Up In Flames by Abbi Glines
Spoiled. Selfish. Rich girl. Villain. Slut.
As the Prada-clad bad girl of Rosemary Beach, Nan Dillon has been called every vile name under the hot summer sun. Some of her reputation is deserved—she’s never had to worry about anything but maintaining her perfect figure and splitting Daddy’s private jet with her brother, Rush.
But Nan is far from happy. Rush has another kid on the way and doesn’t have time to catch up with his sister. Grant, the last guy she truly cared about, chose to be with her half-sister, Harlow, instead of her. And Harlow, who has never gotten over the way Nan treated her when she first moved to town, remains distant.
So when Major asks her out, she jumps at the chance to date the gorgeous charmer. Though she doesn’t know much about the sweet-talking Texan, and though it’s clear he doesn’t want to be exclusive, dating him beats hanging out with vapid socialites or watching Netflix alone at home.
For a while, Nan deals with Major’s playboy ways, but after he burns her one too many times, she takes off for an impromptu wild weekend in Vegas. There, she meets Gannon, a darkly seductive and oh-so-dangerous businessman who knows exactly how to handle her.
With Major asking for a second chance and Gannon haunting her dreams, Nan has to decide who to give her heart to. But what she doesn’t realize is that these players are involved in a much bigger game—and they’re already two moves ahead of her.
Up In Flames is book 13 in Abbi’s Rosemary Beach Series. Rosemary Beach is a series of interconnected standalones and ‘mini series” (e.g. duets). While Up In Flames could be read as a standalone, I recommend reading it as part of the Rosemary Beach Series.
Up In Flames was something a bit different from Abbi, and wasn’t always believable (and I say that in a ‘yes I know it’s a story’ kind of way). But, Up In Flames has to be one of my most highlighted stories I have read EVER! I read Up In Flames in paperback, and didn’t have any Post-Its, so I ended up taking photos on my phone LOL.
For me, Nan was redeemed. To be fair, I didn’t hate her as much as others have- I love a good villain. The way Abbi has written Nan you can see she is trying to be strong, she is trying to be her own person, but that there is a genuine struggle. Nan is humanised in this story, you learn about the things she is self-conscious about and that beauty that is frequently referred to throughout the series- she works hard for it.
Now lets talk love triangles. There is one in Up In Flames, not one to be scared of though. I have to admit, I spent a lot of time worried that Nan would end up with (in my opinion) the wrong guy. In fact, it was me needing to know who she ended up with that kept me hooked. There is also an element of mystery which gets me EVERY TIME. A well done element of mystery will almost always add an extra star when I review and we can add this to the list of ‘what Abbi does well’.
It was bittersweet for this series to end. It was a bit of an end of an era but I did feel like it was time. An added bonus to this post is a terrible picture of me, and a beautiful picture of Abbi, from that one time I met her and nearly cried. Abbi is my fave. There are so many reasons why that I won’t discuss here but there you go- one of my fave moments ever.