When You're Back (Rosemary Beach Series #11)

When You're Back (Rosemary Beach Series #11)

by Abbi Glines


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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in her beloved Rosemary Beach series, which continues the story of Mase and Reese from When I’m Gone.

She was where my home would always be. It was time I took the next step and proved to her I was all in. Forever.

A chance meeting in Rosemary Beach has turned into a fairy-tale romance as Reese prepares to move in with Mase on his family ranch in Texas. With the loving support of the Colts, and her recent discovery that she has family of her own, Reese can finally move on from the dark horrors of her past and into a bright future.

But Aida isn’t going to let that happen. The beautiful blonde has been raised to think of Mase as her cousin, but it’s clear to Reese that Aida doesn’t love Mase like a cousin should.

And then there’s Captain, the inescapable stranger who has connections in Dallas and Rosemary Beach—and who conveniently shows up wherever Reese happens to be. Hot, mysterious, and plain-speaking, Captain isn’t afraid to tell Reese what he thinks about Mase—and how he feels about her.

As the competition for Mase and Reese’s hearts heats up, Reese’s past begins to unravel, illuminating shocking truths that will forever change the lives of the happy couple—and set the final stories of Rosemary Beach in motion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476776118
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: Rosemary Beach Series , #11
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 530,318
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journalbestselling 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 You’re Back

  • It had been twenty-two days, five hours, and thirty minutes since I’d said good-bye to Mase at O’Hare Airport. Once he was sure I was safe at my father’s house in Chicago with my newfound family, he returned to Texas to his family’s ranch, which just couldn’t run without him.

    Going back with him had been so tempting. I was ready to start my life with Mase, and I was anxious to make his home our home. But first, I needed to do this.

    A little more than a month ago, a polished, well-groomed Italian man had shown on my doorstep in Rosemary Beach, where I had worked as a maid for some of the town’s wealthiest families. Not too long after I’d met Mase, the father I had never known—and hadn’t even been sure was alive—had walked back into my life, wanting to be a part of it.

    Mase had been right there with me, holding my hand through it all. Benedetto had stayed with us in Rosemary Beach for a week, and then we’d all flown to Chicago together.

    I soon found out that not only did I have a father, but I also had a brother. He was two years younger than I and a total riot; Raul made me laugh constantly. I also had a grandmother, or nonna, as she preferred to be called. She loved to sit and talk with me for hours. She told me stories about my father when he was younger and showed me pictures from Raul’s childhood. She also told me how she’d pleaded with Benedetto to find me. He had his reasons for not coming after me. That was all he ever told anyone. I wanted to hate him for not coming for me when I was younger, but I couldn’t. My life had led me to Mase.

    The time I’d spent with them had been wonderful, but I had missed Mase. Talking to him every night wasn’t enough. I needed him. I needed him more than I needed a father, brother, and nonna. Mase was my family. The first person who had ever truly been there for me after a lifetime of abuse from my mother and stepfather.

    Now, finally, I was home—or in the place that had been about to become my home before my father had shown up. Mase and I were planning to move in together, but that hadn’t fully happened yet.

    I hadn’t let Mase know I was coming back early. I wanted to surprise him.

    The cab driver pulled up outside of Mase’s parents’ house on their sprawling ranch. A quick look at the dark house told me no one was home. Good. My surprise was just for Mase. I quickly paid the driver, pulled my one piece of luggage out of the trunk, and hurried toward the stables. Mase’s truck was parked outside beside another truck I didn’t recognize.

    I propped my suitcase beside his truck, then made my way down the small hill to the stables. I knew he’d be there, since he’d told me he wasn’t planning to train a horse that day. My heart was racing with excitement, and my hands itched to touch him. I was thankful I’d had time with my family, but I wasn’t leaving Mase again. If he couldn’t go with me to Chicago next time, then I wouldn’t go. They’d all just have to come visit me here.

