Publication Date: July 31st, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING 5 out of 5 Stars
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.
Aw hell. I’ve got a golf ball-sized lump stuck in my throat. Sea Breeze series didn’t really get a favorable reception from me but hot-diggity-damn! This hits the spot.
The Gist: The third book to the Sea Breeze series features the story of Cage York – bad boy extraordinaire, skirt chaser to the hilt. His punishment for a DUI conviction was a stint at a farm in the company of a surly farmer, cows and a witch of a farmer’s daughter. Color him surprised when his natural-born charms wouldn’t work on a girl like Eva Brooks. But Cage has never known to back off from a challenge, and every interaction with the farmer’s daughter was that and then some. As if a gun-toting farmer and the threat of losing his baseball scholarship would ever stop Cage. There’s more to Eva Brooks than she let on and he’s just the guy to break down the walls, peel off all the defences and anything else she’s cloaked under.
Eva’s been going through the motions since she lost her best friend, only love and fiancé for eighteen months. When Cage York walked into the farm – all swagger and attitude, Eva had already pegged the bad boy as trouble. But that still didn’t prevent her from discretely ogling him in all his shirtless glory. She soon realized, however, that resistance is futile; because Cage York, trouble as he is, can be quite a decent person when he wants to be. But is Cage the right person to handle her barely healed heart?
The Review: I’ve read Breathe and liked it okay. I’ve read Because of Low and thought it was so-so. I wasn’t sure if I was going to give this series another go. So glad I did. Cage York may be your stereotypical playboy, but Abbi did a fabulous job of making me like the dude. Sure he’s got ho-hum notches on his bed posts but he didn’t annoy me with all the cockiness characteristic of a man with his history or his I’m all that and then some inner monologues. Actually, there were barely any. Abbi didn’t actually have to do much to get me to like Cage. Cage prancing around shirtless just did the trick. What do you know? It turns out that I could be a shallow reader when I want to be! Not that there’s no depth to this man. In fact, I liked his justifications as to why he felt like Eva could do better. You strip away his seemingly arrogant persona and you’ll see a lot more to this guy. I liked why he hung on to Low as tight as he could – though his reason may be a reflection of a complex he developed while growing up.
This book wasn’t cluttered – it was sorely focused on the story and didn’t veer away from the plot line. There wasn’t any surprise twists, no made-up conflicts in attempt to create drama. It was clean and straightforward. And heck, as if you needed any more drama anyway – this book had just enough funnies and tears and holy hotness, burn-off-the-pages smexy times [fans self].
I liked the strong and shy Eva Brooks. She was all timid courage and brave front but there wasn’t any shortage of spunk. It is unfortunate that I can’t say anything else about Eva. I blame my selective memory which is clearly, stuck on Cage.
VERDICT: While It Lasts is infinitely the best out of the three books in this series, in my opinion. It left me breathless and clutching my chest for the emotional and personal realizations that both Cage and Eva went through. With all its hot and steamy bravado, this book is STILL all about the sweet romance. Abbi Glines wrote Eva’s character with every girl who’d ever lost a love in mind. Beautiful, sweet, heart-wrenching…and ladies, trust me when I say, you’d want to keep Cage York for yourself as a guilty pleasure. Daymmm.