Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach Series #13)

Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach Series #13)

by Abbi Glines


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ISBN-13: 9781501115394
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Series: Rosemary Beach Series , #13
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 543,306
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journalbestselling 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

  • 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.


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    Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach Series #13) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 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 5 months ago
    I think it’s her best book yet! She found the perfect man for Nan.......and I wasn’t sure that was possible!
    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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    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!
    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
    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!!!!!
    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!
    RedCheeksReads1 More than 1 year ago
    Anyone who has been reading the Rosemary Beach series has been waiting to finding how the resident villain would find her match. We have all been Nan haters but could Abbi turn us into Nan lovers? The answer isn't that clear. Abbi did not radically change Nan's personality in order to give her a good ole boy. Instead she gave Nan a man who could handle her and called her out on her c***. I don't want to tell you that Nan is redeemed and I fell madly in love with her because that is not the case. Nan is Nan but I understand her a lot more and I really enjoyed seeing the vulnerable side of her. The side that needs and craves affection and the side that lets her guard down every once in while. Going in I was prepared for Nan and Major. Nan and Major made sense in my head but then Abbi did what Abbi does and threw me a curve ball in the way of dark and dangerous Gannon. Gannon is nothing like the Abbi men I an used to and partly that made this book stand out for me and partly it made me a bit sad. I love love love an Abbi man and Gannon is older, darker and a lot more dangerous. While the previous books all felt NA bordering on Contemporary this one was full on Contemporary bordering at times on Erotic. While overall this was not my favorite Abbi Glines book it was still a completely enjoyable and entertaining story. There were plot points and characters that make me hopeful for a spin off in the future that I would overly excited to read. If you have come this far in the Rosemary Beach series I encourage you to give this one a shot and watch the resident bad girl find her way to a HEA. **reviewed for Red Cheeks Reads
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I was tricked, but this was still an amazing read.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love all of abbi's books and she hasn't disappointed yet.