The evolution of Bethy. ~ Ashley, Guilty Pleasures
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…
Part of this Review contains a SPOILER
Book 9 of the series and it is still going strong. This book was quite a surprise. Bethy was a character introduced in the first book of the series. She was Blaire’s slightly slutty co-worker a bit of an airhead. As the series progressed, so did Bethy. She grew up an settled down with Jace. Over the series, you see her mature and her relationship with Jace grow into love.
*Spoiler*-Jace’s death sets the scene for the return on his cousin Tripp. Tripp was introduced a few books back as the older cousin of Jace who left Rosemary Beach and his family obligations. He was responsible for sending Della to Rosemary Beach and she fell in love with Woods. What we didn’t know was that Bethy and Tripp were together before he left town. That relationship and his abandonment is what shaped Bethy into the flirty party girl at the start of the series. Tripp coming home brings out all sorts of mixed feelings in Bethy including guilt over Jace’s death.
Tripp has never forgotten Bethy and was willing to step aside to see her happy with his cousin. After Jace’s death, he wants to help Bethy heal and if that means being her friend he will do it. Bethy is racked with guilt and determined not to be happy. I was happy when she realized that living her life and loving Tripp does not make her feelings for Jace any less. Loving Jace allowed her to grow up and heal from Tripp’s absence. It made her value herself and demand respect.
I would have liked more on Tripp’s emotional development. His plan’s for the future was a bit rushed but there are more stories from this series and I hope to see more of Bethy and Tripp.