ARC Review: Until Friday Night: Abbi Glines

Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1)

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To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.
As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.
West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…
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Maggie & West… *smile*

Wicked cute couple.

West could definitely be an ass and treat girls like they were solely there for his enjoyment, but we get that with a lot of BBF’s before they find their soulmates. He used chicks and they in turn used him as well. With that said, there were moments he could be a cold bastard, even with Maggie at first, but it didn’t take either of them long to realize they were both suffering from the same thing. Did things between them feel instant? I didn’t think so. West and Maggie’s relationship/love moved at a steady pace while their friendship grew into something so much more.

I ADORED this couple. I loved how they provided each other with the foundation of support they couldn’t seem to reach out to others for. Abbi Glines’ wrote an amazing down to earth couple full of depth and character. Maggie’s heart was pure gold. Her strength steady and firm when it came to standing alongside West as he went through his own daily tragedies. I loved the “silent” support she provided West at the beginning and then as the dynamics changed the vocal support she provided (even at her own discomfort) when things became too hard, too bittersweet. The bond between Maggie and West was tangible. I felt every ounce of it and more. It had its ups and downs, its heaven and hell moments, and those moments that made your heart melt.

Abbi’s books are usually a bit touch and go for me. I either adore the hell out of them or I really dislike them. And with Until Friday Night, I adored the hell out of it. West and Maggie are my all-time favorite couple by Ms. Glines.

I loved that I didn’t find this resembling Abbi’s typical story; the ones that are so angst filled with so much flight and fight that take 3 books to get the protagonist to some kind of HEA. And although, I have read other books along this type of plot line; in my opinion, Until Friday Night held its own uniqueness while staying true to her voice. Abbi held her own with this high school football god and his muted love. Were there some similarities? Yes, there was. But it wasn’t so overwhelming that it left me feeling bored or as though I had been there done that like with some of her other books.

Were there flaws? I’ll be honest there was. But they weren’t things that distracted me. There was so much to love about this book that I was able to look past some of the things that needed to be flushed out. Until Friday Night was a low angst, fast read, with tons of feels. These feels had me turning my head and just devouring the words, page by page.

I don’t usually continue with the other books in her series, but after finishing Until Friday Night, Abbi had me jonsing for more!

P.S. While this is sports related, non sports fans can comfortably read this as it doesn't get very "sportsy" if that makes sense. 

Thank you, Simon Pulse, for the complimentary copy of Until Friday Night.
Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama.

She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.
 (Photograph by Keith Glines)


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