Series: Rosemary Beach #11
on April 7, 2015
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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?
After eleven books, The Rosemary Beach series has become a guilty pleasure of mine. I am able to pick one up, read in one sitting, and enjoy the story. Even though the books follow a similar formula, I find each one entertaining and look forward to the next.
Reese’s backstory was emotionally painful. The abuse and neglect she suffered was heartbreaking.
“I should never have loved. I wasn’t meant to love or be loved. This was a lesson I should have learned by now.”
Mase, a child of a rock and roll legend is living the simple life, far away from the glitz and glamor of his father’s legacy. Their comical meet-cute has both Reese and Mase questioning everything they thought they knew about themselves.
“This girl was making me crazy. I felt out of my depth with her. I didn’t know why I had this insane urge to wrap her up and run off with her. It couldn’t be healthy.”
I enjoyed the romantic connection between these two but what I loved most was Reese’s growth. The prologue was painful to read. Standing up and walking, no running, from a neglectful situation gives that person power. Reese’s strength and determination push her to survive, yet it isn’t until she meets Mase that she has found her reason to live. Mase and Reese’s story has been one of my favorites of the series BUT Abbi flipped the scrip on us! I was ready for my HEA but got more than I bargained for. Well played Abbi, well played.