PUBLISHER: Henry N. Abrams
DATE PUBLISHED: 7th March 2017
Tourmaline Harris’s life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline’s unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens.
Virginia Campbell’s life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mom “sold” her into the services of a local lawyer: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When Hazard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling out the club—and Tourmaline. But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel.
Dark and gritty at times with notes of family and camaraderie that touch the heart. This novel focuses on Tourmaline and Virginia, two 18yo girls with links to darkness in a Southern community and their journey to friendship and love while fighting to survive.
I loved these two women coming into their own and both facing overwhelming odds. Tourmaline has the protection of her biker community but also must obey the rules. She is heading to college and wanting to forge her own way. As she falls for someone she knows she cannot have she must also face danger from an old enemy of her family. Virginia has been forced to befriend Tourmaline and ensconce herself into the biker community to benefit the man she has been sold to in order to payoff her mothers debt. Virginia finds much more in this biker community and finds herself falling for someone who is distant and aloof and 10 years her senior.
This is a character driven novel and it is the characters that I enjoyed most about this move. The plot was engaging and the pacing consistent.
Keep Calm and Read On,