While it Lasts (Sea Breeze #3)
by Abbi Glines
Published: July 31, 2012
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Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it.
Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball -- or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues -- or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer baling hay?
Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible.
Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows.
Oh -- and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties - he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips.
My Thoughts: Let me warn you in advance, I am a huge Abbi Glines fan, so when talking about her books, I tend to go all fan girl....just saying. While it Lasts.....OMG........Cage York......speechless. All I can say is prepare to stick your face, better yet your whole body in the freezer. He is so HOT! I love all of Abbi's books, but I completely and totally fell in love with Beau Vincent in the Vincent Boys...sigh....I mean Beau Vincent is totally to die for. He's the bad boy that is every girl's dream. Then Sawyer Vincent came in a close second in The Vincent Brothers. When I first met Cage in Because of Low, I wasn't overly impressed. After all, he was a man-whore. What did impress me was the way he looked out for Low. In While it Lasts, we get to see another side of Cage, and boy is it good. Now I am completely in love with Cage. I mean he's just like candy...candy for your eyes, and candy you want to just devour. Granted, I'm still completely in love with Beau, and I got this thing for Sawyer to, so what does that make me? I guess I'm a bit of ho to now, at least a book boyfriend ho. Forgive me guys, but I just want you all. Abbi's boys just tend to rock your world.
While it Lasts isn't just about hot sexy Cage York, it has some very deep moments. In the beginning, when we first meet Eva, I found myself crying my eyes out. Eva is absolutely precious and I'm so glad she's the one that finally got Cage. She has suffered such great loss and has been through so much, but she's also very tough and doesn't take any crap either, especially from Cage. Cage is kind of blown away by Eva, first when he sees her and how beautiful she is, then again when she puts him in his place and refuses him. That doesn't happen to often to Cage. Not to mention the fact that her dad, Wilson Brooks, has specifically told Cage that Eva is off limits. With his scholarship and future on the line, that makes things even harder. So he sucks it up, stays in his little room in the barn, and takes on the cows and farm life. Try as she may, Eva just can't help but be attracted to Cage. I mean she's only human, right. They end up growing closer, but Eva isn't ready for Cage to know her secret. She doesn't want him treating her differently or feeling sorry for her. Little does she know that Cage already knows, he's just waiting for her to tell him when she is ready. All he wants is to be there for her. Her heart melts when she finds out that he's known all along and yet treated her just like any other person. The side we see of Cage with Eva is absolutely amazing. He is so caring and sweet, still very hot and sexy mind you, but protective and loving at the same time. Not to say they didn't have their struggles, because they did, especially when they came face-to-face with the issues and people from their pasts. When Wilson Brooks gets wind of what's going on, he kicks Cage off the farm, and Cage has to decide, with a little encouragement from Low, if he's going to stand up and fight for what he wants and loves.
I think this book is by far is the most steamy, hot, and sexy book Abbi has written, not that her others weren't, because they totally are, but While it Lasts takes it to a whole new level. Just thinking about it makes me go need open the freezer again. I loved the way the relationship developed between Cage and Eva also. I really hope they get a sequel. I would love to read more about them. I loved the farm setting and the way the story came together. Abbi is such a gifted and talented writer and she makes you really feel like her story and her characters are real. I mean it wouldn't surprise me a bit to actually find she has a Cage York hidden somewhere....sigh.....smile. While it Lasts so exceeded my expectations, but then again, I don't think Abbi is capable of anything less than outstanding. She knows how to write a love story, and she knows how to create a hot guy that is completely swoon worthy. If you love a contemporary romance, hot sexy guys, steamy love scenes, and and overall great story, then While it Lasts is one book that you will want to read, and then read again. Please be aware that this is a "New Adult" book and contains scenes which are not appropriate for younger readers.
Favorite Quotes from While it Lasts:
"Maybe. I'm checking things out. Seeing if I'm interested," I shot back with my own evil grin.
"I see something I want," he drawled as he came toward me.
"Hell yeah, I do," he murmured. "I love chocolate." What? My excitement turned to confusion. His arm reached out beside me and took the piece of chocolate cake I'd brought him.”
“I'm worried that this is too soon. What if you get tired of having me around all the time? What if I eat your Wheaties or leave my makeup out in the bathroom or what if I snore?"
"I don't eat Wheaties, I hope you leave all your girlie shit laying all over the place so I can see it when you're not there and know you're coming back. And you don't snore. You do this soft purring thing that is so fucking cute I just want to lay awake and listen to you.”
The naughty girl inside me, that I honestly didn't know existed, bent my head down and looked up at him through my lashes as I flicked it with my tongue.
"Ah, shit," he whispered but it almost sounded like a moan.
Encouraged by his response I flattened my tongue and ran it up and over his hard nipple.
“I was taking the bad boy off the market for good.”