Summary: Cage brings his playboy prowess to the countryside as the Sea Breeze hookups continue, from self-published phenomenon Abbi Glines.
Low broke Cage’s heart by getting with Marcus in Because of Low. Cage went into a tailspin that ended in a DUI. In order to salvage his baseball scholarship—the one thing he truly valued besides Low—Cage must take a summer job. At a farm. Away from Sea Breeze. With lots of cows, but no hot girls. Maybe that’s what Cage needs to get back on track.
But wait—there’s that hostile daughter of the farm boss. She’s pretty and occasionally sweet, and there seems to be a lot of sadness and mystery behind her anger. Cage is dying to strip her down—physically and mentally—in the back of the barn. But is he prepared for what will happen afterward?
To get in the right mood for the review, first check out the teaser trailer for the 2016 movie version of While it Lasts:
Okay, now that your heart’s in the right place…
Despite the fact that I follow Abbi Glines on Instagram, I’d never read one of her books. When she started posting pictures of the hottie cast to play Cage York (his name is Addam Bramich, you can check him out at IMDB) in the 2016 film version of While it Lasts, I finally cracked and bought a Glines book. Yes, my shallowness knows no depth whatsoever.
*Warning: this book takes place in Alabama and I wrote the review with a southern accent. I recommend reading it that way as well*
Fortunately for me and the money I spent on the print version of WiL, this book is much more than a pretty face and rock hard abs. Cage York is the poster child for bad boys and that behavior lands him in hot water after a DUI puts his baseball scholarship in danger. Cage agrees to spend his summer working at his coach’s family farm to avoid being kicked off the team and lose his one chance to break free from the crappy hand life has dealt him.
Enter Eva Brooks. She’s the coach’s niece, who’s nursing a broken heart after her fiancé was killed in battle, and it’s immediately made clear to Cage that he’s to have no contact at all with Eva as she’s just too good for the likes of him.
Well, it’s no secret what happens when you tell two college aged people–who just happen to be over the top attracted to each other–to keep their distance. Initially cool towards Cage because he’s the antithesis of everything her fiancé represented, it’s not long before Eva is spending her days watching Cage as he works the farm, mesmerized by his physical beauty. As chance continues to bring them together, both begin seeing past their physical attraction, discovering the person beneath the beauty. For the first time, Cage finds himself falling in love and Eva recognizes that it’s possible for her to move on from her broken heart.
Naturally, nothing is easy when it comes to love. Cage is haunted by the rejection he’s been handed by everyone who ever meant anything to him, except his best friend, Willow. Eva, already forbidden by her father to have anything to do with Cage, must now overcome her fear of disappointing Dad and the memory of her fiancé.
While it Lasts, is a sexy, romantic, easy to read story (I read it all in less than 24 hours, including sleep and two movies thrown in). It moved me to tears as I watched the broken little boy deep inside Cage finally find the one person who would love him back. As Eva finally burst through the bubble she’d been living in, opening herself up to love and embracing the things she’d thought buried with her fiancé, I realized that WiL was not just a sweet love story, but a novel of hope for those who think that life won’t ever get better.
With WiL, I did something my OCD never allows me to do: start a series in the middle instead of starting with book one. While it Lasts is actually the fourth book in Abby Glines’ super popular Sea Breeze series and I have no doubt I’ll be doing some catching up!