COVER REVEAL & EXCERPT: Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines

It’s time to fall all over again… Rush Finlay won readers hearts in Fallen Too Far. However, his side of the story was never told… until now. Today, I have the great pleasure of sharing with you not only the mouthwatering new cover of Rush Too Far, but also the never-seen-before beginning of Chapter One!!!!! Book junkies, you will LOVE this book!!! ♥

If you thought Rush was hot before, you’ve not seen anything yet!

Expected release date: 6 May 2014

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Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story…

Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.

Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.

Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.

He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.

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This isn’t your typical love story. It’s really too completely f*cked up to be charming. But when you’re the bastard son of the legendary drummer from one of the most beloved rock bands in the world, you expect serious f*ck-ups. It’s what we’re known for. Add to that my selfish, spoiled, self-centered mother and the outcome isn’t pretty.

There are so many places where I could start this story. In my bedroom, as I held my sister while she cried from our mother’s cruel words. At the front door, as she watched, with tears streaming down her face, while my father came to take me away for the weekend, leaving her alone. Both of those things happened often, marking me forever. I hated to see her cry. Yet it was a part of my life.

We shared the same mother but our fathers were different. Mine was a famous rocker who brought me into his world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll every other weekend and for a month during the summers. He never forgot me. He never made excuses. He was always there. As imperfect as he was, Dean Finlay always showed up to get me. Even if he wasn’t sober, he came.

Nan’s father never came. She was alone those times when I was gone, and even though I loved being with my dad I hated knowing she needed me. I was her parent. I was the one person she could trust to take care of her. It made me grow up quickly.

When I asked my dad to bring her along too, he would get this sad look on his face then shake his head. “Can’t son. Wish I could, but your momma won’t allow that.”

He never said anything more. I just knew that if my mother wouldn’t allow it then there was no hope. So Nan was left alone. I wanted to hate someone for that, but hating my mother was hard. She was my mom. I was a kid.

So I found a place to focus my hate and resentment at the injustice of Nan’s life. The man who didn’t come to see her. The man whose blood rain through her veins yet didn’t love her enough to even send a birthday card. He had his own family now. Nan had been to see them once.

She had forced Mother to take her to his house. She wanted to talk to him. See his face. She just knew he would love her. I think, deep down, she thought Mother hadn’t told him about her. She had this fairytale in her head that her father would realize she existed and swoop in and save her. Give her the love she so desperately sought.

His house had been smaller than ours. Much smaller. It was seven hours away in a small country town in Alabama. Nan had said it was perfect. Mother had called it pathetic. It hadn’t been the house, though, that haunted Nan. Not the small white picket fence that she described to me in detail. Or the basketball hoop outside and the bicycles leaning against the garage door.

It had been the girl who opened the door. She’d had long blonde hair–almost white. She had reminded Nan of a princess. Except she’d been wearing tennis shoes with dirt on them. Nan had never owned a pair of tennis shoes or ever been near dirt. The girl had smiled at her and Nan had been momentarily enchanted. Then she’d seen the pictures on the wall behind the girl. Pictures of another girl just like this one. And a man holding both their hands. He was smiling and laughing.

He was their father.

This was one of the two daughters he loved. It had been obvious, even to Nan’s young eyes, that he was happy in those photos. He wasn’t missing the child he had left behind. The one her mother kept telling her he knew about.

All those things our mother had tried to tell her over the years that she had refused to believe suddenly fell into place. She had been telling the truth. Nan’s father hadn’t wanted her because he had this life. These two beautiful, angelic daughters and a wife who looked so much like them.

Those photos on the wall had tortured Nan for years afterward. Again, I wanted to hate my mother for taking her there. For shoving the truth in her face. At least when Nan had lived in her fairytale she had been happier, but her innocence was lost that. And my hate for her father and his family began to grow inside of me.

They had taken from my little sister the life she deserved. A father who could love her. Those girls didn’t deserve him more than Nan did. That woman he was married to used her beauty and those girls to keep him from Nan. I hated them all.

I eventually acted on that hate, but the story really starts the night Blaire Wynn walked into my house with a nervous frown and the f*cking face of an angel. My worst nightmare…

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I had told Nan I didn’t want people over that night, but she’d invited them anyway. My little sister didn’t take no for an answer ever. Leaning back on the couch, I stretched my legs out in front of me and took a drink of my beer. I needed to hang around down here long enough to make sure things weren’t going to get out of hand. Nan’s friends were younger than mine. They got a little rowdy sometimes. But I put up with it because it made her happy.

