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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.

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bitch of a cliffhanger!

narration could be better, but holySh/t what a cliffhanger! PS, Fraizer is one of my favorite authors that I've recently found! excellent books from king series and now these.

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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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great story, ok performance

I loved the story and the suspense, romance and passion. Finn's voice over was ok but for the first half of the book he read the story like he was in an intense car chase constantly with little voice inflection. got better towards the later half of the book

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Intriguing

Not sure about this one yet. I did like it and it seems interesting to the point that I want to know more. I don't love the characters, but I definitely want to know more about them.

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Set me free

A girl raised in cult like home decides to run away and start her own life at 21 after the death of her mother and tiring of the abuse of her father. Wonderfully written story about love and self discovery and over coming the fears that hold you back!

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Outstanding👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Another well written book with depth, mystery and love. Finn and Sawyer are destined to be together and nothing will keep them apart. When Sawyer’s mother commits suicide to escape an overzealous Bible touting craze, the 21 year old decides that she has had enough abuse and takes off to Outskirts. There she finds a lonely, recluse of a hunk🥰 and very soon sparks are flying and all manner of secrets are revealed. Must read duet. Ms. Frazier does not disappoints...ever.

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Surprised me

The first few chapters I thought I was reading a familiar trope of a shithead and a lost girl who falls for him. While it is, it’s also a lot more. The characters grow individually and together. I ended up loving it and am looking forward to book 2.

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no no no

Come on! I guess I still haven't learned my lesson, how you gonna ned a book like that?! I should know by now that's your M O. grrrrrrr

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welll

Overall boring until the very end and the female voice actress is rough to listen to!

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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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  • karen grave
  • 09-25-20

hmmmmm

ok, I've listened to the king series and the preppy books and the the writing was bloody awesome. but this book, well....it made me feel like Ms Frazier had run out of creative juice, perhaps using it all on her other books. I just couldn't connect with Sawyer and Finn. it was so fast and seemed to jump ahead in leaps and bounds with no explanation. there was more of Sawyers introspection than Finns which I felt disgruntled about as he seemed to hold more pain that Sawyer. and it was his town, his friends his tragedy....it went from hating, to naked to kiss to accident to hate to truth to money to friends to sex to happy to truth to plot twist to cliffhanger in a small, amount of hours. All to fast with not near enough depth of characters. it felt like a skipping stone across the wiater , touching down and skimming again only to touch down in a few more places.. perhaps if we had more time then the characters could and would grow on me. and I really needed more of Finns introspection. now, that being said and after deciding not to get no.2, I'm left with unanswered questions a humdinger of a plot twist....twice!!!! and how the hell are they gonna sort this mess out.... gotta finish it, I can't not. I I love Ms Fraziers writing and even though this isn't dark and gritty like her other books I have to finish her plot. great narrator's. lance gets a little too excited with his Inflections as I see Finn more like a Jacob Morgan style voice, but again not enough of him to get going. slow build...maybe 2 will bee on fire????

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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.