When I'm Gone (Rosemary Beach Series #10)

When I'm Gone (Rosemary Beach Series #10)

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by Abbi Glines

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one 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. 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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When I'm Gone

  • Mase

    Two years later

    Fucking hell. What was that noise? I peeled my eyes open as sleep slowly faded from my brain and I registered what had woken me up.

    A vacuum? And . . . singing? What the fuck?

    I rubbed my eyes and groaned in frustration as the noise got louder. I was sure now that it was a vacuum. And it sounded like a really bad version of Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder & Lead.”

    My phone said it was only eight. I had been asleep for two hours. After thirty hours straight with no sleep, I was being awakened by bad singing and a motherfucking vacuum?

    As she sang the first two lines of the chorus, I winced. She was getting louder as she sang. And it was seriously off key. That was a good song she was butchering. Didn’t the woman know that you didn’t come into people’s houses at eight in the fucking morning and sing at the top of your lungs?

    I was never going to get back to sleep with this racket.

    Nannette must have hired an idiot to clean her fucking house. But then, knowing Nannette, she was pissed because I was here and there was nothing she could do about it. She had probably paid the woman to screech outside my bedroom door. Nannette didn’t own the house; our dad, Kiro, did. He’d told us that while Nannette was back in Paris, I could stay at the house and spend some time with our other sister, Harlow, who lived in Rosemary Beach with her husband, Grant, and their new baby.

    This must have been the bitch’s way of getting back at me for staying at her place.

    Now she was singing the chorus over and over again at the top of her lungs. God, it was like waking to a nightmare. This woman so needed to shut up. I had to get some sleep before I went to visit Harlow and her family. She was so excited about me coming all the way from Texas. But this idiot was messing up my sleep very effectively.

    I threw back the covers and stood up and headed for the door before I realized I was naked. My head was pounding from lack of sleep, and I was getting angrier as I searched the room for the damn jeans I had taken off when I’d gotten here. My vision was blurry, and the dark curtains were closed. Fuck it. I reached for the sheet and wrapped it around my waist and went for the door.

    I swung it open just as she started singing the opening lines to another song. Dammit. Not another song. This time, she was murdering “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line.

    I blinked and rubbed my eyes against the light, my vision still blurry. Shit, did the woman not see me standing here?

    After a few seconds, I finally was able to open my eyes in a squint to see a round little ass wiggling as she bent over. My eyes slowly opened wide as I took in the longest damn legs I’d ever seen. And holy fucking hell, her ass. Was that a freckle under her left butt cheek?

    She stood up, and her tiny waist only made her ass look better. She continued to shake her bottom as she sang off key. I winced as she hit a very high note. Damn, the girl couldn’t sing.

    Then she turned, and I hardly had a moment to appreciate the front view before she screamed and dropped the vacuum cleaner as she pulled her earbuds out of her ears. Big, round baby-blue eyes stared at me in horror as she opened and closed her mouth a few times as if she was trying to speak.

    I took the moment of silence to check out her full pink lips and the perfect shape of her face. Her hair was pulled up in a bun, but it was the color of midnight. I wondered how long it was.

    “I’m sorry,” she managed to squeak out, and my eyes went back to hers. She was really something. There was an exotic quality about her. It was like God had picked all the best pieces and put them together to create her.

    “I’m not,” I replied. Not anymore. Who the hell needs sleep? Oh, yeah. I do.

    “I didn’t know, uh . . . I thought the place was still empty. I mean, I didn’t know someone was staying here. There wasn’t a car outside, and I rang the doorbell, but no one answered, so I used the code and came on in.” She wasn’t Southern. Maybe Midwestern. I just knew she wasn’t from around here. She lacked the twang of the local accent. There was a softness to her voice.

    “I flew in. Had a car drop me here,” I said.

    She nodded and then looked back down at her feet. “I’ll be quiet. I can come back up and do this area later. I’ll just go downstairs and start there today.”

    I nodded. “Thanks.”

    Her cheeks flushed as she let her gaze drop to my bare chest. Then she turned and hurried away, leaving the vacuum behind in her escape. I watched, enjoying the way her bottom bounced. Damn, I hoped she cleaned several times a week. Next time, I wouldn’t be exhausted. Next time, I’d find out her name.

    Once she was out of sight, I stepped back into the room and closed the door. A grin tugged at my lips when I thought about her face when she’d realized I was only wearing a sheet. How did Nan have a housecleaner who looked like that? The girl was gorgeous.

    I lay back down and closed my eyes. The image of that freckle sitting right there under the plumpness came to mind. I really wanted to lick that freckle. Cutest fucking freckle I’d ever seen.