Mom running off to f*cking Paris with her new husband, Nan’s still inattentive father, hadn’t helped Nan’s mood lately. This was all I could think of to cheer her up. For once in her life, I wished my mother would think of someone other than herself.

“Rush, meet Blaire, I believe she might belong to you. I found her outside looking a little lost,” Grant’s voice broke into my thoughts. I looked up at my step-brother and then at the girl standing beside him. I’d seen that face before. It was older, but I recognized it.

Shit.

She was one of them. I hadn’t known their names, but I’d remembered there were two of them. This one was… Blaire. I cut my eyes toward Nan to see her standing not too far away with a scowl on her face. This wasn’t going to be good. Did Grant not realize who this girl was?

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The Author

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She can often be found hiding in her office pretending to write while actually watching episodes of Buffy on Netflix. If she’s not in a Vampire Slayer mood she can be found watching Friday Night Lights. But please do not tell her husband. He has no idea she isn’t always hard at work.

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Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines

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Rush promised her forever… but promises can be broken.

Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more important. Letting go isn’t easy.

Blaire believed in her fairytale… but no one can live in a fantasy.

Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart.

Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone… too far?

 

 

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“When she walked into my house the first time and I laid eyes on her I was attracted to her. That part was easy. But then I got to know her. She wasn’t like any other girl I’d ever known. She was so determined when she should have been beat down. Her life had given her shit and she was fighting to live. She wasn’t going to back down or give up. I admired her. Then I got a taste and I was sunk. She’s everything I want to be.”

Saying goodbye to a beloved series is always a bitter sweet experience, but when a story has meant so much to you for so long and singlehandedly cemented your love of the New Adult genre, knowing we would not be revisiting these characters again feels like losing old friends. Thankfully, we leave them in a happy place, with the right ending and with the type of bond they desperately needed from the very first time they laid eyes on each other.

“What changed you? You’re so completely different than that guy I met back in June,” I said, smiling at his confused face.
Rush reached out and slipped his hand into my hair and tangled his fingers around the strands. “This sweet, determined, sexy-as-hell blonde walked into my life and gave me a reason to live.”

We watched Rush and Blaire, two young people who could not be any more different if they tried, fall in love hesitantly but irrevocably. All the odds were against them, from family history to upbringing, but they weathered the storms, put their differences aside and simply connected as two souls who craved unconditional love more than anything else in life. Their relationship has been an emotional affair from the very beginning, a constant struggle to reconcile their pasts with the future they wished to build together, their families playing a crucial role in that struggle. Even after they finally found their happy ending at the end of Never Too Far, a few loose ends were left up in the air, potential threats to their happily-ever-after, and in this final book we see them battling those to truly become each other’s family. This book is not the story of Rush and Blaire trying to stay together – we have seen them through enough drama to know they do not deserve any more of it thrown their way – this is the story of them learning to balance their new priorities in life and learning to put each other first, before anyone else.

“Do not ever speak to her that way again. … Don’t underestimate her importance. She’s mine. Respect that.” … Blaire came first. Always.

After a tumultuous start, the young couple is finally in a good place both emotionally as well as relationship-wise. They are engaged with a baby on the way, and their bond is a healthy combination of sexual attraction and genuine affection and regard for each other. They have become each other’s world, each other’s number one priority and the love of each other’s life. Rush has evolved from non-committal bad boy to devoted and doting fiancé, determined to make Blaire forget all the pain and sorrow that life has put her through. He is protective, affectionate, openly demonstrative and possessive of the woman he loves. His fear of losing Blaire again motivates him to become the type of man he needs to be for his future wife and their unborn child.

“The woman I got pregnant happens to be my heart. I’ll marry her and spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to make her smile.”

But Rush’s family is a permanent obstacle in their path to happiness, constantly putting him in situations where he is forced to choose between their needs and those of Blaire and their baby. With every step forward that he makes, his family’s drama makes him take one step back, where his actions or inactions end up making Blaire feel set aside and neglected.

“You’re afraid you and the baby won’t come first. You don’t want him to have to choose.”

