Series: Rosemary Beach #13
Published by Atria Books on 1st December 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Issues, Mature New Adult, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next sizzling novel in the Rosemary Beach series, featuring well-known playboy and Blaire’s half brother, Captain.
“The look on Rose’s face had screamed that she was hiding something. Hell, she’d practically run away from me. There was something to that. I knew there was...
After ten years in the employ of a mysterious crime boss, River “Captain” Kipling is ready to leave his sordid past—and his cover occupation as an upscale restaurateur—behind him. The only thing standing in the way of his “retirement” is his commitment to launch a new restaurant in the resort town of Rosemary Beach. With his sister, Blaire, nearby, Captain can delay his dream of running a humble bar on the waterfront, but the unwanted attentions of his head server, Elle, have him itching to get out.
Until he notices Rose Henderson, the new server at the restaurant. All he knows about the pretty redhead with the cute glasses is that she’s a hardworking single mom from Oklahoma. But there’s something overly familiar about her laugh…something strange about the way she looks at Captain…
Reviewed by Shannon
*An E-ARC was supplied to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I’ve been a slacker and haven’t read the last few books in the Rosemary Beach series featuring Bethy and Mase but when I got the invite for Captain’s book I couldn’t refuse. I have a soft spot for Abbi Glines’ books because she introduced me to my love of New Adult books with Because of Low.
Since I didn’t read Mase’s story I had no idea who Captain was or what his story was. When I started reading The Best Goodbye I was also wondering if we had met Rose before because it felt a little like I was jumping into the middle of a story instead of the beginning but I was assured by someone who read the previous books that Rose wasn’t mentioned before now.
The Best Goodbye features Captain and Rose. They grew up together and fell in love but were ripped apart from each other ten years before the start of the book. Addy aka Rose pretends to be someone else by dying her hair and wearing glasses. Apparently her body has also matured but I just don’t see how it was possible that Captain couldn’t tell it was her, which was my main issue with the book. From the time I was 16 to now, I think I look pretty much the same and that was over ten years and I’ve had a baby. Even if I dyed my hair and wore glasses, which I do occasionally, I still think you’d be able to tell it was me. So that was just a thing I had to suspend reality for in this book. Also, some of the “reveals” were given to us without much suspense in my mind. Don’t know if it was supposed to be a big deal or not but the way it was presented just didn’t have much build up. Besides those two issues though I did enjoy the book. It was a super fast read and like all Abbi Glines’ books, it was very addictive. Captain and Rose were definitely hot together and I enjoyed seeing their relationship as teenagers even though I didn’t find it necessary except to show us how much they felt for each other back then.
This 13th installment in the Rosemary Beach series was good but not the best of the bunch. I know most would disagree but I save that honor for Grant and Harlow.