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.
If you have ever read Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series, you may be in for a little surprise. Trust is very different from the Stage Dive series, but in a very heartbreaking, wonderful way. The story starts with Edie, who goes out with a friend to a convenience store for a midnight snack. Little does she know that this action will alter her life for ever, because while leaving the store, she gets knocked down by a robber. And from there, it all goes downhill. The robber shoots the cashier and in an attempt to get out safely he uses Edie as a shield, forcing his gun down her throat.
And that’s before we even reach page twenty… Next character to enter the story is John. Being held at the same convenience store, he tries to reason with the robber and get some of the hostages (including Edie) out of his grasp. When the opportunity occurs, John tackles the robber and saves Edie. But then the police barges in and Edie sees John being forced into a police car. Although Edie swears John was trying to save everyone, he is taken into the station, since he is a known drugsdealer.
After Edie is released from the hospital, she has a lot of difficulties to adjust to the ‘normal’ life again. Her spoiled little rich girl image is haunting her, while John is struggling to get out of the drugs scene, where his brother had pulled him in. Both are unable to talk about their issues, so an unlikely band forms between Bad Guy John and Spoiled Little Rich Girl Edie. But where John is trying to shrug of his bad past, Edie is trying all kinds of ‘my firsts’ on the bad side of the law. Can they both find a way to work it out?
Especially, when John helps Edie with her first time… with a boy. Oh boy, what now?
When John’s past is catching up with him, he has more to lose than another of Edie’s first times…
Thrilling, heartbreaking and wonderful written. What a treat! Thank you Netgalley for providing this arc in exchange of an honest review. Five out of five stars from me.
Publisher: Kylie Scott
Published: July 2017
My rating: ♥♥♥♥♥