Review: When You're Back by Abbi Glines

When You're Back by Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #12
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2015 by Simon and Schuster
Format: Trade Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

She was where my home would always be. 
It was time I took the next step and proved to her I was all in. 

A chance meeting in Rosemary Beach has turned into a fairy-tale romance as Reese prepares to move in with Mase on his family ranch in Texas. With the loving support of the Colts, and her recent discovery that she has family of her own, Reese can finally move on from the dark horrors of her past and into a bright future.

But Aida isn’t going to let that happen. The beautiful blonde has been raised to think of Mase as her cousin, but it’s clear to Reese that Aida doesn’t love Mase like a cousin should.

And then there’s Captain, the inescapable stranger who has connections in Dallas and Rosemary Beach—and who conveniently shows up wherever Reese happens to be. Hot, mysterious, and plain-speaking, Captain isn’t afraid to tell Reese what he thinks about Mase—and how he feels about her.

As the competition for Mase and Reese’s hearts heats up, Reese’s past begins to unravel, illuminating shocking truths that will forever change the lives of the happy couple—and set the final stories of Rosemary Beach in motion.

My Thoughts

Mase and Reese's story, which started in When I'm Gone, continues here and it's one filled with jealousy, secrets, and terrors from the past. 

Both Mase and Reese envision a future together but outside forces seem intent on planting seeds of doubt and mistrust. After a brief separation to visit family, Reese joins Mase at the ranch and it's there she meets Aida. Aida and Mase were raised as cousins, although there is no blood relation, and it quickly becomes apparent to Reese that Aida has set her sights on Mase and would much rather be kissing cousins.

Reese is determined to continue her efforts to learn and spread her wings and she accepts a job as the assistant to the wife of a fellow rancher. Her confidence blossoms as she pushes herself and it's there that she again encounters Blaire Finlay's brother, Captain. Despite his insistence that he's just being friendly, Reese is unnerved by his flirting and his comments meant to cast doubt on Mase's commitment to her.

I loved seeing Reese push her boundaries and taking more control of her life. There were times where her continued uncertainty about the depth of Mase's feelings for her was frustrating (what more can he do or say to show her he is head over heels in love?), but considering her background and the lack of any experience or role model it was understandable. I liked seeing her interactions with Mase's mother, Maryann, and found myself wishing for more. I did find it surprising that there was no mention of Reese continuing to work with a tutor/therapist for her dyslexia.

Mase is a character that is impossible not to love. He loves fiercely and was willing do anything for those he cared about. When Harlow was overwhelmed by Kiro's acting out, Mase was at her side. When Reese needed him, he was there for her. The few times Mase felt like he got his priorities wrong or let Reese down, he instantly made it right.

This was the first Rosemary Beach novel to actually not take place in Rosemary Beach and it was a refreshing change of scenery. New places, new people. Captain was intriguing and that plot twist has me dying to know about his background. And there's Vile Aida... she's like Vile Nan, Texas-style. Even as much as I enjoyed the new setting, I loved the trips back to Rosemary Beach and the appearance of the characters I've come to know and love (Grant and Harlow are just *the sweetest*).

When You're Back is very much a story of Reese and Mase navigating their still-new relationship, learning to trust, and understanding the commitment they have to one another. This is another compulsively readable entry into the Rosemary Beach series. And as long as Abbi keeps writing them I'll be reading them!
"Do you see me? This man in front of you will love you until the day he dies. You're my one, Reese. My one."
- Mase Colt Manning

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