Because of Lila
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
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.
I gotta say that this book has got me so hooked that I finished it in one seating! I love the way it kept me on my toes while I ardently wished for our young heroine, Lila Kate, to FINALLY end up with the man she truly deserves from the very beginning.
When I first read the excerpt, I was a bit disappointed that Lila gave up on her first love – Cruz, the young Kerrington Country Club heir. Oops, that was some serious plot twist right there!
I guess it really takes a lot of maturity to be able to finally step up, admit your feelings and be a freaking man! I love how Abbi Glines showed how the characters were able to grow out of their stereotypes – the classic bad boy trust fund baby, the prim and proper Southern lady, and the guy suffering from unrequited love.
The intertwining POVs of the three main characters were so on point that it got me so invested with each of their own stories. Lila Kate’s plight for finding a sense of purpose while throwing away her goody-two-shoes persona was really a delight to read. Her own insecurities and vulnerabilities made her so relatable to all those twenty-something girls who really just want to figure out the “adulting” thing on their own.
Cruz was a character that will really grow on you. I wanted to scream at him from the pages of the book because of the callous way he treated Lila in the past. But I grew to love him later on. It turns out that he just needed a shove in the right direction to finally realize that he can be the perfect guy for her. He actually owned up to his mistakes in the end. And with Lila Kate by his side, he had actually succeeded in balancing the pressures of being the heir of the country club and being his own person.
The growth of Eli Hardy’s character is probably the most interesting subplot of this book. Through Lila Kate, he finally realized that the feelings he had for Bliss York was just an idealized love. Bliss was his dream girl and it took a girl like Lila Kate for him to see that the version of love he felt for Bliss was an emotion born out of childhood familiarity. Eli was the perfect boy-next-door. His perceptiveness gave his character the depth that will tug your heartstrings. He had been the perfect friend for both Bliss and Lila when they needed a friend to vent out their complicated love lives. It takes a genuinely kind and thoughtful guy to be able to comfort these women and then still choose to remain in the “just friends” category. That’s what made me love him even more. I can’t wait for Abbi to tell Eli’s story. He deserves his own HEA!