Feature book: Sometimes It Lasts
Cage York believes he finally has everything he has ever wanted, but convincing himself he deserves it, and that it will last, is hard. He’s intense and determined to hold on to Eva Brookes in any way he can. She’s changed him from a party animal to a one-woman man and he’s not at all sorry. Now he’s been offered the baseball scholarship he’s worked so hard for and he’s off to Tennessee, but only if Eva is coming with him. He cannot envisage a life without her, even a day. Eva, he’s thrilled to discover, is not going to let him go. Just as committed, she will make her plans fit with his. The future is looking perfect, until …
Eva is faced with a heartbreaking decision. She loves Cage and will go wherever he wants, but suddenly their plans must be put on hold as she is called to her beloved father’s bedside. Having to make the heart-wrenching decision to let Cage go, she must trust that he loves her completely and will not find temptations in his new life. But as time drags on, misunderstandings occur and both Cage and Eva are left hurt and disillusioned, wondering where the love and trust and commitment they made to each other have gone. Without the chance to explain, they are both left bereft. Eva is faced with shocks and revelations that have her turning to her good friend Jeremy, while Cage is far away, heartsick and angry. Can both put aside their hurts and rekindle the deep love and passion they had for one another?
I’ve been a bit over Abbi Glines’s books. Finding empathy with the country club boys of the Rosemary Beach series is wearing thin. But here we are back in Sea Breeze and after a slow start, where the ‘Mine!’ and related intensity made me wonder whether I’d missed something and was perhaps reading a vampire or shapeshifter story, the real emotional impact kicked in and I was able to relate to this couple. With so much to endure, when so young, they are truly tested. I felt an empathy for the cruel tricks played on them and the heartache that ensued. The course of true love is a painful one, but both mature as they find their way back to each other, and in the end their commitment felt much more real, giving a satisfying ending for the reader. I’m back on board, Abbi. 🙂
Reviewed by Rosalie
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.