Series: Nine Minutes #1
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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 gangÔÇÖs base on the edge of the Florida EvergladesÔÇöa 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 gangÔÇÖs 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 aliveÔÇöor 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.
I’m not sure if I should love or hate Beth Flynn. Why? Because “Nine Minutes” destroyed me. It took me months to build up the courage to read the book after I’ve read the prologue because I feared it would break me.
I was right. I was 80% into the story when I was driving home from an appointment and just thinking about Grizz and Ginny I started bawling. That isn’t normal. And if I thought my heart was already broken at that point, the end of the book proved me wrong. I didn’t know heart-break until then.
Twenty-four hours later and I’m still an emotional mess and it is all Beth Flynn’s fault.
“Nine Minutes” is one of the best books I have ever read and definitely by far the best MC book I’ve ever got my hands on.
I can’t even think straight right now. I want to sit here, bawl and stomp my feet like a petulant child while I digest what I’ve just read.
“Nine Minutes” is the story of Ginny and Grizz. Ginny gets abducted by Grizz’ and is thrust into a life so very different from the one she has known. She’s only fifteen and now lives with Grizz, the leader of a brutal, ruthless motorcycle gang. And when I say brutal, I mean downright evil and heartless. No remorse, no sympathy. That’s at least the case when it comes to others. Ginny is a whole different case as Grizz is obsessed with her.
Despite his criminal activities and his violence toward others, Ginny slowly starts developing feelings for him. And what started as a kidnapping, turned into love. Not the romantic, birds singing and sun shining type of love. But a love non-the-less.
With Grizz’ lifestyle it was just a question when his deeds would catch up with them and when they did, everything they built was taken from them. But does Ginny have a chance at love after Grizz? And what if that love isn’t what it’s made out to be?
Ginny’s character fascinated me. She was older than her age due to her upbringing, definitely not your typical fifteen year old. Despite her initial fear when confronted with Grizz and his men, she didn’t show her fear and didn’t back down. She stood her ground and stood up for the things she believed in, speaking up for those that didn’t have a voice or were busy screaming for their life.
But she also wasn’t naive. She loved Grizz, but she never accepted his crimes, his brutality toward others. She didn’t close her eyes to his side. Even though she tried to not think about it, it was always there – having her at battle with her conscience.
In a time where nearly every MC book has the heroine blinded by the rugged looks, tattoos, the motor bike and the displays of alpha maleness to the point they don’t give a damn if the guy they are with kills, maims and tortures, it is such a breath of fresh air and made me want to hug the author something fierce. Thank you, for not writing a heroine who seems to lose her brain once her panties come off.
No, Ginny definitely didn’t do it. She loved Grizz and was loyal but she was also torn up about his activities.
Despite spending so many years in a violent environment, she didn’t lose herself, didn’t give up her convictions and her ideas of right and wrong.
And Grizz, he was all wrong. He was brutal, unyielding. He expected people to obey, making those pay who didn’t. There was his word and that is what mattered. Sympathy, compassion and care were not high on his list of priorities. Instead he ruled with a strict hand, without remorse or a conscience.
He was a hard man. A scary one. But a man who cared deeply about Ginny. Yes, he was obsessed with her, but he also truly cared for her and loved her. This was the part about him that was honest and emotional. And it really tugged at my heartstrings. I hated him and yet I cared about him. I hated how things ended for him.
It’s a testament to Beth Flynn’s amazing ability that he managed to worm his way into my heart despite being a despicable human being.
This book is truly special and it evoked so many emotions. Good and bad. I loved every bit of it, even at times when it made me cringe.
What really fascinated me was the fact that it wasn’t explicit. It was very different from the usual MC books as the sex wasn’t detailed, just merely mentioned. So were many of the violent acts and yet, I lived in the story. I felt what the characters felt and I pictured everything in my head as if it was a movie. It’s truly well done.
I love it.
5+ so-many-conflicting-emotions stars.
~Review by Paula