When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines – Jenn’s Review


Abbi Glines, specifically the Rosemary Beach Series is an automatic one-click for me. This series gets better with each book.



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?

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Every time I start at new Rosemary Beach series, I have those excited butterflies. It’s like not seeing your best friend for months and picking up right where you left off. It’s comfortable. It’s familiar. It is always outstanding.

When I’m Gone is no exception, mostly because it gives us Mase Colt-Manning. I always knew I loved Mase, with how protective he was with Harlow. He just needed to find that girl that would knock him on his ass. Though, I doubt he thought he would find that girl cleaning his evil sisters house. Reese Ellis has had a horrible life until she escaped and fled to Rosemary Beach. Cleaning houses for Rosemary’s elite may not be ideal for some, but for Reese, it’s a chance at a new life.

Neither Mase nor Reese are looking for a relationship, especially a long distance one, but their chemistry is sizzling and they are drawn to each other from the start. You would think Mase being a super hot cowboy would be enough, but the way he wants to protect and take care of Reese makes him my favorite man of the series. He is just not what I expected, and you will find that out as you get to know him. Maybe Mase didn’t expect to fall so hard, but he doesn’t stumble through it. He goes full force into this relationship and he is seriously hot while doing it. Reese is a bit more cautious, but only because she comes from a hideous place, and she thinks that Mase will leave her for good when he finds those skeletons in her closet. Horrifying past notwithstanding,  Reese is amazing. She doesn’t cower in a corner and wait for something to happen. She works through her insecurities and believes she can come out on top. Reese is a strong character and I am interested to see how she will be tested in the next installment, and how she will handle it. The emotions in this story were powerful. Each scene was so well written, I felt the words and actions in my heart. This was never a one-sided relationship. Both players were all in from the start and it made for some beautiful scenes between Mase and Reese.

One of my favorite things about When I’m Gone is, not only did we get to visit with all of our favorites from the series, but we had an extra special look at Jimmy, who is Reese’s neighbor. Jimmy went from a bit player who lusted after the girls’ guys, to a major part of Reese’s life. I adore Jimmy and would love to see him get his own book. In a few short months, we will get more Reese and Mase and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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