Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Release Day Event: You Were Mine, by Abbi Glines

We're celebrating the release of YOU WERE MINE  by New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abbi Glines! 

TitleYou Were Mine (Rosemary Beach)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Atria Books (December 2, 2014)

From #1 "New York Times "bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a brand-new Rosemary Beach novel about Tripp Newark and his hidden romantic past with Bethy Lowry.

In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from...

Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she'd had one too many drinks--again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever...


Present Day…

I sat on my Harley and waited for Bethy to walk out of the clubhouse. Woods had been texting me Bethy’s work schedule every two weeks, and I made sure she made it home from work safely every night. It wasn’t stalking her, exactly. It was just the only way I could remain sane.

Watching over her was all I had. If I got too close, she flipped. The last time I’d tried to talk to her, she'd started screaming. I hadn’t been able to calm her down. I was watching her lose herself slowly. And it was tearing me up.

So I followed her to work everyday, and I followed her home every night. Once she was safely in her apartment, I often sat parked across the road and watched her window until it went dark. She never looked at me, even though I wasn’t hiding the fact I was following her. There was no use in hiding it from her.

The last words she’d actually spoken to me -not screamed at me, because there'd been a lot of that- had been eighteen months ago on the beach when we'd lost Jace. My cousin, my best friend, and the love of Bethy’s life. He’d drowned saving her life when she'd wandered into the ocean drunk and got caught in a riptide. Losing him had taken a part of my soul. He’d been the little brother I never had. He’d been the good Newark heir. He’d been everything I should have been but wasn’t.

And we had loved the same girl. Although he never knew it.

Watching her pull away from life more and more each day was so damn hard. Jace wouldn’t have wanted this. He would have hated it. He loved her more than he loved himself. Seeing her like this would break his heart.

Bethy swung her long dark hair over her shoulder as she stepped out of the clubhouse. The shorts she wore had once been tight and cupped her perfect round bottom. But just like she'd lost the will to live, she’d also lost weight. Too much.

The need to hold her and help her heal was so fucking strong. But she didn’t want me. I hadn’t realized how badly she hated me until I’d returned to Rosemary Beach a little more than two years ago. I'd run like hell eight years ago from a life threatening to suffocate me. My father wanted something for me that I didn’t want, and I hadn’t been able to see my way out.

I had been eighteen years old and scared, because in three short months, one sixteen-year-old girl had become my sole concern in life. Bethy had stolen my heart the summer I met her at Rush's party. When I'd been ready to throw away the life I'd been planning for the past year in order to be with her, my father had reminded me of just how much control he had over me.

I wouldn’t have been able to keep Bethy if I'd stayed. That wasn’t the life he’d let me have. So I'd run, hoping that when I came back in two years, when she was old enough, I could take her with me. But first, I'd needed to escape.

I watched as Bethy opened the door to her old beat-up Ford Taurus and climbed inside. The stiff way she held herself and the way she kept her focus turned away from me told me she knew I was here. She expected me to be there.

Once she would have broken into the biggest, most beautiful smile in the world and run into my arms. But that was the past. I had broken that. I had broken her, and I hadn’t even known.

4.5 out of 5 stars

From the moment I learned Bethy and Tripp had history I counted down the days until I would get to hear their story.  My gut told me it was going to be a good one and let me tell you Abbi Glines definitely didn't disappoint!  Spend the money on this book because it's one you aren't going to want to miss.  Rush will always be my favorite guy from Rosemary Beach but I think you will be surprised when you  hear from Tripp because in this book he gives Rush a run for his money!  Shocking right?!?!?!

Years ago Bethy and Tripp connected on a deep emotional level, one that had the power to change the entire course of their lives.  They fell in love and it wasn't just puppy love, it was the soul mate, forever kind.  Because they were young and because they didn't yet have control over their own lives they were forced apart.  Tripp chose the only path which would eventually lead him back to Bethy, he left town, walked away from his father's plan for his future it was the only way he could ever come back for Bethy.  But once again life and unforeseen circumstances blocked their path back to one another and years later they find themselves once again in the same town, the question is will Bethy allow Tripp back into her life or will the demons of their past relationship continue to keep them apart?

I have to confess, I immediately fell for Tripp and he never once disappointed me.  This is a man who always knew what he had, who treasured Bethy and his love for her.  It's a love that's never stopped. He is devoted, determined to let nothing stand in the way of protecting Bethy whether or not she wants it.  Tripp is the epitome of selfless, he always puts Bethy's needs in front of his own.  His love for her has only grown stronger since that first summer together, and this man has zero doubts that Bethy is his future.  You will not be able to help falling for Tripp.  The way he talks about Bethy, they way he shows her devotion and respect even when she has no idea will have you swooning, add in his dirty mouth and the result will leave you with one incredibly sexy man!

I was so sad for Bethy, her struggle with guilt over Jace's death is daily, she is just a shell of the girl she used to be.  She's lost and Tripp's reappearance in her life only brings more confusion, more guilt, and especially more heartache.  You see she loved Jace, she gave him a piece of her heart but the rest of hear heart always belonged to Tripp, so you see more guilt!  The girl cannot catch a break!  She needs healing and what I loved was watching Tripp push when she needed pushing while at the same time standing back and allowing Bethy to get their own her own.  To claim the healing process for herself.  This book is as much a story of Bethy's journey of healing as it is their love story.  

The ending was perfect, and while there was no cliffhanger I was so in love with these two, so engrossed in their story I would have been perfectly content just to keep on reading.  I was sad when the last page was turned only because my time with these two was over.  I without a doubt LOVED and enjoyed every single minute of You Were Mine, it once again proved true the fact no one can tell this type romance story quite like Abbi Glines!

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