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by Katie McGarry | Read by Marguerite Gavin, Sean Pratt

The audio experience gives listeners greater insight into 17-year-old Emily and 18-year-old Oz’s rocky romance. Emily is the estranged daughter of “Kentucky Reign of Terror” biker Eli, and Oz is her club-assigned bodyguard. Narrator Marguerite Gavin contrasts Emily’s dauntless exterior with her fear of the dark and frustration over family secrets. Narrator Sean Pratt’s older voice seems an odd match for a teenager until we hear Oz’s protective nature and old-soul maturity in action. Pratt’s steady drawl lends credence to Oz’s aspirations to join the biker gang and commit to Emily. The author uses many asides, which are difficult to differentiate from spoken dialogue on the audio. But Gavin’s and Pratt’s narrations illuminate Emily’s and Oz’s true natures just as the teens ferret out hidden truths in the twisty workings of biker culture. C.A. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine