#MNGirl by A.M. Brooks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars.
A family owned witness protection program helps a teenager in need!
When I was a teenager I used to love this movie called “Hiding Out”, it starred John Cryer and he was a New York stockbroker that was wanted by the mob so he shaved his beard, plunked out his hair, dressed like a teenager and hid out in the Midwest with a distant cousin and went to high school. This book reminded me a lot of that movie. Though it was a girl that was hiding out and she is actually a teenager.
The teenager in question is a girl named Saylor who had been living the good life in New York for the last few years as one of the nouveau riche, attending private high school with other wealthy students. Though it recently came to light that her father was embezzling from his own investment company and he bankrupted a bunch of families, some of whom lost life savings, committed suicide and worse. He then took the cash and disappeared.
After a break in and attack at the their home, her mother called on an old friend for help. The friend, Matt owns some sort of witness relocation type operation called Rogue, for families in Danger though they are not necessarily witnesses. Though apparently Rogue (Matt and the people that work for him) usually doesn’t help the families of criminals.
Though at first I was not really sure what the problem everyone seemed to have with the fact that they were helping Saylor, her Mother and younger sister. Obviously the two girls at the very least had nothing to do with their fathers’ crimes and the mother was attacked in the home by men trying to find the father. So why are people not more compassionate? Well, apparently Saylor’s mother and/or father have a history in the Minnesota Town that Matt lives in, so it is all very mysterious.
However, Matt thinks it is safest to split up, so the Mother and sister go to a different place and Saylor goes to stay with Matt and his nephew Ciaran. Ciaran is a senior in high school and works for Matt along with his two best friends, Silas and Kai. They all hate Saylor from the start and it seems to be more about Silas and his feelings than about anything else.
Saylor thinks that possibly her Silas’ family invested with her father and lost everything and that is why he hates her so much. It isn’t long before Kai starts wavering though and begins to see that Saylor shouldn’t be held accountable for her parents. Ciaran can’t stop thinking about her but in solidarity with Silas, has the school ignore her just because he can. When they do finally start getting romantic it gets pretty steamy. I give it a heat index of three out of five flames 🔥🔥🔥.
The story is very compelling and the mysteries in the town and surrounding Saylor’s family are intriguing to say the least. Every time I think one thing is going on, something will happen or people will have a conversation that will lead me to think that it is something completely different. In the end what I thought would be the big surprise was completely incorrect and It turned out that I liked the way it was all explained much better than my guess.
The ending is explosive and quite a big cliffhanger. So I can’t wait to find out what happens next. This is a great story and I plan to continue the series. There are elements of bully romance, thriller, suspense, and more in this and the supporting characters are terrific.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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