07 May 2015

{Review} When I'm Gone by Abbi Glines

By: Me My Shelf And I | 07 May 2015 at 12:00 AM | | | | |

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When I'm Gone
Rosemary Beach #11
Author : Abbi Glines
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: April 7th, 2015
Rating: 2.5 Stars

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.
I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?

I have conflicting emotions on this book, and normally when this happens I don't post a review – because "bad" reviews don't help any one. However, being that this is my first Abbi Glines, and I have a lot of good points for it too – I'm posting it.

Let's start with the good, shall we?

- First off, the first chapter is going to grab you like a vice grip and not let you go. It's going to get under your skin, make your stomach turn, it will make you pray and hope for this girl, even if you aren't the praying type. It's one hell of an opener.

- Characters, with the exception of Mase (for reasons I shall list shortly) are well built, easy to like and relatable. A lot of care went in to them, most being from other books from what I have come to realize about this series.

- The series – that's another good thing – you will notice I said this was my first Abbi Glines book, and it's book #11. Start where every you like – I wasn't lost or confused in the slightest. I really loved that!

Now, the negatives. There's only one. It's a biggie. It's the main character, Mase.

He's not all bad. In fact, he's mostly good. Hell if I saw him, I'd follow him like a puppy until he noticed me, I won't lie. And as long as he didn't open his mouth – it would remain fine. Sure, hot and silent…winning combo – what's wrong with that? Well it's the fact that he is 100% southern gentleman in public and cliché-in-the-most-laughable-of-ways in the bedroom.

Let's get something straight, Glines has got it man. She can write! She had me gripping that book until my knuckles turned white and then BAM! It was like a scene from a porno parody. It came so quickly out of left field that I had to skip back and make sure I didn't miss something. Now, okay - there's nothing better than a gentleman in the streets and a bad boy in the sheets, but you guys - this  was cringe worthy. Mase's language, they way he treated/spoke to her in the bedroom (a sexual abuse victim non-the-less!) was mind-blowing and not the good way. Sure when she panicked he retreated and went back to kind caring Mase, but the thing was it always felt like her panic happened at the wrong times, it didn't blend in.

Basically, those parts we all love in our New Adult books were not believable and it felt like Glines handed over the reigns (no pun intended…okay maybe a little) to a 17 year old guy who's only interactions sexually up to that point in his life was through free porn clips on the internet.

I'm bummed out because even with all the good in this book – these scenes and how disjointed they felt to the rest of her writing really threw me and made this much less of a star rating.

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