation that is Nan. Showing us why she is the person that she is. She shows us Nan’s insecurities, jealousy, self-loathing, bitterness and fears. It is so smooth that suddenly you just get it…. Boom! How in the world did I become a Nan fan? How did I become sympathetic to her? Feel sorry for her? LOVE HER?????? “I wasn’t a Blaire or a Harlow. I didn’t inspire men to want to change for me.” This is Nan’s journey, and I loved it. We get a few peeks at Rush & Blaire, Mase, Harlow, The Captain and Major. The story has many twists. I was surprised in the beginning. The scenario seemed a bit over the top, but I think it was believable. And there were a few little gems in there as well! I don’t want to give the story away so I would recommend you read the book! It is written is the style that flows and is a familiar Rosemary Beach story telling. I love the series! I am sad that it ended. But wow! What a way to go! 5 man-eating, loathing, cold, self-centered stars!!!!!
    xorubituesdays More than 1 year ago
    I could not have been more pleased when I saw the news that this final book would give us Nan's story! In this world, there is "evil" and there is "misunderstood" and with everything you learn about Nan from the other books in the Rosemary Beach series, I always felt she was just misunderstood and her anger misdirected. Nan needed a voice and Abbi Glines did an incredible job at giving her a story! "Villains were created, not born." Nan didn't have the ideal childhood. Sure she came from money, but she never felt the love of parents who genuinely cared for her and the only person who's ever been in her corner was her brother Rush, whom we first met in Fallen Too Far. Over the course of this series, Nan has seen the men around her (Rush, Grant, etc.) fall in love and change for the different women in their lives. As if growing up without a loving parent wasn't enough to cause insecurity in just about anyone, seeing all these transformations has really led Nan to believe that she is not worthy enough to cause the same reaction in any man. "I wanted to be someone's Harlow. Or Blaire. But I'd always just be Nan. And Nan wasn't enough. I never had been, and I was done trying to be." In Up in Flames, Nan finds herself in a bit of a love triangle between Major and Cope, who we've met and heard about in earlier books. When dealing with love triangles, I usually choose my pick early on and this story was no different. Although both characters had their charming bits, one stood out more than the other to me and it reminded me why Abbi Glines quickly became one of my favorite authors! Not everyone is easy to love, but Glines was able to create the perfect person for Nan; someone who would not only understand her but also bring out the best in her. I didn't walk away feeling like "well that was convenient" in the least. It felt genuine and I was 100% invested in this story! Although this could pass as a standalone, I wouldn't recommend reading it as such. Having read the other books is what really makes this story because it allows you to truly appreciate the tremendous growth of Nan's character. Abbi Glines didn't go into the history of the characters as much so reading this book as part of the series is what really gives you a better understanding. It also doesn't hurt that this entire series is fantastic! My only con for Up in Flames is that I wish we would've gotten a prettier bow to wrap up the series as a whole. Abbi Glines wrapped up her other big series Sea Breeze in a huge way and I was really looking forward to the same with the conclusion of Rosemary Beach. I was pretty bummed out to not have that happen. Either way, I am a huge Abbi fan and look forward to her future books! *Huge thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange of an honest review.*
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love, love abbi glines rosemary beach series...
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved it!!! Great way to end a book series!!!
    DebiDG More than 1 year ago
    How a character so hated became my everything is definitely credited to Abbi Glines and her incredible writing. Nan is a survivor and her no-nonsense approach to interacting with people might be crass but so welcomed. This is a story about love and wanted to be loved. It always has and always will come down to Nan's emotions. They're powerful and real but so often closed up and forgotten. Are the men in her life trying to protect, hurt or love her? What will finally give her that 'feel good I'm loved' satisfaction? An excellent book with an ending I never saw coming. An absolute must read!