An insatiable attraction heats to the boiling point in this brand-new book set in the shore town of Sea Breeze, from bestselling author Abbi Glines.
Preston is one bad boy. And Amanda has harbored a crush on him for forever. When she finally makes her move on him, it does not end well. But still, she can’t resist him. Especially now that he seems to be pursuing her, too.
No one wants wants them to be be together. Not Amanda’s brother Marcus, who is on the verge of his marriage to Low, and definitely not any of Preston’s buddies. They know way too much about Preston’s dark side. Yet the dangerous attraction is there…and neither Preston nor Amanda are going to deny it.
One of the reasons I love series/companion books is because you get to meet past and future characters during each story. This happens in Sarah Dessen’s stand alone/companion novels, and it happens in Jessica Sorenson’s novels, such as The Secret of Ella and Micha and The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden. When I read While It Lasts (review here), the third book in Abbi Glines Sea Breeze series; we meet the main characters of Just for Now, the fourth book in the series, Amanda and Preston. I knew instantly I wanted to read their story after finishing Eva and Cage’s story because of an intense interaction that took place in While It Lasts. Just like while reading While It Lasts, reading the fourth book in the Sea Breeze series before reading the first two (Breathe and Because of Low) did not ruin my reading experience.
Abbi Glines knows how to write New Adult. She makes the steamy scenes sexy and intense, and makes the emotional scenes heartbreaking. She gives the characters a purpose and grounds them enough so that they feel real and that you could totally run into them in real life and know they aren’t two dimensional. Amanda is the young innocent little sister of Preston’s friend, Marcus. After crushing on Preston for years, she finally succeeds in convincing him she’s all grown up and hooks up with him only to find he doesn’t remember that it happened because he was beyond hammered. Amanda is devastated and tries to move on, but when we get to see inside Preston’s head, we get to see his side of the story, and rooting for them becomes easy and fun. Just like any typical romance/coming of age tale, we have the main conflict that keeps them apart and again, having both sides of the story helps the reader connect to both Amanda for feeling betrayed and Preston for feeling like he has no other choice. This conflict introduces us to the view of the class structure down in Sea Breeze, and how Amanda’s upper class family clashes with Preston’s lower class upbringing and how they struggle to put it past them even as it tears them apart.
Just for Now has some seriously HOT scenes in it, so this series is definitely geared towards 17+ readers. After finishing this fourth installment, I immediately bought the first and second books, Breathe and Because of Low on my kindle. Abbi Glines has proven her New Adult prowess to me and I will not hesitate to check out all her other series, such as the Vincent Brothers and Fallen Too Far. I just hope I come up for air between stories!
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