Title – You Were Mine
Author – Abbi Glines
Publication Date – December 2, 2014
Series – Rosemary Beach, #9
*Can be read as a Standalone Novel*
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…
Well heck. If you’re a fan of the Rosemary Beach series, or just Abbi Glines’ writing in general, You Were Mine is definitely not one to miss. This was possibly one of the most highly anticipated releases in the series for me and it surpassed every single expectation that I could have dreamed. I felt like we received glimpses of Bethy’s past throughout the previous books in the series. We knew slivers, but You Were Mine gives us all the answers, as well as taking us on an emotional journey that I won’t be forgetting any time soon.
“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.”
There was just something about Bethy that I absolutely adored. She always had the biggest smile and welcomed anyone who came her way, yet we never could have imagined what she was hiding underneath. She was a classic case of masking her sorrows to be the girl that everyone needed. Dealing with the death of Jace, she was living in limbo, merely existing, until Tripp gets her heart to jolt awake. She remembered what it was like to love and to survive, and decided that she had to start living her life for Jace; for the sacrifice that he made for his great love. For anyone who has been through something rough and has just tried to survive, I’m sure that they’ll resonate with Bethy and her feelings and actions. She’s written so beautifully and honestly that it’s just heartbreaking in the most beautiful way.
“Forgiving others was easy – it was forgiving myself that was proving impossible.”
As for Tripp, he easily stole my heart. The dedication and love he felt for Bethy never wavered for even a moment in over a decade. Tripp felt this innate need to protect her, particularly when she wasn’t looking out for herself. His perseverance and intuition was so special and unique that it just hit me right in all those sweet spots. You could honestly feel the love emanating from these two characters, but especially in Tripp’s actions. He may not have been a man of words most of the time, but there is no doubt in my mind that he loved Bethy with all his heart – even though they were just fictional characters. What they shared was unique and breathtaking and I found myself wanting more and more of it. There was one moment where he was sharing his story with Charity, and as a reader, you couldn’t resist being captivated by him and their love.
“I’d agree with you if you actually knew the past. But you don’t. Just like there are things I don’t know. Things I want to know, even if it’s going to rip me open. I need to know, Bethy. For us both to find a way to heal, we have to deal with the past first.”
I loved getting so much of everyone else in the Rosemary Beach clan as well. With Tripp, who has always run from that high-class world, and Bethy, who doesn’t come from money, these two characters often feel so isolated from that world, but it really showed how integral Bethy and Tripp were to the group of friends. It was the perfect book to have mixed occasions with so many of the other characters we have come to love!
“‘Things worth having don’t come easy,” Woods said. “You have to fight for it until you’re tired of fighting, and then you take a breather and fight some more.” He squeezed my shoulder. “Don’t give up. You’ll regret it.’”
You Were Mine is so raw and heartfelt that you can’t help but experience and truly feel each and every emotion these two characters go through. From the grief to the guilt to the love, their story just felt genuine and pulled at every single one of my heartstrings. This is easily one of my favorite books of the year. Abbi Glines has an impeccable way with words which results in being sucked into this world that she creates. Somehow, you learn to love each character more than the previous ones, and she is able to make you cry, make you laugh, and make you love all throughout the course of one book. She is a tremendous writer and You Were Mine is no exception…it actually may just be her best book yet, though I do fully comprehend that I say that with each new release!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Rosemary Beach Series:
Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1)
Never Too Far (Rosemary Beach #2)
Forever Too Far (Rosemary Beach #3)
Rush Too Far (Rosemary Beach #4)
Twisted Perfection (Rosemary Beach #5)
Simple Perfection (Rosemary Beach #6)
Take a Chance (Rosemary Beach #7)
One More Chance (Rosemary Beach #8)
Kiro’s Emily (Rosemary Beach #10) – FREE!
When I’m Gone (Rosemary Beach #11)
When You’re Back (Rosemary Beach #12)
The Best Goodbye (Rosemary Beach #13)
Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #14)
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.
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of TWISTED PERFECTION, FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR, JUST FOR NOW, WHILE IT LASTS, BECAUSE OF LOW, BREATHE, THE VINCENT BOYS, THE VINCENT BROTHERS, THE EXISTENCE TRILOGY.