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Or the Girl Dies by Rachel Rust

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One school project. One kidnapping. One night they won’t forget.

Natalie is an honors student with perfect grades. Victor is a drug dealer with a cryptic past. When a school assignment forces them to work together, things quickly spiral out of control.

Victor fails to complete his part of their project, so Natalie hunts him down the night before it’s due. But Victor’s kingpin boss interrupts their study date and drags Natalie down into a seedy underworld where anything can be bought and sold—including her.

Over the course of one night—while dodging bad guys and trying not to inhale—Natalie discovers shocking truths about Victor. And she’ll need to choose between preserving her perfect academic future and helping him escape his troubled past.

Except one final revelation about Victor may be too much for Natalie to survive.

16+ due to language, violence, and adult situations



Inside the pocket of my backpack, my fingers finally managed to hook around one of the key rings. I yanked on it only to have my keys fly up and through the air, then land with a clank on the parking lot asphalt. A hand grabbed them off the ground before I could even bend down.

Victor Greer stood in front of me, holding out my keys, the multi-colored metals dangling in the air between us. I snatched them and opened my mouth to say thank you, but no sound came out. I remained idle, unsure if I should say anything about our assignment. I had never spoken a word to Victor before. He was a head taller than my five-foot-five frame with tan skin and dark brown hair that was always a mess. A healthy protrusion of pecs and biceps pressed out from under his worn t-shirt. But it was his reputation, not his stature, that silenced me.

Victor had transferred to Kennedy High at the beginning of the school year. He didn’t have any friends, yet he was always busy. Preoccupied. If he wasn’t asleep in class, he was on his phone. Texting, sometimes calling. Someone.

There were a ton of rumors about Victor. People said he had been held back a grade, maybe even two. He had Mexican cartel ties. He was a Russian spy. He had been infused with gamma rays and turned green when angry. Everyone in school had their favorite myth.

But there was one rumor that stuck and stuck hard—Victor Greer was a dealer. And not the car kind. Sophia said he had a brother who was in prison for federal drug distribution charges. And Josh once told me that Victor had taken up his brother’s helm at doing whatever it was that drug dealers do. Sell drugs and stuff, I assumed.

Victor took a deep drag off his cigarette and looked past me, over my shoulder. Black lashes fringed his dark brown eyes. On the inside of his wrist was a black tattoo—22. Nothing else, just the number 22. Maybe it was the number of people he had killed. Or the number of cats he had at home.

Smoke exhaled from his nose and Marlboro replaced ponderosa in my lungs. He gave me one last glance before turning to the driver’s door of his black Trans Am. It was smaller than Josh’s car, but just as loud when started up. Victor shut the door and drove away.

“This is so not gonna be fun,” I muttered as the impending dread of having to work with that guy settled into my stomach like a rock. 

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  1. TDC Book Reviews 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Apr 2017

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have read one other book by this author and I simply love the story telling and how the writer develops her characters. This is the first book in the series and I would say it is a thriller/suspense novel. I believe the second book, will be more on the romantic side.

    Natalie is a do gooder that just wants to finish her last assignment before graduation, but the guy she is teamed up with is known as one that doesn’t have school as his top priority. Victor and Natalie are on the run from people following them and it is not as it seems.

    Victor is searching for his cousin that was taken from by his ex boss and poor Natalie gets wrapped into the huge ball of mess. I loved the ending to this book and cannot wait until the second one. I liked the huge twist and loved how it actually played out.

  2. Looking for a fun thriller that will keep you engaged and guessing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Mar 2017

    Natalie is realistic and likeable. When she finds herself partnered with Victor, new to the school and a suspected drug dealer, this straight “A” student struggles to get him moving on the assignment. But getting the project done becomes the least of her worries as the night spins out of control. The twists and turns keep the tension amped, and there is just the right smattering of romance. Looking for a fun thriller that will keep you engaged and guessing? Check this one out!

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