When You're Back (Rosemary Beach #12) by Abbi Glines
When You're Back (The Rosemary Beach Series Book 12)
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...
When You're Back was a good read, but Reese got on my nerves at times. She is such a doormat sometimes and she doesn't really have much self confidence. I understand why that might be, but by the end of the first book she seemed so much stronger and smarter than she is in this book.
Reese and Mase are in love. Mase doesn't want anyone but her. Everyone that came before her is nobody to him. They had a bit of a rocky patch at the end of the last book, but things are good now. Reese is moving in with Mase and everything is great. He will support her with anything she needs/wants to do. He is amazing.
"She was what I had been waiting for. Everything before her had been dull, including the girls. No one had made me feel the excitement of waking up every morning and seeing her face. Or going to bed every night with her in my arms."
There are a few small hitches to their happy plans, one of which is Aida. Aida is Mase's cousin, though not by blood. She is in love with Mase and is not very happy that Reese is here. Reese being kind tries to encourage Mase to spend time with her so she doesn't feel like she is stealing all of his time, but she is a spoiled little brat. I wish Mase would have stood up to her sooner about the way she was treating Reese, but it all kind of gets resolved in the end.
Then we have Captain who I hated so much through most of the book. He was such a jerk and so mean to Reese. He was always turning things around and trying to make her feel bad for not liking the mean things he would do. Did not like.
“You being ‘friendly’ had her in tears yesterday. Sobbing tears. What you did yesterday wasn’t friendly. It was a low blow, and then you walked off and left her to deal with it. That’s not being a friend. It’s being an asshole. No woman deserves that kind of disrespect.”
Then when it is revealed who he is and what he is doing there? Then he was not as bad, but still not good. He could have gone about what he was doing in a much different way. He could have been a nice guy, a good person, instead of constantly trying to make trouble. He was annoying.
Throughout all this, through having to deal with Captain and Aida, Mase and Reese are trying to make a life together. Reese gets a job where she has to read and write, but the owners work with her and are great. She is really growing and learning and it was nice to see. And Mase? He just wants Reese to be happy. He will do whatever he can to make that happen. The ending was nice and it was a good read, just not my favorite from this author.
Rating: ★ ★ ★