Friday, 31 July 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Beth Flynn's "Out of Time (Nine minutes #2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Beth Flynn's "Out of Time (Nine minutes #2)."


Synopsis:

They thought with his execution it would all be over. 
They were wrong.

The leader of one of South Florida’s most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs has been put to death by lethal injection. Days later, his family and friends should have been picking up the pieces, moving on. Instead, they’ve been catapulted into a world so twisted and dangerous even the most ruthless among them would be stunned to discover the tangled web of deception, not only on the dangerous streets of South Florida but all the way to the top. 

In this gripping follow-up novel to Nine Minutes, Out of Time takes readers from the sun-drenched flatlands of 1950s Central Florida to the vivid tropical heat of Fort Lauderdale to the halls of Florida’s Death Row as we finally learn the gritty backstory of Jason “Grizz” Talbot, the terrifying leader of Satan’s Army motorcycle gang, and the secret he spent his life trying to conceal. 

Not even Grizz’s inner circle knows his full story—the tragedy that enveloped his early life, the surprise discovery that made him the government’s most wanted and most feared, and the depths of his love for Ginny, the tenderhearted innocent he’d once abducted and later made his wife.

Once Grizz’s obsession and now the mother of his child, Ginny has spent years grieving the man she’d first resisted and then came to love. Now remarried to Tommy, a former member of the gang, the pair have spent more than a decade trying desperately to live a normal existence far from the violent, crime-ridden world they’d once carved out on the edge of the Florida Everglades. For Tommy, especially, the stakes are high. Desperately in love with Ginny for years, he’s finally living his dream: married to the woman he never thought he could have. But even with the fa├žade of normalcy—thriving careers, two beautiful children, and a genuinely happy and loving marriage—they can’t seem to put the past behind them. Every time they turn around, another secret is revealed, unraveling the very bonds that hold them together. 

And with Grizz finally put to death, now Ginny has learned secrets so dark, so evil she’s not even sure she can go on. 

Will these secrets tear their love to pieces? And how far will Grizz go to protect what he still considers his, even from beyond the grave?

Review: Surj Harvey

This book...  this book was just wow. "Out of Time" stole my breath away. It rendered me speechless. It left my heart beating so fast that even after I'd turned the last page, I was still trying to come to terms with what I'd just read. This book... this book floored me. It knocked me on my god damn arse and there wasn't a single thing I could have done to stop the fall. This was one of best sequels to an already five hearts read I have ever read... and I mean EVER!!!! 

"The dark king is gone. Can't play without the King."

I went into "Out of Time" all guns ablazing, ready for answers and ready to find out if my theory regarding the twist at the end of "Nine Minutes" had been right. But to my surprise, that very quickly became an afterthought as I found myself consumed by a very different story. A story of the past. A story that absolutely captured my heart and left me devastated in the same breath. I no longer cared for the "was he? Wasn't he?" Instead I found myself engrossed in the tragic histories of so many characters I'd grown to know and love. I was too captivated by the truths that were revealed, the lies that were exposed, the trust that was broken and the sacrifices that were made in the name of love to even think about what may or may not be. In fact, it didn't take me long to realise that "Nine Minutes" had merely skimmed the surface of what was one hell of a complicated, tangled web of deception that would ultimately have me questioning all of the thoughts, feelings and emotions I'd gone through whilst reading the first book. Nothing was how it had seemed and as revelation after revelation came to light, I was left gobsmacked, hurt and ultimately confused about my feelings regarding so many things.

People in love are willing to do desperate things. 

Had I put trust in those I shouldn't have? Were my loyalties so misplaced? Had I got it so completely wrong? Nothing was as black and white as I had thought and there were a million shades of grey I was now forced to consider. I had taken so many things at face value. I had been naive. What  I did know was that it would be a miracle if anyone came out of this unscathed. Every character had been a victim in their own way. Every character had suffered some form of hurt, pain and rejection but the biggest victim of them all... Guinevere Love Lemon, our heroine.

She'd never had a clue. He'd deceived her. They'd all deceived her. Her life was a lie. 

