The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next sizzling novel in the Rosemary Beach series, featuring well-known playboy and Blaire’s half brother, Captain.
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...
First things first, I did like this book. It was good and we got Captain’s story. But there are things that would have made me love this book and there are a lot of things I wish this book had.
My biggest issue with this book was it was short for a book with a storyline like this one. In previous books, there hasn’t been a whole lot of information about Captain so there was a lot of new content about Captain’s past. Couple that with Rose’s past and the present time story, I feel this book should have been a lot longer to accommodate for all that. This book felt very rushed and not in depth at all. Much the book was all the build up before Rose and Captain got together, and from there the story just flew past, so there wasn’t a lot of time for me to get into the story and understand the characters fully. For example, Frannie, who was such an essential part of the book, was barely in it, and I was very disappointed. This book just felt like it had been written last minute and not like some of Abbi’s other books that are much more thorough.
From what I was able to get from the hurried story, I did like. The story line was great, but again would have been better had the book been longer. Captain’s past came as a shock to me but as more information was given about it, little connections from other books started to make more sense. I liked getting to know him and learning about his love for Addy and then seeing him fall in love with Rose again. Rose and Captain's love story wasn't anything really original and everything that happened between them was pretty predictable. Captain's "drama" was new, but the way it was written, it wasn't too dramatic and it didn't come off as being important when it clearly was. I obviously cheered whenever Blair or any of the other former character came in, but I wish they had been in the story a little more.
In conclusion, I would say that if you really love this series or have to read every book in a series, then read the book. If you’re not invested in this series and are kind of on the fence, I don’t think this is a must read. You’ll get Captain’s happy ending, but it isn’t an extraordinarily unique must read in my opinion.