Published: June 5th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
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Cage York finally has everything he ever wanted. And Eva Brooks is right at the top of that list. But a baseball scholarship has always been a close second, so when he gets his chance to play, Cage and Eva are forced to endure a long distance relationship. And with that distance come dangerous temptations - temptations that former bad boy Cage may not be able to resist.
As Eva mourns the sudden loss of her father, believing that Cage has been behaving badly away from home, she turns to close friend and cute boy-next-door Jeremy for comfort.
Now torn between baseball and the girl of his dreams, Cage must prove he's worthy of Eva's love, or risk losing her forever.
After Willow and Marcus, Eva and Cage are my favourite Sea Breeze couple. So I was tremendously excited when the publisher sent me their latest story for review!
Sometimes it Lasts follows on from While it Lasts: Cage and Eva have been living together, and they have an uneasy truce with her father. But then Cage is offered a baseball scholarship and has to move away, Eva has to stay behind because her father is ill.
My favourite thing about this book is how devoted Cage is to Eva. Cage has really turned a new leaf, and although everyone around him seems to be having a hard time believing it, I love that he stuck to his ideals and did everything he could to convince others, especially Eva, how much he had changed. I also love that Low never gave up on him either! On the other hand, I can’t really dislike Eva either, because I understand why she’s insecure about Cage’s new-found monogamy.
When I think about this book the first thing that comes to me is that everything could have been avoided. At least, that’s what I think until I start thinking about how, and it turns out that when I put myself in Cage’s place, I can’t see what he could have done differently. So then I think, oh well then Eva should take the blame, but again, in her shoes I’d do what she did.
I think Glines has told this heartbreaking story very well, and I must commend the character growth that happens in this novel. The plot of this book had me worried for Cage and Eva from the very first page, and I couldn’t put the book down because I was scared something horrible would happen. So I read it in one setting and it was awesome.View Spoiler »However I do think that Ace’s grand plan was convoluted and had a few holes in it. I mean, obviously it worked, but just in general it was petty and it’s a shame he wasn’t an adult about everything, considering he’s in college. But, there are people like that in the world, so I can’t say that I found the scenario unbelievable, just that the premise is a little childish. But it worked!
One thing I have to commend is that this book showed female masterbation. It has been ignored in many of Abbi’s books and I’m glad that it shown in a positive light here. Many of Abbi’s female characters are virgins and have never experimented, which I think stigmatised female sexuality. « Hide Spoiler
I’m a bit conflicted about how I feel about Jeremy. The way his character arc goes didn’t sit too well with me because it just seemed like he was misguided the entire time. But he had his heart in the right place so I couldn’t even hate him. See, conflict! Although, I would love to read a book telling his story. I think he’d be pretty interesting to get to know.
I really enjoyed reading about the next step in Cage and Eva’s life, and seeing where the other Sea Breeze characters are as well (OMG Willow and Marcus, and what about what Preston said about Amanda! How exciting!). You don’t need to read While it Lasts to enjoy Sometimes it Lasts, but it sure would help!
This copy of Sometimes it Lasts includes a sneak-peek of the next novel, Misbehaving, which is about Jason Stone (Jax’s brother). This one sounds like it’s going to be amazing!Blogging Outside the Box is a feature at Speculating on SpecFic, where books outside the SFF banner are reviewed. It is intended to highlight some of the non speculative fiction titles I am reading and share my thoughts with readers.