    Female laughter drifted from the stables as I got closer. Was he handling a business deal? I didn’t want to interrupt him if this was a client. I couldn’t throw myself into his arms if he was in the middle of dealing with a horse and its owner. I paused outside the stables.

    “No, Mase, you promised me the other night that we’d go riding today. You can’t take that back now for work. I want my ride,” the woman said. Her voice sent a chill down my spine. It was young and flirty; she was too familiar with him.

    “I know I promised, but I have work to do. You’ll have to be patient,” he replied.

    “I’m going to bat my eyelashes and pout if I don’t get my way,” the female threatened.

    “No games today, Aida. I seriously have stuff to do. You’ve been monopolizing all of my time the past two days,” he said in a voice that had me backing up. I knew that voice. He used it with me.

    “But I’m bored, and you always entertain me,” she argued playfully.

    “Seriously, I need you to give me some time to get things done today. I’ll entertain you tonight. We’ll go out, get something to eat. I’ll even take you dancing.”

    My heart cracked. What I was hearing couldn’t be interpreted many ways. Mase was spending time with another woman. He cared for her. I could hear it in his voice.

    I had assumed he was cheating on me once before. I didn’t want to do that again, but what else could this mean? I glanced at the truck parked beside his and then back at the door leading inside. My heart wanted me to run away and curl up in a ball to keep from falling apart.

    But my head was telling me I needed to face this. Whatever it was. I should at least give Mase the chance to explain before I left.

    All the excitement I had been feeling moments earlier completely died. I was filled with emotions I couldn’t even begin to untangle.

    The woman’s laughter floated outside, followed by Mase’s low chuckle, which always made me feel warm inside. He was enjoying himself. Being with this woman made him happy. Had I been gone for too long? Had he needed someone else?

    Or had he figured out that I wasn’t as special as he thought I was?

    “Hello. Can I help you?” the female voice asked.

    I snapped my head up to see her standing in the doorway of the stables as if she were about to leave. She was tall, with long blond hair pulled up in a ponytail. Without any makeup on, she was still stunning. Full lips and perfect white teeth. Her large green eyes seemed to glitter with happiness. Mase had that effect on women.

    “Are you here about a horse?” she asked, when I said nothing, just stood and stared at her. The jeans she was wearing were tight and showcased slender hips and tiny thighs. She was model-thin. I was not.

    “I-I, uh—” I stammered. How could I talk to this woman? I should have just left. Confronting Mase while she stood there, looking like a Barbie doll, was going to be impossible. He would look at the two of us standing side by side and see who was the better pick.

    “Are you lost?” she asked.

    Yes. I was completely lost. Everything I thought I knew was true, everything I thought was mine, wasn’t. “Maybe,” I whispered, then shook my head. “No. I came to see—”

    “Reese!” Mase’s voice boomed from behind the woman, and before I could say anything else, he was pushing past her and wrapping me up in his arms. “You’re here! Why didn’t you tell me you were coming home? I would’ve come to get you. God, you smell good. I missed this. I missed you so fucking much!”

    I stared over his shoulder at the woman, who was no longer smiling. She was staring at me as if I were repulsive.

    “I wanted . . . I wanted to sur-surprise you,” I tripped over my words, not sure what to think. I had heard him with her. I knew he was spending time with her, and she obviously didn’t want me here.

    He grabbed my face and covered my mouth with his. As unsure as I was and as hurt as I had been by what I’d heard between him and this woman, I quickly pushed my feelings to the side. The taste of Mase and the feel of his lips moving against mine always undid me. He feasted on my mouth, and I clung to him as I inhaled his scent. The flick of his tongue over mine made me shiver. Nothing else in the world mattered when I was with him like this.

    “Ahem. I’m still here, guys. Remember me?” The other woman’s voice broke through my delicious haze, and I froze. Pulling back from me, Mase actually chuckled and glanced back at the woman, keeping his arms tightly wrapped around me.

