Book 1 in the Nine Minutes Trilogy.
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.
Yes, it's an MC story. But not like anything I've read before. And it's told in a flashback narrative style. Very unique. And I think that is why I feel so emotional about this book (i cried). You already know the ending from the prologue, but to get to that you have to go thru a 25 year journey of love, lies, and murder.
Grizz is an enigma. An extremely intense, scary, violent gang leader who falls completely in love with his soul mate when she is a teenager. Their story is something I think will stick with me for awhile. The synopsis gives you enough details so I don't have to explain the story. What I will say is that once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down until I was done. And even knowing how it was going to end (in part), I was still hoping for something to change, for something that would give them that HEA. I think I fell in love with Grizz a little myself.........
I really loved this journey and can't wait to move on to the next book after I grieve for Grizz for a little while.