Nine: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater, the highly anticipated new standalone from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier is available now!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Told in the first person. Alternating persons.
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One chance to make her his.
Preppy's brother is about to live up to the family legacy in more ways than one.
This is the story of Nine, The Tale of Kevin Clearwater.
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It was also a dark way for our author to start her story. It’s also a sad way to introduce us to the main character. I didn’t see a warning at the beginning but it’s possible that your copy will include one. If you’ve had a rough childhood and certain things are a trigger for you than this may not be the book for you. But if you’ve risen above that or if you’ve already read the author’s King or Preppy series than you will want to add this to your library.
Lenore “Lenny” Leary shows how hard it can be to cope with everyday life. She also had a lot going on but a lot different from Nine. Her life doesn’t get much better when she’s an adult. I tend to think that Murphy’s Law is at work here. Once Nine comes into her life, all I could think of was the movie Moonstruck. I could picture her as being a younger version of Loretta Castorini – taking artistic license here. But I think it’s more of that I could picture a younger Cher in Lenny’s place. I can’t picture Nicholas Cage as Nine unless he bulked up – a lot (still can’t picture it).
I was glad that this was a standalone. It would help to have read her Preppy series since he appears in this story. This is one author that’s I’ve wanted to read for a while but I’m constantly sidetracked and then I see another of her books coming out and think I’m going to change and pick up a book. I decided nothing was going to stop me from reading about Nine and Lenny – best decision I could have made. On the downside, my TBR list has grown by quite a few books. And I’m not complaining about that.
One thing I liked was that it took the whole story in order to get to know her main character. It makes it more realistic since we constantly learn something new about the people in our own lives. You want him to have something good in his life and I was glad to see that he got that. It was nice to see that after such a rough start, he has something to be happy about. Now it’s time for me to read his family’s stories – unless I get sidetracked again.
I look up into his dark eyes. “This is a dangerous game of cat and mouse we’re playing.”
“More like a game of cat and bird,” he corrects.
I straighten my posture, my nipples grazing his hard chest. “And we all know how that turns out in the end. The cat eats the bird.”
Nine lightly scrapes his nails over my bare arms before pressing them into my skin. I gasp at the slight bite of pain. “No, the pretty bird swoops down from nowhere and sinks her sharp talons into the cat, marking him for life.”
There’s no sarcasm in his voice. I don’t know how to begin to process what it is he’s saying. It takes all of my concentration to get out my next few words.
“And...and then what?”
Nine picks me up off the floor in one quick motion, flipping me back onto the bed. He crawls over my body, hovering above me, pinning my wrists to the mattress. He grazes his teeth over the sensitive spot behind my ear. He lowers his voice to a deliciously deep rumble that has me vibrating with his every word.
“And then he eats her.”
About the Author:
T.M. enjoys writing what she calls sexy‘wrongside of the tracks romance’ with morally corrupt anti-heroes and ballsy heroines.
Her books have been described as raw, dark and gritty. Basically, what that means, is while some authors are great at describing a flower as it blooms, T.M. is better at describing it in the final stages of decay.
She loves meeting her readers, but if you see her at an event please don’t pinch her because she's not ready to wake up from this amazing dream.
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