|Rosemary Beach #9|
"In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from...
Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she'd had one too many drinks--again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever..."
I finally got around to reading this book, and I am so so happy that I was able to find it. I love these characters, almost more than the characters from Abbi's Sea Breeze series.
Tripp and Bethy have history, painful history. For years she has been riddled with guilt for something nobody knows about and anger at the first boy she ever let herself love, so when Tripp comes back to Rosemary Beach, it sends Bethy into a tail spin. A tail spin that resulted in a poor decision that lead to her boyfriend, Jace's death. She told herself that the thing that would save her was for Tripp to just leave again, but that was the exact opposite from what she really needed.
I really liked Tripp, he was a great character. We get to know him a little from Della and Wood's story, but I really liked getting to know him more. He is just an all around great character. He was a really believable character. I loved how sweet and not over baring he was. Sometimes in this genre of book, the guy thinks he's being protective and helpful, but really he just comes across as pushy and really over baring.
My heart really went out to Bethy. She's been around since book one, and seeing her rise and fall, and then aftermath of it made me wish I could hug her. The perception the people around her had of her was completely wrong from who she really was. We don't really get to see that until she started to forgive herself and then eventually Tripp. We get to see that she is this really softhearted, kind and caring girl that was just dealt a rough lot in life, that she is really smart and has a good head on her shoulders despite that some of the people around her think she's a ditzy party girl.
I wish there were two full books for Bethy and Tripp, but their story wasn't rushed nor did I really feel like there was more to be told. I just want more of them. Thankfully there are more books in this series to come out. Until then I just have to wait to read more about these characters that I just can't get enough of.