Up in Flames by Abbi Glines | WTF Did I Read?!

June 24, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 17 Comments

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Up in Flames by Abbi Glines | WTF Did I Read?!Up in Flames
by Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #13
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: June 28th 2016 by Atria Books
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
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1 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

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

Spoiled. Selfish. Rich girl. Villan. 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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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No idea what I just read… I’m dumb-founded. First of all, there’s no romance here at all! This is just a Dom/Sub relationship and Nan falls for him but it’s so hard to believe. There is no connection at all. I expected the fierce, sassy, and bitchy Nan, but all I got was a weak Nan. I understand the author wanting the reader to like her now, but this isn’t how it’s done.

This book lacked so much depth! I mean, this is Nan’s book. We are supposed to learn about her, right? Um… Yeah, that doesn’t happen. If you were hoping to understand her and sympathize, you won’t. The few “explanations” given were already mentioned in the series.

The male characters had me so frustrated. They were so awful! Major has a back-and-forth, push-and-pull thing going on and doesn’t appreciate Nan. He “dates” her but sleeps around with anything that has a vagina and Nan knows this but she still stays with him.


Nan decides to head off to Vegas to get away from Major. Finally, I think some sense went into her brain… Yeah, no. There she meets Gannon, who is… Mysterious, to say the least. The reader doesn’t really know Gannon, and Nan doesn’t know Gannon at all. But yes, she sleeps with him. This was just bad. Their relationship wasn’t romantic—it was physical, only sex, but Nan was “loving” Gannon. I couldn’t buy any of it. I will mention one thing that left me completely stupid. After Nan returns from Vegas, Nan starts having these “dreams” about Gannon and her having sex for a few nights. Newsflash: they weren’t dreams because they were actually happening. How can you not know someone is having rough sex with you and calling you his “evil bitch”? Ugh, completely disgusted here. Oh and yes, he was entering her home without her knowing.

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So many other things that happened frustrated me to no end. I even put the book down and tried to understand the situation, but came up empty. View Spoiler » I feel like the author could have written an incredible story on Nan to make the reader finally love her or understand her, but it went to waste.

Overall, I’m beyond disappointed and disgusted with this novel. I left like it degraded Nan so much.

About Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series . She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

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17 responses to “Up in Flames by Abbi Glines | WTF Did I Read?!

  1. Maria Cristina do Nascimento Monteiro

    Hi, i was wondering if you could spoiled for me who Nan ends up with? Please?!!! And also, does it have a epilogo like in the Sea breeze series?

  2. lol! I shouldn’t laugh, but this sounds like a mess. I read one of her books and couldn’t stand it, so I’m very reluctant to pick up another one. If I do, though, this won’t be it.

  3. Holy crap, is this one for real!??! I kept thinking it HAD to be a joke, but it just kept getting worse! Cannot even imagine how you must have felt actually reading the thing. I feel like the dudes should be in prison (at least that one) and Nan should be in some serious, inpatient psychiatric treatment. Good times. I am SO sorry that this was such a disappointment!

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    • I get so disgusted! If you read the spoiler, when I got to that part of the story, I literally put the book down and just stared at the ceiling trying to comprehend her decision. I got nowhere.
      Yeah, she needs treatment for sure.

  4. Wooooooow. You know, sometimes I wonder what goes through an author’s brain as they’re writing a book. I was vaguely interested in this, since I saw it all over Instagram (including your account), but now I definitely don’t want to ever read this. I even read your spoiler, and I’m flabbergasted.

    • This book was horrible. I really don’t understand what other people see in it. If you want, I can DM you on Twitter and send you the whole story. It’s barely nothing, tbh. Not much happens, no real plot.

  5. Oh boy… I’ve loved the Rosemary Beach series for a long time. I started reading them back in 2014 and I grew attached to so many of the characters. But I’ve yet to see a really good review for Up in Flames and that hurts my heart. I’ve been hoping for so much for the ending of this series but it sounds like I’m not going to get it. What a pitiful way to end things. My copy is supposed to arrive tomorrow and I’m not even excited about it. 🙁

  6. OMG Gen, this sounds like a HOT MESS! I haven’t read this series after book #2 when I was just OVER it and I’m kind of glad I stopped. The spoiler would have driven me crazy! I almost want to throw this book for you!!!!!!!!

  7. I’ve only read one of Abbi Glines’ books and even though I liked it, I didn’t thnk it was anything special. I’ll definitley stray away from this book! I read your spoiler, and Nan seems like she has no common sense. How could she want to have someone’s babies after entering her house and having sex with her while sleeping?! Also, that is so unrealistic. I’m sorry to hear that this was such a mess, but at least you’ve warned people!

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