"Out of Time" was the untold story of love, sacrifice, hurt and hope. There was so much more to Ginny, grunt and Grizz's story than I could have ever imagined and as I drowned myself in their world, I realised, this book (in fact this series) was one that would stay with me for a long time. The writing was flawless, impeccable even and despite being written in third person, the words and style of writing drew me in and had me hooked. Chapters told from the past and present transitioned smoothly, leaving me in no doubt as to where I was, who's story I was getting and the era it was told in. And as for the visual imagery... as I was transported back in time to years gone by, I could picture everything so clearly, hear everything and smell everything so perfectly, it was like I was a fly on the wall watching it all unfold. 

"Out of Time" was a long book and that scares the hell out of me because it means I need to devote a lot of time to one story, time I (more often than not) don't have. Well, let's just say I inhaled Ginny, Grunt and Grizz's story, only coming up for air as and when was necessary. Did it feel long? Not at all. There was far to much going on for me to even care.

I really don't know what else to tell you without spoiling it for you. Know that you will go through every emotion possible. I laughed at a younger Grizz and Grunt. My heart shattered yet soared for Ginny and there were tears, plenty of tears (and not always of the sad variety which is good.. right?). 

Chess was Grunt's game, and he was the best. This wasn't chess,
but it would be the most serious game he'd ever played in his life. 

"Out of time" has given me the mother of all book hangovers and I know this is one story that I'll be thinking of for days to come. This book deserves so much more than the ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I'm giving it and if I could give it more, I would. An amazing job well done to Beth Flynn. You really should be proud of this book. 

Excerpt:  1979

“Yes! There is something I want for my birthday. Something I really want! I’ve been thinking about our prom date last year.”

“You want another romantic night at Martin’s beach house?” He grinned, relieved. A night making love with Kit at the beach house. Ohhhhh yeahhhh.

“No. Not the beach house.” She was bouncing in her seat now. “I want you to take me out! Dancing. I want to go to a club and go dancing.”

His smile faded and he looked a little deflated. He wasn’t going to tell her his name. He wasn’t going to go to church with her. How could he tell her no to the third thing she’d asked for?

“Shit, baby. You have to know I’m not a dancer. I barely got by with the slow dancing in Martin’s gazebo.”

“I want to go dancing, Grizz. Please! The only time I ever get to dance is when I convince Axel to dance with me in number four. And you know that’s barely ever. He won’t do it if there are a lot of people at the motel. He doesn’t want to risk being seen.”

Grizz had to smile at this. He’d walked in more than once on Axel and Kit dancing to one of those groups that Kit loved. If you asked him, those guys’ voices sounded like someone had their balls in a vice. A high-pitched squeal is all he ever heard and he never stayed around long enough to listen to an entire song.

“Why do you dance to a song about a bald-headed woman?” He’d asked her once.

Axel and Kit had stopped and peered at him strangely. “What do you mean by bald headed woman?” Kit had asked as Grizz turned the stereo down.

“These guys, who sound like women, are singing about a bald-headed woman,” Grizz replied.

She’d started laughing. “The Bee Gees are saying ‘more than a woman,’ Grizz. Not bald-headed woman! The song is called More Than a Woman and I happen to love it.”

“Whatever it’s called, it still sucks. I’m outta here.”

Grizz appreciated that Axel danced with his wife. And yes, he knew Axel’s other secret, too. He honestly didn’t care. He didn’t care what any guy decided to do with his dick as long as it was never near his wife. But he also knew he had to keep Axel’s secret. As leader, he had final say as to who could be in the gang. Still, he knew not everyone would be tolerant of Axel’s lifestyle. It was just easier to let it stay a secret. And besides, he was certain nobody suspected a thing.

“I don’t dance, Kit.” Grizz said now, shaking his head.

“But I want to go dancing for my birthday.” She folded her arms and gave him an accusing look. “You asked!”

He shook his head slightly and looked at her. “Can’t I just buy you another car?”


Author bio: 

Beth Flynn is a fiction writer who lives and works in Sapphire, North Carolina, deep within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Beth and her husband, Jim, have spent the last 17 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 31 years and have two daughters and two dogs. In her spare time, Beth enjoys writing, reading, gardening, church and motorcycles, especially taking rides on the back of her husband’s Harley. She is a five-year breast cancer survivor.

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