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Review Blitz | Trust by: Kylie Scott

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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.”

“Bastard.”

“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 . . .”

“Not funny.”

I shrugged.

“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.”

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kyliescottimageKylie 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/

 

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Trust, is the perfect example of how one decision, no matter how big or small, can impact the destination of a life.

Trust isn’t your typical cookie cutter YA novel.  Edie isn’t the typical YA teen character. I like how outside the box this novel is.

All Edie wanted was to make a quick run into the Drop Stop and get her snacks for the movie marathon her and her best friend were watching. She didn’t imagine that night would take a turn for the worse and she would find herself staring down the end of a loaded gun. She never imagined she would witness the brutality that one man would inflict. She never would have imagined her life would change in the blink of an eye and the bang of a gunshot.

Edie’s new reality is sleepless nights and fear of the unknown.

I’m a sucker for trying new novels but when I heard Kylie Scott was writing a YA novel, I’m not going to lie, I was a little hesitant with the decision to review or not to review. Let’s face it, When I think of Kylie Scott I think of Mal Erickson and all of his sexy rocker self. I decided to request a copy on Netgalley and see where that took me, because….Have you read the synopsis. This blurb literally made the decision for me. I’m glad I decided to take a chance like Kylie Scott did because I loved Trust.

Now for the reason I dropped a star. Even though I loved the hell out of Edie and Johns story and the traumatic life altering events they witnessed, I found myself a little annoyed at times. Edie is an overweight teenager. This is one reason why I loved this novel and Edie’s character, I loved how she isn’t the typical hot as hell bone thin teenager that we read all the time in novels. Her strength in dealing with the skinny cliques made her the type of heroine that I love in my novels. But, and only in a few occasions, her inner monologues and the way she viewed herself, slightly, dimmed the heroism I was feeling towards her character.

Overall,

I really enjoyed Trust! I enjoyed the different take on the YA genre. I was intrigued from start to finish. I loved the underlying threat that Edie was always feeling. The fear that ran through her at the simplest things like a blown tire sounding like a gunshot. The emotions are true and straight to the heart.

For those that are like me and are hesitant about this novel. I’m glad I pulled my head out of….the sand….and read Trust!

I definitely recommend Trust!

 

Peace Love and Happy Reading,

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