Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.
After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.
While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.
An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.
Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.
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“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”
I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”
“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”
“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.
“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”
“You barely know the guy.”
“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”
“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.
“No we are not.” And I retreated.
“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.
Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”
“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”
“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”
He said nothing.
Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”
He slowly shook his head.
“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”
“What? What the hell are you talking about?”
“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”
“This is crazy.”
“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”
He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”
“I’m just trying to be practical.”
“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”
“It does to me.”
Again, he said nothing.
In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.
“What?” I said, finally.
He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”
Kylie Scott has delivered yet another addictive and compelling read that had me glued to my seat from start to finish. I love each and every one of Kylie’s heroes and John gave Jimmy Ferris a run for his money, and almost knocked him off his perch.
Trust is a little different from what we have come to expect from Scott, but it is in no way less than brilliant than her previous books. I absolutely loved every second and could have happily read it again and again.
One of the great things about TRUST is we are thrown right into the action from the very beginning, and Edie’s inner dialogue had you believing you were there with her. It’s not long into the book before we are introduced to the main characters, and almost instantly you can feel the chemistry between John and Edie; and how important they will become to one another.
I loved John and Edie’s friendship and was enthralled to see where it would lead. John is so protective of her, but it was enjoyable to see a heroine that didn’t need saving from her knight in shining armour. Edie was feisty and the mouth on her…woah!
The scenes in the store and later with John’s brother Dillion, were heart pounding and had me losing a few fingers nails. They were so well written that I could picture myself in Edie’s shoes, and could feel the panic in which she was feeling; it was completely realistic.
I loved that after everything John and Edie went through, it encouraged them to become better people. To focus on their futures, as they became more aware that they didn’t know what their future held. John wanted to reinvent himself, he didn’t want people thinking of him the way they had before, which then encouraged Edie to the same. I liked that although John was changing for the good, he still had that bad-assery we all could tell was there. John and Edie were good for each other and they were willing to fight for what they have. Their love is real and despite some major obstacles, can last the long run.
I am a huge fan of Kylie Scott and would recommend this book to all my friends and followers. Such a beautiful and sexy read. Highly recommended.
MY RATING: ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/