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midwest boys

rating: ★★★★☆
title: #MNGirl
author: A.M. Brooks
release date: May 8, 2020
setting: New York + Minnesota
genres: contemporary romance, romantic suspense, enemies to lovers

I received a digital arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There were things I loved about this book and things that I didn’t like, but that is just the way it goes with pretty much any contemporary romance, right?

Saylor wakes up in middle of the night of her seventeenth birthday to her mother being attacked. Along with her little sister, they manage to stop the attack and per her mother’s instruction, call an old friend of her mother’s to come help them out. Because Say’s father got mixed up in some bad stuff and left them to clean up the mess, she must be separated from her mom and sister. They go into protection in one place, and Saylor goes to Minnesota to her mom’s hometown to stay with Matt, the head of the Rogue, the company that specializes in protecting people.

It’s bad enough that she doesn’t have her mom and sister, and that she can no longer see or talk to her best friend in the entire world, but now she is stuck living with Ciaran, Matt’s nephew. He and his two best friends spend the immediate future making her life hell and she doesn’t know why. All she knows is that it has something to do with her mother leaving town years ago.

But, even though it is completely against the carefully crafted rules, Ciaran can’t get Saylor out of his brain. The romance between them is hot and sweet. Will he be her nemesis or her hero?

What I loved:
I thought the underlying story line was original and very interesting. Rogue as a company and as an idea, was great. A group of people who are far reaching, who take in people who need help. When you break it down to the simplest terms, that is awesome!

I loved most of the characters. Kai was my favorite because he was the sweetest of this group of fellas. He is the one who is the least cruel to Saylor when she arrives.

I enjoyed the story progression. The little bits you learn about Rogue and the history between the families kept me fully intrigued and engaged.

What I didn’t like:
Some of the protocols of this secret life situation is far fetched and not realistic. While there is a ton of security in place for the individuals whom are under protection, it kind of seems that everyone in the town knows. If the only security they have among people is the fact that they know not to talk about it doesn’t seem very solid to me.

I also didn’t like the dislike between Silas and Saylor/her family… You are left in the dark for almost the entire book.

Ultimately, this book was fantastic and I cannot wait to see what happens next, as this one ends in a cliffhanger.


My family’s scandal is my fall from grace. The night of my seventeenth birthday leads to the final event that catapults my future in a different direction. One call for help turns into my only chance of survival.
Now, the only way to stay safe is to keep hidden.
Hidden in a small town in the middle of “No-where”, Minnesota, away from my friends, my prestigious school, and my family, I have to mesh with the other hidden children in order to survive.
Though, it’s not just the Bogeyman that keeps me up at night…
Ciaran Jakobe, with his frosty blue eyes and instant dislike for me sets my nerves on end. There is no escaping his sharp words and constant torment. Every push from him sparks a fire of fight inside me. Every smirk from his full, pink lips makes me want to punch him in the face. He’s my nemesis and my dark hero.
I may be paying for my parent’s mistakes but I won’t let a Midwest Boy get the best of me.


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