This is in so many ways a book about Rush learning to reconcile his old life and his old priorities with his new ones. It is a book about choices in life and the consequences of those choices. It is a book about finding the type of love that makes you willing to do just about anything to keep it and knowing to never take it for granted.

One of the main differences between this book and the previous two is the amount of limelight that is put on some of the secondary characters. We get to meet some new ones, re-visit some old ones, and find out the possible directions that some of the spin-off series might take. While we somewhat reluctantly leave Rush and Blaire to their happily-ever-after, we find ourselves eagerly anticipating Woods and Della’s next book, Simple Perfection, as well as Grant’s two books, This One Chance and Take a Chance.

If you’ve loved Rush and Blaire as much as I have, you will get great satisfaction from the events in this book. This is the perfect conclusion to their story, with no unnecessary complications in their relationship just for the sake of drama – this is the happy ending they deserved all along. I have only one objection – what will I do without my Rush Crush now?

“How far is too far?” I asked
“It’s all too far. I want you right here beside me… forever.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Teaser from Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines

ForeverTooFar_322x500Just when you think this series couldn’t get any better, Abbi Glines gives us a stunning conclusion to a story that I’ve adored from the moment the heroine pulled out a gun on a guy on the very. first. page! There is just something about Rush and Blaire, about their connection, about how different they are and yet so right for each other. They’ve set the pages on fire every time they shared a scene and after two unforgettable books, this third and final one is the perfect happy ending that they deserved all along.

As you know, my ‘Rush Crush’ has been a matter of public knowledge and this series has been a frequent feature on this blog from the very beginning, so I am so very grateful to be able to share with you today a sizzling exclusive unedited excerpt from Forever Too Far… But please be warned that this excerpt contains content only suitable for adults.

Expected release date: 10 June 2013

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“Rush,” she whispered leaning back in the chair. “We shouldn’t be gone long. We have company.”

I wish they’d all f*cking leave. “I won’t take long. I promise. I just need to take care of a little matter,” I replied and ran my finger over the wet spot on her panties. “My girl needs some special attention.”

Blaire whimpered. I loved that sound. I reached up and took her panties and slid them down her legs. When I got to the backless peep toe heels she was wearing I took off each shoe then pulled her panties off completely dropping them on the floor beside her shoes.

I could smell her arousal now. I put my hands on each of her knees and pressed them further open so I could look at her pink folds. The little swollen clit was right there begging me to touch it. I glanced up at Blaire. “Lay back,” I instructed and she did as was told. Her body trembled and I knew she wanted it just as badly as I wanted to give it to her.  “Put that leg up on the arm of the chair and this one of the floor,” I said watching as she made herself completely spread open for me.

I positioned myself between her open legs and ran the tip of my nose up the inside of her thigh taking in her scent. Enjoying it and the feel of her leg shaking under my caress. When I got to her needy little spot I ran my finger over it and she cried out then covered her mouth with her hand to smother the sound.

“You ready for me to make this all better?”

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The Story

Rush promised her forever… but promises can be broken.

Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more important. Letting go isn’t easy.

Blaire believed in her fairytale… but no one can live in a fantasy.

Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart.

Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone… too far?

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COVER REVEAL & TEASER: Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines

We are getting a third and final book in the Too Far series, you know that, right? Today, I have the great pleasure of unveiling the beautiful new cover and blurb of Forever Too Far, as well as a never seen before teaser… not to mention the new release date!!! Is it #RushHourYet?

Expected release date: 10 June 2013

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Kiro was shirtless and swinging his tattooed arms around with a cigarette between his fingers and a bottle of rum in his other hand. “What the ever loving f*ck is your problem? Hell, you got momma issues then go bitch at mother f*cking Georgianna. Why am I the one being dealt this crazy shit?” Kiro was yelling at Nan when I walked into the game room. A pair of black lace panties were on the pool table but the female I’d left him with a few hours earlier was nowhere to be seen. Small miracles.

“Rush! Do you hear him? He doesn’t care about me. He doesn’t care that he ignored me most of my life and do you know he has a daughter? Some uptight bitch that won’t even look at me.” Nan was still screaming.

I walked over to her and grabbed both her hands. “Take a couple deep breaths, Nan. You gotta calm down so we can all talk. You yelling isn’t gonna fix shit.”

