Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Review: Abbi Glines "When I'm gone (A Rosemary Beach Novel."

Review: Abbi Glines "When I'm gone (A Rosemary Beach Novel."

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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?

Review: Surj Harvey

Whenever Abbi Glines brings out a Rosemary Beach novel, I have to click... I mean how could I not. After all those books are like coming home for me and the minute I turn the first page, I melt into a comfort, familiarity and warmth you only get when you walk through your own front door. Not many authors have the ability to do that and do it well but Abbi Glines has it down to a fine art. Since the series first started way back when, I've been addicted and now that we're on book 11 ... yup 11 (where does time fly?) I have my feet firmly placed under the table. I know the town like the back of my hand, the characters are like my best buddies and their stories... well their stories are firmly lodged in my heart. I remember each and every one of the couples journeys to finding their HEA's. The love stories born from tragedies, the heroes I wanted to sing and dance about and the heroines (although broken), much stronger than they thought. And "When I'm Gone" fit perfectly into what I grown to expect and love from this series.

I should never have loved. I wasn't meant to love or be loved. 
This was a lesson I should have learned by now. 

From the minute I was introduced to Mace, I wanted his story and as soon as the blurb and teasers for it were released, I was itching at the bits to get my hands on his book. With a hard hitting prologue, I knew exactly where this story was going to go and I was excited. I was so right. Reese and Mace's  journey to happiness was perfection. It was brilliant. It was heart warming but (as always) it was also soul destroying at times too. There were moments where a lump formed in my throat from what I was reading and yes there were tears at the unjustness of some of the situations the characters found themselves in. However, on the most part, I found myself grinning like a cheshire cat and even laughing at what unfolded before me. 

"I want you to see yourself the way I do. The breathtaking beauty who has me so 
completely fascinated. She's a fighter. She's strong. She's fun, and she's kind
and honest. She does't judge others. She accepts people for who they are. She doesn't
expect anything but give beauty to the world around her freely. That is who I see, Reese. 
That is who you are. See that too, sweetheart. Please see that too."

Mace's character was just a dreamboat... a dreamboat in a stetson and cowboy boots (fans self). A dreamboat who said  the most beautiful, heart felt, honest, right things with perfect timing. Add to that his alphamaleness and his need to claim and protect "his" woman and I was in book boyfriend heaven.  Of course he was going to fight his ever growing feelings for Reese but there was just something in the Rosemary beach water that made the men do crazy, romantic, beautiful things and so I knew his efforts were pointless. Reese Ellis was his. It was just going to take a little while for his head to catch up with his heart. 

The need to protect her had grown into something fierce and possessive inside me. 
I thought of her all the time, and all I could think was that I wanted her safe. 
I wanted her with me. I didn't want anyone else touching her or comforting her. Just me. 

And Reese... beautiful, complicated Reese... god did my heart go out to her. With a past she was trying to come to terms with and a whole host of problems that made everyday living seem like an uphill struggle, it was difficult not to be affected by her character. 

Reese and Mace's relationship developed perfectly. It wasn't instalove which I'm thankful for but instead a bond that grew in strength as the days went by. With a natural instinct to care and protect, Mace was ideal boyfriend material for Reese. Unfortunately she had a whole host of hurdles to overcome before things progressed between the couple.... but hey I could wait because I knew it would be worth it. It always is in Rosemary Beach. 

“Mase Colt Manning fights for those he loves. It’s what he does. 
And I know he tried to fight for you. He wanted to conquer your battles.”

I loved catching up with the Rosemary Beach gang except of course Nan who continued to grate on my every nerve. Would she never learn? I really had hoped to see a change in her character after the events at the end of Harlow and Grant's story but I guess that was wishful thinking on my part. Someone that I really am hoping gets his own book though and who has been playing bigger parts and as I've progressed through the series is Jimmy. He played such a pivotal role in "When I'm Gone" and I am desperate to get his story. He's been there from the start, a hopeless romantic who has rooted for each and every girl to get her man. I just hope he gets his HEA soon too. 

All in all another amazing addition to the Rosemary Beach series and although this book didn't end on a cliffy as such (not the likes we're used to anyway), we are getting a second instalment to Mace and Reece's story and I cannot wait. 

I rated "When I'm Gone" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

"Why?" She asked.
"Why what?"
"Why do you want to help me?" I didn't even pause.
"Because you're worth helping."

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