It’s hard living on the wrong side of the tracks.
Lowen Seely has a criminal record to prove it. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he fights instinct and tries honesty. But hunger becomes painful, and bills are due. Forced to choose between what is right and wrong, the boy from the hood learns abiding by the rules is nearly impossible when corruption is in your blood.
Falling for an outlaw has changed everything.
Poesy Ashby is the definition of ride or die, even when it means turning her back on freedom. The girl from the suburbs gives conformity the middle finger. Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on her love story.
On the run with consequences in the rearview mirror, Lowen and Poesy accept the truth: they are the bad guys.
But can they get away with their crimes?
Renery’s rating: 5 of 5 hearts
What an adrenaline pumping and refreshingly blood rushing read! I still feel the nerves prickling under my skin. I am in complete and pure awe. Of this book. Of this author. Of these characters. Of this storyline. It may have started a bit slower for me for some odd reason I’m not really sure of (I think it was just me having a bad week), but when I started getting into it, I was just so in deep with both Low and Poe. And there was no turning back.
Lowen Joshua Seely is an outlaw. A criminal. A thief. A thug. It was basically the life he grew up with. Poesy Ashby is a girl who fell deeply in love with her family’s help. She was suffocated by the life she was living until she met this boy. The boy who made her feel freer, more beautiful and alive than ever. She chose to live her life with him, yet ever since, life has been so cruel and damning to them both. Their lives went from bad to worse, which made them all the more desperate and hungry to survive.
Low and Poe may be struggling and barely crawling financially to the point that they had to rob banks, but when it comes to love and loyalty, they’re richer than anybody and on top of the world. These two became lawless bandits together, finding every opportunity to live and exist. What they’ve done were definitely wrong in the eyes of the law, yet it feels so right. The strength of this couple together is something to admire and I couldn’t help but cheer them on while they try and break out of the mess they’re in the middle of.
I definitely loved the undeniable connection and fervent emotion between Low and Poe. Their life may have been extremely brutal, but their love for each other was real and raw. You feel it pouring out of them with every line you read. You sense it piercing your heart when the worst part comes. But I think the thing I loved most in this story is that Poesy truly became Lowen’s rock through it all. She was his anchor, grounding him and keeping him sane the entire time, even though she, herself, was already breaking. Both of them would gladly give the world to the other, yet ready to die for their love in the midst of chaos when life grinds and pounds them on their backs, and gets rougher and tougher.
Mary Elizabeth has wound a story that is just one of a kind. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a book like this—one where the characters sweep you off your feet and suddenly drag you into their lives, making you see the brutality of everything that they’re going through. Needless to say, Low is intensely gritty, heart-plummeting and you will most definitely feel the adrenaline shooting through your veins with every scene.
Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets.
Known as The Realist, Mary was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told.