She glared at me but did as I told her to. I waited until she’d taken two deep breaths before squeezing her hands. “Good. Now, go sit over there on that sofa and don’t talk. Let me talk. Okay?”

She frowned but nodded her head and walked over to the white leather sectional sofa that outlined two of the four walls in this room.  Once she was seated I turned back around to look at Kiro. He was taking another long swig from the rum. The man needed to stop drinking and eat something. You could see his ribs. His fetish with leather went beyond furniture. He wore it too. The leather pants he had on were hanging on his tattooed hipbones.

“Can’t believe you got her to shut up for a whole damn minute,” Kiro muttered and put the cigarette back to his lips.

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The Story

Rush promised her forever… but promises can be broken.

Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more important. Letting go isn’t easy.

Blaire believed in her fairytale… but no one can live in a fantasy.

Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart.

Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone… too far?

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The Author

abbi_glines_picAbbi Glines was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She grew up in the small town of Sumiton, Alabama where she left the summer she turned eighteen. She didn’t get far… she chased her high school sweetheart down to the coast and she’s been there every since.

Abbi now lives in the quaint southern town of Fairhope, Alabama with her three children and husband Keith (the high school sweetheart she chased after). Her life is never dull and Keith always makes sure there is another “experience” for them to explore.

Books published by Abbi include The Vincent Boys and the USA TODAY bestseller The Vincent Brothers, Breathe, Because of Low, the USA TODAY bestsellers While It Lasts and Just For Now, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless, and The New York Times bestseller and Wall Street Journal bestseller Fallen Too Far. Currently she is working on Never Too Far, the sequel to Fallen too Far.

When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.

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Never Too Far by Abbi Glines

NeverTooFarHe had held a secret that destroyed her world. Everything she had known was no longer true. Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him. Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again. What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately? You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.

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“No man has ever loved a woman as much as I love you. Nothing will ever come before you.”

Rarely does a sequel to a book you’ve loved and re-read more times than you wish to admit ever live up to its high expectations – you’re afraid the plotline would be thin, the characters taken in a direction you don’t wish them to be taken, the overall ‘feeling’ of the book not as intensely or consistently pieced together. Well, you have absolutely no reason to fear any of that when it comes to this book because Abbi Glines has just helped me achieve a new level of ‘book junkie nirvana’. Never Too Far is EVERYTHING I have hoped it would be and then some. After the traumatic cliffhanger we were left with at the end of Fallen Too Far, both our beloved characters are emotional train wrecks. Blaire has run away from Rosemary and from the man she loves, and is hoping to find solace in the familiarity of her home town. She is left with nothing in life, no possessions, no plans for the future, no family that she can rely on to help her heal her shattered soul. She craves to have a family again, to feel unconditional love again, to mean something to someone. Everything she has always believed to be true has been shaken, questioned, attacked, and we find our gentle heroine heartbroken and alone.

“I don’t want to be alone… but I am. And I’m scared.”

Rush is battling his own demons after Blaire’s departure. For the first time in his life he has fallen in love with someone body and soul, and for the first time in his life he wants to put her well-being first, before anyone else’s, including his sister Nan’s. His last encounter with Blaire has scarred him deeply because he saw the real effects of what his family had done to her. The memory of her vacant eyes haunt him, torture him and don’t allow him to move on. His guilt for the role he played in Blaire’s heartbreak stop him from going after her again, deep down hoping she would come back to him in her own time.

“She may have had enough time to deal with things. What if she does come back? What will you do?” What would I do? I’d beg.

But life is not done throwing them curveballs and very soon Blaire is forced to return to Rosemary, albeit temporarily, and attempt to find her place in the world again. She leaves the safety of her past once more, trading the familiar comforts of her home town for the unknown of a world that has treated her only badly. She bravely takes control of her life and goes back to the one place that broke her. So what happens when you throw a starving man a bone? He clenches to it and never wants to let go. Blaire’s return has given Rush hope, but he is fearful of scaring Blaire off and making her run away from him again. So he threads carefully, giving her space and time, but his heart and body naturally gravitate towards her and the pull is too irresistible to fight. We see a desperate man, a man who is deeply in love with the woman before him but doesn’t know how to make her trust him again. His desperation is heart-wrenching, playing with our emotions every time we hear his voice and his most intimate thoughts about Blaire. He tries to control his emotions when he’s around her, but his every touch, glance in her direction, need to be as close to her physically as possible give them away.

