My rating: 4 of 5 stars
3.75-ish stars for the holy hotness that is Cage York!!
I originally rated it a solid 4 but after thinking about it and sleeping on it, I decided to give it a 3.75-ish stars only because of Cage. In a way, this book was okay but it's nowhere near the first book, While It Lasts, story-wise.
"No else for me ever. You're it. you're my always."
Sometimes It Lasts starts off with Cage finally getting a full baseball scholarship at a college in Tennessee. The plan was for Eva to join him there. Unfortunately, Eva's father got sick and although Cage doesn't want to go without her, he must, in order to secure their future.
Right there and then, I was like, "Uh-oh." I know something bad was going to happen, and what eventually happened didn't come as a surprise at all. Of course, the Prologue pretty much killed, so I know, I was definitely in for a ride.
The premise, I thought, was great. I was excited to see how Cage and Eva would handle being apart especially when Jeremy entered the picture again. The execution was just okay. It was expected and I enjoyed it. I thought the conflict was going to be dragged out but it wasn't, so I was happy. I hate needless angst. I was happy that that particular conflict wasn't the focus of the book, fortunately.
Unfortunately, Eva started bugging me. I liked her in the first book but I thought she was just, meh, on this one. I still liked her naughty side but I was put off by her constant reference of Josh, her dead boyfriend, as being the one she loved and lost, the boy who loved her unconditionally, yada, yada, yada. I get it. Really. No need to rub it in.
"Make no mistake. There will always be an us. You can pretend like what we had never happened. You can ignore your feelings. Hell, baby, you can even marry ***** fucking Beasly. But there will always be an us. No one and nothing can change that."
Thank goodness for Cage York! I think he's the best among Abbi Glines' heroes. I already thought he was hot in the first book and I didn't think it was possible for him to get any hotter but he did. Holy hell, did he ever. He's more grown up here but he hasn't lost his cheekiness and his dirty mouth. Thank god! I just loved how he handled the situation with Eva. Cage York is truly "the man" in this story.
Another standout for me is Cage and Eva's chemistry. Abbi Glines sure knows how to write them steamy scenes. This book sizzled from beginning to end. There were plenty of steamy scenes but it didn't really overpower the book, which was wonderful. That barn scene after two weeks of being apart was ==> (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] scorching. I thought my Kindle was going to spontaneously combust.
So why give this only a 3.75-ish rating?
Well...I don't know how to put this delicately but here goes...
For one, the editing in this book sucked. I'm not even kidding. Considering that this was published under a well-known publishing house, I was appalled by the number of errors that I noticed. I thought they uploaded the unedited draft or something and not the finished book. I thought it was just me until a GR friend also pointed it out. I'm pretty forgiving when it comes to errors unless it becomes too much that it takes away my enjoyment for the book. The errors in this book, I feel, were substantial enough that it did bother me.
Second reason. In principle, I don't usually spend more than $6 on an ebook but there are a few authors out there that are an exception to this rule for me, and Abbi Glines was one of them. So after shelling out $9.99 for this ebook, I was expecting something a bit more polished but editing wise, this was just, in my opinion, sloppy. And remember folks, this was published under Simon and Schuster not some fly by night publishing house. I mean, really?
The final verdict?
Unless Ms. Glines' publisher re-edit this one, wait until this goes on sale. Or you can order the paperback for a dollar less or better yet, just wait for the library copy. I'm sending mine back to Amazon with a little note to the publisher.
My Cage and Eva...