Because of Lila by Abbi Glines
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis: 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 is painful for me to write because Abbi is one of my favorite authors. I have followed her for years and I will continue to follow and support her work no matter where she takes us as readers so to give her less than 4 stars truly pains me.
There were some aspects of this book I loved and then there were some that just didn’t live up to what an Abbi Glines novel should be, in my opinion. Harlow was one of my all time favorite female characters so my expectations for Lila were pretty high, but I just couldn’t seem to love Lila the way I did Harlow. Maybe because this is a different generation with different standards and experiences to be had, but man oh man Lila disappointed me at times. Don’t get me wrong…Her quirky, introverted self was refreshing to me and that type of character will always be because I can relate to it so easily, but this book did not do her personality justice. Instead of showing how refreshing a girl like Lila is, Abbi wrote her in a way that made her come across as an anomaly that needed to be snuffed out. People kept saying, “That’s just Lila Kate…you’ll get used to her” or Abbi brought up on more than one occasion how Lila wanted to change, but honestly I think deep down it seemed like she didn’t want to change for herself..she wanted to change for other people. I say this because in the end she ended up back where she started. She didn’t leave for herself at first, she ran but I guess it helped her find herself no matter who she did it for.
Cruz was your typical guy in this day and age. He comes across as this spoiled douchebag and honestly he’s that way through the entire novel…right up until the very end, but for his character it fit. He’s hard and stubborn and when his “give-a-crap” is gone, it really is gone. Lila scares him; she scares him so much that he has completely hid any type of feeling for her deep down and covered it with layers of douchbagery and meaningless promiscuity. Lila is the only person we see Cruz open up to and in a way I find it endearing because he’s not the type of person to become vulnerable and when he does with her, you know he means it. It seems like she’s the only person who can make him honest and sincere and just a decent human being. That’s one aspect I did love.
Their chemistry was there. I do believe the one thing Abbi is very good at is portraying the characters’ need for each other. Their dialogue and interactions with each other were amazing and I loved seeing them together when they were really together for each other. When they were good they were really good, but when things were screwed up…man they were a fu*ked up mess and so in the sense of the plot and where Abbi took the entire storyline…I feel she did a great job. There were some parts of the book that I felt as if I were experienceing deja vu and not in the good way…like I had read this all before. For that I have to knock the amazingness factor down just a tad. The other negative I took away from the chemistry aspect was Lila’s complete disregard for her safety in the fact that she didn’t force the use of protection. This seems to be the running thing to do in books like this, but for someone like Lila it just didn’t fit her character AT. ALL. She knows Cruz better than anyone, I get that, and yes, Crus is rich enough to get tested regularly…I get that too, but with as many people as Cruz has been with (just recently) Lila should have known better.
So, yeah…there were some good mixed in with some bad. Will I continue with the series? Absolutely because I love Abbi, I just didn’t feel like this story was the one for me. I’m still excited for the next in the series and I will always have a love for everything Abbi Glines.