You Were Mine by Abbi Glines
Paperback: Atria Books | ISBN 9781476776071 | December 2, 2014 | $15.00
eBook: Atria Books | ISBN 9781476776088| December 2, 2014 | $7.99
Read an excerpt at Simon & Schuster’s YOU WERE MINE page
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. . . .
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All About Abbi
Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.
Whitney’s Four Star Review
I was a bit nervous about reading You Were Mine coming after Grant’s (swoon!) stories. I mean really… how do you top Rush, Woods and Grant? I think fans of the Rosemary beach series will be pleased to continue with Bethy and Tripp’s story.
The reader has known for a while now there was a back story between these two characters but not the details of their previous relationship. Luckily, this novel goes back and forth between the past (Bethy at 16, Tripp at 18) and the present. You really can’t tell their story without learning their past.
Changing POV’s also helps keep the book moving quickly and since Bethy’s chapters are a bit sad (not a bad thing), reading Tripp’s POV adds a lot for the tone of the book. The reader is sucked back in time as the two fall in love and are then torn apart by life’s circumstances. Although Tripp has never gotten over Bethy, their road back to love is a tough one with a lot of regret and forgiveness on both ends.
Although I did enjoy the book and Abbi’s writing is solid, I was a little bit disappointed that Tripp’s character wasn’t very different from the other guys in the series. I felt the author really had a chance to make this book a bit different and instead the characters felt much the same as the previous. Since I loved the other books, that’s not a terrible thing. I think if you have read the other books in this series and love the characters, you’ll definitely want to keep reading. All of the other favorites… Rush and Blair, Woods and Della, and Grant and Harlow make an appearance which one of the reasons I love this series as a whole. Great characters, sexy boys and they’re pretty light reads. The angst never gets too high but you are left feeling like you read a good book.
While you could technically read this as a stand alone, I recommend starting the series at the beginning with Rush and Blair’s stories as you’ll get a lot more out the books. Looking forward to seeing what Abbi comes up with next.