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?
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Release Date: April 7, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
In an attempt to declutter my kindle (and as part of my own reading challenge for 2018), I am reading books that have been sitting on it for far too long. When I'm Gone is one of those books. For the most part, I really liked this one. In fact, Mase and Reese are my second favorite couple of the series with Blair and Rush being my first loves. I think much of this is due to the fact that this book deals with some pretty heartbreaking realities that do occur in our society and Abbi does a good job as showing us this without all the telling. Another reason I like this couple (and book) far better then some of the others in the series is that Mace is a total alpha male with a protective heart. He is just amazing at taking care of Reese and making her feel like an important person- something she has deserved but never received. I guess it’s the fact that he is the hero who rescues the damsel in distressed that really had my heart pumping. Oh! And I don’t want to forget that there’s something about a protective cowboy that get’s my blood flowing as well. They are my FAVORITE kind of heroes. So overall, this is a really great addition in the series and frankly, one of my favorites.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When the book begins, readers can get a glimpse into how Reese came to be the quiet, shy, and terrified girl that she is. I won’t get into the reasoning because I think this is something that readers need to explore on their own as they attempt to get to know her. I will say though that her circumstances are very dark and heartbreaking. As the story progresses though, she opens up a bit more and getting to understand her is pretty easy.
Then, comes Mace. Strolling out in all his glory when Reese is working at his sister’s house one day. Some may say it’s fate that these two meet. And yes, I would agree.
What progresses from these two as the book goes on is absolute beauty. Their love shines through the pages and the way Mace handles the situation is glorious. Reese does come out of her shell as well as their relationship progresses and it’s nice to see her start to overcome her demons.
But then, something shocking happens in the end… And readers will have to read the second book in this couple’s story to understand the magnitude of it…
OVERALL THOUGHTS OF THE BOOK
As I mentioned, this is one of my favorites of the series. I think it’s because their progressing love story just feels genuine. However, one of the things that I don’t care for is the length. I can’t understand why some writers feel it is necessary to rush a love story in 250 pages. Had the time been taken to really write the story and allow us to get to know her characters on a deeper level (which is kind of needed in this one considering the darkness behind it) then I would have given it more than 4 stars.
You can find all the latest book reviews I have posted on the blog! I read various genres depending on my mood so there is a little something for any reader. xox Elle xox