Title: When I’m Gone
Series: Rosemary Beach #11
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
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?
I get so excited about an Abbi Glines book! Seriously, I get giddy. Her writing style sucks you right in and you find yourself smiling stupidly. Her characters are so darn endearing. Well, except for Nan, who has a cameo in this book. And she’s her ever pleasant self.
This story focuses on Mase Manning, a rock legend’s son and Reece, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Mase was raised very down to earth. He only saw his father sporadically. He was the product of a one night stand, I think. Reese is an abuse victim in every sense of the word. She’s been ridiculed because of a learning disability, beaten and raped for most of her life. Her escape from that life is how she meets Mase.
This story was a little slower pace where sex is concerned. I was okay with that because of her abusive past. Mase realized this and his patience with her being so standoffish regarding sex was very sweet. So basically, you have a heroine with a crap load of baggage and a hero that just wants to love her. Abbi Glines is one of my favorite authors and this is one of my favorites series. If you haven’t, you really should give it a try.