#SexMeUpReadathon · 2014 Book Reviews

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

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When Blaire Wynn’s mother passed away, Blaire’s life changed in an instant. Having cared for her sick mother for the last three years, suddenly Blaire has to leave the small farmhouse in Alabama they shared, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast.

But what she isn’t prepared for is the lifestyle change that comes with the move, and she knows she’ll never fit into the new world of luxury and extravagance that suddenly surrounds her. Even worse, her father has run off to Paris for the summer with his wife, leaving her stranded with Rush, her new stepbrother, who’s irritating, arrogant and… seriously sexy. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous; his famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no. Blaire knows he is anything but good for her, but somehow she can’t fight the attraction she’s feeling, especially when she starts to think the attraction might be mutual…

Rush is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that Blaire just may have fallen too far.

I bought this book an absolute age ago, I never got round to reading it. So the #SexMeUpReadathon seemed like the perfect time for me to get started. I am now absolutely kicking myself for not reading this sooner.

Fallen Too Far is told from Blaire’s perspective and starts with Blaire about to start a new life. After burying her mother, Blaire packs up and heads for her estranged father in the hope he can help her, she hasn’t seen or heard from him since he walked out on her and her mother and remarried. Leaving her to face her mother’s sickness and death completely alone. Even her ex boyfriend, Cain, left her to deal with the worst time of her life to go and see other girls. So Blaire has had to be strong and cope.

She arrives in her new home town, to discover that she has arrived at party central. Her dads new family all live off of Rush Finlay, her dad’s new wife’s son. He is the son of rock legend Dean Finlay. Her dad is nowhere to be seen, it turns out that he has sodded off her his new wife, Blaire shouldn’t be surprised but it really hurts, she has no job, no money and nowhere to stay. Especially after Rush makes it clear she isn’t welcome in his house.

When Blair goes to leave Rush seems to change his mind and offers her the maids room, a cupboard under the stairs. With no other option Blaire accepts it, determined to get out of there as soon as she can. With determination she soon finds herself a job at the local golf club and saves every bit of money she has to help her move out quicker.

Blaire has been given a pretty raw deal in life. She lost her sister to a car accident, soon after her dad abandoned her and her mum. Which in turn led Blaire to having to grow up and become the parent of the house and nurse her sick mum. But she never once complains and never expects anything from anyone, she gets on with life and tries to make the most of everything. Blaire is nineteen a virgin and not at all interested in the kind of lifestyle that Rush leads and as much as she shouldn’t be attracted to him, she can’t help but be attracted to him.

Rush is your typical bad boy, rich kid playboy. Parties every other night and a different girl every night too. He treats Blaire so badly and enjoys teasing her but his feelings are obviously conflicting as he can’t seem to leave Blaire alone and warns her more than once that he isn’t good for her.

Everywhere Blaire goes she turns heads and isn’t short of admirers but there is something about Rush that draws Blaire in. But one person who doesn’t like Blaire is Nan, Rush’s sister, she is vile and doesn’t even try to hide her hatred of Blaire in any way. Nan seems to have an unbreakable bond with Rush and Rush gives into Nan’s every whim. Both are spoilt and have never been told no.

Blaire is made aware that there is a huge secret involving Rush and Nan, that has caused their incredibly tight bond. But no one is willing to share what it is, which leaves Blaire wondering why Nan has such a hold over him.

I absolutely loved this book, so so so much that as soon as I finished it I ordered the other three in the series. This book consumed me and I in turn consumed it. It was impossible to put down.

Blaire was a fighter and I loved that about her. I also loved she could handle a gun and wasn’t afraid to use it. But what I loved more than anything was her determination. She wasn’t there for a free ride from Rush’s lifestyle, she just wanted to get on, save up and move on far away from his world and her waste of space father.

Rush, ugh, Rush. I’ve died and gone to fictional boy heaven. He was such a arrogant, cocky player. Now you probably know by now I’m a bit of a sucker for those kind of boys. So instantly I feel in love. As the book progresses I defy anyone not to be in love with him.

As well as these two lead characters some of the secondary characters really stick with me too. Woods, in particular. His father owed the golf club where Blaire starts working and he tries to chat Blaire up. But when Blaire makes it clear nothing will happen, he ends up becoming a good friend for her.

I was taken by surprise at the end as I didn’t see it coming, it also completely broke me and I sobbed my heart out. I literally read the last few pages crying hysterically! Which made me love it all the more.

Fallen Too Far was addictive and completely engrossing. The tension between Blaire and Rush was perfectly built and built which has you gripping the book with desperation. I couldn’t get enough and found myself annoyed at how quick I read it. I wish I had savoured it for longer, but Abbi’s writing voice doesn’t allow for slow reading, she forces your hand and makes you read greedily.

Fallen Too Far is available both I’m paperback and on kindle.

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