Wednesday, 24 July 2013

While it Lasts by Abbi Glines

About the book
While it Lasts is the third book in the new adult (Sea Breeze) series by Abbi Glines. The book was published by Simon and Schuster on 25th April and it is 304 pages long.

Plot Synopsis
Cage York may have messed up his full baseball scholarship by getting into trouble drink-driving. In order to save his future his coach is making him work on a friend’s farm for the whole summer. Cage isn’t used to being stuck out in the country with no women to keep him entertained and he definitely isn’t used to having to deal with cows. Never was he expecting to run smack bang into a girl with the most beautiful blue eyes he has ever seen. Shame she seems to hate him though.

Eva Brooks is the daughter of the farm owner and Cage’s new employer. She’s had a pretty hard time of it after losing her fiancĂ© at such a young age. Her and Josh had been best friends since they were eight and now she feels incomplete. Eva thought that she could never feel anything for anyone again, swearing that she would spend the rest of her life alone. Cage gets under her skin though and she finds it hard to resist his incredible smile and charm. Eva soon learns that the things she needs may just come in very unexpected packages.

What I thought
Although this is the third book in the Sea Breeze series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

In the previous book, Because of Low, I found Cage to be a bit of an ass for the most part. If you’re going into this one not having read the previous book, you’ll be lucky to not have any preconceptions about the main male character. In Because of Low, Cage is shown as a massive player, jumping into bed with a different girl every night but he is also shown as extremely caring when it comes to his best friend. In While it Lasts, we get the best of both worlds with Cage. His bad boy ways shine through as he is being punished for driving drunk but as he spends more time on the farm and getting to know Eva, he changes.

Eva, the poor girl, has been through such a lot at a young age. Being engaged to her best friend was heaven for her but then he died in a bombing in Baghdad, leaving her all alone and with not a lot to live for. Ava was extremely protective of herself and those around her to begin with and she certainly didn’t like Cage to start off. She disagreed wholly with everything that he was and didn’t want to give him the time of day… until she begun to get to know him and to realise how hot he was.

Cage and Eva were characters who brought out the best in each other. Eva doesn’t know how to open up to a new man in her life and she doesn’t know how to react to someone so different from what she is used to but Cage makes it easier for her because of how forward he can be. Eva lost a lot of herself after her fiancĂ© died and by exploring a relationship with Cage, it brings out her personality and makes her realise that there is more to herself than she once thought. I loved watching these two characters getting to know each other better and for different things about them to get stronger. Eva becomes more confident in herself and more experimental when it comes to having a sexual relationship while Cage becomes sweeter, more attentive and very caring.

However, as much as I loved this book, I do wish the plot had been a bit stronger. Unlike its predecessor, While it Lasts is all about the relationship between Cage and Eva. I would have loved for there to have been a few more problems in the road to happiness and I would have loved for a bit more drama. But, regardless of a less exciting plot, Abbi Glines makes up for this with amazing characters who are amazing together. I really enjoyed the journey that these two characters went on together and they are now two of my favourites from Abbi Glines. 

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