Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When You're Back by Abbi Glines

When You're Back by Abbi Glines

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in her beloved Rosemary Beach series, which continues the story of Mase and Reese from When I’m Gone.

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...

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     Over the past however many books, I have seen a real improvement in the quality of Abbi Glines' books in storyline, characters, and overall flow. And this second half of Reese and Mase's story showed that. I really enjoying this book and I think it fit in really well with the other Rosemary Beach novels.

     Reese and Mase character wise were the same as before, but more evolved. Abbi Glines added a little bit of soul searching in this book in regards to them. Both Reese and Mase loved each other and were in a good place, but they had something that they were looking or to trying to tie up. They were great as a couple, but it's their individual selves that had a lot of focus on in the book, and that was really nice to read about. Another character that I really enjoyed was Captain. Before this book, we didn't really see him or know a lot about him, but he was so mysterious in this story, that I just want to know more. And of course, I loved the reappearance of the rest of the crew and the new appearance of Reese's family.

     The plot line is probably my favorite part of this book. The blurb makes it out that the entire conflict of the book is Aida. And I am so happy to say that Abbi Glines didn't make it all about Aida. She didn't drag out that part of story longer than it needed to be and finished it off realistically. The story with Captain was also a great touch that really paid off at the end. And I also really liked the parts with Kiro, especially after reading his story with Emily. Overall, this book had a lot of components in it that at the end, fit together really nicely.

     In conclusion, I am very pleased with this book. Abbi Glines managed to make it simple while still having complexity to it. It wasn't overly cheesy or and wasn't too heavy. And with the little side mentions of Nan, this sets us up perfectly for her book.