Perversion (Perversion Trilogy #1) by T.M. Frazier
First in a dark, gritty romance trilogy.
Total adrenaline rush! No matter how many books I have read this year, I didn’t read any with the urgency that I read Perversion by TM Frazier. Like an edge-of-your-seat action movie, TM Frazier kept me completely riveted. In fact, I think this is the first time since Fifty Shades I ever read a book, then went back and read it again immediately. The first time was pure adrenaline. I had to know what happened. The second time, I soaked in more details. Both times, it was amazing. And as soon as it’s on audio, I’ll read it again. I also couldn’t start another book until I reviewed this one because I want to keep that breathless feeling as I review, when usually I wait a few days to formulate my thoughts.
“That kind of girl is gonna either take over the world someday—” She lowered her sunglasses from the top of her head over her eyes. “—or be the one who fucking destroys it.”
Emma Jean met (conned) Tristan when she was 12 and he was 16 and headed to a new foster home. It was one brief meeting, but the connection between the kids was electric. They wrote letters for a bit until Emma Jean (aka Tricks) disappeared and Tristan’s letters were returned. 5 years later, he still looks for her, but her records are sealed.
“Because I need to know what happened to the girl who with one fucking touch and an accidental kiss fucking fixed me!”
Tristan, aka Grim the Executioner, was recruited by one of the three gangs that run the Florida town of Lacking. There is a serious gang war going on, and at twenty-one, Grim is being groomed to be the leader of Bedlam. Emma Jean was sent to rival gang Los Muertos, so even after 5 years in the same town, Grim and Tricks never knew the other was there. But when they find each other, that connection, that spark, zings right back.
But this time, they are mortal enemies.
“Silence passes between us and so does that magnetic current raising every hair on my arms. I’m trapped between a life I can’t live and a death I don’t want.”
As much as they want to be together, there would be an out and out war if they were.
“You can lie with your words, but your body tells the truth. You can’t fucking run from this, Tricks!”
“Yes, I can. I have to,” I whisper. “Or, so many people will die because of me.”
There is beatings, kidnappings, shootings and worse, and you know TM Frazier doesn’t shy away from her main characters being involved in all of it which makes her stories so unpredictable. Perversion is the first in a trilogy, and yes, it ends in a crazy cliffhanger. While in many cases I would say wait until all 3 parts are out, in this case, I say DON’T WAIT. It’s TOO GOOD. It’s a super-fast read, but I don’t think it was actually short (it’s hard to tell with a Kindle ARC), it’s just so unputdownable that you will read it in one sitting, (I read it twice in 2 days, and I’m not a fast reader) so if you want to do a re-read before the next one comes out, you probably won’t mind.
- TM Frazier’s best book to date.
- Completely and totally unputdownable.
- It was a total adrenaline rush!
- I fell in love with both characters as kids and again as (almost) adults.
- I loved the Bedlam family.
- How TM Frazier is able to build these completely believable fake worlds. It’s like an urban fantasy book without paranormal elements.
- TM Frazier is not afraid to do anything in her books, so you never know what to expect.
- A little surprise drop-in.
- So gritty and violent! Eep!
- This book seemed tighter than her previous books. There was no extraneous bullshit, you just got right to the meat of the story in every scene.
- I wasn’t ready to leave Lacking so I went back and read it again right away.
- Waiting for the rest! I WANT IT NOW, but it will be even better from the wait.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 5++++ Stars, 4 Heat
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