“I will do anything. Anything, Blaire, just to be near you. I can’t think about anything else. I can’t focus on anything.”

These young lovers are faced with a reality that sets its own pace, making them aware that time is not necessarily something they can freely fritter away. Their biggest obstacle is not the love that binds them together – it is the lack of trust between them. Blaire finds it hard to trust him because all the men that meant anything to her in her life had abandoned her when she needed them the most. She expects Rush to do the same. She accepts it and considers it to be inevitable. But while Blaire might have more tangible reasons for not trusting Rush again with her heart, Rush is unconsciously distrustful of Blaire as well because he is constantly expecting her to bolt. He does not feel worthy of her and he keeps failing her because of that.

“I wondered how many more times I was going to screw up before I ever got this right.”

While Fallen Too Far was ‘Blaire’s book’ because we only heard her voice, Never To Far is no longer only her story. By giving us both points of view and by allowing us to hear Rush’s thoughts as well, he truly becomes ‘our’ hero. We feel for him, we understand him, we struggle with his own inner conflicts. Ms Glines has given us the perfect man to pine after and he is spectacular, inside and out. The secondary characters are developed even more this time around, we get to know them better, see what motivates their actions and fall in love with a few of them. Especially the one that is getting his own book next – Woods. This is a book about a love that is all-consuming, a devotion that is truly inspiring, a physical connection that will make your toes curl every time Blaire and Rush share a scene in the story. You will fall in love with these characters all over again and you’ll become invested in them even more. Beautifully paced, skilfully written, I loved every single delicious moment of it.

“She’s amazing. No… she’s perfect. Everything about her is f*cking perfect … I don’t just love her, she owns me. Completely. I’d do anything for her.”

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BIRTHDAY TEASING: Never Too Far by Abbi Glines

Book junkies, I am so very PROUD to kick off my Birthday Teasing Extravaganza with one of my favourite authors, the woman who made me fall in love with not one, but two Vincent boys last year, and then gave me Rush-liciousness … the one and only, Abbi Glines!

Abbi’s writing is pure perfection. She awakens every romantic bone in my body with her roller-coaster stories of meant-to-bes, and she makes me dream of boys with trucks. I haven’t found many books that succeed in making me feel the same exact thing every time I re-read them, but somehow Ms Abbi has managed just that.

Last year, I stumbled upon a cover that got me all hot and bothered. It might have taken five minutes for me to actually realise that it was a new Abbi Glines release because I could not peel my eyes off of THAT kiss. So, I read it… It was EPIC.

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The only small “defect” it had was that it had a sequel and we had to wait a few months to get it. Abbi, I’ve been piling up the therapy bills for your consideration, if you don’t mind! February 26 is now just around the corner, we ALL know what we’ll be doing on that day, but in the meantime I give you the touching Prologue of Never Too Far that up to now has only been available at the end of the Fallen Too Far paperbacks…

Prologue

13 years ago…

There was no knock at the door then just the small shuffle of feet. My chest already ached. Mom had called me on their way home to tell me what she’d done and that now she needed to go out to have some cocktails with friends. I’d be the one that would need to soothe Nan. My mom couldn’t handle the stress it involved. Or so she said when she called me.

“Rush?” Nan’s voice called out with a hiccup. She’d been crying.

“I’m here, Nan.” I said as I stood up from the beanbag I’d been sitting on in the corner. It was my hiding spot. In this house you needed a hiding spot. If you didn’t have one then bad things happened.

Strands of Nan’s red curls stuck to her wet face. Her bottom lip quivered as she stared up at me with those sad eyes of hers. I hardly ever saw them happy. My mother only gave her attention when she needed to dress her up and show her off. The rest of the time she was ignored. Except for me. I did my best to make her feel wanted.

“I didn’t see him. He wasn’t there,” she whispered then a small sob escaped. I didn’t have to ask who “he” was. I knew. Mom had gotten tired of hearing Nan ask about her father. So she’d decided to take her to see him. I wish she’d told me. I wish I could have gone. The stricken look on Nan’s face had my hands balling into fist. If I ever saw that man I was gonna punch him in the nose. I wanted to see him bleed.

“Come here,” I said reaching out a hand and pulling my little sister into my arms. She wrapped them around my waist and squeezed me tightly. Times like this it was hard to breathe. I hated the life she’d been given. At least I knew my dad wanted me. He spent time with me.

