First Instinct

First Instinct

by Suzie O'Connell

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Life-long friends Beth Carlyle and Nick Hammond haven't ever pushed the limits of their relationship. But when her boyfriend turns violent and Nick jumps in to protect her, everything changes.

In the chaos following that horrible night, Nick becomes Beth's anchor as she pulls the pieces of herself together. She never imagined he'd be anything more than her best friend, but with her trust shattered, there's only one place she feels safe—in his arms. Boundaries crumble and new desires ignite. With her heart a tangled mess, how can she know what's real?

Nick is willing to do whatever it takes to help Beth recover, no matter the cost to himself, but in the face of undeserved consequences, he may be the one who needs saving. Protecting the man she loves means bringing her nightmare into the light. Will she find the courage to reveal the truth before Nick pays the ultimate price?

Find out why readers are saying that "picking up a new book in the Northstar series is like coming home"... check out the rest of the books in this deeply felt, heartwarming small town romance series:

First Instinct
Mountain Angel
Summer Angel
Twice Shy
Once Burned
Mistletoe Kisses
Starlight Magic
Wild Angel
Forgotten Angel
Last Surrender

A NOTE ON THE CONTENT: The Northstar books are contemporary romances and contain some profanity and sensual scenes that may not be suitable for sensitive readers.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150323162
Publisher: Suzie O'Connell
Publication date: 10/24/2014
Series: Northstar Romance Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 8,724
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Suzie O’Connell is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Northstar romances. The series is the product of a love affair with Southwestern Montana that began with a two-week adventure at her stepsister’s rustic cabin in her teens. That love affair shows no sign of abating.

She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember, and her love of writing and of Montana pushed her to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing from the University of Montana-Western. What else would you expect from a self-professed mountain-loving nerd?

When she isn’t writing, you’ll probably find Suzie in the mountains with a camera in hand and enjoying the beauty of Montana with her husband Mark, their daughter Maddie, and their golden retriever Reilly.

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First Instinct 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because the author dealt with the sensitive subject of date rape in a way that could help future victims know how to deal with it. The book was hard to put down after I started reading, because Beth, the girl who was raped, and Nick, her childhood friend who helped her after the atttack, had to overcome other things the attacker kept doing to them. I was happy with the ending and was glad it wasn't a cliffhanger even though it is part of a series.
clarkws More than 1 year ago
First Instinct is book one in the Northstar Book series by Suzie O’Connell. I thought it was very well written. Beth Carlyle is a dedicated college student. When her boyfriend grows violent and rapes her, her world is shattered. Nick Hammond has been Beth’s best friend ever since childhood. When he tries to defend Beth, his world is also shaken. What will happen to the two friends and can there ever be more between them after such violence? This book is definitely a page turner. For any reader who may have lived through sexual assault, this book might be too difficult. The scene described is explicit and hard to read through. But Beth discovers that she is stronger than she realized. A very powerful story...
1418115 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Great characters, Can not wait to read the next book in this series.
txrdr More than 1 year ago
Good read. I bought the rest of the series. Look forward to other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read. Sad partsfunny parts ans oh so sweet parts