And it’s time for another Abbi Glines review. Her quick, fun and flirty reads can’t be put out fast enough for me. I think I need to have a new weekly meme called Fridays with Glines for the amount of books that I have of hers to read and review.
Marcus Hardy got his heart broken last summer when Sadie chose Jax over him. To make matters worse, he’s had to leave college and come live in Sea Breeze because of a family crisis. Living with his friend Cage seems like it will be the perfect distraction for him as he has to be there for his mom and sister. That all changes with Marcus meets Low, Cage’s best friend and the girl he introduces as his future wife. Low’s troubled past and rocky family situation make it easy for her to lean on Cage for everything. When she meets Marcus, her world is turned upside down. The couple has to battle their own inner demons, their turbulent families and of course... Cage.
I really didn’t know what to expect from the second book in the Sea Breeze series. While I liked Breathe, I found some flaws with the characters and the writing style that made the book a “like”... not a “love”.
In Because of Low, we experience a new host of characters and Glines does a much better job in building her characters, their relationships and their backstories. There was a lot more character development and her characters made better and more realistic decisions, making it easier to fall into the story.
Marcus is an easy character to love. He’s the good little rich boy on the block who you can’t help but fall for. He’s cute, charming and a total gentleman.... quite the opposite of Cage. We don’t see too much of this bad boy but what we do see is a rough around the edges playboy who thinks he’s on top of the world. After peaking, I know that book 3 follows Cage and I can’t wait to see what Glines has in store for him!
Low is a sweetheart whose background gives her a whole lot of sass. All the boys want her and all the girls hate her (except for me, I think we’d be friends... she’s my kind of BFF) and she’s not afraid to show off her rough and tumble side. I liked reading her character because there was a lot of vulnerability in her that you don’t see in many female characters in the genre.
The strongest aspect of this story is the plot. It’s well paced and Marcus and Low’s lives start out worlds apart, but end up intertwining into a web of lies and deceit. I love romance series that don’t follow the same people, but travel from couple to couple. You still get to hear about your old favorites, but you get a delicious new romantic entanglement to read about. The Sea Breeze series is setting itself up to be one of my new favorites.
This is a book for those in the mood for a quick read with a lot of heart. I read it in one sitting and had a smile on my face the whole rest of the night.
8 out of 10
Happy Reading :)