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You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach #9)
Abbi Glines
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From #1 "New York Times "bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a brand-new Rosemary Beach novel about Tripp Newark and his hidden romantic past with Bethy Lowry. 

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... 

You Were Mine by Abbi Glines
Paperback: Atria Books | ISBN 9781476776071 | December 2, 2014 | $15.00
eBook: Atria Books | ISBN 9781476776088| December 2, 2014 | $7.99

Present Day…

I sat on my Harley and waited for Bethy to walk out of the clubhouse. Woods had been texting me Bethy’s work schedule every two weeks, and I made sure she made it home from work safely every night. It wasn’t stalking her, exactly. It was just the only way I could remain sane.

Watching over her was all I had. If I got too close, she flipped. The last time I’d tried to talk to her, she'd started screaming. I hadn’t been able to calm her down. I was watching her lose herself slowly. And it was tearing me up.

So I followed her to work everyday, and I followed her home every night. Once she was safely in her apartment, I often sat parked across the road and watched her window until it went dark. She never looked at me, even though I wasn’t hiding the fact I was following her. There was no use in hiding it from her.

The last words she’d actually spoken to me -not screamed at me, because there'd been a lot of that- had been eighteen months ago on the beach when we'd lost Jace. My cousin, my best friend, and the love of Bethy’s life. He’d drowned saving her life when she'd wandered into the ocean drunk and got caught in a riptide. Losing him had taken a part of my soul. He’d been the little brother I never had. He’d been the good Newark heir. He’d been everything I should have been but wasn’t.

And we had loved the same girl. Although he never knew it.

Watching her pull away from life more and more each day was so damn hard. Jace wouldn’t have wanted this. He would have hated it. He loved her more than he loved himself. Seeing her like this would break his heart.

Bethy swung her long dark hair over her shoulder as she stepped out of the clubhouse. The shorts she wore had once been tight and cupped her perfect round bottom. But just like she'd lost the will to live, she’d also lost weight. Too much.

The need to hold her and help her heal was so fucking strong. But she didn’t want me. I hadn’t realized how badly she hated me until I’d returned to Rosemary Beach a little more than two years ago. I'd run like hell eight years ago from a life threatening to suffocate me. My father wanted something for me that I didn’t want, and I hadn’t been able to see my way out.

I had been eighteen years old and scared, because in three short months, one sixteen-year-old girl had become my sole concern in life. Bethy had stolen my heart the summer I met her at Rush's party. When I'd been ready to throw away the life I'd been planning for the past year in order to be with her, my father had reminded me of just how much control he had over me.

I wouldn’t have been able to keep Bethy if I'd stayed. That wasn’t the life he’d let me have. So I'd run, hoping that when I came back in two years, when she was old enough, I could take her with me. But first, I'd needed to escape.

I watched as Bethy opened the door to her old beat-up Ford Taurus and climbed inside. The stiff way she held herself and the way she kept her focus turned away from me told me she knew I was here. She expected me to be there.

Once she would have broken into the biggest, most beautiful smile in the world and run into my arms. But that was the past. I had broken that. I had broken her, and I hadn’t even known.

This review contains spoilers to previous books especially Simple Perfection.

I have to admit I was not sure how I would feel about Tripp and Bethy's story. I was a big fan of Jace and although I have liked Tripp in the other books, my heart was still broken over Jace. And Bethy has been getting on my nerves since before she lost him, and then her depression and apathy afterwards was equally hard to take.

But with that being said, I found myself drawn right into their story from the prologue. It is told in both points of view eight years in the past and present. We see young love over a summer that should have been forbidden due to her age of sixteen. We see an eighteen year old boy struggle for his independence from a controlling father and he is given no hope for a chance to get the both the girl and his freedom. So he does what he has to do, but by the time he comes back for the girl, she is in love with his closest cousin, Jace. 

