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Only the Pretty Ones (Angry Girl Crime Stories Book 1)

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  42 reviews
She was the pretty one. She was the one who was taken.

Maxie Ford's sister, Ella, has vanished.
When the police refuse to investigate, Maxie decides to take the law into her own hands.
With the help of a drug dealer, "Mickey Finn" Donovan, Maxie dives into the seedy underworld of the city in search of Ella.
What she discovers is a trafficking ring that abducts college girls
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Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published May 6th 2017 by Short on Time Books
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Melanie (mells_view)
So the gist of this story is that Maxie is out one night with her younger sister, Ella, and Ella is taken from the bar where they are hanging out. So then Maxie goes on a sort of journey to find her sister and along the way she and her friend Tyler and new found friend Finn, uncover a bunch of other unexpected things going on in the college town they live in.

I liked the plot of this book, but there were specifics that were problematic for me. In this book there are many triggers. The main charac
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Nikki Cook
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maxie is scarred and scared, living with trauma in her past. And when her little sister, Ella, goes missing from a club, the wounds become raw once again. Unable to trust the ones who are supposed to be helping, she turns to the one who shouldn't be trusted - Mickey Finn Donavan. Working their way through dark secrets and horrors, Maxie and Mickey Finn must try to save Ella without losing themselves in the process.

Only the Pretty Ones is suspenseful, thrilling, and fast-paced. Trying to figure
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Angela
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

“Some guys give girls candy to show their love. Other guys give girls flowers to win their affection. My guy gives me vigilante justice.”

Only the Pretty Ones is the first thrilling story in the Angry Girls Crime Series by Karen M. Bryson. It was such a fantastic read! I got totally captivated by the storyline and terrific characters. The story is full of drama, suspense, mystery and of course- romance. The author has a real talent for building the tension and suspense in her stories, spri
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books are love
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very dark book. If you have any triggers this isn’t a book for you. The story deals with rape, the after effects and justice on your own terms.

Maxie is the main female character and boy does she change in the book. She goes from angry woman who doesn’t trust to one who does what she has to to get justice. She uses her best friend and he lets her know his feelings on it and how he feels about her. She disregards him in a way and even makes him feel worse about himself at first. He does
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Bobbi Wagner
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Only the Pretty Ones (Angry Girl Crime Stories book 1) by Karen M. Bryson is a story about haunting pasts and ghosts that come back to haunt. This story is full of drama, action, suspense and romance. You will enjoy how this author has created characters that you will be able to relate too. They will pull you into their world and will keep you wanting more. I enjoyed how the author created a book that pulled me right in from the first word. These characters will take you on a roller coaster ride ...more
Anita Glover
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only the Pretty Ones is Book One of the Angry Girls Crime Stories. ANGRY GIRL CRIME STORIES is a series of interconnecting dark romantic crime novels. Each story can be read as a standalone novel, or as part of the series.
Warning! Book One deals with the aftermath of gang rape. Whilst the rape itself isn’t detailed as it happens, the events are described by the victims as they relive their experience.

The story centres round Maxie Ford’s search for her vulnerable younger sister, Ella, who has va
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Laura Furuta
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only the Pretty Ones (Angry Girl Crime Stories Book 1)
By: Karen M. Bryson
5 out of 5 stars

The story Only the Pretty Ones (Angry Girl Crime Stories Book 1) by Karen M. Bryson is a suspenseful crime thriller. This is a story that is fast-paced and has a lot to twists in it. You are taken on a ride in which I felt like I needed a seat belt. It is the first book in the Angry Girl Crime Stories which is a series of stories that interconnect. The stories can be read as a standalone or as part of the se
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Erin
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I give Only the Pretty Ones (Angry Girl Crime Stories, book 1) by Karen M Bryson, 5 stars.

Maxie Ford finally gave in and agreed to meet her sister Ella at a college bar for drinks and to meet her boyfriend. She hates going out, especially to college bars. Not only doesn’t she have fun there with the drunk frat boys, it smells like stale beer and sweat. But Ella is her sister, so she goes. She meets this new boyfriend and thinks that he doesn’t seem the type who would be interested in Ella. But E
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Jenni Bishop
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love thrillers and mysteries. Throw in a touch of romance and I am hooked. This story had my attention from the very first page until the very last word and most certainly did not disappoint!

