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.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
Nine Minutes is the MC book I was waiting for. Totally unique, completely un-formulaic and a real knock out! Yep, this story in all its dark, gritty and refreshing brilliance will literally knock you flat on your arse, and you won't be able to get up, or put this book down until the very end.
Every scene was weaved with such precision for it to then play a hand later on is incredibly clever. I can imagine this author having reams and reams of plot layout and character backgrounds galore, for its execution is flawless.
Oh, it was so thrilling to read a book that initially throws you for a complete loop just in the prologue...WTF? We know the outcome of Nine Minutes going in, but the hows and whys, and the events leading up to that pivotal is what makes this edgy, fascinating and undeniably brilliant.
Is this a Stockholm Syndrome story? Well yes, I suppose it is, but whereas so many focus on the brutality turned affection, this is the complete opposite. Grizz, the MC President of an outlaw club is feared and for good reason, he is the front of a notorious club who have no concerns about feeding victims to alligators in the Florida swamps; drug trafficking, prostitution, carjacking, murder, rape, oh the list is endless but Guinivere Love Lemon is different in so many ways. A Polar opposite, the light to his darkness and Grizz has had his eye on the prize for quite a while. Where he is brutal with others, Ginny, aka Kit, is the only person he allows in, he would give her the world, even his life if that's what she wanted, the only thing he could never promise her was her freedom.
Falling in love with your captor at 15 is the last thing Ginny expected, and little does she know this is only the start of a story that spans across twenty-five years.
Turbulent, violent, beautiful and heartfelt are words that never go together, they shouldn't work, like oil mixed with water, they are repellent and unsuitable but my goodness, does it work here...in spades!
If you are looking for an MC read with a unique edge, then Nine Minutes is the book you've been waiting for. Incredible!
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
Omg, what did I just read?? My ❤ is racing, my soul is in shock because this book is nothing like I expected... Ever!!! Not in a million years but my goodness, what a read! The twists this book takes is insane, I can't even wrap my head around it yet. I feel I need to write some things down in order for my brain to process this incredible story because right now I am just suffering from one hell of a Book hangover... INCREDIBLE!!!