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Review ~ Nine Minutes 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.

“A story about a man who has loved me from the very beginning, from the first glance. The man who always was and still is my soul mate. That’s the only love story now.”

DAMN. That was a fucking brilliant!!

This book has brought me out of my MASSIVE book funk only to put me back into another one. Fuck! My head is still spinning. And just when I think it the rollercoaster was over, I entered another tunnel and was thrust into a whole new are-you-fucking-kidding-me! moment.


“Why me? It’s obvious you can have any woman you want. Why do you want me, Grizz? Truthfully. Why?

Guinevere should’ve known better and not have gotten on back of that motorcycle. She should’ve just waited for her stepdad to pick her up.
But she didn’t. Instead she got on back that motorcycle and before she could stop it, her life is forever changed.

Guinevere, now known as Kit to the MC, was initially told that she was just a “thank you” gift to Grizz, the MC’s leader. What you slowly find out is that her abduction was carefully planned and coordinated by Grizz himself.

Grizz. Oh, Grizz. He is one badass motherfucker and no one fucked with him without facing the consequences. He is an anomaly, really. He could be completely sadistic one minute and tender the next. God! I loved him.

I was starting to go under again. I quickly opened my eyes in an attempt to stay awake. But to no avail. They were slowly closing. As they were closing for the last time and I was losing consciousness, I was certain I saw tears in his eyes.

Here are a few words of caution before you decide to pick up this book:
~ I’m going to be honest. The prologue...it was a bit tough to read, and I almost gave up because of what it divulged. However, with that said, if you feel the same way...DO NOT GIVE UP! KEEP READING!! I promise you, you will not regret it.
~ If underage sex bothers you, then you will be uncomfortable with this storyline, especially since the heroine is fifteen years old when she gets abducted.
~ There is a good amount of violence and other objectionable situations that I even cringed at, including rape and torture.

“Let’s get this shit over with.”

This story will keep you enthralled and completely engrossed in the story. There were times where I would get sad and conflicted (especially because I developed a crush on both Grizz AND Grunt, another MC brother), but the way the story slowly unfolded was pure genius. When you get to the ending, things just started spiraling and by the time all the secrets came out, I was SHOCKED and wanting book two immediately. Is it a cliffhanger? Yes & no. It’s hard to explain, but I just want more!!

Bravo, Ms. Flynn! Bravo.

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