Published December 2014
Series: Rosemary Beach #9
Genres: New Adult
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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...
Bethy Lowry’s life was changed forever when she met Tripp Newark during summer eight years ago, especially when he left her heartbroken as soon as summer ended. Then she fell into another pit of despair when she lost Jace, the one person who helped her get over Tripp and finally start living a normal life…
But now Tripp is back in town and Bethy has a hard time dealing with the past coming up again, and can’t manage to look Tripp in the eye, especially since he looks so much like her lost love. However, what she doesn’t know is that Tripp came back to Rosemary Beach to get win back what was his so long ago.
I was really looking forward to this story and to finding out more about the mysterious and handsome Tripp, and the nature of the story he had with Bethy, which was hinted to all along the previous Resemary Beach novels, but never really unveiled.
But geez, this is a really hard review to write. Don’t get me wrong: Abbi Glines writes awesome books with great storylines and You Were Mine is no different: romantic, anxious, frantic and sexy. The writing was perfect, in a standard Abbi-Glines Dual-POV fashion and jumping back and forth from past to present in order to slowly unveil the history Tripp and Bethy shared all those years ago.
And while I totally loved how Tripp and Bethy came together again and how Tripp was so persistent (and the perfect book boyfriend) while chasing Bethy and trying to slowly making her his again, there were just some things that I couldn’t understand.
Why did they separate in the first place? I mean I get that Tripp was pressured by his parents, and that age difference was a deciding factor too, but why did Tripp leave and not utter a single word, text or call in 8 years? Especially after what happened to Bethy, this just makes him a huge heartless coward, and somehow this just doesn’t click with the lovesick fool he was before he left, and the even more in-love and committed guy he is when returning to Rosemary Beach all those years later.
And what about Bethy in the first place? I really had nothing against Bethy when I started reading You Were Mine (some people really couldn’t stand her as they blame her for Jace’s death), but throughout the book, I didn’t understand her actions and beliefs either. Especially the fact that in the end, it turns out that Jace was nothing but a rebound and Tripp-lookalike who eventually became “more”: Bethy loved him, but never as much as she did Tripp. Hmmm. Don’t know if I can relate to this… Actually maybe I can, but I still feel bad for Jace…
And well, once the first part of the book is done (that’s basically when you get the full idea of what happened between the two of them), it’s all about Tripp chasing Bethy, and that’s where the second part gets a tad dull and predictable, but thankfully it is spiced up a bit by some steamy scenes in good old Abbi Glines fashion until the end of the book comes in a little too abruptly…
But in summary, this was by far not my favourite Rosemary Beach novel, probably because of all the controversy, but it doesn’t mean I’ll give up on Abbi Glines. Never!
|All the feels|