Early Review: Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
Series: The Field Party #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: August 25th 2015
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The first novel in a brand-new series—from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines—about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and crazy parties that stir up some major drama.

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

I was really hoping Until Friday Night would have a The Vincent Boys series feel to it, since to-date it’s my favorite of Abbi Glines’, but I struggled with this book. The ridiculous amount sexism from both the boys and girls had me cringing so much. The mediocre writing and characters weren’t very impressive – I was annoyed with them more than anything. I wanted to like this book, but there were too many issues I couldn’t get over.

West Ashby is the popular football-playing jock at Lawton high, but with his father dying of cancer, he’s going through the worst time of his life. His way of grieving is with alcohol and girls, until he meets Maggie Carleton, who understands him in a way no one else can. Maggie has just moved to Lawton to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. The thing about Maggie is that she doesn’t speak, not since she witnessed her father murder her mother. So she keeps quiet, observing the world, but meeting West has her opening up more and connecting with someone who feels the grief she keeps inside her.

She had become my lifeline. I wanted to be hers. I wanted her to feel this way about me, too.

Right off the bat, I didn’t like West. Or his jock friends. Why? Because they are all unbelievably, disgustingly sexist. They treat girls like dirt, or like walking vaginas. Seriously, the boys think of themselves as gods, and it doesn’t help that the girls go along with that and treat them like they’re gods too. I’ve talked a lot with a friend who’s read Abbi Glines’ other recent books, and she told me that sexism in her books isn’t uncommon, which is just… sad. Until Friday Night is a young adult book, the first in a brand new series, and it would be awful if young girls read this book and think that the boys’ behavior in it is acceptable. Because it’s not.

Maggie and West start off as friends first – this is probably the one thing I actually liked this about their relationship. I liked that they supported one another, relied on each other, but then… sometimes it felt like West was only using Maggie to cope with his pain. She gave so much to him, and all he did was take, take, take. As bad as I felt for him and his father, he came across as a selfish brat sometimes. He thinks that no one else besides Maggie can imagine the pain of losing a loved one, so he doesn’t even tell his friends that his father is dying, believing that they’re shallow and don’t have any problems to deal with themselves… um? No.

Eventually, Maggie and West fall for each other. The whole book takes place over the course of a month, so they actually fall for each other pretty quickly. Everything in this book is pretty much trope after overused trope. Popular jock falls for the gorgeous new girl who’s so ‘different’ from other girls and so ‘special’. Sigh. It was tedious trying to get through this book, since it’s just so boring and predictable. The only thing I liked was Maggie’s character, but her storyline felt so… unfinished and unresolved. She doesn’t really even deal with her grief, only helps West, so in the end, she almost felt like a secondary character.

With all that said, with all the problems I had with Until Friday Night… I didn’t hate this book. I’ve read worse, and I’ve certainly read better, but long-time fans of the author, who are used to her stories, might enjoy this more than I did.

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Reading Order: The Field Party series

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

#1 ~ Until Friday Night: EbookHardcoverAudible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Under the Lights: Ebook • Hardcover • Goodreads (Aug. 23, 2016)


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Release Week Event: When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines

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We’re celebrating the release of WHEN I’M GONE by New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abbi Glines!

When I'm Gone by Abbi Glines

When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #11 (full reading order below)
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: April 7th 2015
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?

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Reading Order: Rosemary Beach series

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines Never Too Far by Abbi Glines Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines
Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines Take a Chance by Abbi Glines One More Chance by Abbi Glines
You Were Mine by Abbi Glines Kiro's Emily by Abbi Glines When I'm Gone by Abbi Glines When You're Back by Abbi Glines

#1 ~ Fallen Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Never Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Forever Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#4 ~ Rush Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#5 ~ Twisted Perfection: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#6 ~ Simple Perfection: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#7 ~ Take a Chance: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#8 ~ One More Chance: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#9 ~ You Were Mine: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#10 ~ Kiro’s Emily: EbookGoodreads
#11 ~ When I’m Gone: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#12 ~ When You’re Back: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads (June 30, 2015)
#13 ~ The Best Goodbye: EbookPaperbackGoodreads (Oct. 27, 2015)

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Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series . She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.

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Release Week Event + Excerpt: Kiro’s Emily by Abbi Glines

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We’re celebrating the release of Kiro’s Emily by New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abbi Glines!

