Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway for Trust by Kylie Scott


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.

REVIEW: Depth unrivaled....I don't even know how to explain it.
"It was us against the world, forever and ever."

I am not a huge YA reader. I have found that what I have read has over-done drama and it's aggravating.  Eye-roll worthy plots, unrealistic drama, and serious immaturity to the point that I just don't enjoy it. This one was different for ALL the reasons. I didn't roll my eyes at the actions and realities of these two teenagers because they were explained in the most "teenage" way, but drama free. I know that sounds weird, but it didn't seem drama-induced in any way, and that is what I like. I liked the buildup the most, though. The buildup was innocence being portrayed in such a way that you had no choice but to remember what it was like for YOU growing up. It was relatable in that aspect, and that made me love this book.

The reality of the feelings, the deep rooted feelings of these two very different kids from very different worlds that met on some unfortunate night created a relationship of epic proportions. The underlying tension between these two is so palpable. I loved the depth in this book. I loved that it wasn't a mass of uncontrolled emotions, but a smooth, even story that dragged me in immediately and kept me reading. It didn't feel long and drawn out, but it didn't read quickly either. I loved how the basics of the storyline and characters were set up. I  really liked how she handled the way Edie retreated and changed, and I love how John came out and wanted more. I really liked this book A LOT. What a dynamic between these two characters. So NEAT. I am at a loss. I really enjoyed this one.

"We keep trying," he said simply. "If we really want it, then we don't give up. That easy."

BREAKDOWN: The reality behind this story? My gosh -- it's insane to even begin to think about because it was a life changing, mind altering, mood shifting event that just made you.......think, for the lack of a better word. I mean, I can't even begin to imagine being in that predicament, and trying to deal with the aftermath? Learning to see life in a whole new light? With a fresh set of goals and "fuck yous" to deal with? Man, I loved that about Edie. Her mouth, her quirky responses, her attitude. I love it. I loved seeing her whole perspective shift, her whole outlook on life completely change, and that was refreshing. I loved the slow build between these two as well. An unlikely friendship had life not altered it's course.

LOOK AT THAT it, drool over it, and then understand that this, to me, was the perfect picture for John. We got to "meet" him, but not having a face made it so easy to relate to and 'picture'. I loved this cover!!! PERFECT cover.

"I pressed the palm of my hand over his heart, feeling it beating fast. Inside of him seemed every bit as stirred up as inside of me."

I will be honest, I got a verrrrry unedited and unformatted copy so it made it rather hard to read, but the story itself was a breath of fresh air. It was long and wordy, but they were not misplaced words for space. They really told a story of growing/learning/experimenting and the journey we took with them led us along a path of discovery. It was a very well written and a wonderful story to read. For being my first Kylie Scott book, I was impressed and I will make sure I check out her other books and read more from her. I really enjoyed her style of storytelling. I feel like she, to me, is going to be one I really need to pay attention to because her words had depth and meaning, and I found myself clinging to the emotion and the reality behind her words....and that was a great first impression for me.

"You're here?"
"Because this is where you are."  -- <sigh>



“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 . . .”

“Not funny.”

I shrugged.

“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 &amp; 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





  1. YAnisnt my thing, but this review could change my mind.

    1. I am NOT a YA reader either, but I wanted to check this one out....and I am so glad I did.

  2. I love YA. It always makes me feel young again. Makes me reminisce my teenage years and I love those years. Trust got me intrigued after reading the synopsis. After reading your review, it got me MORE intrigued. I love the excerpt! Thank you for sharing. Excellent review Bee!

    1. Thank you, Bunny!!! It was a hard review to write....I just feel like my words couldn't explain how the emotions in this book made me think/feel and I wanted to express that. <3