JUST FOR NOW by Abbi Glines
Publication Date: April 2013
Source: won copy from Abbi Glines
My Rating: 5 stars
Preston is one bad boy…
Everyone knows it. Even innocent Amanda who has harbored a crush on him forever. If anything, Preston’s shameless ways make him all the more appealing. But when Amanda finally gains the courage to confront Preston, things go bad–read bad. Still, she can’t resist him. No matter how hard she tries. And she isn’t really trying that hard. Not when he’s pursuing her, too.
No one wants them to be together. No Amanda’s brother, Marcus, and definitely not any of Preston’s buddies. They know way too much about Preston’s dark side. Even Preston realizes he’s not good enough for someone like her.
But Amanda believes there is more to Preston that his bad boy persona, and she is determined to unearth what he’s hiding behind those seductive blue eyes of his–secrets that could explain the real reasons for his bad behavior. Secrets that may be too overwhelming for Amanda to forgive.
Still, the dangerous attraction is there…and neither Preston nor Amanda can deny it.
This is by far my favorite Sea Breeze series novel! Holy hell! Preston has me wrapped up, tied in knots, and foaming at the mouth. That’s how much I love this character!
Throughout the first three Sea Breeze novels we get enough information on Preston to know he’s…well…he’s a man-whore. We also get enough information on Amanda to know she’s sweet and completely off limits to Preston Drake for many different reasons, but they just can’t help their attraction to each other. Amanda has had a crush on Preston ever since she first met him but she’s never been able to act on her infatuation…until now. And this is where JUST FOR NOW begins. Preston finally notices Amanda and instead of pushing him away like she knows she should, she encourages him….
I’ve been drinkin’ since four, sweetheart. You need to push me away and send me packing, ’cause I don’t think I can stop this on my own. –Preston
Once Amanda finally gets the attention she’s wanted from Preston she soon realizes that it wasn’t everything she hoped it would be. Instead it was delivered out in typical Preston fashion and it was over just as quick as it had started. Does this stop Amanda from wanting more? No. And honestly, I don’t blame the girl.
In JUST FOR NOW we finally get to see the real Preston and once you see where he came from your heart aches for him because he has no one to lean on. Instead his family leans on him because their mother is a horrible person. Your heart will also swell with pride for him because he takes care of his family, albeit in an unconventional way, but he does what he has to do in order to keep his brothers and sister together. The way he cares for them and provides for them is heart-warming and if you wasn’t in love with Preston before you will definitely swoon for this man now. We also see in JUST FOR NOW that Preston is at a point in his life where he doesn’t feel as if he’s in control of himself anymore. He has to deal with his family, worry about school, and now he has this attraction to Amanda that he can’t seem to get rid of. He doesn’t know why he keeps having these vivid “dreams” of her and him together but it’s definitely getting to him.
I didn’t need taming. I needed fucking saving.–Preston.
When Preston and Amanda finally give into their attraction to one another it is amazing. They fit so well together and the chemistry between them is explosive. Preston and that mouth of his had me swooning every time he talked to Amanda..whether it was his sexy, dirty talk or the sweet, honest ramblings….both had me wanting more from him and jealous that I wasn’t Amanda Hardy!
“I’m only interested in you. If you’d left, I’d have chased your sexy ass down.” –Preston “I’d have let you catch me. You wouldn’t have had to try real hard.” –Amanda
But just when things start looking up for them Preston’s dark secrets become revealed and it’s too much for even Amanda to look over. The things Preston has had to do in order to keep his life in order isn’t something he’s proud of and it makes Amanda’s head spin. Can his secrets and lies by omission be forgiven or is all lost?
Hearts don’t realize they’ve been lied to. They still love anyway.–Amanda.
Can Preston finally become worthy of Amanda’s love?
I love you so damn much it consumes me. I don’t deserve you, but I’m gonna become the man who does deserve you. I promise you. I’ll make you proud of me.–Preston.
The overall plot and characterization of JUST FOR NOW is mind-blowing. You not only sympathize with these characters…you empathize with them. Abbi makes you feel as if you’re right there living every moment…feeling every emotion with Amanda and Preston. She gives you drama, passion, comedy, and heart-break all wrapped up in 307 pages worth of beautifully scripted words. Preston will grab onto your heart and never let go. Amanda will brighten up your day and make you realize just how beautiful selfless love it. JUST FOR NOW was amazing. Simply amazing.