She had leukemia.
Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart.
They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.
The first thing I thought while reading this book was how weird it is that my favorite characters from the Rosemary Beach and Sea Breeze series have GROWN UP KIDS. Overall, I really like this aspect though because it's fun to see these "babies" all grown up and watch their love stories play out. On the other hand, I felt a little confused deciphering who was who because there are so many characters mentioned and named and they belonged to a different couple from one of the series. For me, this took a little of the focus away from THIS story because I was trying hard to remember who was who in terms of the other kids parents. Perhaps giving readers a little family history prior to opening up these books will help with this confusion.
Another thing that sort of grated on my nerves is the relationship between Nate and his fiance Octavia. This is NOT the relationship that plays out n this book and a little bit of cheating takes place which is a turn off for me as a reader. I mean, I get it. Sometimes we slip up. Sometimes our hearts and our heads say differing things and so on. However, even before Bliss and Nate became close again it was pretty apparent that Nate didn't care much about his fiance and their relationship so he probably should have ended things long before his heart went to someone else. This of course, is my personal preference.
Other than this, Abbi Glines is a phenomenal writer and I will always pick up the books she writes. Also, I sincerely believe that she is the queen of New Adult romances so fans of the genre can't really go wrong when picking up her books. Finally, while this one may have fallen a little flat for me I would still recommend it to readers because everyone has their own preferences and the story itself is still good.