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?
When I’m Gone is a book I had been waiting quite a while to read. I love Abbi Glines and each book that she releases seems to be better than the last. This book concentrates on Mase Colt-Manning, half-brother to the crazy Nan (who we’ve met previously in this series).
Reese Ellis has had a pretty tough life and a new start in Rosemary Beach is everything she needed but cleaning houses is not her dream job, especially when the owner of one house is an almighty bitch. Luckily for Reese, when something goes wrong Mase is there to help her out. Unlike some of the male protagonists in this series, Mase doesn’t treat Reese like she needs saving. Instead, he is there for her as a friend to begin with and really, someone who she can rely on in a place where she doesn’t know many people.
I really liked Reese as a character. She had an awful upbringing but instead of being really down about it all of the time she decided to change her own life and do something better for herself. She moved to a new town and found herself work and basically just got on with things. She was a bit timid at times, especially when it came to Mase but that was understandable considering some of her background.
I really liked Mase since he first appeared in this series as Harlow’s brother. He was a sweetheart and quite obviously a bit of a charmer but he has Southern manners and was brought up to treat women with respect. He did have a bit of that possessive thing about him too that the other male protagonists in this series have but not nearly as bad. What I loved the most about Mase was how much he cared about the people around him and not only Reese.
Abbi Glines writes pretty steamy novels and this one is no exception. However, Mase and Reece’s relationship progresses at a much slower pace than some others in this series and I loved that. Glines really gives these two characters the chance to get to know one another through many different situations and it’s not all just about physical attraction between them. I really dislike the whole insta-love thing that can happen in books and was so happy to see it not done in this one.
As always with the Rosemary Beach series it was nice to see old characters make an appearance. I love hearing about what they’re getting up to and how their family is growing. Not only that but as Mase is related to a few different characters they have a biggish impact on the plot at times in this book. The other characters really help to round out the story and to not make it all about the romance and the relationship.
I’m not sure if this was my favourite book in the Rosemary Beach series but it was certainly a good read. I’m excited to see how Mase and Reece’s story works out in the next book as this one ended with quite a lot going on still.