Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Released: 7 April 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: Rosemary Beach #10
Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his Texan ranch life to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means staying with his vile half-sister, Nan. But one such 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. Escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates she seizes the opportunity to work for some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But when an accident puts her job in jeopardy, a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy swagger comes to her rescue. At first 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?
Ten books in and Abbi continues to deliver steamy romances for the characters of Rosemary Beach that I just can't get enough of!
Staying in Rosemary Beach for a week to visit his sister, Mase is awoken one morning by Nan's house cleaner, who is completely butchering some of his favourite songs. Reese has finally made a life for herself after escaping her abusive parents, so fears she could lose her jobs when she breaks a valuable mirror. But Mase is more interested in making sure she's okay. After everything she's been put through, Reese finds it hard to trust men and feel comfortable around them, but Mase seems different. When he learns that she can't read or write, he finds someone who can help her. She's in Rosemary Beach and he's in Texas, but they begin to form a relationship as they bond over her finally getting a second chance at life.
Let me start off by saying this book starts of in a really dark place. Reese is abused phsyically and sexually by her stepfather. It's the most intense start to a Rosemary Beach books and it broke my heart immediately. Throughout the entire book, Reese has to deal with the horrors of her past, which stops her from getting close to anyone, particularly Mase. It was beautiful to see Mase so understanding with needing to take things slow with her, to build up trust and help her see that not all men are bad.
Reese is such a strong character. Despite the horrors she's had to live through, she's pushed herself to make a life for herself. She's a fighter. As she begins to trust Mase, and overcomes her dyslexia, she realises that she doesn't need to be alone in the world. That not everyone is going to hurt her.
What I really enjoyed about this book is that it alternated between Rosemary Beach and Texas, which made for a nice change. It was great to see more of Mase's family, which had already been introduced in One More Chance. And of course, we continue to see more of Grant and Harlow, and Rush and Blaire.
Mase and Reese's story is so beautiful and I adore them as a couple. This was another fantastic installment in the series, which I can't recommend more highly.