Gossip is the ultimate currency in Rosemary Beach, but Bethy and Tripp have managed to keep one big secret to themselves.
Eight years ago, Tripp Newark was dating a rich girl he didn’t like and was on his way to Yale—and a future he didn’t want. The only way he could escape his predictable life would be to give up the money and power that came with his family’s name. And that’s exactly what he planned to do. At the end of the summer, he was going to ride off on his Harley and never look back.
That was before he met Beth Lowry.
It was only supposed to be a summer fling. She was a sixteen-year-old trailer-park girl who served drinks to his friends at Kerrington Country Club. They didn’t run in the same social circles. No one even knew they were friends, let alone lovers. Yet, for one summer, Bethy became his entire world.
But he couldn’t give up on his plan. He needed to leave Rosemary Beach, but he vowed he would come back for her.
Problem was, by the time he came back—years later than promised—it was too late. His cousin, Jace, had already claimed the woman he loved…
Of all the Abbi Glines books in her Rosemary Beach series, I think Tripp and Bethy’s story was the most anticipated for me. We all know how Simple Perfection ended, and it wasn’t pretty. An even bigger surprise came when we found out that Tripp and Bethy actually had history…WHAT?? That totally threw me for a loop and after losing Jace, I didn’t think it could get any worse.
Now we finally have their story, and what a story it is!! We all know just one side of Bethy. Truthfully….I “like” her. I didn’t “love” her in the other books. She grew on me. She slept around, not the worse thing in the world. What mattered was that she was a good friend to Blaire, Della and Harlow. She did love Jace and I respected that she chose to be faithful and be a good girl for him. They were a sweet couple and you could definately see the love between them. Then…the worse happens…Jace is gone. And Bethy…well let’s just say she’s a shell of a woman left behind. She’s left with her guilt. And if you ask me, she SHOULD feel guilty. She was battling demons we had NO idea about. And her actions caused tragedy in Rosemary Beach. I really HATED her, just like Woods did.
In You Were Mine, we get a lot of Bethy before Jace; when Bethy was 16 and young and innocent, living in a trailer park. She’s very much a loaner, and seeing how her life turned out; I see her in a whole new light. I’m kinda sad for her.
Tripp too. All we know about him is that he was very protective of Della and ran from away from Rosemary Beach and didn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Honestly, Tripp is amazing. He’s just as protective over Bethy as he is for Della. It’s in his nature. And for the record, I LOVE Him. Abbi writes some hot beach boys but Tripp, he might be a favorite here. This boy is hurting.
The very first page of this book had my heart tight. The. First. Page.
And there it is ladies. My heart broke on the spot. Abbi tells the story of how Tripp and Bethy meet, and I loved it. Their back story is great, and totally different and unexpected. But listening to Tripp talk about Bethy in the present, is very depressing.
The first part of this book left a hollow feeling in my chest. Bethy killed me and made me feel so sad and lonely. Those two have some history. I really wasn’t expecting all of this heart ache and angst. But Abbi dishes it out. I fell for Tripp. Hard and fast. Just like Bethy did. And falling for Tripp hurts.
Tripp is so damn sexy, and talks dirty. I love it. He doesn’t hold back for one second with Bethy. She’s one lucky girl, I’ll tell you that. I’m actually sitting here, re reading some of the sex scenes, and I swear its too hot and dirty to put in a quote. Let me choose something clean…
“Pull your tits out, I need to see them.”
Haha!! I’m such a tease!! You’re gonna have to read this to find out how amazingly sexy Tripp is.
You Were Mine is a great story about young love and second chances. It’s about how the heart aches for what it wants, but can’t have. This story evokes so many different emotions. Half of the book I was hurting, and crying. Then I was happy and definitely hopeful. Then it tore me up again and I cried for her, and him. Yeah, it’s one of those!
Of course we get the rest of the Rosemary Beach gang, which makes me happy in pants. Of course Rush is smoking but Woods just drove me bananas. Soooo worth the wait for this one!!!
A 5 star in my eyes. 5 HOLLAS ladies!! Abbi always delivers the goods!!
About Abbi Glines
ABBI GLINES is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found on Facebook and at AbbiGlines.com.