Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1; Rosemary Beach, #1)Series: Too Far #1
Release date: December 14th 2012
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter. 

She is still na├»ve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. 

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. 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 Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

Fallen Too Far wasn't as impressive as I'd hoped it to be. Honestly, from all the raves about this book I was expecting...fireworks. Sadly, the story just didn't seem too solid and at times I felt it a tad rushed. What started out as something I could dive into, with a funny and interesting opening chapter, turned out to be a typical read. 

The good: I did like the innocent southern girl and bad boy concept. The sadness Blaire was dealing with had me opening up to her and Rush got me curious about what he and everybody else was trying so hard to hide. That part made me want to keep reading to figure things out. I liked the mystery.

The not so good: A lot of the segments were cheesy, and those heated moments were too drawn out and left a bitter taste in my mouth. Another thing was the way in which Bethy was portrayed. Her character just seemed too forced into the story and she didn't appear strong enough for me to care for her presence. Also, the way in which she's portrayed was just too much to handle. Other characters that dropped in and out, like Drake and Woods in particular, could have been more developed. 
Another thing was the sudden spark between the main characters. I'm actually one of those readers who don't mind instant connection but this one felt like there was just too much too soon, and I wasn't buying into their feelings until the very end. 

What I really liked: The ending. Emotions started to appear even more realistic and I actually felt like crying for the pain Blaire was feeling in that moment. That ending added another star to my final rating, along with the fact that I liked how the main character could handle a particular weapon and how brave she was in life after experiencing so much on her own. 

Overall, it started out alright, fell flat in between then picked up towards the end. Definitely a roller coaster of a book but I will continue to see how the story improves and how the main characters will move on from here. 


  1. I've not read anything by Abbi Glines, but I do want to read this series at some point. Sorry you weren't a huge fan!!

    YA Sisterhood

    1. Yea, hopefully i'll like the second book and hopefully you'll like this when you do get a chance to read it.

  2. I enjoyed this when I read it, but can definitely see where you're coming from.
    Great review, Shane!

  3. That's a shame it didn't live up to the hype for you. I was so surprised that I loved it as much as I did since I usually feel the same as you did here. Glad there were some elements you enjoyed :) Great review Shane

  4. Great review Shane, sounds like it was kind of cheesy but ended with a powerful ending.

  5. I love your honesty, Shane! I started reading the book but the characters didn't grasp me in a way that I felt I'd want to keep reading. But if the ending was good, maybe I'll give this another try. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yea the ending was actually good, to me. Maybe you'll like it after another read. I'm not sure I want to re-read this one though :)

      Thanks for coming over!

  6. I'm sorry this didn't live up to your expectations. I love Abbi Glines and I own all the books in this series, but just have not had time to read them. I keep saying I'm going to take a week or two and do it, Maybe I will in November or December. Thanks for the honest review.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope you like it when you do get the chance to read it :)

  7. Sorry this didn't impress you as much as you had hoped. I haven't read any Abbi Glines books before, but I do think I want to pick up a copy at some point. Not sure how I'd feel about the cheesiness, Bethy, and the insta-love. Maybe another book? Thanks for the honest review!

    Chri @ Fathomless

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Maybe its me and you'll have a better experience with it :)

  8. One if the reasons I have trouble with romances is because they're too "cheesy" so I'm really happy you pointed that out so I know before starting it to expect some cheese. :D Great review, Shane!


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