But Tripp's reappearance stirs up memories and trauma for Bethy that leads to the tragic events that cost them Jace for good. And now as they try to pick up the pieces, Bethy keeps pushing him away while he just wants to protect her, 

I totally fell for Tripp. I had sympathy for him and admired his determination. He lost everything and the girl he still loved felt he helped ruin her life. There was confusion, guilt, and depression. Their friends did not understand since it was all kept a secret in the past and the present. He was so protective and made no secret that he never got over her and loved her. But he never discounted her love for Jace or that Jace loved her either. At the time he had been willing to sit back and just let Jace make her happy since all he cared about was Bethy's happiness. But with Jace gone, he just wanted to bring her back to the world of the living, keep her safe, and eventually win her back if possible. 

We have seen so many sides to Bethy over the course of the years and her behavior is usually reactive to events in her life. We see the wide-eyed innocent, young girl in love; the wild girl sleeping with whoever will give her brief comfort; happy in a relationship; and broken and depressed. It is a process for Bethy to face her past, manage her guilt, and figure out what she needs to do in order to move on and begin living again. 

But will Tripp continue to have the patience to wait for her when she keeps pushing him away?

All of the usual Rosemary Beach characters are back: Woods and Della are prominently featured with much going on in their lives. I loved seeing their progressing relationship. But we also see Rush and Blaire, Grant and Harlow, and Thad. And I loved how Jace was frequently remembered throughout this story. I felt like he was respected and missed which was appropriate. In previous books, when it was obvious how the plot line was going to go, I know a lot of people were angry with the loss of Jace so that he could be replaced by Tripp. But after reading this, I did not feel that at all. Tripp and Bethy truly had their own story that was unresolved. And now knowing the significance of their feelings and their past, I think that even if the tragedy had not occurred, Tripp and Bethy did truly belong together and would have eventually found a way.

I really enjoyed this installment. I felt connected to the characters more than I thought I would. I adored Tripp. He really was a good guy and had lost so much. But he was strong, devoted, and determined. Bethy was hard to take at times, but she had been to hell and back. I was afraid it was going to be a classic Abbi Glines cliffhanger ending since at one time she talked about two books for Tripp....but I was pleasantly surprised to to get a resolved ending.

It was a sweet second chance love story about first loves, the big love, healing and hope. I am looking forward to more in this series especially Harlow's brother, Mase in When I'm Gone and When You're Back. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

There are some unavoidable spoilers for earlier portions of the Rosemary Beach series in this review. Proceed with caution if you have not read Simple Perfection or more recent Rosemary Beach books.

You Were Mine was not as dark as I was afraid it would be. From the build up readers of the series have seen, it was clear that there was history between Tripp and Bethy, but what wasn’t clear was just when things had happened between them.

The girl Beth had been with Jace was gone. In her grief, she withdraws from her friendships. But even before that fateful night, Bethy was working hard to avoid Tripp, Jace’s cousin. While she eventually made moves to hang out with friends and move on from Jace, seeing Tripp around Rosemary continued to confuse and anger her. She lashed out at him as often as she tried to ignore his existence. 

Tripp just wanted to make sure she was safe. Someone had to watch out for her, even if she hated him. He was such a selfless constant that it hurt to read some of the things she said to him in her anger. 

As they each learn things about the past, and get to know each other again, they realize that the feelings they felt as teenagers hadn’t gone away. But neither were quite sure what to do with those feelings, especially with Jace’s memory between them. 

Parts of their shared past were exactly what I would have imagined. Getting to know 16 year old Bethy and 18 year old Jace explained a lot about how they act and react as adults and the things that went on in the eight years Tripp was away from Rosemary Beach. But other parts of their past were surprising in how the reality differed from the characters’ perceptions of events. 

I have been waiting for Tripp and Bethy’s story to come out since we learned there was something in their pasts, and shortly after I recovered from my own grief at the lose of Jace. I love the story that these two find between these pages and this quickly rose to the top of my favorite Rosemary Beach couples. 

