Title: You Were Mine
Series: Rosemary Beach #9
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: New Adult Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
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…
This latest installment to the series is another great addition. Abbi Glines is my favorite New Adult author because she knows how to do it right. Some New Adult authors seem to make their books more with a YA mind set. That’s fine for some but I like grown up romance with on page sex and that what this author gives you. Along with great characters, old and new, and stories that make you fall in love with being in love.
This book focuses on Bethy and Tripp. In previous books,we met Bethy, a girl who works at the country club. She was a bit promiscuous in the beginning but she found her self worth. She fell in love with a wonderful boy and thought her life was complete. Then tragedy struck and she was left broken. What we didn’t know at the time was that when she was with the boy she lost, she was trying to heal from another break up from earlier in her life. She was fragile and this boy loved her with everything he was. His loved saved her on so many levels. Their love was a sweet, precious love. Since his death, Bethy has been trying to move on but her guilt over his death is still crippling. Add in the fact that Tripp is back in town and her stress level is through the roof.
Tripp Newark ran from town years ago. Ran from his family’s expectations of him, leaving the girl he fell in love with behind. His intent was always to come back for her when he had a life in order for them. In his absence, his girl met and fell in love with his cousin. This was devastating to him but when he saw them together he saw their love for what it was. He decided that he would back off but his feelings for Bethy never changed. Never once. Since his cousin’s death,he has watched over her to make sure she was okay and safe. When they are around each other, Bethy screams terrible things at him but he never left her by herself.
It’s difficult despite the wordiness of this review to express how I feel about this story. Watching these two people find their way back to each other was such a pleasure. Love and self forgiveness. I laughed, I cried and at the end my heart was full. That’s all I can ask from a story. If you haven’t read this series by this author, you seriously need to. It’s just about literary perfection.