“He has other daughters. Two of them. And they’re… beautiful. Their hair is like an angel’s hair. And they have a momma that lets them play outside in the dirt. They were wearing tennis shoes. Dirty ones.” Nan was envious of dirty tennis shoes. Our mother didn’t allow her to be less than perfect at all times. She’d never even owned a pair of tennis shoes.

“They can’t be more beautiful than you,” I assured her because I firmly believed that.

Nan sniffed and then pulled back from me. Her head tilted up and those big green eyes looked up at me. “They are. I saw them. I could see pictures on the wall with both girls and a man. He loves them…. He doesn’t love me.”

I couldn’t lie to her. She was right. He didn’t love her.

“He’s a stupid asshat. You have me, Nan. You’ll always have me.”

Are you guys ok…? Did we all survive the Prologue? But… you didn’t think this was going to be ALL that Abbi was going to torture leave us with? No no no… Abbi never does things half-heartedly so she gifted us with another delicious little snippet set in the present time…

“Ever heard of calling before you come over?” Nan snapped as she walked into the living room dressed in a short silk wrap. She looked so much like our mother the older she got.

“It’s almost lunch, Nan. You can’t keep the man in bed all day,” I replied and opened the doors that led out onto the balcony overlooking the gulf. “I need to talk to you and I don’t want to do it so that your bedroom buddy can hear us.”

Nan rolled her eyes and stepped outside. “I find it odd that I’ve been trying to get you to talk to me for weeks and now that you want to talk you come barging over like I have no life. At least I call you first.” She was starting to sound like our mother too.

“I own this condo, Nan. I can come in any damn time I want to,” I reminded her. She would be leaving here in August to head back to her sorority house and her still undecided major. College was a social function for her. She knew I’d pay her bills and tuition. I’d always taken care of everything for her.

“Snarky much. What is this about? I haven’t had my coffee yet.” She also wasn’t afraid of me. I didn’t want her to be but it was time she grew up. I wasn’t going to let her send Blaire running. In a month, Nan would be gone. Normally I would too. Not this year. I’d be keeping my residence at Rosemary. Mother would have to pick another location. She wasn’t going to have this house free for the rest of the year.

“Blaire is back,” I told her bluntly.

The Story

He had held a secret that destroyed her world.

Everything she had known was no longer true.

Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him. Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.

What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?

You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.

The Author

abbi_glines_picAbbi Glines was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She grew up in the small town of Sumiton, Alabama where she left the summer she turned eighteen. She didn’t get far… she chased her high school sweetheart down to the coast and she’s been there every since.

Abbi now lives in the quaint southern town of Fairhope, Alabama with her three children and husband Keith (the high school sweetheart she chased after). Her life is never dull and Keith always makes sure there is another “experience” for them to explore.

Books published by Abbi include The Vincent Boys and the USA TODAY bestseller The Vincent Brothers, Breathe, Because of Low, the USA TODAY bestsellers While It Lasts and Just For Now, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless, and The New York Times bestseller and Wall Street Journal bestseller Fallen Too Far. Currently she is working on Never Too Far, the sequel to Fallen too Far.

When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.

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Beautiful Abbi is offering one lucky winner a signed paperback of Fallen Too Far!! Yep, I am not kidding. And she is willing to ship it internationally! Abbi, what have you been drinking, love? I am “matching” her offer by adding a set of e-copies of both books to the pot, Fallen Too Far AND Never Too Far (to be delivered on release day)! So, two winners – one gets the signed paperback and the other gets the e-books. To win these babies, please enter below. By entering, you accept the following Giveaway Conditions.

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COVER REVEAL: Never Too Far by Abbi Glines

OMG! I am writing this post with an inhaler permanently attached to my mouth and I don’t even have asthma!! Book junkies, I give you the cover of one of the most anticipated books of 2013, the sequel to the mind-blowing Fallen Too Far: Never Too Far

Expected release date: 26 February 2013

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“It had been three weeks, four days and twelve hours since I’d seen her. Since she’d torn my heart out. If I had been drinking, I’d blame it on the alcohol. It had to be an illusion; a desperate one. But I hadn’t been drinking. Not a drop. There was no mistaking Blaire. It was her. She was actually here.

Blaire was back in Rosemary.”

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