    “Sorry, Aida, my woman is home, and I’m going to be all kinds of tied up for at least the next forty-eight hours. Maybe more. Go find something to do back at the house,” he said, then kissed the tip of my nose as he turned his back on the woman again.

    “Kinda rude running off and leaving me and not introducing me to your friend,” she replied, with obvious distaste in her tone.

    Mase grinned down at me and winked. “She’s a diva. You’ll get used to her.” Then he turned his head toward the other woman. “Aida, this is Reese, the woman I haven’t shut up about. The one I talk to for hours every night.” He turned his attention back to me. “Reese, meet my only girl cousin, Aida. She’s a bit spoiled, a lot dramatic, and easily bored.”

    Cousin? If that’s all she was, why was she glaring at me like I was standing in her way?

    I looked back at Aida, and she smirked. Although I was comforted by the knowledge that they were related, something about the way she looked at me felt like a challenge.

    How . . . odd.

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    When You're Back 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was wonderful! This is another great one and I really want more! I almost died of shock! <3
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    LOVED it!!! However, what the heck is up with the ending?!?! Please tell me there will be another book for them!!
    JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
    I love this series and hate to see it coming to an end. The blurb had me teary eyed just reading that the events in WYB will set the final stories in motion :( I adore the way Mase loves Reese. I need to find myself a cowboy. Mase and Reese have to learn how to handle others trying to wedge themselves between them. Both Captain and Reese's reemerged father added some twists and turns that I'm sure haven't all been revealed. Though I hate for it to be over I am also thrilled to see how it'll all be wrapped up.
    MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
    Wow, Reese finally knows who her father is and she now has a family for the first time in her life with a grandmother and brother but she finds the only family that really matters to her is Mase. Mase loves having Reese live with him on his ranch as they work to build a home. Of course, this wouldn’t be an Abbi Glines story if we didn’t have some drama trying to break apart our couple. Enter Aida, a cousin of Mase’s that has more on her mind than being a cousin. She preys on Reese’s insecurities then Captain appears and he flirts with Reese which pushes Mase’s buttons. It was fun to see the back and forth and watch Reese and Mase figure out what they truly wanted. There were several unexpected twists involving Reese’s family that I never saw coming. Another fabulous installment in the lives of the Rosemary Beach family.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great series! Absolutely Love Mase - hope Captain River will get his own story soon?
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    When You're Back starts right off where When I'm Gone leaves off. The book follows the continued journey of Reese and Mase. Abbi Glines knows very well how to write a fantastic book with the twists and the turns. I really enjoy the Rosemary Beach Series, it is one of my top three favorite book series. I love how all the characters in her series continue to grow and all of their stories continue to develop in each and every book. Can't wait for the next Rosemary Beach book!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love everyone of her books. Never disappoints!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love this series!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I really loved it!
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    BookBaristasNM More than 1 year ago
    #MaseIsStillMyMan Being back in Mase & Reese’s life felt like coming home again after being away for a couple of months. The love that poured out of the pages from WHEN I’M GONE, the first book in Mase & Reese’s story, was definitely still alive and thriving in this second installment. Mase Colt-Manning is back in Texas living with the love of his life, Reese Ellis. However, just because they are living in love doesn’t mean everything is fine and dandy. Reese feels like she needs to find something to do during her long days on the ranch because she hates feeling so dependent on Mase. I love that she wanted to do something for herself; it showed so much growth in her character knowing she was pushing her limits getting a job where she would have to read and write on the daily. “Reese is everything I never knew I needed but I can’t live without.” Mase is still the most swoon-worthy cowboy, ever. He loves Reese something fierce and isn’t afraid to let her know how important she is to him every single day. Being with her, without the distance that used to separate them when she lived in Rosemary Beach, was so incredible. “Before Reese, I didn’t know that the world could be full of dreams. That you could wake up every day excited to breathe.” This story brings in new characters who threaten to ruin the life that Mase & Reese are building for themselves: Aida, Mase’s cousin who needs to be constantly doted on and who harbors some not-so-great intentions towards Mase; and Captain, the new gorgeous, mystery guy who works with Reese and flirts with her any chance he gets. Drama ensues as dark memories resurface when a demon from Reese’s past makes its way into her present. Mase & Reese go through quite a storm as they try and figure out how they can make a happy and loving life for themselves. WHEN YOU’RE BACK is a crazy and addictive read with a plot twist that I never saw coming. My heart was pounding erratically during so many scenes in this book; it almost felt like a thriller! If you loved Mase and Reese in WHEN I’M GONE, you’re going to fall head-over-heels in love with WHEN YOU’RE BACK.
