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.
First and foremost, cover talk.. Hello there Mr. Hottie! Not to big not to little.. he is perfection! He is John!! John with all that hair… gah! Trust is about Edie and John who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They both are at a convince store late one night when it gets robbed. It’s not a pretty sight .. it’s very gripping and emotional and immediately you are HOOKED on their story… you are invested in this book!!
Edie is a ‘good girl’ that goes to a private school.. she’s on the ‘chubby’ side and at first I thought this was going to be a ‘thing’ with the story, because it’s mentioned so much, but it’s not.. her weight is .. I dunno .. it’s irrelevant.. she’s nervous about it at certain times but honestly it’s a nonissue… maybe it’s the chubby girl get the guy?!? I dunno… I felt Edie’s weight didn’t need to talked about.. it was weird for ME.. (a chubby girl)
John is bad boy personified, from the ‘wrong’ side of town .. he’s a drug dealer that begins to make better choices. The robbery shakes him up a bit..and he gets his head on his shoulders… but he has a long road ahead of him to prove to people he’s changed and can be trusted.
The two bond because of what happened to them. They understand what the other is going through, and they can help each other cope. But since John is the hottie at his school… girls don’t like Edie by him… and Edie sick and tired of being a doormat and taking people’s crap, so much so, she left her private school for public, decides to stand up and speak her mind… whatever is on her mind! It’s like they’ve changed roles.. she’s fighting and getting in trouble and he’s studying and being a good boy!!!
John and Edie find out soon that they may be more than just friends. More than just confidantes, and study partners.
I loved this story line… I thought it was very clever… but it was missing a punch for me… a wow factor… it started so hot, but then it got Luke warm, but since the plot was sooo damn good I wasn’t giving up.. I HAD to keep going.. maybe it was missing my huge amounts of angst I love.. it was something I can’t quite put my finger on.. so y’all have to read it and tell me what you think!! Because it’s GOOD!! It’s worth your time!
An Excerpt from Trust
“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 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/