The Best Goodbye By: Abbi Glines Published: Dec. 1, 2015 Publisher: Atria Books Add to Goodreads Source: eARC from publisher in exchange for a honest review Book Summary:
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…
Wow! The Best Goodbye is a story that blew me away. I started reading it really late in the night, and couldn't believe how much I was immersed in the story. When I looked down at me Kindle for the first time, I saw that I was at the fifty percent mark! This story was such an addictive read! I loved every moment of it, and my anticipation and excitement for these characters and their journey never wavered.
River "Captain" Kipling is temporarily in Rosemary Beach setting up for the opening of an upscale and classy restaurant. He's lead a very dangerous life, and is ready to move on from his life in crime. Captain is Rose Henderson's first and only love. She has been looking for him the past ten years, and has finally found him after her long search. Rose decides to disguise her appearance by dying her hair, and wearing glasses. She has changed a lot in the past ten years, and has decided to work as a server at Captain's restaurant to quietly observe him, and see if he is still the same man she fell in love with.
Unfortunately, Captain has changed into a darker and harsher version of his previous self. Just as Rose is deciding to leave Rosemary Beach, Captain discovers who she is. Slowly, Captain begins to reveal himself to Rose, and show her the man she fell in love with. However, Captain thinks that Rose is too good for him, and if she knew about his past, she would be long gone....
The Best Goodbye was the best kind of page turner! It left me with a huge book hangover, and is the kind of book that could have been one thousand pages, and I still wouldn't have been ready to let these characters go. I loved Rose. She was strong and very resilient, but still had a vulnerability to her. She was sweet, compassionate, nurturing, and protective of those she loved. She was also very unassuming, and the type of person I could see being friends with.
Captain had a tough outer shell. He had known such deep emotional pain and tragedy. His only bright light came from Rose, and when she was gone, he lost everything. It was sad reading about the state of his emotions and how much he had changed since he was a teenager.
Ms. Glines alternated between Captain and Rose's past and present. This gave me great insight into who these characters were, all they had been through, and how they had changed from their experiences. When they were together, the depth of their emotions and love for one another was palpable. If you're a romantic like me, you will be captivated by their story. It truly was breathtaking.
I give, The Best Goodbye, by Abbi Glines, 5 First Love, Emotional, Passionate, One and Only Forever Filled Stars!
Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.