The backstory that fans have been clamoring for—how Rock and Trisha fell in love—is the final installment in the Sea Breeze series from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines. And don’t miss the sizzling Epilogue, where Abbi wraps up all the Sea Breeze couples’ stories!
Trisha Corbin always knew how to hide a bruise. With her momma’s boyfriends unable to keep their hands off of her, she had no choice. And as long as it meant the guys wouldn’t go near her little brother, Krit, it was worth it. But her days of dreaming that Prince Charming would ever come rescue her are far, far in the past.
Rock Taylor always had a plan. Through football, he would rise above the life he was born into. A full ride to play for a major college team was within his reach—assuming he didn’t let anything get in his way. But scoring a date with the hottest girl in Sea Breeze was proving harder than expected. Trisha Corbin was every man’s walking fantasy, and she wouldn’t even glance his way.
When Rock finally does get Trisha in his truck, it isn’t for a date. It’s because he picks her up on the side of the road, beaten and bruised and walking to the local hospital. Before Rock knows it, football is no longer his life. Trisha Corbin is. And he’ll do anything to save her. And keep her.
In addition to Rock and Trisha’s love story, this special novel contains the wrap-up stories of all your favorite Sea Breeze couples: Sadie and Jax, Marcus and Low, Cage and Eva, Preston and Amanda, Jess and Jason, Krit and Blythe, and Dewayne and Sienna.
Krit walked back into the room a few minutes later with a pillow, his comforter, and blanket. “He said he didn’t need anything. He was just going to sleep on his beach towel but I ignored him. He’s getting changed in the bathroom.”
He was trying to make it easy on Rock so he would stay. But Rock couldn’t stay. He was a kid too, with a football career in his future. He didn’t have time to save us. “He can’t stay forever, you know. He has a life and a future. We will be okay when he walks away. We have each other,” I reminded him.
Krit didn’t respond. He kept making Rock a bed on the floor beside my bed.
“You know that, right?” I asked again needing Krit to acknowledge that this wasn’t something he should get used to.
When Krit dropped his pillow on the makeshift bed he turned his gaze to me. “No, Trisha I don’t know that. I think… I think you may be more important to him than football.” Then he walked out over and pressed a kiss to my forehead. “You’re special. The kind of girl a guy does crazy shit for.”
I started to say something but Krit left my room before I could think of what to say.
Moments later Rock walked back in wearing a pair of what looked like board shorts and a Sea Breeze Football tee shirt. His gaze landed on the spot Krit had made for him on the floor and a small grin tugged on his lips. Then he turned his attention to me. “I think he likes me,” he quipped.
I didn’t smile. Not because my lip was hurt but because Rock didn’t understand the truth to his comment. I had to protect Krit. Letting him trust in Rock was a bad idea.
“He thinks you’re going to save us. I don’t need you to encourage that in him. He’s been let down too many times. I won’t let you do that to him too.”
Rock stared at me a moment then he walked over to the side of the bed. His finger traced the side of my head gently. “You’re worried about me letting him down. What about you?”
What about me? I was sure it would break my heart when Rock walked away from this. But I was tough. I could deal with it. My brother had emotional issues that I didn’t have. He lost it and went crazy when things were too much for him.
“I know you’ll leave. I don’t have any grand illusions. In real life there are no heroes.”
Rock didn’t reply for a moment. He continued to trace the side of my head and rub his thumb and forefinger over my ear in a caress that felt soothing. “One day, Trisha Corbin, you will call me your hero. And that day will be the most important moment in my life.”
The end of the Sea Breeze series is bitter sweet. I mean, Abbi Glines could have kept writing stories about this bunch, giving every minor character their own story, but she knows that's not the way to go. So instead we get one last story, which is actually the first one. Trish and Rock were already in a relationship when this series started and fans always wondered how they had ended up together. From Krit we know that his and Trish's upbringing was bad, though seeing it now, it's even worse than I'd imagined.
While Trish's past isn't a happy one, when Rock entered her life that changed. At first she wanted nothing to do with him.She had bigger problems on her mind than boys and jealous girls. Rock doesn't know what to do with that fact. Girls always love and want him and Trish's rejection has him stunned. Though he can not get her out of his head. When he finds out why she tries to keep her distance, he becomes even more determined.
So Rock in the end might have been Trish's hero, you have to remember that it wasn't all about saving her. Trish has always been able to take care of herself and protect her little brother. She's scared that any outside interference would only hurt her and Krit even more. Rock really hasn't had an easy time convincing her of his feelings and well since he's an amazing guy of course he would want to help the love of his life. I was surprised how much Rock gave up in the end for a future with Trish, but I believe his dreams simply changed over time and his priorities shifted.
It does feel like the fans asked for this book and Abbi Glines delivered, and then some. Reading Trish and Rock's story was nice, though it didn't have my heart beating in overdrive. Still because it's the ending and I love the characters so much, it's all so bittersweet.
Every couple from the past eight books got their own very short story. I loved seeing everyone again, though I wasn't expecting some of the heavy drama Abbi Glines can put a couple through in a few chapters. Still everything wrapped up very nicely. Even things were looking very positive for Green, which I know is something fans have been asking for. It's mostly that last chapter and more specifically those last two words, that has the internet and fans going crazy. Honestly, you can not blame them and I was also left stunned and giddy. Without spoilers, it's also something the fans have been asking, praying and wishing for. I believe miss Abbi Glines has even more up her sleeve.
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All Sea Breeze books except While It Lasts and Sometimes It Lasts can be read as standalone novels
When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.