Tourmaline Harris’s life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline’s unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens. Virginia Campbell’s life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mom “sold” her into the services of Hazard, a powerful attorney: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When Hazard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling out the club—and Tourmaline. But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel.
Tourmaline Harris and Virginia Campbell just graduated from the same high school, but what they know of each other is all rumors and front. Tourmaline is the goody-two-shoes daughter of the president of the Wardens, the feared local motorcycle club; Virginia is a beauty pageant winner. Both have a darker reality. Virginia sells drugs for the corrupt attorney who helped her mother; Tourmaline's mother is in prison, and the boyfriend/dealer convicted along with her was just released and has a grudge against Tourmaline. The girls' relationship begins to change when the attorney sends Virginia to get dirt on the club. Debut author Lemon spins a complicated story of revenge, motorcycles, female friendship, and sexy bikers who appreciate and protect the strong women they fall for. The Wardens' vigilante morality isn't questioned all that much, and at times the tale has a TV-movie quality the high level of violence, everyone's ability to get beaten up and keep going, and how good-looking they all are but the book is undeniably fun to read, with a satisfyingly hard-won happy ending. Ages 13 up.)