Contemporary · genre: fiction · genre: romance · New Adult

Never too Far – Glines, Abbi

New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
2 out of 5 stars
Kindle 188 pages

He had held a secret that destroyed her world.

Everything she had known was no longer true.

Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.
Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.
What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately? 

You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out. (From GoodReads)

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!

I wanted to like this book much more then I actually did. This book was such a disappointment!  For months I had been waiting to read about the lives of Blaire and Rush, if they would ever reconcile, how their relationship would continue and evolve. How would they work out all of their problems?? But boy was I disappointed, I get a cliche plot device, a whiny heroine and a groveling hero.

Never Too Far picked up right where Fallen to Far left off. Blaire has been in Summit for three weeks or so and has trying to get her life back to normal. Trying not to think of Rush and all that happened to her during her time in Rosemary. She made a good effort, and had the support of her friend and first love Cain. She never wanted to go back to Rosemary or see Rush again, but fate had other things in mind.

The major plot device starts almost from the get go. We see Blaire buying a pregnancy test at some out of the way pharmacy. And we soon learn she’s pregnant. Big surprise! Actually it was for me because I was not expecting this at all! I was expecting some kind of relationship resolution, or the two of them getting back together and working on their issues, but not this! And Blaire doesn’t want to tell anyone, not even Rush that she’s carrying his baby even though everyone tells her that she should tell him, that he deserves to know. And they all figure it out just because she pukes at the smell of bacon!!

She eventually makes her way back to Rush. And there is obvious tension between the two of them. She has forgiven him, but can’t forget what he did to her. She agrees to be friends with Rush. Which would have been fine if there had been any development in that. They quickly move to the next level, for Blaire is horny and pretty much takes advantage of Rush, having passionate sex with him and then walking away as if nothing ever happened. Which leaves Rush hurt and confused.

There’s lots of baby talk and how Blaire won’t stay in the town for long, just long enough to save up money and move somewhere else. HOW!! She’s like nineteen and has only held one job. How is she gonna get a job when she’s so pregnant looking and on her own. Good thing she never had to move out of the town or she’d be screwed.

Blaire has trust issues, and feels like she doesn’t belong in Rush’s world. Which is completely understandable but is touched on SO BRIEFLY! Towards the end of the book we get a few paragraphs on how Blaire doesn’t feel like she fits into Rush’s world. But a few heartfelt words from Rush and she’s melting into his arms and has a complete change of heart. I would have liked to have her deal with that more, have it an issue earlier on in the book.

I really enjoyed Rush’s POV! It was so nice to hear what he was thinking and feeling. How torn up inside he was over the fact that he had messed up so badly and that he might never get Blaire back. He was trying really hard to control himself and not screw up. And he made an important choice to put Blaire first instead of Nan, who as an adult should be able to take care of herself.

But the characters are only half of what they were in the first book. I understand that they have both been through a lot, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of problem solving or talking about issues in this book that most certainly should have been addressed.

The tension between Blaire and Rush in the first book was non-existent in this book. I know that they had broken up, but there could have been some UST! There was just Blaire being a horny pregnant teenager, Blaire getting mad at Rush for one thing or another, which turns out to be stupid because Rush never really never screws up big like he did in the first book. Blaire only sees things from her perspective, which is why she’s so upset most of the time because she’s only getting half of the story. Rush is taking care of his own problems, which Blaire fails to realize he has them! Rush has a lot of family drama to deal with, and the fact that Blaire is so caught up in herself is ridiculous. She’s focused on the baby, saving up and moving on with her life.

Blaire could have confronted Nan, about why Nan hated her so much. But she never did. And Blaire was so quick to believe that Rush was having dinner with his family! I mean really..Blaire needs to grow a backbone or something. We get some explanation at the end, and now it seems that Nan has grown up and doesn’t hate Blaire anymore. That was quite confusing, didn’t really make a lot of sense. She just suddenly asked about being in the baby’s life. Whaa??

The ending was a pretty big cop out. I do like that we get some resolution between Blaire and her father, but thats the only positive I really feel. I’ve never read such a stupid ending for a book. They find out the sex of the baby and there’s a big THE END at the end.

Overall, very disappointed. I read the book in a few hours it was so short. I WANTED to like this book SO MUCH! There was so much that could have happened in this book that didn’t. The drama wasn’t even all that impressing.

And now we get a third book. Which I’m not gonna lie, I’ll read it although I’m not sure how entertaining it will be since it’ll probably be all about baby things. To me  it seemed like Abbi Glines planned for that, even though she stated on her Facebook that if the book reached number one on Amazon she’d release another book.

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