Published September 2014
Series: Rosemary Beach #8
Genres: New Adult
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Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker and someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow's half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own.
Harlow had taken the chance, falling hard and fast for the guy who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love...
But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now Grant and Harlow must decide if they have enough fight to make it work - or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.
When Grant Carter found out about his girlfriend Harlow Manning’s heart condition, he was taken over with shock, and feeling betrayed that she didn’t tell him her secret right away. But a disappointed Harlow leaves him and the throng of paparazzi behind, and seeks shelter at her stepbrother’s farm in Texas.
But she soon discovers that she did not come alone: she is carrying Grant’s child – a child she should never have due to her fragile heart – but one that she still fights for because it gives her a purpose to live. Knowing full well that Grant would see the unborn baby as a threat, she decides not to tell him. But Grant is determined to win Harlow back and to make up for his idiotic behaviour.
To begin with, let me start by saying that I am sucker for pregnancy stories, and the fact that we had a more peculiar story at hand because Harlow’s life was threatened by the pregnancy and Grant suddenly finds himself wanting to choose between his unborn child and the love of his life.
It was pretty nicely written, but then again, Abbi Glines rarely disappoints me – especially the hot scenes – and I totally fell in love with both Grant and Harlow. However, I felt that with this particular Rosemary Beach novel wasn’t exactly mind blowing. With Abbi Glines you generally expect some really crazy twists or something unexpected to happen, but One More Chance was pretty uneventful, or at least the little twists were really no big deal to me.
I really felt like there was no character evolution at all. We already knew from Take A Chance that Grant’s transformation from manwhore to prefect book boyfriend was ongoing. There was not much else to report on that front, and although Grant was doing just fine and adapting to his new role quite well, I kind of disliked the fact that it felt like most his decisions were motivated by the gossip he’d heard and not by his own heart.
And Harlow… well Harlow was downright boring, and not spicy at all like Blair or Della from the previous Rosemary Novels. In the first chapter we learn everything about her and her views, and nothing changes. I feel she wasn’t given as much importance in the novel as some of the of characters, and her personality etc. unfortunately lacked depth.
All in all, I think One More Chance was probably one of the most disappointing Rosemary novels by Abbi Glines – unfortunately, because most of them a just plain great. It was way too fast and lacked depth and character/story development. It’s probably still necessary to read this before moving onto the next book in the series, but beware of potential disappointment.
The silver lining is that we were introduced to interesting new characters, which will perhaps play the starring role in one of the sequels…