When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines

June 25, 2015 Review 0 ★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
When I’m Gone by Abbi GlinesWhen I'm Gone by Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #11
Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 7th April 2015
Genres: Abuse, Contemporary, Issues, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 273
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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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?


Reviewed by Kelly

*I received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for a review*

I know going in to a Rosemary Beach story that I’m going to get a rich, super-hot guy and a flat broke, super-hot girl. The guy is going to be possessive and the girl is nearly always going to be virginal. That’s just how a Rosemary Beach story goes and to be fair, that’s usually what I like about them. They’re a quick, easy read and they’re not too high up on the angst scale.

Reading Mase and Reese’s story brings me right up to date with the RB gang. I’ve met them all – Rush and Blaire, Woods and Della, Grant and Harlow, Tripp and Bethy, and now Mase and Reese. As I said above, the series definitely follows a set formula, but I was hoping that Mase might offer something a little different from the other guys, since he’s led a normal life on a ranch in Texas. Unfortunately, I was left feeling like I was reading about any one of the guys who’ve gone before him and, because I’d gone in expecting something different, this left me feeling a little disappointed.

The tried and tested clichés of “protecting what’s mine” and “needing a taste” felt a little old and at times I was left shaking my head at the predictability of the storyline. I liked Mase, I honestly did, but he just felt like a copy of all the other guys. He had the potential to be a little different…

The prologue of the story was so hard to read. In fact, I didn’t actually read it in When I’m Gone. I had recently finished Tripp and Bethy’s story – You Were Mine – and the prologue was included at the end of that book. It was so horrifying to read and imagine Reese in that situation that I couldn’t bring myself to read it again.

I loved Mase’s willingness to get Reese the help she needed to overcome her difficulties. He wasn’t obliged to do that and I think it showed just what a good guy he was. He used his connection to Kiro for someone else’s gain, unlike nasty Nan who’s all about herself and flashing the cash. Speaking of nasty Nan – I also liked how Mase and Rush both put her in her place a few times in this book, that’s always good to read about! And Jimmy! I LOVE him! He’s the perfect best friend to the broken girls who find themselves trying to rebuild their lives in Rosemary Beach. I would LOVE Jimmy to have his own story.

The ending of the story was definitely not one that I expected and I’m looking forward to seeing where Abbi Glines takes this in the follow up book, When You’re Back.

If you’re a fan of the Rosemary Beach series and you haven’t yet read this book you should go pick it up.

About 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.

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