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The Outskirts

The Outskirts Duet, Book 1
Series: The Outskirts, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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This Story Is Sexy

Publisher's Summary

The swamp is about to get a whole lot hotter.

After a tragedy, Finn Hollis escapes into the swamp to be alone. That is until Sawyer Dixon shows up, all scorching hot innocence, claiming she owns the land less than 50 feet from his front door. Sawyer gets under his skin, but, even worse - she makes him crave things. Things Finn hasn't thought about in a very, very long time. Finn wants Sawyer gone. Almost as much as he wants her in his bed.

Originally slated to be a stand-alone, The Outskirts is now book one of a duet. The Outliers is the title of book two.

©2017 T.M. Frazier (P)2017 T.M. Frazier

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LOVE this series!

First in a Duet. Does not stand alone. Contemporary Romance.

It had been a bit since I sat down and completely gobbled up a book in one sitting, but when I got my copy of The Outskirts by T.M. Frazier , I dropped everything I needed to do and was completely consumed. It was almost strange how I was so transported into this sleepy, abandoned swamp town in Florida, that I felt like I watched a movie, it was so visual. I don’t think I have ever felt the need to pull photos for a book before, but I found myself looking for the visuals to match what I read when I finished. I suppose I just didn’t want to leave The Outskirts. This one will be a re-read for sure.
(Photo on my blog, Ana's Attic Book Blog)

Sawyer grew up in the church. Her father was a very strict, religious zealot and women were completely subservient to men. She and her mother were regularly beaten. She was home schooled and completely sheltered. Women were not to show skin or have any type of relations outside of marriage. But when her mother took the easy way out, 21 year old Sawyer was left alone with her father. Until she came upon a secret gift from her mother; an escape. And she grabbed it an ran off to an abandoned old swamp town in Florida.

She quickly found out that the land she was settling on was right next to an angry, drunk, but gorgeous recluse who did not want her there AT.ALL. Luckily, the town’s sheriff stepped in to help the innocent girl out. A beautiful black woman named Josh, I freaking LOVED the sheriff! But she wasn’t able to stop the angry Finn from continually trying to intimidate Sawyer into leaving.

"The land. The town. The people. Everything was new to me. But angry men weren’t, and I refused to be intimidated. Not by my own fears. Not by the church. Not by my father. Not by anyone. Not ANYMORE."

There was certainly tension between the neighbors.

“I was thinking that I didn’t know a naked man could be so beautiful.”

As I said, Sawyer was VERY sheltered. Wearing long skirts and long-sleeved shirts in the Florida heat because she grew up not able to show skin, Sawyer had a whole new world opening to her.

“If I was wrong, and it turned out that kissing was punishable by an eternity at the devil’s side, then kissing Finn might just be worth the risk.”

Finn used to be the town hero, the popular boy. But a tragedy he blamed himself for drove the guy into the swamp, seen around town so rarely he was like a swamp yeti. Meanwhile, Sawyer got a job in town and got really friendly with Josh (the sheriff), so if Finn was really into her, he may have to leave his swamp shack a bit.

I have so many amazing quotes that I pulled for this review. I am dying to share them, but I’m afraid to give too much away, and I also realized that all the quotes I pulled were super sweet and romantic. While this story itself is way lighter and sweeter than T.M. Frazier’s other books, there are secrets and twists that may change that in the next book, and a grittiness that only T.M. can pen.

The town itself was like another character. It came so completely alive for me. It is a Florida town that originally built a water park at the edge of The Everglades. Housing communities were started, stores were built, but the project was abandoned and the water park, town and even the exit was getting lost back into the swamp. T.M. Frazier is great at writing these sleepy Florida towns, and being a Floridian I may be more able to envision them than most, but I doubt it, because her attention to detail can transport anyone there.

Likes:

•I was sucked in and read it in one sitting.
•The vivid descriptions of the town.
•While I usually can’t stand waiting on edge for a second in a duet, I am so glad there is more!
•The end was a surprise.
•I absolutely loved the side characters.
•Sawyer was strong and vulnerable at the same time.
•Finn, despite being an angry and mean drunk at first was ♥♥♥
•Together the couple was completely magnetic.
•The “Tings”

Dislikes:

•I felt like Sawyer sometimes seemed a little more worldly than she should have, given her upbringing.
•Sometimes I had trouble with all the unisexual names. Sawyer, Finn and Josh (a girl) can all go the other way, and I had to re-read a few passages because I confused the characters.

The Down and Dirty:
Though this isn’t the violent, gritty, depraved world of The King Series, T.M. Frazier managed to inject that grittiness into a new town where the characters have their own demons and secrets that I look forward to uncovering in the next book, The Outliers. There is something so uniquely compelling about The Outskirts. The forgotten, swampy Florida town and its characters came completely alive for an unputdownable one-sitting read. I can't wait to go back in The Outliers.