The other thing I loved about this book was that in the single book, the entirety of Tripp and Bethy’s story unfolds. From their secret teenage love to the emotional aftermath of Jace’s accident, and everything that follows, there is no piece missing and no cliffhanger. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

**This book is a standalone**

Holy. Fricken. Moly! 

I am bowing down to Ms. Glines right about now…

I think Tripp put Rush to shame and that takes a lot for me to say as I am so totally Rush obsessed. 

I was one of those adamant readers who were very anti Tripp. When I found out the cruel and evil twist in Woods book, I vowed there would be no way I would ever entertain the thought of reading about Tripp and Bethy. I was a Jase and Bethy fanatic; falling in love with the two of them rather quickly. I absolutely adored Jase, and it felt like a betrayal to him to read about his girl and his cousin. I did not care that she was Jase’s first; there was no justification in my book.

My resolve did not last long, between that gorgeous cover and my love for Bethy; I could not stay true to my declaration. My curiosity surrounding how Abbi was going to pull this story off without coming off callus to Jase’s memory consumed me. I needed to know where she was going to take this couple and how she was going to rectify such a cruel fate for a well-loved character. The open link on my page kept calling to me and it was not long before I found myself reading. 

Again, I must bow down to Ms. Glines. She made me eat every negative word I had to say on this book and subject.

That prologue and the pages to follow—holy f***! 

Tripp and Bethy’s reactions and emotions were so powerful and full of conviction. Their love vs their pain poured flawlessly off the pages. It was intriguing and hooked me from the very first line. After that prologue, there was no turning back or putting the book away for the night. I finished You Were Mine in one sitting. Individually these characters held their own charm. Tripp was absolutely heart melting and oh so swoon worthy and Bethy was beyond damaged and lost. Together they made one hell of an impact, Beth and Tripp came across loud and clear as enthralling, real, and believable. My connection with them came with a raw intensity that I have not felt matched in any of Abbi’s other book couples, not even Rush and Blaire. Abbi Glines made me feel Bethy and Tripp and who they were/are to each other. I felt their grit, allure, and command all the way down to my toes; everything about these two radiated through me. As I said earlier, this couple’s presence was so damn powerful; there was no telling here, the flashbacks between present and past was so visual. I adored seeing the younger versions of our H/h mixed together with their older versions. Every word, every sentence was an amazing buildup of foreplay to the fact that Beth and Tripp were meant to be the big one; I have absolutely no doubt about that. I was surprised when I found myself rooting and cheering for Tripp to gt the girl. I swooned so many times over these two it was not funny. And while I missed Jase something fierce, I knew Bethy was with the exact person her soul was meant to be with. I just wish Jase’s fate were different so we could experience him with his “big one,” but looking back, I imagine that girl was Bethy, and that is why Abbi chose to take the route she did. 

If you can get yourself past the sadness over the fate of Jase’s accident, then I think you will find that Tripp and Bethy are two characters who hold so much depth and are truly a match made in Heaven. I promise their undeniable love and chemistry will have you held in the palm of their hands. 

In my humble opinion, I think this may be Abbi’s best book. My only complaint was that it was way too short. I wanted much more of these characters.

Thank you, Atria Books, for the complimentary copy of You Were Mine.
Rosemary Beach Series on Goodreads 
Combination of smaller series Too Far series, the Perfection series, and the Chance series.

Series order as per Abbi's blog post.

1. Fallen Too Far (Rush & Blaire)
2. Never Too Far (Rush & Blaire)
3. Forever Too Far (Rush & Blaire)
4. Rush Too Far (Rush & Blaire)
5. Twisted Perfection (Woods & Della)
6. Simple Perfection (Woods & Della)
7. Take A Chance (Grant & Harlow)
8. One More Chance (Grant & Harlow)
9. You Were Mine (Tripp & Bethy)
10. Kiro's Emily (FREE novella)
11. When I’m Gone (Mase #1)
12. When You're Back (Mase #2) 
13. Title and characters TBA
14. Title TBA (Nan)

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, 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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