Published December 2015
Series: Rosemary Beach #13
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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...
The Best Goodbye is book #13 in the Rosemary Beach series. I don’t normally like series that go beyond 3 or 4 books, but in this case Abbi Glines knows to make them standalone novels, where knowledge of previous characters is always a plus, but not necessarily required.
When I want a nice, steamy and southern read, then this is usually what I go for, and Abbi generally does not disappoint.
The Best Goodbye is about River Kipling aka Captain, a character we’ve briefly been introduced to in the previous books, and who happens to be Blaire Finlay’s brother. He’s in town coordinating the opening of a restaurant, and for some dark reason, one of his servers, Rose Henderson, has a hold on him. And this is unlikely, because he hasn’t loved or felt anthing for anyone in 10 years… However, it’s no coincidence that Rose elicits those feelings from him…
I liked the fact that The Best Goodbye was a little further removed from the other Rosemary Beach novels, and that the storyline was slightly different. I also liked the fact that this time, it wasn’t only the female character that had a dark, messed-up past, but also the male character. In the previous books, male characters used to be the rich knight in shining armor, but in this case, River is just as damaged as Rose – even more so, actually.
I believe Abbi Glines really wants to improve her storytelling by introducing deeper vs. superficial characters and storylines. While some of her signature traits, such as the dual POV, remains, she experiments more and more with stylistic writing (flashbacks, hints through in-story storytelling etc…) and puts a lot of effort into polishing up her content: the steamy scenes are just as good as always, yet, they feel less crude and well, more polished.
I believe The Best Goodbye had a really good idea to it, yet, the execution of the plot failed on some aspects. I believe the whole plot/intrigue was given away too soon: it really wouldn’t have hurt to keep the suspense around a little longer, and not to give away Rose’s reason for being in Rosemary Beach right from the start. I mean, I can’t even quote anything out of the book since it would give it all away…
I was also a bit disappointed at the story’s believability: not necessarily the things that happened 10 years ago, but the fact that River wouldn’t recognize Rose was a bit over-the-top.
I also feel that while Abbi Glines put a lot of thought in the character’s past and present, the book ended too abruptly without giving the reader a glimpse into the future. Many questions remains, as the end was probably a bit rushed.
But still, I enjoyed reading this book – it’s the kind that really reels you in (yes, even if I had the above concerns), and even despite a “low” 3.5 star-rating, I believe it is worth checking out.
|All the feels|