From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.
I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…
Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…
Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
★★★ 3.5 stars ★★★
That chapter. That very first chapter. You....you.
Technically, it was the prologue, but you completely ignited dynamite without even lighting a fuse. BOOM!
Attacking that issue right from the start gave this story more depth. It was risky, but it worked. I liked Reese, she had an innocence about her that was a complete contradiction from her roots. Her struggles created a truly unique character, one that was easy to root for. But, if I'm going to be completely honest, she also frustrated me. Sometimes I guess I wish I could have seen more of her strength instead of her helplessness. I don't mean to sound like a heartless douche, but it often made her appear a little codependent. However, that particular aspect of her character is what made it necessary for her to need a hero.
Mase. Mase made this story. Mase was the hero. The evolution of his relationship with Reese was paced to perfection, an instant attraction that was followed by kindness, protection, and love. You took the time that the relationship needed, just as Mase took his time with Reese. The intimate moments between the two of them just might be the best scenes you have ever written. They were moments of patience and tenderness. They were beautiful. Mase rescued Reese in every sense of the word.
Did I mention that I love Mase?
I also have to applaud you by "going there". You always have at least one scene in every book that leaves me blushing. A scene that goes....there. Reese's naivety set the perfect stage to take it there in When I'm Gone, and you did. You know....on the couch. When she asks....and he. And then she, and he....and she winks. That part. Yeah. Wow. Only you.
Overall, this was definitely one of my favorites in the Rosemary Beach series. I really loved Mase and Reese's story, but part of me wishes that it would have just ended in the apartment, a HEA. I had closure and felt the story was complete. I'm a little indifferent about the cliffy. However, I am not indifferent about more Mase. The world needs more Mase.
That is all...for now.
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About the Author:
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.
WHEN I’M GONE by Abbi Glines
Atria Books | Paperback | On-Sale: | 272 pages
Paperback ISBN: 9781476776095, $15.00 | eBook ISBN: 9781476776101, $7.99 | Audio ISBN: 9781442376670, $17.99
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