Rating: 5 Stars, 4 Heat

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Interesting first in Duet

Sawyer is a runaway, if you can even call a grown woman that. But leaving the Super conservative cult-like home she's always known, that's what she is. And she doesn't want to be anymore. That is part of what leads her to Outskirts where she meets Finn in the craziest meetcute possible with him almost running her over. And so the story begins.
The narrators were spot on and the best pick for this story. Lance Greenfield makes a believably jaded Finn and June Wayne portrayed a perfect naive but brave in her own way Sawyer.
I was sucked in from,the very beginning and with the revelation at the end, I'm so glad I've got the sequel . Holy Cliff Hanger.

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  • Gi
  • 06-13-19

OhMGee!!!!

OhMGee. OhMGee. This is a really good story. I absolutely love and I absolutely enjoyed listening to it. It’s so good from start to finish!!

Audible Romance Rocks!!!

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I'm really impressed with T. M. Frazier. This is a

great beginning to a duo. I'm also surprised that a young adult novel is so good. T.M has a great writing style that just pulls you in and makes you want to hear more!!

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Small town/dark history romance. 1POV. Cliffhanger. 1/2 in series.

⚠️This book may require a bit of a trigger warning for abuse.

This is a “sizzling “ romance. It’s a somewhat emotional listen. The narration is great. There is a cliffhanger and one more book completes the series.

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  • Em
  • 04-16-19

So so

It was alright. I loved the "King" series, by the same author, but this one fell flat for me. I didn't feel the chemistry between Finn and Sawyer. It happened quickly without much substance. I absolutely loved the names Finn and Sawyer, but hated the nickname "Say"-not sure how it's spelled, but that's how it was pronounced. It just didn't seem to fit. The guy was a jerk, the gal was annoying. I just cringed too much during the book.
I don't know if I cringed because the book wasn't good or because the narrators were bad.

Narrators:
It was difficult to listen to these two.

Lance Greenfield - 2 stars- He's not right for this part, he sounds too old. No points deducted for that. Narrator is way too dramatic, and the female voices need lots of work.

June Wayne-2 stars- Complete opposite of the male narrator and is way too monotone and choppy.

Spoilery Stuff:
The most cringeworthy scene in the entire book was the storm where Finn gave Sawyer an orgasm to change her fear into something positive. It was awkward and gross.

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What I wouldn’t do to visit the Swamp Land with Finn and Sawyer. This story pulled me in from the beginning and being along side Sawyer as she takes control of her life after all that has happened to her ids to
Show what kind of woman she’s becoming. This story will have you hanging on every word and aching for more. What a freakin cliffhanger I HAVE to start book two ASAP to see what happens next.

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So captivating

I wasn’t sure about this one but I love this author so I gave it a try. It does not disappoint. The narration is excellent. It lulls you into the story until you forget it’s a story. A girl coming to terms with her sheltered existence and finally gaining the courage to seek more. This ends in a cliffhanger. I detest books that do that. I love this book and can’t wait to get to book 2 which fortunately is available. Narration does such a good job.

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5 You are mine stars

I absolutely loved this book! From the very beginning I liked Sawyer. She was brave and determined, sweet and innocent. Finn was a jerk at the beginning but even then you couldn't help but want to know more about him. Once you get to know him you realize want a good person he really is. Glad the next book is out because it ends in a cliffhanger. Narration was really good as well.

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I Couldn't stop listening.

Great story that's filled with joy and love.
I was taken in by the characters and how they intertwined with each other. Can't wait to listen to part 2.

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  • PatButcher
  • 11-08-17

Brilliant T M Frazier! Can't wait for next instalment!!

Totally addictive reading. You know from the off that this is only part of the story so when you reach the end you don't feel cheated like when some authors break up one story, with abrupt and incomplete ends, just to make multiple books off the one book.

From the off I was intrigued, wasn't sure at first but once you get deeper in it's completely enthralling. The ending of this part is brilliant and dramatic. Really great cliff hanging end. Would highly recommend. Can't wait for next book to find out what happens next.

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  • Jade B
  • 11-21-18

Outskirts

It's been a while since I had a book that captured my attention so fully that I couldn't put it down if I wanted to. The cover drew me to this book, I was already a huge fan of T.M. Frazier so it was no surprise that this book was amazing!!

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  • Anna Vardaro
  • 04-30-18

Outskirts

Not as dark as some of her other books but still a great storyline and great characters! Loved the connection between the hero and heroine and their friends.