Because of Lila Review
Title: Because of Lila (Sea Breeze meets Rosemary Beach, #2)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Prim, proper, classic good girl, and her least favorite label - icy.
Lila Kate Carter has heard them all. The last one, being the newest. She is not icy. She just doesn’t care for Cruz Kerrington and his spoiled, selfish, careless ways. That doesn’t make her icy, that makes him a jerk!
Tired of being labeled and doing what is expected of her, Lila Kate leaves Rosemary Beach, Florida ready for an adventure. Wanting to recreate herself, find a new path, and become something more.
Eli Hardy is tired of women who always act the same, do the same thing and expect the same thing. He’s ready to swear off women until he can get the rest of his life together.
Two weeks into his no-women-rule he meets Lila. She’s so damn sweet and polite. Like she walked right out of an etiquette book. But he’d already been drunk before she walked in so there was a good chance she might not be as stunning and perfect as he thinks. He’s just too drunk to worry about that.
The next morning, he swears he can still smell her on his skin. He just can’t remember why or what happened after that third dance.
Their worlds are about to collide, and so are the secrets and lies.
***This book is the second book in the Sea Breeze meets Rosemary Beach series. In this series you get to read about the next generation of kids from the characters of both the Sea Breeze and Rosemary Beach series. It is really fun to see the characters from the two main series as parents and also being able to see how much hell their kids are giving them.
In this case, Lila Kate is the daughter of Grant and Harlow from Take a Chance in the Rosemary Beach series, Eli is the son of Marcus and Willow from Because of Low in the Sea Breeze series, and Cruz is the son of Woods and Della from Twisted Perfection in the Rosemary Beach series.
You do not necessarily have to have read the Sea Breeze or Rosemary Beach series to read this series but it gives you a better understanding of the world Abbie Glines has created. All three of these series have complex and intertwining family trees. It can get confusing (how Glines keeps everything straight, I will never know) but don’t let that discourage you from reading these books. They really are great reads!!!! ***
***If you haven’t read the other two series this review might not make too much sense.***
When I read the blurb I was very excited. I love Abbie Glines’ writing. She is so good at creating such wonderful and emotional characters and plots. She is one of my favorite contemporary romance writers. As I started reading this book, I of course loved it.
Lila Kate is every sheltered girl. All she wants to do is find herself and not be who everyone expects her to be. When she meets Eli, she gets to be someone else. And they instantly connect. I loved it.
And of course, there is Cruz. The Playboy who keeps his distance from Lila Kate because he does not want to taint her. He sees her as being too good for him.
I really enjoyed the love triangle aspect- but the only problem was, there really wasn’t a love triangle. It seemed like while writing the story, the characters took Glines in a different direction than she had originally thought and then she never changed the blurb. The blurb only talks about the first few chapters. The book is completely different than what the back of the book says. And I actually liked that. I was confused at first and a little annoyed. I didn’t understand how Eli and Lila Kate were going to be together when Lila Kate spent all her time with Cruz. But I actually liked Lila Kate and Cruz together more. Although, I did feel bad about poor Eli being left out in the cold-again.
Lila Kate made Cruz want to be grown up and face his responsibilities. She made him a better version of himself. And Cruz was able to help Lila Kate come out of her shell. Yes, she was already doing that before he came along but he helped her realize that she could be both prim and wild- that she didn’t have to pick one.
I know a lot of people hated Cruz and did not like the way he treated Lila Kate. I also know a lot of people were upset over the direction the plot went in. I know it was exactly like Because of Low (like father life son). But that does not take anything away from what a great read this is. Yes, Cruz is an ass at first but that does not make him unworthy, it makes him have to work harder to earn Lila’s love.
The book is complicated- like life is. You don’t always want to love the person you love. Sometimes it just happens. Life is complex and multidimensional and I think Glines does an amazing job of getting that across to her readers. Things in life just happen.
I loved this book. It was well written and completely dramatic. Glines is a master at turning contemporary romance into something that resembles a soap opera. There is so much emotion jam-packed into this story and into all her stories! It’s almost like a guilty pleasure.