When You’re Back (Rosemary Beach #12) by Abbi GlinesWhen You're Back by Abbi Glines
Published June 2015
Series: Rosemary Beach #12
Genres: New Adult
two-stars
Format: eBook
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The future is bright for Reese Ellis. She has Mase Colt-Manning, the man of her dreams, and a family she didn’t know existed until her long-lost father arrived on her doorstep in Rosemary Beach. After growing up with a cruel mother and abusive stepfather, Reese is eager to get to know the caring and charming man who wants to be a part of her life. Everything is finally falling into place.

While Reese is visiting her new family in Chicago, Mase spends time with his “cousin,” Aida, who has worshipped him since childhood. Though they’re unrelated by blood, Mase and Aida have been raised to think of each other as family. But when Reese returns, she can tell something isn’t quite right with Aida, who clearly resents Reese and excels at manipulative little games. And though Mase is unsuspecting, Reese knows Aida doesn’t love him like a cousin should...

After growing up with a cruel mother and abusive stepfather, the future is bright for Reese Ellis who just moved to Dallas in order to live Mase Colt Manning, who managed to piece her back together and give her back her confidence.

Now she needs to move on and think about the future, despite the annoying presence of Mase’s cousin Aida, and the dark and disturbing River Kipling, who imposes on her time on a daily basis.

What I loved about this book:

  • The hint of suspense

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The ever-repeating storyline and age-old intrigues
  • The fact that all intrigues are rushed through
  • The annoyingly naive and tartly female main character

I am an unconditional pre-order auto-buy fan when it comes to Abbi Glines. She just knows how to write those lighthearted summery romance-is-bliss novels that take place in the south and either involve rock stars or cowboys.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed by When You’re Back, which is the conclusion to Mase and Reese’s story. When I finished the book – which was way too short – I just kept thinking That’s it? Really? – because honestly I’m not quite sure where this book added value to the couple or the Rosemary Beach Series, apart from giving us a totally predictable Abbi Glines ending a la pregnancy and marriage proposal. Sorry for the spoiler, but it’s Book #12 in the series, and so far each book had exactly this MO and ending, so you will have probably expected it. Just like Reese expects a proposal from Mase after just a couple of months of dating. Right.

I did like the other books in the series, though, and this despite of the ever-repeating storyline, because the characters and the circumstances were always different and more intriguing. But When You’re Back feels like a medley from the previous books in the series, only with different names. Plot wise, cowboy-guy falls for sweet, innocent and helpless girl with trust issues and protects her and. Nothing new here.

I liked the fact that Abbi Glines tried to make this book more suspenseful by adding throwing yet another character in to the mix (Captain, Blaire’s brother who we never heard about before – strange, eh?) and by connecting the story to a crime. Yet, most of the intrigues in the book were short-lived, or just plain boring because we’ve been there and done that in the previous books (like the girl who has a crush on Mase and wants to break the couple – didn’t that happen in Part 1 of Mase and Reese’s story but with a different girl?). Also, the ending was way too rushed and the epilogue wasn’t exactly satisfying.

As an Abbi Glines fan, I am not giving up on next releases and really hope the next book in the series (or the new series due to be released in September) will be more innovative and intriguing. Last but not least, I hope the female main characters will be less naive than Reese, who really frustrated me in When You’re Back.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
2 Stars
Characters
3 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
All the feels
2 Stars
Overall: two-stars