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.”
Trust is completely different from Kylie Scott’s Rock series. Trust is a mature adult read, mature in the sense that this books deals with some harsh topics such as, drugs, violence, murder, steamy sexual situations PTSD.
I really enjoyed this book. It is told in Edie’s POV and I really felt we needed John’s POV. John played a major role in this story and in Edie’s life. It didn’t take away from this very emotional and moving story but I think it would have shed more light on John’s character.
The opening of the book is gripping after Edie decides to go to the store for her friend, her life changes forever. The entire robbery scene was breathtaking and heart pounding tense. John and Edie’s life never connected until that night. John being the voice of reason as he tries to save not only Edie’s life but his friends and his own. What happens that night changes other their lives and their outlook on life forever.
Edie was bullied in her private school because of her weight and her Asian ethnicity. Edie realizes life is not guaranteed and things can change at a moments notice so aspect ingredients the cruelness and harsh words from other one longer sits well with her. She fights back in her own ways and decides public school is better for her. It is there she runs into John again.
I have to say their relationship was strange because the only thing that tied them together was that night. John no longer wants to be the bad boy, and has stopped selling drugs and is now focused on school. He becomes Edie’s protector and friend. The both are dealing with the repercussions of that night and together they try to make sense of the changes they are going through.
John was strange because he didn’t seem to want more from Edie yet he was always there. Edie grew a lot through out this book but she did somethings that I questioned. I enjoyed how slowly their relationship evolved. You can see the immaturity in both of them through out that process. John was definitely the alpha in their relationship and in a good way. When they both got their heads together and we’re on the same page it was a beautiful and not so innocent relationship. No matter how much he tried not be, John was a bad boy and man, he had a hot dirty mouth.
Overall this was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to especially to young adults over the age of 18.
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/