Book Review – Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

by Maryse on November 16, 2014 · 19 comments

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Nine Minutes
This one is making waves (everyone appears to be loving it) and it sure was good! Biker book/kidnap book that gave me chills from the start. I mean… wow, right? Hopping on the back of a stranger’s bike and realizing he’s not taking you where you asked him to? Eeeeeep!!! Then… arriving at the biker compound and realizing there is no going back. She was kidnapped.

Here’s the original cover!

Yep. I was IN!

I was in for pretty much all of it, and I read with gusto, ’cause I knew *something* blew everyone’s mind at some point, and I couldn’t wait for that reaction.

Shawnee: Oh! This book TOTALLY satisfied!!! This was what I called as good as my fix for a book that compares to the…(TwilightBeautifulDisasterEasyThoughtless50ShadesANYKristenAshleyBook!) fix. I wouldn’t say this book was “romantic” to me and I personally wouldn’t have gone for *****, BUT it was soooo well written and I’m soooo picky these days! The depth of the characters and the flow of the story was so great!!!! Thanks for recommending.

Jean: Maryse, did you like Nine Minutes? I’m hearing great things!

Lise: Oh Yay… can’t wait to see what you think of this one. I still have not moved on… Enjoy!

Renee: Oh my god!  I just finished and then  reread the ending.  I didn’t want to like them but they sucked me into their world can’wait for *****’s book.  Can ‘t stop thinking about it. None of my friends have read this yet.  Going crazy

Kayla: I came here searching for a review from you or a support group for this book.  I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on this! I have so many mixed emotions! It was an amazing book but I just cannot explain how I feel! I have no clue how to move on from this!!

Shell: Maryse I have just started this amazing book and I am in shock and can’t believe how the book has started. That ‘Prologue’ had me and now I just don’t want to do anything but finish this book. We might all need a group hug after we finish it.

Amber: Ugh… Yes it was a good book but my heart is broken and I feel like someone very close to me has died. I really try hard to avoid books that leave me a mess after I’m done. I need a hug for sure. I really considered not reading it after the prologue. But then I found a review from another reader that said that she was disenchanted with the prologue but was so glad she continued on. I’m not sure I’m glad at all.,,

Christa: I’m half way through and I can’t stop reading!!! Soo good

Amanda: I loved this book! I just don’t know how I’m going to make waiting so long for the next book!!!!

Yep. VERY GOOD! I was reading with gusto through the first half, and very excited for this biker ride!

But… there was a certain… disconnect on my behalf. It almost read as a journal. Sorta like multiple diary entries that spanned years and yet… skipped a lot of stuff. Maybe too much for me. Sometimes, it was stuff that I think could have had me attaching myself more to the various love interests (and events) that presented themselves. I felt ‘em, I “got it” but I wasn’t specifically rooting for anyone in particular. In a way they were all bad-good guys (depending on the circumstance), and I just… I dunno. You know?

Some were bad by association, forced into a life of bad-guy-ism, but had such a tragic beginning that you couldn’t help but hope…

Then there were those that were absolute bad-guys (no mistaking their danger-factor) and yet, for such a bad guy, he was treating her just soooooo good. Crush-time! Sorta. I guess, if you can consider treating a “prisoner” good. ;) So yeah… there was that touch of romantic angst going on.

And then… that twist. I totally can’t say, but… whoa. I mean… wow, right? But… then again. I was sort of, hrmmmm really? I read back again, wondered what I was missing. It was a twist to me that once revealed was pretty obvious, or should I say, understandable, but considering many of our fellow reader’s reactions, I think I missed something.

Did I miss something? I think I’ll stalk the “Nine Minutes Spoiler forum” and see what I’ve missed. ‘Cause I know I did. I must’ve. Right?

Good read, YES!! But I’ve read other MC books that I loved, freaked out over, and swooned harder for… Like this one: Motorcycle Man, this one: Undeniable and this one: Unbeautifully.

Mind you, I hear there’s a book #2 on the way, so maybe I’ll be in even harder the 2nd time around.

3.75 stars!

Tracie: I just finished 9 minutes last night . Loved it

Melanie: I just finished this. LOVED it. So unexpectedly good!

Lindsee: Finished it this morning it was so good. Maryse are you team Grunt or team Grizz?

Maryse: I *think* I was Grunt… there was just not “enough” of either of them for me to be really team anyone…

Brenae: Finished today and LOVED it!!

Vickie: Loved it! I need more!!

Tracie: was Grunt till the end .. Then I wanted to ******

Lindsee: I’m torn they both loved her so hard

Sadie: Maryse, are you living in my head? My thoughts exactly. Great review.

