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Title: You Were Mine
Series: Rosemary Beach, #9
Author: Abbi Glines
Release Date: 2 December 2014
Publisher: Atria / Simon & Schuster
Gossip is the ultimate currency in Rosemary Beach, but Bethy and Tripp have managed to keep one big secret to themselves.
Eight years ago, Tripp Newark was dating a rich girl he didn’t like and was on his way to Yale—and a future he didn’t want. The only way he could escape his predictable life would be to give up the money and power that came with his family’s name. And that’s exactly what he planned to do. At the end of the summer, he was going to ride off on his Harley and never look back.
That was before he met Beth Lowry.
It was only supposed to be a summer fling. She was a sixteen-year-old trailer-park girl who served drinks to his friends at Kerrington Country Club. They didn’t run in the same social circles. No one even knew they were friends, let alone lovers. Yet, for one summer, Bethy became his entire world.
But he couldn’t give up on his plan. He needed to leave Rosemary Beach, but he vowed he would come back for her.
Problem was, by the time he came back—years later than promised—it was too late. His cousin, Jace, had already claimed the woman he loved. . . .
“You were mine” is the latest in the Rosemary Beach series by Abbie Glines. Like many like many other readers, I’m sure this was a book that I wanted to read, but at the same time I was slightly hesitant to read.
At the end of Simple Perfection, I was heartbroken, and slightly pissed off at the event that had taken place, and at the time just didn’t make sense to me. Even with Tripp’s little confession that he had a past with Bethy, I just couldn’t I understand why Abbi chooses to do that!
“Bethy had become an addiction. Although I couldn’t have her. I couldn’t stay away from her”
But I have to say after finishing it, I get it!! I’m such a strong believer in everything happens for a reason, and as sad as what happen to one character I get it! I get why Abbi chooses to do what she did, as when I looked at the bigger picture it all makes sense.
“Our story wasn't over. It would never be over”
Bethy and Tripp spent a summer together, one where they found first love, true love, and experience intense feeling; it was also the summer that changed theirs lives forever. Eight years later a lot has happened, and they both are suffering pain and guilt engulfs them especially Bethy. They both have to deal with the choices they made, the hurt, and their past if they are going to be able to heal, move forward, and get a second chance at recapturing that lost love.
“This is mine. It always was. You were mine then, and you’re mine now.”
“When I saw you again, there was something in me that woke up”
Bethy and Tripp's story pulled me in from the start. It was emotional, heartbreaking and moving. I could feel the intensity of their connection, chemistry, and vulnerability. The heartache of regrets, loss, and fears that they had. Both were unsure about how to move on with or without each other. It didn’t take long before I was rooting for them to get the love and forgiveness they both wanted and needed.
"Things worth having don't come easy. You have to fight for it until you're tired of fighting, and then you take a breather and fight some more. Don't give up. You'll regret it.
I loved being on Bethy and Tripp journey, one that will pull at your heartstrings. I loved Tripp (Love my dirty talkers) he was such a protector when it came to Bethy. And I understand Bethy so much more now you get to see a side her one that puts her in a whole new light.
If you’re a fan of Abbi and this series them, you won’t be disappointed. Abbi delivers what I love her best for angst, drama, twists, hot sexy men, steaminess, humor, and redemption. And let’s not forget seeing the continuing stories of characters we already love. I Love Woods!!!
I’m so looking forward to the next book in the series Kiro and Emily's story, but also Mase’s can’t wait for that one. You Were Mine was a captivating addition to the Rosemary Beach series. A series that I always need to read, and one that I would recommend you 1-click today.
“She needed me as much as I needed her. Our story wasn’t over. It would never be over.”
I’ve dipped in and out of the Rosemary Beach series, usually going by the synopsis and characters to determine if I want to read it or not. They can be read as standalones, as long as you don’t mind updates from the other couples in the series. Bethy and Tripp’s story spoke to me because it was about finding love again after a loss and I was expecting a tearjerker of a story. It was enough to make me want to dive in.
Bethy has always craved stability in her surroundings but also in love. After a situation leaves its mark on her at a young age she turns to men and lets them use it. It’s better than owning up to the pain and loss she feels. Tripp took a part of her heart and she spent enough time trying to act as if it didn’t matter. That was until Jase came along. I believe Bethy’s feelings were genuine for him, but he was no Tripp, and a big love like theirs was impossible to beat.
“You will always remind me of what I lost. Twice. I only lose with you, Tripp. You leave destruction in your wake. I can’t handle losing anything more.”
Tripp’s life was mapped out for him. If he didn’t bow to his father’s commands his life would become a nightmare. Tripp didn’t expect to fall for Bethy; it wasn’t in his plans but it happened. And he vowed he’d come back for her when the time was right, unfortunately a lot of loss and heartache got in the way and prevented him from doing that.
Tripp is back in Rosemary Beach, determined to make things right. Even though it hurts Bethy to see him again, Tripp has to show her that Jase would want her to live her life to the fullest, whether that involved Tripp or not.
“Finding a way to let her move on and heal without me felt like ripping my heart out and leaving it lying there at her feet. She wanted to heal. She just didn’t want to do it with me.”
I liked the storyline; it didn’t have any outside, unnecessary drama and that worked for me. If there had been over the top action, or third parties I think the heart of the story would be overlooked and I’m so glad it wasn’t. You Were Mine focused on the characters and it worked really well. This was Bethy and Tripp’s journey of coming to terms with their past, learning to forgive and also learning to live after loss.
I did expect a lot more tear jerking moments. Perhaps I had envisioned the ugly tears and when they didn’t come, I was left wanting more. But that’s just me; my eyes did water a time or two so it did tug on the old heartstrings. Bethy and Tripp had been through so much, so it was more of healing than rehashing of the pain.
As always, Abbi’s writing is easy to read. Her books are almost like a guilty pleasure for me. If I want something sweet and enjoyable her books can fill that void. I read this in just over three hours, so I’d said it did the job!
Of course, it wouldn’t be part of the Rosemary Beach series without the other characters popping up and it was fun to see everyone all grown up. Who would have thought Rush and Woods would be playing house? It was nice to see each couple’s progression but it was also good to see them being there for Tripp and Bethy when they needed them. Especially when Tripp needed some advice.
“Things worth having don’t come easy,” Woods said. “You have to fight for it until you’re tired of fighting, and then you take a breather and fight some more.”
Luckily, Tripp listened to his friends and it was the push he needed to not give up and to show Bethy his worth.
“You needed to know that what we had was forever. Bethy, it was forever with me when I was eighteen years old. You were all I could see then, and you’re all I can see now. I’ve been waiting for you, sweetheart, to heal and to come back to me. But all you had to do was tell me you wanted forever, too. I would move heaven and earth to make that happen.”
I mean *Swoon* right?! Oh Tripp. I felt he was very genuine from the beginning and because of that I wanted him to get the girl. I’m just glad he was able to work out his issues and plant some roots.
If you are a fan of Abbi’s work and this series, then you don’t need me to tell you it’s worth a read but I’ll say it anyway. I enjoyed this one, it was a sweet, easy read and worth 1clicking.
Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks, afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas, she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers' lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.
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