First Instinct

Northstar Book 1 · Sunset Rose Books
95 reviews

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Best friend. Rescuer. Crutch. As Beth overcomes every college student’s worst nightmare, will she add “lover” to the names she has for Nick?

Life-long friends Beth Carlyle and Nick Hammond haven’t ever pushed the limits of their relationship, but in one shattering night, everything changes. Nick becomes Beth’s anchor as she pulls the pieces of herself together. With her trust fractured, there’s only one place she feels safe—in his arms. New desires ignite, but her heart is a tangled mess. How can she know what’s real?

Nick will 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?

A heartstring-tugging friends to lovers romance with a hint of suspense… Find out why readers are saying that “picking up a new book in this series is like coming home”—grab your copy of FIRST INSTINCT today!

95 reviews
Suzannah Clark
February 11, 2019
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...
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Joanna Polok
October 5, 2020
I was curious about Nick and Beth because I've read a couple of the Northstar series and loved them and only a hint of their trauma was mentioned. I didn't like this, very hard going, because of the rape I just couldn't finish it. It felt I was in Beth's room watching, but unable to help. (rape is my nightmare). Says a lot about the author being able to take me there through her writing. I've read 3 or 4 Northstar novels and couldn't put them down! I needed to know about Nick & Beth. EDITED SEPT 2020.
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Sharina S.
January 18, 2021
This book was so irritating. I seriously did not understand why the 2 main characters took the abuse they did and did not do more to defend themselves. It made me so angry that they just wanted to take the "high road" and not be embarrassed cause family problems. I would have given more stars if not for how long this dragged out.
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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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