Title: Done Dirt Cheap
Author: Sarah Nicole Lemon
Publisher: Amulet Books
About: 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 a local lawyer: 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. Sons of Anarchy meets Thelma & Louise.
OMG love. I loved this book. Love love love. Heart eye emojis everywhere. I saw the cover on Netgalley and was immediately like, that one gimmie that one. *grabby hands* And for once I was completely correct in my gut reaction!
Done Dirt Cheap is about two girls, Virginia and Tourmaline, brought together by circumstance and just a little bit of scheming. Tourmaline is the daughter of the president of the Wardens, a notorious motorcycle club. Virginia was sold to a lawyer at a young age to cover her mother's legal debts, where she does everything from pageants to drug dealing. Now, her boss wants her to get in with the Wardens, and the best way to do that without raising eyebrows is through T. Meanwhile, T sees V as someone who can help her get contraband to her mother, who T accidentally got sent to prison.
I loved Virginia and Tourmaline both so much. Virginia has been trying to claw herself out of this deal her mother made for way too long. She's tough, she's smart...she's in over her head - but she doesn't let that stop her from trying her damnedest. T is so interesting. With all the shit in her life you wouldn't think to describe her as naive, but that's what she comes to realize she is by the end of the book. She's been so protected by her father and the club that she doesn't even know who she is. She really wants to take control of her own life and what she wants, be it the new hot conscript, Cash, or just riding a motorcycle on her own. I can't even pick a favorite between these two ladies, I just love them so much.
The best part about their friendship is that, when the bottom falls out, and you know it will, they DEAL with it. They don't have the time to avoid each other and let it fester and fade away. They're in deep and these girls are actively taking control of their lives, so they work through their issues in one long night and move on - together. Ladies, am I right? "We're friends because when girls are alone in the world, they're easier to pick off." ❤
So not only is there a bangarang friendship in this book, two amazingly built romantic relationships as well. Virginia's with (definitely a bad idea) Jason - he's 28, a member of the Wardens, and has some demons in his past, but V will not be swayed. Is it the most appropriate relationship? Probably not. But I love T's insistence that V's 18 is not her 18 (and I love that she reminds T of her mother, ready to be a queen of the club). V and Jason feel like a good match. It's really lovely to watch the quiet moments between these two people who are usually all distraction and show. Don't even get me started on T and Cash. Immediately I'm into it because they shouldn't be together. She's the daughter of the president of the club that he's conscripted to join. She's untouchable by club rules, but she can't bring herself to stay away. He's black, she's white, and it's the South. But, like, they both understand each other so well. They're both the kids of club members. The club is so much of their lives, but they're not quite in it. SO GOOD.
This book was a wild ride from start to finish. It is a story of desperation, friendship, hopelessness, and change. I loved every minute of it, from the complicated lady friendships to the hot hot motorcycle riding men they love. If you like your ladies of the badass variety, your lawyers and police officers corrupt, and your pasts coming back to haunt you, pick up Done Dirt Cheap. You won't be sorry!