Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review of Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes #1) by Beth Flynn

On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida. 

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival. 

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life. 

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity. 

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆
In this debut novel by author Beth Flynn, you will be taken into the world of a young woman/child that has been kidnapped by a motorcycle club as a gift for their president. The account is written from the POV of that kidnapped fifteen year old girl.  This is a gritty, sometimes dark romance, filled with graphic violence and often hard to handle situations.  At times it is difficult to continue reading, but the end is worth the discomfort!

Do you believe in true love to the point of obsession?  For Grizz, the leader of Satan’s Army that is what happened when he met Ginny Lemon.  He is larger than life, a big man, violent and aggressive with everyone, everyone but Ginny.  Grizz will protect and love her until death do them part, even if it means from himself.  She is it for him, his everything.

Confusion and fear are Ginny’s new companions when she finds herself kidnapped and at the club of one of the most brutal and notorious motorcycle gangs ever known. Why was she taken?  What will happen to her?  Who is she a gift for?  Nothing prepared her for the answers to those questions.  The life of Ginny Lemon is no more and now she is Kit, aka Ann Marie Morgan.

Hero: 4.5 stars
Heroine: 4.5 stars
Steam: 4.5 stars 
Plot: 4.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is unlike any book I have ever read!  It is a love story but at the same time convoluted and complex.  It will play with your emotions as the violence and horror of an unlikely love story unfolds.

Would I recommend this author: Yes!  Unbelievable that this is a first time author’s work! I cannot wait to read her next book, Out of Time.

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