Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review: When You're Back, by Abbi Glines

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...

4 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love when a new Abbi Glines book releases.  I can always count on her to provide me with a good, fun escape filled with the right amount of drama and perfect HEA.  There hasn't been a single one of her books that I've read and haven't enjoyed (and confession...I've read them all)!  There are some stories and some characters which I fall for a little harder than the others but all in all I'm never disappointed when I sit down with one of her creations.

When we last left Reese and Mase I expected them to ride off into the sunset of their own HEA.  I wasn't sure what other drama could be cooked up for them to endure.  Nevertheless, Abbi Glines always has a few surprises up her sleeve.  Reese and Mase make for an endearing couple.  They are the kind of characters you cannot help but root for.  It's obvious these two are madly in love with eyes only for one another but there are a few wrinkles which need a bit of ironing.  

Watching Mase struggle with letting Reese make her own way and with Reese in her confidence of their relationship made for a good dose of drama.  While I couldn't help but smile as they found strength in one another and grabbed a hold of their true HEA I'll have admit that this installment moved a little slow and parts of the story felt forced.  In the end, for me, what really stole the show was the secondary story-line and mystery surrounding Captain.  When the last page was turned I couldn't help but feel that When You're Back was simply a stepping stone to get us more familiar and intrigued with Captain.  I for one cannot wait to see where his journey goes!

So should you buy this book, should you make the time to read it?  Yes because when it comes to Abbi Glines you really cannot go wrong.  Her Rosemary Beach series is without a doubt one of my favorite indulgences!

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