Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Released: 2 December 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: Rosemary Beach #9
Gossip is the ultimate currency is Rosemary Beach, yet somehow Bethy and Tripp managed to keep one big secret to themselves.
Trip Newark had a plan. Leave behind the rich girlfriend he didn't like and the predictable future he didn't want. At the end of summer he was going to escape Rosemary Beach and never look back.
But that was before he met beautiful Beth Lowry.
It was only supposed to be a summer glinf. They didn't run in the same social circles, and no on even knew they were friends, let alone something more. Yet, for one summer, Bethy became his entire world. But Tripp couldn't give up on his plan to leave, and promised to come back for Bethy. The problem was, by the time Tripp eventually came back, it was too late. Someone else has already claimed the girl he loved...
The first standalone book in the Rosemary Beach series had me wanting more!
Bethy is broken, wandering through life numb after having her heart ripped out. The only thing making her life worse is seeing Tripp. It's a reminder of their summer eight years ago, a reminder of the love she lost, and of the lie she told. Tripp is determined to look out for her, even though she doens't want it. But as the numbness she's built up starts to fade, memories of her time with Tripp the summer he left Rosemary Beach come back. As everyone prepares for Woods and Della's island wedding, Bethy finally leaves the truth about what happened to her affter that summer, and soon the idea of letting Tripp back into her life doesn't seem to bad.
I've loved Bethy since the start of the series, so it was great to finally get her story. While I hoped it would be with another guy (but no, Abbi had to rip our hearts out with that one), I really enjoyed her relationship with Tripp.
With this being the first 'standalone' book in the series, I was surprised at how well Abbi was able to tell their story and give them a nice ending. While I really wanted another book, it was only because I really liked their story, not because it felt unfinished, per se. I really loved the alternating time periods at the beginning, showing us the relationship they had eight years prior, and where they were during the current story.
This book also showed more of the three couples we've already read about. At this point, the story has progressed over two years, so all the characters have grown so much since we were first introduced to them. I really loved that this book also focused on Woods and Della's wedding, providing a turning point for Bethy and Tripp's relationship.
I thought this was such a cute book in the series, and although I wished it was part of duology, it worked well as a single book. It was great to see Bethy get a happy ending after the heartache she'd gone through at the hands of Abbi's writing. Once again, Abbi has written a beautiful and steamy Rosemary Beach romance!