Kelly: Maryse, thank you for putting into words exactly what I felt was missing from the book. I really enjoyed it and it kept my attention, so much so that I barely glanced at another book. When I read all the massive love for it I doubted myself and started to think more about it. I felt detached from the actual “romance/triangle”. It didn’t delve deep enough into it. It was as if we were told what the great love affair was rather than live it through with them.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Lise November 16, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Aww… so sorry this was not a hit for you. I think due to the setting being in Florida in a place I know well, and I was 15 in ’75 *eep* and I loved the way the author wrote… all made this a BIG 5 stars for me. Thanks for reading and reviewing, my book friend! *hugs*

Maryse November 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM


It was good though, I just missed a bit of that connection that I crave…

Lise November 16, 2014 at 8:48 PM

All good. On to the next great read…
Your reviews are always so honest, fair and tastefully composed :-)
I have read so many great books because of you and your recs and reviews.
Thank you <3

Lori November 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Maryse your reaction was spot on to mine! I kept thinking this is really good but that something is not getting me. What am I missing? And this is why I love your reviews,you keep an open mind but you are honest. Thanks!

Tiffany November 16, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Im with you…Read it and just Meh..Made me more sad than any other emotion..

Cynthia November 16, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Oh my I agree!! I started reading it and didn’t stop until it was over! I had a major book hangover! Can’t wait for the next one!

Brittany November 16, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I wish the cover art was better. For some reason, I’m having such a hard time wanting to read the book because of the cover art. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I just can’t help it. I guess if I buy the ebook I won’t have to look at the cover ever.

Shell November 17, 2014 at 2:46 AM

I agree with you completely and you have said in your review what I was thinking in my head. I really was loving it till halfway and after that I sort of disconnected with the characters but still I would say that it was a entertaining book and I have read better MC books, my absolute favourite is ‘Motorcycle Man’ by KA.

Christine November 17, 2014 at 8:22 AM

I feel the same Maryse. It so narrative-like, so matter of fact that I didn’t get the emotional connections between myself and the characters and the characters with each other. I don’t think you missed something, I think was what it was.

Leslie November 17, 2014 at 8:38 AM

I loved it….It was my fave read of the year so far. I will concur on the cover art aspect, I was NOT a fan of that, and it really almost made me NOT read it.

Jean November 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I might need to try this one…. the twist has me curious and there are lots of great reactions from everyone.

Oh and I haven’t read KA’s Motorcycle Man yet……. I know, shame on me, and I’ve had it downloaded for months!

bev November 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM

So I’m not sure if it is true or not but I read that the premise is based on the true story of a girl that went missing in Florida in the seventies. Her mother believed the tips that she was kidnapped by a mc and spent the rest of her life looking for her. After seeing her picture and reading what may have happened to her I can not do this book. I’ve read and watched stories that have ripped from the head lines premises but they have been mysteries or police procedural types, not romance. Again I do not know if this is true or not.
Jean, Going to be bossy but after Island read Motorcycle Man. Do it. STAT!

Jean November 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Lol bev, I know, I know…….shameful…..I will move it up on my list!

Di-Ann November 17, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I felt the same way Maryse. I kept rereading wondering if I missed something. It was good but could have been better for me if it was darker.

Maryse November 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Or, you know… more interaction with the guys. MORE of each of them so we could forge attachments with specific moments that we get in intensity. We were always in her head, but skipped around so much, so I liked but could never really attach myself.

Shrimalya November 18, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Totally agree with you Maryse!!I felt like it had more of telling rather than showing..And that “falling in love with the captor slowly” part just wasn’t there..the twist was good..
But I still appreciate the fact that the book kept me interested enough that I finished it quickly

yohanna baez November 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

so glad i read you review i thought i was the only one that felt glad there are still some awesome honest review
thank you

Madison December 6, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Personally I loved the book because it was told exactly like a folk tale/legend-ish which I feel had been lacking from many of the other MC authors who’ve focused more on the sex than developing their characters. I just feel that many of the authors have taken this stock character, of a bad bad on a bike, and have done little to make them believable (KA) which made them fun to read but left you sort of wanting for a character who really came alive and who’s anguish and heartache you could empathize. I dunno, maybe it’s just that I’ve grown tired of all the sex and have begun to try and look for a book with some substance and realism.

Aisha hashmi March 30, 2016 at 7:15 PM

I Thought the book complete explained WHY there was not more between her and grunt, she did not want to cross grizz… I loved how they told it from the angle of her home life was nothing special to miss so her situation kind of improved, she was treated with love and respect, no matter how strange it was to be with a brutal motorcycle gang, he built her a home, etc, so for me it was just a wonderful book, and I happen to be a real life victim of kidnapping in my family, my sister, Wendy Camp and her 6 yr old daughter Cynthia Marie Britto, were on Unsolved Mysteries, and after 21 years we finally found their bodies. I rather wish that it had been an ending like the book but real life is brutal. Great read, and everyone reviews wereally also great.

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