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Kiro’s Emily by Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #10 (full reading order below)
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: December 15th 2014
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The year is 1992, and no one on the rock music scene is hotter than Kiro Manning, the lead singer of Slacker Demon. With a multi-platinum record, total ownership of the Billboard charts, sold-out concerts, and sinful amounts of money, Kiro can have anything—and anyone—he wants.

So when a dark-haired, conservative beauty rebuffs him at a concert after-party, his first thought is, “Who the hell does she think she is?” His second thought: “How do I make her mine?” Kiro has always loved a good challenge, but not every girl wants to get involved with a rock god. Especially this girl.

He let her go that night, but he never forgot her. And when they met again, he vowed not to give up again so easily.

As the world worshipped Kiro, he came to worship the girl, who became everything he never knew he needed. The only girl he would ever love. His Emily.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a heart-wrenching e-novella in the Rosemary Beach series about the star-crossed romance between Kiro and Emily, first introduced in Take a Chance. This is Abbi’s holiday gift to the devoted fans of the series.

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I knocked on the door, trying hard not to be pissed that this piece of shit apartment complex with no fucking security was Emmy’s home. This wasn’t where I’d been picturing her. And I pictured her a fucking lot.

Waiting with my hands tucked in the pockets of my jeans, I was trying to remain calm. But fuck it all, I had been waiting to see her face for months. Every time I heard her voice my entire body went on high alert. I couldn’t rein in its attraction to Emmy.

I heard a chain sliding out of the lock as the door swung open, revealing her in a pair of tiny little shorts and a camisole. Her hair was tangled and her gorgeous eyes were wide.

“Kiro,” she said, unable to hide the grin that lit up her face. It was midnight. I had changed my flight from London to come here instead of Los Angeles. I didn’t fucking miss my house. I only missed one thing while on tour, and it was this face. Fuck me.

“I wake you up, angel?” I asked, stepping into her apartment with my hands still firmly stuck in the pockets of my jeans. I didn’t trust them around Emily. They wanted to touch her.

It was then I realized she had just crawled out of bed. Her hands went to her hair as she ran her fingers through the strands, trying to tame them. But I liked it just the way it was.

“I… you’re here. At my apartment.” She sounded flustered. Then her nose scrunched up and she frowned. “Oh wait. I’m asleep. This is a dream.” Her face fell.

Fuck it! I took my hands out of my pockets and wrapped her in my arms. She inhaled deeply as I held her to my chest. “I’m real and you’re very awake,” I told her, unable to keep the thickness out of my throat. She got to me. She was fucking with my head. Seriously fucking with it.

“You feel real.” Her arms came around my waist.

I closed my eyes and soaked her in. Pressing a kiss to the top of her head, I stood there with her in my arms as long as she would let me. Hell, I would’ve stood there all damn night if she wanted me to.

“I thought you’d be ready to go home. Aren’t you homesick?” she asked, tilting her head back to look up at me.

“I was only missing one thing, angel. And it wasn’t in fucking L.A.” I winked as I cupped her face and felt her soft skin under my thumbs as I brushed her cheekbones.

She frowned a moment. “Do you mean me?”

I hauled her against me and lifted her inches off the floor as I took the few strides to the sofa and sank down with her in my lap. She didn’t pull away, and God, that felt good. “So fucking sweet,” I murmured as I stared down into her face. I hadn’t made this shit up. She was better than I remembered. Fuck, she was so much better. That voice had gotten me through the tour.

Reading Order: Rosemary Beach series

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines Never Too Far by Abbi Glines Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines
Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines Take a Chance by Abbi Glines One More Chance by Abbi Glines
You Were Mine by Abbi Glines Kiro's Emily by Abbi Glines When I'm Gone by Abbi Glines When You're Back by Abbi Glines
The Rosemary Beach Collection by Abbi Glines

#1 ~ Fallen Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Never Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Forever Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#4 ~ Rush Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#5 ~ Twisted Perfection: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#6 ~ Simple Perfection: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#7 ~ Take a Chance: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#8 ~ One More Chance: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#9 ~ You Were Mine: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#10 ~ Kiro’s Emily: EbookGoodreads
#11 ~ When I’m Gone: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads (April 7, 2015)
#12 ~ When You’re Back: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads (June 30, 2015)
The Rosemary Beach Collection (Too Far #1-3): Paperback • Goodreads

about the author

Abbi GlinesNew York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of TWISTED PERFECTION, FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR, JUST FOR NOW, WHILE IT LASTS, BECAUSE OF LOW, BREATHE, THE VINCENT BOYS, THE VINCENT BROTHERS, THE EXISTENCE TRILOGY.

