Series: Nine Minutes #2
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They thought with his execution it would all be over.
They were wrong.
The leader of one of South FloridaÔÇÖs most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs has been put to death by lethal injection. Days later, his family and friends should have been picking up the pieces, moving on. Instead, theyÔÇÖve been catapulted into a world so twisted and dangerous even the most ruthless among them would be stunned to discover the tangled web of deception, not only on the dangerous streets of South Florida but all the way to the top.
In this gripping follow-up novel to Nine Minutes, Out of Time takes readers from the sun-drenched flatlands of 1950s Central Florida to the vivid tropical heat of Fort Lauderdale to the halls of FloridaÔÇÖs Death Row as we finally learn the gritty backstory of Jason ÔÇ£GrizzÔÇØ Talbot, the terrifying leader of SatanÔÇÖs Army motorcycle gang, and the secret he spent his life trying to conceal.
Not even GrizzÔÇÖs inner circle knows his full storyÔÇöthe tragedy that enveloped his early life, the surprise discovery that made him the governmentÔÇÖs most wanted and most feared, and the depths of his love for Ginny, the tenderhearted innocent heÔÇÖd once abducted and later made his wife.
Once GrizzÔÇÖs obsession and now the mother of his child, Ginny has spent years grieving the man sheÔÇÖd first resisted and then came to love. Now remarried to Tommy, a former member of the gang, the pair have spent more than a decade trying desperately to live a normal existence far from the violent, crime-ridden world theyÔÇÖd once carved out on the edge of the Florida Everglades. For Tommy, especially, the stakes are high. Desperately in love with Ginny for years, heÔÇÖs finally living his dream: married to the woman he never thought he could have. But even with the fa├ºade of normalcyÔÇöthriving careers, two beautiful children, and a genuinely happy and loving marriageÔÇöthey canÔÇÖt seem to put the past behind them. Every time they turn around, another secret is revealed, unraveling the very bonds that hold them together.
And with Grizz finally put to death, now Ginny has learned secrets so dark, so evil sheÔÇÖs not even sure she can go on.
Will these secrets tear their love to pieces? And how far will Grizz go to protect what he still considers his, even from beyond the grave?
I think my brain might’ve exploded. And I won’t even mention the damage to my poor little heart.
“Out of Time” by Beth Flynn has left me an overwhelmed mess – emotionally and mentally.
I already considered “Nine Minutes” to be exceptional, but “Out Of Time” reaches new heights.
Its complexity and intelligent plot left me breathless.
Just when I thought I had things figured out – bam, another twist punched me in the stomach.
The story is an intricate web of deceit, lies, betrayal, dreams, hopes, love and so much more. There are so many separate threads that intertwine at times, run together and make the story captivating and suspenseful.
I’m in awe of Beth Flynn’s talent, because it takes some serious skill to create that kind of elaborate story and still allowing the reader to follow and get emotionally invested.
And emotionally invested I was. Throughout the book, I’ve been going back and forth between my loyalty to Grizz and to Grunt (Tommy).
Both men have their good and bad sides, both have done things out of selfishness or jealousy. But both of them clearly love Ginny.
Their background stories gave me a better understanding of who they are and why they do what they do. The depth of their love for Ginny – or should I call it obsession – became much clearer. And I wasn’t sure if I should envy or pity her.
Yet, I have to admit that Grizz is more selfless in my opinion. He would do anything to ensure Ginny’s happiness, while Tommy believes only he can truly love Ginny and make her happy.
I feel that Grizz deceives Ginny to ensure her safety. Tommy does it purely for selfish reasons.
So yeah, after finishing the book I’m definitely a proud member of Team Grizz.
His story is so twisted and unexpected that it left me breathless.
But the same thing can be said for all the other characters.
By the end of “Out Of Time”, one thing is very clear to me:
Ginny can’t really trust anyone and quite possibly can’t be trusted either.
But that’s something I’m eager to find out in the third book.
What really impressed me was Ginny and how she handles one revelation after another. I’d be a basket case if I had to switch places with her.
She’s always had a lot of strength. And always was smart enough to know that Grizz wasn’t a good guy.
Now she really faces the truths that have been hidden from her and is willing to stop sticking her head in the sand. Instead, she starts standing up for herself, not only demanding answers but is also hell-bent to not let anyone manipulate her again. She has an immense strength and considering everything she went through and all the things she found out, she needs that strength just to keep standing.
There were many moments that left me sobbing. Moments that broke my heart. And it broke for Grizz, for Ginny and even for Grunt.
Other moments made my jaw drop, shocking me into bewildered silence.
I can’t express how much I love this book, this whole series.
It’s the best MC book ever written.
5+ forever-Team-Grizz stars.
~Review by Paula