    slarson0625 More than 1 year ago
    I really enjoyed When You're Back by Abbi Glines which is the 12th book in her Rosemary Beach series. This is the follow up to When I'm Gone and wraps up the story of Reese and Mase. Reese finally has everything going good for in her life. She has a family she never knew exsisted, a loving boyfriend and is learning to deal better with her dyslexia. After spending time with her new family she is so excited to be moving to Texas to finally be with Mase again. When she gets there she finds him spending time with a beautiful woman that he says is his cousin Aida. Reese is suspicious of Aida but she trusts that Mase loves her and would never hurt her. Reese tries very hard to get Aida to like her as she would love to have a friend in Texas but she quickly learns that Aida is jealous of the time Mase spends with Reese. Reese loves being with Mase in Texas but she quickly gets bored being home alone all the time so she decides she wants to get her G.E.D. and find a job. She isn't sure how Mase will react to this news but she is determined to make something of herself. “Was it possible to love someone as much as I loved Mase? Was it even healthy?” Mase is very happy to have Reese living in Texas with him. While Reese was away his cousin Aida came to visit and she is very demanding of his attention. All Mase wants to do is spend time with Reese but he can't get Aida to leave them alone. One night the three of them attend a BBQ where they meet River Kipling who happens to work for one of Mase's clients. Mase doesn't like they way River looks at Reese and he really isn't happy when Reese is offered a job by the Stout's which means she will be seeing River more often. It bothers him but he loves Reese and will do anything to make her happy. “Loving her is worth…it’s worth it all. Living in fear of love isn’t living.” I loved the connection between Mase and Reese. The secondary characters added lots of depth to the storyline. I loved the twists and turns that the story took. It's always nice catching up with the other characters from this series. I will admit I was very disappointed with how aburptly the story ended. I was really hoping to get more to their HEA that they worked so hard for. I can't wait to read the book in this series!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I was so impressed with this one. With everything thrown in this one story, finally all the t's were crossed n all my questions answered. Happiness always comes to those who are deserving and this one was T the top of my list. This is an emotional story and you are torn at times, but we'll worth it. Please have more so ??? Maybe a story for major or captain , and okay maybe aida!
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    Always an awesome read
    MichelleKemp More than 1 year ago
    You have done it again Abbi this book was great. i love how everyone was in it (including Captain) by the way was a shock!!! I cant wait until the next book. to read what happens.I fell so bad for Kiro and i hope he finally becomes a father that Mase can love and say that's my father. 5 Stars .
    cheryl09 More than 1 year ago
    Abbi Glines does it again. I love the Rosemary Beach series.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love Abbi Glines! She has done it again with the Rosemary Beach crowd. If you have not read this series you.must! Start at the beginning! Trust me you'll enjoy it!
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    I enjoyed this story. Could not put it down.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I have a masters and I have taught literature courses for almost twenty years, on average I read around ten books a week. Rarely am I impressed by an author (other than the literary greats), but Abbi makes me care and connect to her characters in a way that makes it difficult to put her books down. Read all of her books- they are fun, mindless reading with just enough thought to make it worth your time!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved the book! Love all of Abbi's work =)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Book would not load it had to be refunded back to my account!!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Another thrown together book by Abbi Glines. Her books aren't as good as they use to be. It' funny how Gages book started her downfall and it's getting a movie. I JUST WANT THE OLD ABBI BACK!