Review: When I’m Gone (Rosemary Beach #11) by Abbi Glines

When I'm Gone (Rosemary Beach, #11)


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?


Those big eyes the summary says… ha! That big butt is what it means. Wow, I mean I expected hot and sexy from Mrs. Glines but I didn’t remember male character being so overprotective, and honestly, I wasn’t expecting Mase to be that much, growing up surrounded by women I thought he would have learned.

In defence I have to say, Abbi Glines has all my respect for attacking the issue she does in the prologue of the book. Yes, just yes. Second of all, acknowledging the issue that dyslexia represents for some people it is another point in your favor but I feel like both these issues were used quite freely throughout the book. For instance, the dyslexia is quickly acknowledged at the beginning of the book and then almost not mentioned in the rest of it, and when it comes to the first issue I feel it is used just to excuse the lack of sex until the end of the book and to support the fact that she is a bit reluctant to move fast with him even though she loves him from page 20. I have to say, though, that the book only has over 147 pages so it could almost be considered a novella, and therefore there isn’t much room to go in deep some situations instead trading that possibility for dirty talk (which I approve of) and some sexy and cute times.

This book is in the line of Abbi Glines books (but add the sense that it feels like she is lacking new ideas, with all due respect) with sexy and fun times, a female character to admire and relate to and a male character to die for (although overprotective much?).

The ending of the book is a cliffhanger but we have to wait until June to get the second and last installement of Mase and Reese’s story and God knows I’m impatiently waiting.

paula  calloway sisters


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