Title: Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes #1)
Author: Beth Flynn
Genres: Romance, Dark
Release Day: July 19th 2014

On May 15, 1975, fifteen-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. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

4 stars! 

“Missing Girl Found Married to Leader of Notorious Motorcycle Gang.”

Nine Minutes snapped me out of my reading slump. This is a book I’ve been seeing all over Goodreads these past few years but I never got around to read it. And since it was free I thought, well what the heck, let’s give this one a shot. And I went in blind, I only knew it was an MC book and I hadn’t read the blurb so color me shocked; for a debut novel, this really made an impression, Flynn’s writing is vivid and captivating, it gives the characters depth without trying to hard to over analyze them, she shows everyone’s good and bad side and lets the reader decide.

First of all let me say that this is not an MC book. At least not the cuts, old ladies, prospects and gang MC world we frequently read about. This is an outlaw organization that deal with extreme situations. I mean, really dark stuff; cutting people’s tongues out, or other body parts. It’s really deep into the dark category, it makes Sons of Anarchy look like a mild family show.

This book is sort of written like an autobiography of Ginny Lemon. Ginny at 15 gets kidnapped by a biker and brought to a gang and given to the leader, Grizz. He is about twice her age and pretty ruthless, with a lot of graphic scenes to back it up.

“It took nine minutes. It sounds quick. Less than ten minutes. But for me, it was an eternity. ”

Ginny and Grizz’s love story has a slow build up and the story has a natural flow that takes you through the unigue life style and the various people that are part of the gang and those who they associate. Ginny as a kid has a different family background; her mom is a hippy that doesn’t care for her as a mother, and the only father figure in her life is a sort of step dad that is pretty much the same. So, Ginny is unfortunate to go unnoticed when she get kidnapped, her family never tries to find her. Her emotional world during her captivity goes through a variation of shock, confusion, anger, fear and love. Whether it is Stockholm Syndrome, or the fact that her life before the gang wasn’t any better and that Grizz actually treated her better than her parents or anyone for that matter, she adapts to her new life and her new family and in the end she falls in love with him.

“He was my first love. He was a true love.”

This is not an easy book to describe, or to understand, it gives you an understanding of the situation and what the people are like. Grizz is a ruthless gang leader but when it comes to Ginny, who later gets a new identity as Kit, he is a big softie. And she makes the best of her situation. It is what it is. The only thing I didn’t like was the ending, the time frame, the little details that made the story take another turn and even though up to that point I was in tune with the characters and the situation, the ending made the story feel a little alien to me. There are two more books to this and even though I want answers, I’m not ready to find out more stuff and I’m not in a hurry to read more, I have to adsorb this one first and then move to the next.


4 thoughts on “Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn”

    1. It was strange! Definitely not an MC book and not a captivity book either, somewhere in the middle of the two but doesn’t fit either category and there’s something about the way the book is written that makes it like a fictional autobiography, the hype is on spot with this one!

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