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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Like a Memory (Sea Breeze Meets Rosemary Beach #1) by Abbi Glines

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Sea Breeze Meets Rosemary Beach #1.
Subject: Don't let fear get in the way.
One memory. 
One special summer. 
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now. 

Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear. 

She had leukemia. 

Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart. 

They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.


So this time I'm indulging in one of my guilty pleasures which is Abbli Glines and her beautiful stories.

I remember falling in love with the Rosemary beach and Sea Breeze characters the first time I read them. My favorite where Rush and Blair and this time I get to read about their beautiful son Nate.

His life has been easy so far, he's had everything he ever wanted, a loving family and amazing friends. 
But we realize in this book, that being the result of an amazing love story brings a lot of pressure. He knows how much their parents love each other and he is scared to death that loving someone so much could bring his destruction. 
So to be safe, he is choosing a safe relationship, no drama, no crazy feelings involved... easy.

Bliss has had a hard life, she went through something no kid should at such a young age nor ever. But that made her stronger, she knows how precious life is and she is ready to have everything she missed while sick.

She is not scared of life or love, she is just scared of not enjoying every second, because she knows what it feels like to be in the verge of losing it all.

Her memory of her summer with Nate was her happy place during her sickness but life will show her that sometimes dreams and memories are better than the reality.

Nate has no idea where she's been but he knows for sure he can't get close to her. She is everything he vowed not to have, because falling for her might mean insufferable pain in the foreseeable future.

I really connected to this book, because we have all been there, scared of opening ourselves to the possibility of love, because extreme feelings and crazy passion have the downside of coming with the possibility of unmeasurable pain and suffering. 

But unfortunately if you don't risk it you may never get to experience the beauty of loving and being loved by someone.

We should never let the fear of losing someone keep us from loving them, because life will never be complete without love.

And fear is their biggest enemy.

About the Author:
Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.

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