Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: HOLD ON TIGHT (Sea Breeze #8) by Abbi Glines

Title: HOLD ON TIGHT (Sea Breeze #8) 
Author: Abbi Glines (Website | Twitter
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse


Six years ago, Dewayne Falco's life changed. He lost someone he never expected to lose. Resigned to punish himself for something he felt he could have prevented, he goes through life without getting too close to anyone.

What he didn't expect was for the girl across the street to move back home and remind him of what they both lost: Dewayne's younger brother Dustin. However, when a miniature version of Dustin opens the door to greet him, Dewayne realizes he might not have lost everything after all.

Sienna Roy loved Dustin Falco most of her life. He was the boy next door, the high school basketball star and her best friend. But when his life was cut short, she realized he left a part of himself behind.

Now, she's back in Sea Breeze, thankful to have a home for her and Dustin's son, but not sure if she can ever forgive the people across the street who abandoned her when she needed them the most — The Falcos.

Betrayal, lies, and forbidden attraction might end Dewayne and Sienna's story before it's even begun.

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It wasn’t in my plan to read Hold on Tight yesterday but (dagnabit) when I saw it staring at me in my reader … I knew that I just have to. In case you didn’t know, Hold on Tight is the eighth and final book of the Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines. When I learned that the Sea Breeze series is ending already, I immediately felt sad. Abbi Glines was able to create a very interesting set of characters that you’ll end up craving for more and more moments just to be with them. I got really attached to them while reading the first four books and then just got more attached during the next four instalments. Plus, Glines is really good with “fans myself” scenes. And there were loads of those scenes in this series. *waggles my eyebrows*

I was one of those fans who totally guessed that Krit and Dewayne’s going to have a book for themselves. Both of them really stood out in the 6th book of the series, Misbehaving, and you’ll be able to feel that their characters are being build up during that book. Here’s what I said here in my Goodreads’ review after Glines announced the existence of 7th and 8th book:

Yes, Abbi Glines totally heard my plea with what I included in my Misbehaving as-of-now blank post, I just made it to a point to include this in there: "(but I swear Krit and Dewayne needs to have a book in this series!!!)". 

January 1. ABBI'S BLOG POST: 

"Dewayne has been in every Sea Breeze book there is. You’ve asked for his book more times than I can count. Well, Sea Breeze #8 is Dewayne’s book. It releases June 3, 2014 and more info on it coming this Spring."

CAN YOU HEAR ME SCREAMING? DJFKSDFKSD!!! My wish just came true with this news! So stoked to read about Dewayne's story!

I may have not read it on the release day itself (me thinks, that I’m still nursing my CoHF book hangover) but I was still excited to know the back story of Dewayne’s character. I actually forgot the synopsis of it (sorry) and I only know the fact that it’s about Dewayne and Sienna’s character. I was clueless with what this book has to offer. So, when I started reading the book and wow the prologue! I was quite shocked with the opening scene of this book. Glines didn’t waste time. And then wohoops, I was just sucked into the story. I even finished this book in just a few hours.

For me, the plot was quite predictable and compared to other books of Glines, this one fell flat and there isn’t surprising twists that happened. This book may be lacking in terms of its plot but it definitely packed it up in the emotional and chemistry department of the story. There’s definitely feels in here that I may or may not have shed a tear in some scenes. The scenes that occurred here were very realistic and Glines was able to present realistic reactions and emotions.

I love the build up with Sienna and Dewayne’s character and relationship, especially that there were a lot of factors that they need to consider first. I also commend Sienna’s character for being such an awesome heroine despite the circumstances that she experienced during the past six years. She also knows her priorities and her stand with everything considering her life. Seeing Dewayne being caring and sweet towards another person just warms my heart. It even made me utter “Awww” a lot of times.

I was supposed to give this book a 4.5 star rating but decided to remove 1 star because considering that this is the last book of the series … I expected to have more moments with the entire Sea Breeze crew. Seriously, though. I would love to have an epilogue part 2 with it just focusing on their relationships after a few years.

With that being said, Hold on Tight was still an entertaining and “fans myself” read. If you’ve read all of the books from the series, I’m sure you’ll want to read this baby too! I may be sad to see this series end but I think it’s a good decision for Abbi Glines to end it already with Hold on Tight. Because there’s already eight books in the series and it would be like stretching everything if she considers one more book.

All in all, Sea Breeze series is totally a great New Adult series and it would be a sin if you don’t pick these books up. You’re missing a whole lot of fun and great characters … hot book boyfriends, too. Swear, Glines’ books are one of my guilty pleasures and I would definitely read anything she publishes in the future.

Rating: 3.5 stars
This review is also posted on my Goodreads account

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