On May 15, 1975, 15-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. So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows. 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?
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This is book 1 in a trilogy and it's a powerful and emotional introduction into the sordid yet sheltered life that the brave, scared yet plucky 15 year old Ginny would suddenly find herself being ruthlessly tossed into. A world of Biker law, loyalty, brutality and fake identities. From the Prologue you knew the ending so what followed was the telling of the events that led up to it.... the abduction of a naive girl, the brutal things she witnessed, the criminal things she never wanted to know about, the gang members she didn't want to mix with, the good and bad things that was done to her and for her and the love, protection and care she felt in the loving arms of the mesmerising and handsome Biker who had tenderly and carefully shaped her into the woman she is today. Through the years there was bloodshed, trauma and tears as Ginny slowly came to terms with, made a few friends and finally accepted her new life. And Grizz became her everything.... her captor, her protector, her rock, her first husband, the Father of her first child and the love of her life.... but there were many secrets, twists and shocking revelations that, in the end, left her stunned and would turn her world upside down.
As I was drawn into this book's captivating web I happily stayed there mesmerised by all the unfolding dramas, the character growths, the secondary cast of characters (both good and bad) and the mixed up, crazy yet understandable feelings that Ginny felt for Grizz. Because yes Grizz was a Gang leader, a vicious killer, a criminal and kept a lot of secrets but, like Ginny, I couldn't help but be wooed and enticed by his charisma, his thoughtfulness and the loving besotted unwaivering care that he had for Ginny as it shone out from every chapter and, in the end, he proved one thing.... that he loved her far more than himself and would forever put her welfare first.
I cautiously tip toed into this listen not knowing quite what I would encounter along the perilous journey and just where it would eventually lead to but I was relieved that there wasn't any graphic scenes of sex or violence, yes you were led up to them, but they were never colorfully described. There were no actual sex scenes just implied ones and the acts of violence were clinically and colorlessly described. However, I thought the stressful and pulse-pounding scenes would slow down after the first few Chapters but I was wrong because this talented Author threw in some pretty big wrenches along the way that twisted and turned the ride but the Epilogue finally buckled the ride leaving me in a spinning haze of WT, WT, WTF's and I actually had to pause the listen a few times just to let the news sink into my brain.
Worth a credit? A dramatic and expertly written listen told from Ginny's POV that had her (and me) falling for a bad hero because in the heartbreaking climactic end, and all along, that's what Grizz had been.... her worst nightmare who turned out to be her salvation, her protector and her hero. Narration was good. Definitely an epic and creditworthy (or dollar-worthy) listen and I'm off to beg Audible for what's sure to be a jaw-dropping mind-f'ing Book 2 but sadly I can't do much about the elusive unfinished, untitled and unreleased Book 3 that'll surely blow my mind.
- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"
Just another perspective
I just wanted to give a perspective that I did not see in other reviews. I listened to this whole story. It didn't kill me to listen to it - meaning I was not bored or pushing through it to get my money's worth out of it. That being said, I didn't really enjoy the book. It wasn't like I "couldn't put it down" - I could. Easily. It was just something to pass the time when I didn't have anything else to do. It is written well enough. A romance it is not. The female lead is only 15 and the male lead has to be at the very least, 29 years old. It is not romance for an 30 year old man to essentially rape a 15 year old girl. I don't care that she "consented" to it. Even the author refers to it as rape. So there you go. This book was not what I was expecting from the other reviews. Be aware if you buy this book that it is not a lovey dovey romance. It is not a happily ever after type story. I did not even feel like there was a cliffhanger - so to speak. I just felt like every character pretty much was a crazy person and the only people I felt sorry for were the children born into the twisted lifestyle these people were living. Just my two cents...