  • Meet the Author

    Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

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    When I'm Gone 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
    Valerie L Urwin More than 1 year ago
    One of my favorite series...just amazing ...syart with 1st book and enjoy....
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I fell in love with Mase.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Another beautiful story from Rosemary Beach. I loved Mase and Reese's story! Very passionate and loving story! A must read in this series! Can't wait for the next installment!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love this series!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Absolutely wonderful , I can't wait to see where their story takes us ! They are so romantic , exciting , and made for each other that it just keeps you in the story for hours on end . Not to mention there are some very nice scenes that get you all worked up and bothered ! !!!!!!
    Christine_Marie2 More than 1 year ago
    This book was amazing, and with each book I read by Abbi Glines they just get better and better. *SPOLIER* Mase and Resse is story is very beautiful and special, unlike any book couple Ive ever read about as it deals with sexual abuse and physical abuse and how they over come it together through their love for one another. Watching them grow as a couple and fall more in love  makes this one of the best love stories I've ever read. Mase is officially my dream guy, and once you read this story he will be yours as well. This book is so beautiful and touching and I loved it so much. Abbi Glines is amazing and she knows how you make you fall in love with her characters, as if they were real, and i love that in a book. Thank you Abbi for another amazing story. Definitely need and want more Mase in my life for sure <3 <3 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    As a victim of sexual abuse as a child, this book reached out to me in a way no other book ever has before. I felt more connected with Reese than any other character from any other book I've ever read. Her insecurities, her strength and her pure determination to suceed in any way possible remind me a lot of myself. People often tell me that what you read in the pages of a romance novel is purs fiction. That kind of love doesn't exist. But I've seen it. And one day I hope to find someone that walks a similiar path to Mase. This book is an amazing read. It really pushes home the fact that a lot of young women think that they have to have sex to keep their guy around. But that isn't the case. A real man, who knows what he wants, will do whatever he can,the right way. I can't wait for the next installment.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved loved this book... please hurry with the next! I can't wait for Reese to finally get her answers and truly be happy. She better get to keep Mase as well!! All your books trap you in the stories and I loved how Harlow was included in this story too. I couldn't put this one down and finished it in a day.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I LOVE this series.  But I Love Everything that Abbi Glines writes!  The books just keep getting better,  I can't wait for the next in the series. ¿
    JoannaDursi 8 months ago
    My shortest review ever...MASE. REESE. LOVE HEALS. THE END.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Dude.... i know that this will probably never reach the writer. But.. OMG. I read a lot of books. I have never read something with such a great ending. They are usually generic. False feeling. I felt this one. First I've commented on
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    MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
    Stepping into Rosemary Beach stories is like visiting old friends. I have truly enjoyed this series and cast of characters that we have met along the way, experiencing all the highs and lows of their lives. This time we meet Reese, the opening prologue gutted me but it sets the tone for the resiliency and fortitude Reese needs to find and build a life for herself in Rosemary Beach. She works as a maid and walks everywhere just living a content life. One of the houses is Nan’s which ends up with her crossing paths with Mase as he comes to town to visit Harlow which sends her life on a new course. Mase can’t believe his eyes when he encounters the sexy cleaning lady singing totally off key yet he’s enchanted. Mase has shied away from commitments based on the history of his parent’s lives so when he finds himself wanting to cross paths with Reese and then helping her, he isn’t sure what to think. He just knows that Reese is important. Jump in for all the fun, drama, romance and sexiness you expect from all of the Rosemary Beach books, you won’t be disappointed.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I liked the story but I'm so tired of authors leaving the book in a cliffhanger. It's ridiculous to expect us to pay 16$ to read the whole thing. I love your books but I can't continue to pay so much to read one story. Honestly they are not worth that much :-(
    AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
    I've thoroughly enjoyed the Rosemary Beach Series by Abbi Glines, which began with the Rush Crush, then we were wowed by Woods, turned on by Trip, and became gluttons for Grant, though Grant did have to work harder to win me over. If you are a fan of the series, then you've met Mase, and I was really, really looking forward to getting to know more about Mase. He just had the hot cowboy mixed with a little bit of bad boy thing going on. He has shown himself to be fiercely protective over his sister Harlow, and is about as fond of his other sister, Nan, as the rest of the world is, which isn't much. I loved Reese, and my heart broke for her on more than one occasion. She is a better person that I could have ever been in some of the situations that she faced. She and Mase really had a special connection and I loved seeing him help her to bloom into the lovely person that she really was. Of course the story wouldn't be a story without some heartache, some misunderstandings, and some of the other hotties popping up in the picture as well, causing a little jealousy to raise it's ugly head along the way. That said, I really did enjoy getting to see many of the characters we've all come to know and love make an appearance in this story as well. Reese and Mase also had to deal with the distance issue, him being in Texas and her being in Rosemary Beach, which was a bit difficult to say the least. Then there was the Nan........... and if you know who Nan is, just her name is enough said. I enjoyed the way Abbi Glines pulled everything together for these characters by the end of the book, leaving you happy, but on the edge of your seat waiting for the next installment so you could finish Reese and Mase's story. I purposely waited until Mase and Reese's second book came out before I read this, because I knew it would drive me crazy if I had to wait. Contemporary romance fans and fans of the Rosemary Beach series will love reading When I'm Gone. I know I did.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Mase was every bit the yummy alpha I hoped he would be! Bit of a cliff-hanger, hate that. Great read though and great series!
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    This entire series is amazing. I love Abbi Glines books. Definitely a must read.
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    I waited up til 12 to buy When you're back but my book still says pre-order? ?? Why isn't it available yet? Anyone else have this problem?
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    I have been waiting for Mase's story forever and Ms. Glines did not disappoint. Mase is strong and gorgeous and so compassionate. We had seen this side of him with his mother and Harlow but the way he cares for Reese is beautiful. He is so patient with her he never pushes her or makes her feel unworthy. Reese is just amazing. She has had so many chips stacked against her and never gave up. You will need kleenex to get through this read but so worth it.
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