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Release Week Event + Excerpt & Giveaway: You Were Mine by Abbi Glines

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We’re celebrating the release of YOU WERE MINE by New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abbi Glines!

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You Were Mine by Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #9 (full reading order below)
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: December 2nd 2014
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From #1 “New York Times “bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a brand-new Rosemary Beach novel about Tripp Newark and his hidden romantic past with Bethy Lowry.

In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from…

Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she’d had one too many drinks–again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever…

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Present Day…

I sat on my Harley and waited for Bethy to walk out of the clubhouse. Woods had been texting me Bethy’s work schedule every two weeks, and I made sure she made it home from work safely every night. It wasn’t stalking her, exactly. It was just the only way I could remain sane.

Watching over her was all I had. If I got too close, she flipped. The last time I’d tried to talk to her, she’d started screaming. I hadn’t been able to calm her down. I was watching her lose herself slowly. And it was tearing me up.

So I followed her to work everyday, and I followed her home every night. Once she was safely in her apartment, I often sat parked across the road and watched her window until it went dark. She never looked at me, even though I wasn’t hiding the fact I was following her. There was no use in hiding it from her.

The last words she’d actually spoken to me -not screamed at me, because there’d been a lot of that- had been eighteen months ago on the beach when we’d lost Jace. My cousin, my best friend, and the love of Bethy’s life. He’d drowned saving her life when she’d wandered into the ocean drunk and got caught in a riptide. Losing him had taken a part of my soul. He’d been the little brother I never had. He’d been the good Newark heir. He’d been everything I should have been but wasn’t.

And we had loved the same girl. Although he never knew it.

Watching her pull away from life more and more each day was so damn hard. Jace wouldn’t have wanted this. He would have hated it. He loved her more than he loved himself. Seeing her like this would break his heart.

Bethy swung her long dark hair over her shoulder as she stepped out of the clubhouse. The shorts she wore had once been tight and cupped her perfect round bottom. But just like she’d lost the will to live, she’d also lost weight. Too much.

The need to hold her and help her heal was so fucking strong. But she didn’t want me. I hadn’t realized how badly she hated me until I’d returned to Rosemary Beach a little more than two years ago. I’d run like hell eight years ago from a life threatening to suffocate me. My father wanted something for me that I didn’t want, and I hadn’t been able to see my way out.

I had been eighteen years old and scared, because in three short months, one sixteen-year-old girl had become my sole concern in life. Bethy had stolen my heart the summer I met her at Rush’s party. When I’d been ready to throw away the life I’d been planning for the past year in order to be with her, my father had reminded me of just how much control he had over me.

I wouldn’t have been able to keep Bethy if I’d stayed. That wasn’t the life he’d let me have. So I’d run, hoping that when I came back in two years, when she was old enough, I could take her with me. But first, I’d needed to escape.

I watched as Bethy opened the door to her old beat-up Ford Taurus and climbed inside. The stiff way she held herself and the way she kept her focus turned away from me told me she knew I was here. She expected me to be there.

Once she would have broken into the biggest, most beautiful smile in the world and run into my arms. But that was the past. I had broken that. I had broken her, and I hadn’t even known.

Reading Order: Rosemary Beach series

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines Never Too Far by Abbi Glines Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines
Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines Take a Chance by Abbi Glines One More Chance by Abbi Glines
You Were Mine by Abbi Glines The Rosemary Beach Collection by Abbi Glines

#1 ~ Fallen Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Never Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Forever Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#4 ~ Rush Too Far: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#5 ~ Twisted Perfection: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#6 ~ Simple Perfection: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#7 ~ Take a Chance: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#8 ~ One More Chance: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#9 ~ You Were Mine: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#10 ~ When I’m Gone: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads (April 7, 2015)
The Rosemary Beach Collection (Too Far #1-3): Paperback • Goodreads

about the author

Abbi GlinesNew York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of TWISTED PERFECTION, FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR, JUST FOR NOW, WHILE IT LASTS, BECAUSE OF LOW, BREATHE, THE VINCENT BOYS, THE VINCENT BROTHERS, THE EXISTENCE TRILOGY.

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Abbi GlinesNew York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of TWISTED PERFECTION, FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR, JUST FOR NOW, WHILE IT LASTS, BECAUSE OF LOW, BREATHE, THE VINCENT BOYS, THE VINCENT BROTHERS, THE EXISTENCE TRILOGY.

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