BREAKING NEWS: Abbi Glines is a witch. A word witch. A certified practitioner of literary voodoo. There’s no other logical explanation for the power this woman wields over me. From the minute I get a new Abbi Glines book in my hands life as I know it ceases. The world around me disappears as I get lost in her fictional world.
When I’m Gone is the 11th book in the Rosemary Beach series, which means that Abbi has done this to me no less than eleven times. Each time I open one of her books, I make a solemn vow that I will savor the book, and not devour it all in one shot, and each time I break that vow quicker than a nun eating Girl Scout cookies during Lent.
In all seriousness, though, it’s a rare talent that can keep a series of this length fresh and engaging, and leave readers wanting even more from this world. Abbi does this and more with every installment of the Rosemary Beach series. Her ability to write fierce, loyal, and protective heroes is without compare. Each time I think I’ve found my favorite Rosemary Beach guy, Abbi writes us a new book, and makes me fall in love all over again. From his previous appearances, I knew I was going to like Mase a lot, but I wasn’t prepared for how much I really LOVED him. A true Southern gentleman, he’s sweet, sexy, and pretty much everything you’d want in a romantic lead.
Abbi also writes kickass heroines. A lot of the Rosemary Beach girls have had troubled pasts, but they’re such admirable characters, refusing to let life beat them down and determined to be strong, independent women. Reese is a perfect example of this. Her story had me heartbroken from page one, but as I read more, I was so proud of her. She’s such a sweetheart, and I will even admit to a little bit of jealousy over the fact that she landed Mase!
The pacing of this story was spot on, and from page one, the reader is engaged in this story. We’re treated to cameos from all of the Rosemary Beach gang, which I always love, and I even secretly love the appearances from the QUEEN of book bitches, Nan. I just love to hate her, and am anxious for a book in which she gets attacked by fire ants. We see more from Major in this book as well, which gives me hope that we’ll learn his story.
When I’m Gone is another home run for Abbi Glines. To me, this was a story of selfless love, based in a beautiful friendship. Mase and Reese together are perfection, and following along in their journey made me giddy with happiness. Of course, Abbi being Abbi, she left us DYING for more at the end. I cannot WAIT to get my greedy little hands on When You’re Back, which releases on June 30.
P.S. – Dear Abbi and Atria Books, please consider this my formal request to dip into the m/m pool and give us a Jimmy book as well! I love him to pieces!!
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Meet Abbi Glines
Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, 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.