|You Were Mine #9||Kiro's Emily #10||When I'm Gone #11|
Series: Rosemary Beach
Author: Abbi Glines
You Were Mine #9
Description: In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from...
Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she'd had one too many drinks--again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever...
Review: Gline's Rosemary Beach series has really been hit and miss with me. They are all okay but some are just better than others. By no means is this really intelligent story telling. And you will have stereotypes in this series. One thing that bugs me is that all the men have these cavemen kind of ideas. It isn't like some where they are soulmates and when the male or female determines the other is MINE they have found something special.
In this series, they imply that but it is just regular human people and the men are all protective and take care of the women and the women tend to be willing to just be taken care of totally. Where are the strong women?
BUT, I still like the series. Sometimes being taken care of isn't a bad thing. Some people want this. I like that in some cases the women do have a backbone but there is also something sweet about a man who will go out of his way to make sure the woman he loves is happy.
In this installment we are faced with Bethy's story. She's previously lost Jace who we all thought was it for her but come to realize she loved his cousin first. I remember that shocking moment when Jace died and I didn't know what to do with that. But this really did well it showing us that sometimes there is more than one love to be had. I really enjoyed this book.
Kiro's Emily #10
Description: The year is 1992, and no one on the rock music scene is hotter than Kiro Manning, the lead singer of Slacker Demon. With a multi-platinum record, total ownership of the Billboard charts, sold-out concerts, and sinful amounts of money, Kiro can have anything—and anyone—he wants.
So when a dark-haired, conservative beauty rebuffs him at a concert after-party, his first thought is, “Who the hell does she think she is?” His second thought: “How do I make her mine?” Kiro has always loved a good challenge, but not every girl wants to get involved with a rock god. Especially this girl.
He let her go that night, but he never forgot her. And when they met again, he vowed not to give up again so easily.
As the world worshipped Kiro, he came to worship the girl, who became everything he never knew he needed. The only girl he would ever love. His Emily.
Review: Finally. I mean it was too short but we finally get a story about Kiro and Harlow's Mother Emily. I wondered how someone like Emily ended up with Kiro but then it was similar to all the other stories only it seemed so sweet with a tiny Rush and Mase running around. What I loved most about this short story is that Glines didn't repeat herself. If you've read the previous books you know what happens to Emily and instead of that being our ending... we get a more uplifting note about their love.
What I really want to see is Emily recognize Kiro a bit. I know there is no coming back to herself but for Kiro to have some peace of mind would be wonderful.
When I'm Gone #11
Description: 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: This book felt different. All of Glines' leading ladies have had issues but Reese takes the cake. Her step-father abused her and she is dyslexic. Sometimes life is just too hard for some. And even Reese who hasn't had anything positive in her life is trying to pull her life pieces into one bag and continue living after her bitch of a mother kicks her out because her step-father was about to rape her (again).
See Reese has not been told her reading disability isn't her fault. Nope she's been told she's stupid and she believes these people. She ripe to be taken advantage of except she knows what it means to be hurt and she wants none of that in her life.
Mase, Harlow's older brother, is a fixer. He's been there with Harlow through a lot and will coming running if she needs anything. He'll stand in front of her to protect her and he'll fight his biological father to make sure his sister is happy. But now his sister is with the man she loves who can do all that for her now. But his also a cool customer and this lack of damsel in distress is okay...
Until Reese. Mase quickly realizes how Reese has been hurt in the past and when he has her write something down for him, he also learns she's got a learning disability.
Best part. He does everything in his power to help Reese without letting her know all he's doing. He pays for her tutoring to help her with her learning and she thinks it is all free because Mase knows she won't take it otherwise. He's willing to be her silent hero.
But Mase also wants forever. He fell hard and immediately. Reese is it. So Mase sets about convincing Reese she's beautiful, she's smart and she's everything he wants.
But what I liked most about Reese is she rose from the ashes. She didn't just collapse back into selfpity and loathing. She was strong and she kept going only to realize she needed to fight for her man too.
The Series: List at Goodreads.