Nine by T.M. Frazier
Standalone spin-off of The King Series. Gritty Contemporary Romance
“Sometimes you gotta burn shit to the ground to appreciate the beauty in the ashes.”
Every book was starting to run together. I had to put down a few books recently because they had the same trope as one I was listening to. Then Nine by T.M. Frazier landed on my Kindle and I quickly remembered why I love T.M. Frazier so much. Her world is so different than any others I read about and I absolutely love visiting this world where the anti-hero is absolutely the hero.
“One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight—”
“Nine,” I interrupt, and press my lips to hers.
At 17, Kevin aka Nine ran away from the foster system that had failed for his entire life. That night he met “Poe” on a bridge. Nine shared his first kiss that night and promised to live his life for her sake.
Umbeknownst to Nine, “Poe”, aka Lenny survived the night but got mixed up with an asshole who stole from King’s organization and blamed it all on Poe. When they meet again years later, the connection between Nine and Lenny is like a live wire that jumps off the page.
“Lenny and I are both hurricanes, on a course for collision, and who the f*ck knows what’s going to happen when or if the skies clear.”
Both characters are such contradictions. With a really bad childhood and a very violent (when necessary) job, Nine is still a genius with a side of him you can’t help but love. And Lenny, despite growing up on the right side of the tracks, has had a really rough go of it, and she is perfect for Nine.
“Hear me when I say that you are more than one thing. A person can be both sensitive and heartless. Both selfish and selfless. Quiet and loud. Fearful and bold. Jealous and proud. A killer and a savior. Flawed, yet perfect. We can love and hate in equal measure. We can be crazy sometimes and sane in the next.”
“Because you aren’t one thing. You can’t be, because you’re everything.”
Nine is absolutely Preppy’s brother, but he is his own man as well. But it did take me a bit to reconcile the “little brother” with the sexy man he played. I promise, in the end, Nine is as much a man as King, Bear and Preppy. Speaking of Preppy, we were treated to a perfect amount of him. He could have easily dominated the story, but T.M. Frazier gave us just the right amount to satisfy without taking over.
“Sometimes, you gotta almost die to remember that you’re alive.”
Being back in Logan’s Beach was an awesome ride. T.M. Frazier’s books are gritty without really being dark. Her world building is amazing, and it’s so easy to suspend reality and just enjoy the ride.
“Love is a two-sided sword that cuts at every turn. I know this because Poe’s edges are sharp, and my heart is sliced to fucking shreds.”
- T.M. Frazier’s unique style of writing—gritty as hell but never too dark.
- Visiting Logan’s beach again, as well as all the previous King series characters.
- The story stood alone OK.
- The connection between Lenny and Nine was palpable right from the start.
- Nine grew from boy to man.
- Just the right amount of grit, fun, suspense, sex, drugs, violence and love.
- Not really a dislike, but because it is in the same world we have been in, Nine didn’t give me as much of that breathless excitement because it was so different and unique like many of her past books did. In other words, there really wasn’t any surprise in the style of the writing and story. (Though honestly, it’s not a complaint, it’s just what stopped me from being completely blown away…I expected the style).
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.75 Stars, 4 Heat
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