Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Trust by Kylie Scott

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.

WOW, this book was an emotional roller coaster that I was not expecting. I picked up this book without even reading the synopsis because I really enjoy Kylie Scott's writing and I figured I would enjoy this book no matter what. I wasn't surprised when I enjoyed this book, but I was shocked by how hard hitting it was. I completely captivated by this book from the first page and I couldn't stop reading. Trust was a book that I read in one sitting because I simply had to know what was going to happen next.

The main character, Edie, was a fantastic character. Edie was such a strong woman and I was inspired by her strength. Edie went through a lot of heavy things in this book, and I was devastated for her. She didn't let life push her down or let bullies get to her. She had a sharp tongue and she wasn't afraid to voice her opinion. I loved when she got even with those who tried to mess with her, it made me cackle with delight! I also loved how real she felt. She had days where she felt confident and sure of herself and then there were days when she didn't feel AS confident. It was made Edie feel so REAL. 

One thing I would have liked would have been more in-depth look Edie's reactions to the incident. I think learning more about PTSD and discussing it more would have been an interesting addition to this book. I have never been through a traumatic incident like Edie was, so I cannot speak on personal experience on how accurate her reactions were, but I wish her reactions would have been developed a bit more. 

John was a wonderful male lead for this story. John made some bad decisions and he realized that. John tried to make up for his mistakes and grow into a better person. I loved the personal growth he had in this book. It was heartwarming to see him open up to Edie and try to better himself. The connection he shared with Edie was something no one else in this book could understand. They went through a traumatic event together and that connected them forever. Their understanding of one another was beautiful and it was wonderful to watch that blossom and develop throughout the book. Edie and John were always there for each other and it made my heart so happy. That combined with their sexual chemistry and banter made me ship them SO FREAKING HARD. 

The romance in this book was full of the steam that one would expect from a Kylie Scott book. I thought the romance was delicious, emotional, and swoon-worthy. Edie and John made me feel ALL THE FEELS. My shipper heart couldn't take it!!!! Even though there was a romance in this book, there was also a huge focus on friendship. I loved that Kylie Scott didn't skim over the friendships these characters had. The friends were just as important as the love interests, and that was wonderful.

Overall, this was an addictive novel that kept me hooked from the first page. I would recommend this to all New Adult romance fans!

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 


“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 . . .”
“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.”

   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   

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