Series: Rosemary Beach #9
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Source: From Publisher for Review
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
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. . . .
As with most of the books in Abbi Glines Rosemary Beach series, YOU WERE MINE was a highly anticipated read for me. I've been anxious to get my hands on Beth and Tripp's story ever since Abbi revealed to us that these two had a past that they'd be keeping secret from the rest of the Rosemary Beach crew. I was even more intrigued given the fact that Bethy was involved with Tripp's cousin, Jace.
Our story wasn’t over. It would never be over.
Like the rest of his friends in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark hails from a family of wealth and privilege, but what comes with that is the pressure to follow in the footsteps of his parents. Tripp had other plans for his life that didn’t include going to an Ivy league college or working at his father’s firm, so the only option he had was to leave his family and home behind. What Tripp didn’t plan on the summer before he left was to fall in love with a sixteen year old brown-eyed girl who came from a world totally different from what he’s been accustomed to.
I couldn't trust Tripp with my heart, because with him, it was forever.
Bethy Lowry was an impressionable young ten year old girl when she first laid her eyes on Tripp. Ever since her first interaction with him at the prestigious Rosemary clubhouse, Bethy had given her heart to Tripp Newark. Fast forward six summers later, Tripp is once again helping Bethy out and sixteen year old Bethy couldn’t be more smitten by the handsome Tripp who was three years her senior. The two become fast friends and end up spending the summer filled with lots of fun, laughter, passion and love. But the happy times doesn’t last very long as Tripp still follows through with his plans, and ends up leaving a broken hearted Bethy in Rosemary Beach.
Because of me, that girl was gone. I'd destroyed that trust and innocence.
We fast forward another eight years later and we find Bethy and Tripp in a sad and lonely place. Bethy has just been going with the motions of her life without any real feelings other than pain, guilt and loneliness. She’s been living in such a numb state that none of her friends really know what to do for her. Tripp has moved back to Rosemary Beach after the Tragic loss of Jace and has vowed to watch over Bethy even if she hates the thought of it. If you're caught up with this series, then you know how tumultuous Bethy and Tripp's relationship is. The Rosemary beach gang is completely at a loss as to why Bethy has to much animosity towards Tripp, and why Tripp is so adamant about taking care of Bethy. Tripp does anything and everything he can to make amends with Bethy and right the wrongs he did eight years ago and tries to put the pieces of Bethy's life back together. I know a lot of readers were really annoyed with Bethy over the last few books but I feel like Abbi Glines really shows us how much pain and guilt she's been living with. It totally made me understand why Bethy acted the way she did before she met Jace, why she's to utterly broken after she lost him and why she tries her hardest to keep away from Tripp, even though a very stong and deep emotion for him still lingers.
He was my favorite daydream. Now here he was saving me again.
Flipping between scenes from eight years ago to the present, we see how Beth and Tripp's romance begins, ends, and then goes through the long and arduous road to get them to a place where the can both be happy and free of the guilt from their pasts. Bethy and Tripp’s story is one of first love, heartbreak, second chances, healing, and hope. While I've enjoyed reading every book in this series so far, I haven't felt a strong attachment to the characters ever since Rush and Blaire's story. Glines sticks with the emotional journey Bethy and Tripp has gone through and shows you how these two help each other fill in their cracks and find that happy place they've been longing for. The road to their happy ending wasn't easy, and I wished it had been a little longer towards the end, but overall, I loved how their story ended.
I loved every painful moment Abbi Glines put me through in YOU WERE MINE, and how she shows us that it is possible for two lost souls to find their way back to each other.
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