(Port Fare #1)
Author: Sherry Gammon
Published: Jan, 19th 2011
Publisher: Wordpainting Unlimited Inc.
Rating: 4 Birds
Port Fare, New York, has fallen into the clutches of true evil. The Dreser brothers have arrived with a scheme to increase drug sales in the area by whatever means possible. Seth Prescott is part of MET (Mobile Enforcement Teams) a branch of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). He's been assigned to work undercover at Port Fare High, and things aren't going very well, until senior Maggie Brown enters the equation. He's harbored a secret crush on her from day one, and now that she is in the center of the case, he's trying to stay clear and objective while walking the line between business and unrequited love.Being that this book is written in alternating POV’s, I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did. I personally have a hard time once in a while reading alternating POV’s- but this one was done pretty well!
Maggie is truly the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes, but is she an addict, or is there another reason for her appearance? She struggles with her feelings for Seth, fearing he is just another person who will eventually let her down, as everyone in her life has done thus far.
Maggie has spent her life caring for her alcoholic mother. A task that has left her heavily burdened and alone. Before long, her mother's health takes a turn for the worst, sending Maggie's life into a tale-spin.
While Seth works relentlessly to inject fear into the dealers and flush them out into the open, Maggie fights to stay alive as the hunt turns deadly.
Seth and Maggie's romantic journey is one of humor, heartbreak, and self-discovery
We follow Maggie and Seth most of the time, but get a glimpse into the “bad guys” as well a few times, which was a nice change up. Maggie is 17, and pretty much starving to death because her alcoholic, verbally abusive mother drops what little cash they do have on vodka. Seth is your all-American good looking high school student…well he’s an undercover cop posing as an undercover agent.
I didn’t really learn that Seth was 21, a younger member of the MET team, or that he is a bit baby faced until towards the end of the book and I think that information would be really helpful at the start since I spent a good portion of the book wondering how he was pulling off being a undercover agent at a high school and not being suspected at all.
Several aspects of the book were rather predictable, but the thing about the way the book is written is – you don’t even care! Sure, you’re pretty sure there’s a bad guy lurking around that corner, or that Seth will be there for Maggie at the drop of a hat…Gammon writes her character's with so much spirit and drive that you have to read on to see HOW they handle it together or apart depending on the scene. And kissing – OH! There is a lot of kissing in this book, and it’s good kissing! It’s the kind that makes your heart skip a beat when you read it, the love and passion behind it. Gammon really has a knack for capturing the complete and total unconditional, head over heels, would eat a jar of nails for you I love you so much feeling.
All in all, I had a few moments where I felt things could have been a bit tighter, or maybe unnecessary but I can count them on one hand and would really only need two fingers to do it. The book gets 4 Birds because it really pulled me in, I felt emotionally connected to these character's and I LOVE when an author can bring out this feeling in me. It’s what I read for, to find that feeling!
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