Karen has done a fantastic job of weaving this story together, given the content, that certainly delivers a story on the darker side of life. Karen’s natural writing style flows easily and leaves a mark on you as you follow the many twists, turns and ups and downs of this dark and suspenseful,
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Jean Martin
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness!!! Five fabulous stars for Only the Pretty Ones. I love the way Karen M. Bryson writes. She is coherent, compassionate and really, really knows how to get you invested in her story. From the first sentence, I was captivated by Ms Bryson’s ability to compose a great story.
If you love a crime story with a unique flair, Only the Pretty Ones is the story for you. Vengeance is so sweet when delivered so succinctly. I love my good guys a little bad, and Finn is not only a little bad,
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Tony Parsons
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1-night Sean Harrison (Sigma Psi, college student) invited Ella Ford (Maxie's sister, college student) & Maxie Ford (sister, narrator, college grad) to the bar.
Tiffany pukes on Maxie, so she heads to the girl’s room to get cleaned up.
When she comes back out Ella is nowhere around.
Maxie ends up on campus at the Sigma Psi.
Sean is not there. She gets his cell #.
Officer Margaret Martin won’t take the missing persons case.
Maxie & Tyler (BMF) seek out Finn Donovan (28, Irish, drug dealer, ak
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Briony
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only the Pretty Ones is book 1 of the Angry Girls Crime Stories. They are a series of connected stories about crime-driven dark romances and can each be read as a stand-alone novel. Book 1 certainly delivers on the dark side! This book isn’t for the faint-hearted as it contains themes of young girls being drugged, gang rape, and enacting justice on your own terms.
Maxie, the main character, is heavily scarred from a terrible trauma in her past and when her sister, Ella, disappears from a club, s
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Katie
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Only the Pretty Ones is the first book in the Angry Girl Crime Stories series by Karen M. Bryson. It is a dark read but one that definitely had me hooked from the very beginning. I loved the twists and turns the story had. There are some quite traumatic moments in the story and some very sensitive subjects are included, some of which may be triggers for people, but the author did do a really good job writing about them. I thought that the book was really well written and kept my interest
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Nikki LeClair
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a terrific read! Holy moly. This story had so many twists and was so well written that I got goosebumps when I read several scenes. Trying to figure things out before I reached the ending was difficult haha. I absolutely love thrillers and mysteries and this story had my attention from the first page!
Maxie’s Ford sister is missing, and she’s in a race to find her, feeling responsible for her disappearance and life. Maxie is a strong, damaged main character and her broken past is what drive
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Samantha Rae
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only the Pretty Ones (Angry Girl Crime Stories Book 1)
By Karen M. Bryson
5 Star Review



Only the Pretty Ones by Karen M. Bryson is a five star read. This story is a very suspenseful thriller; it has lots of twists and turns. This is the first book in a series written by this author, she has created an amazing story with well-developed characters.

Maxie Ford is trying to find her sister Ella and she needs all the help she can get. Maxie’s story is a dark one, and there are things in her past that hav
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Misty Ziegler
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
****5 stars****
Only the Pretty Ones by Karen M. Bryson

Only the Pretty Ones by Karen M. Bryson is part of the Angry Girl Crime Stories Series. This 5 star book is a dark, fast-paced crime/suspense story with a little romance thrown in. The story follows Maxie Ford after her sister, Ella, disappears from a college bar on a rare night out together. Maxie, with the help of her best friend Tyler, start the search for Ella, and in turn run into Mickey Finn Donovan, a dark drug-dealing member of very d
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Debi
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only the Pretty Ones (Angry Girl Crime Stories Book 1) by Karen M. Bryson

5 Stars

A suspenseful crime thrilling romance that can be read as a standalone.

Maxie Ford’s sister Ella has disappeared from a club while Maxie was in the restroom. She goes on a mission to find her. With her own troubled past haunting her at every turn she enlists her best friend to help her. When she receives a lead that has her at the doorstep of Mickey Finn, one of the cities powerful drug dealers, she has no choice but
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Rachel
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy. Crap. This is a hard one to write without spoilers.

I picked this up looking for a fun thriller and was knocked out of the park. I didn't move from the couch. I LOVED Angry Girl Maxie. Loved loved loved her. She's real and really angry about what happened to her and what might be happening to her sister.

This book has a touchy subject, not just rape but gang rape. We have minor flashbacks to Maxie's horror but there are some fairly explicit scenes that some readers might need to skim over.
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Elizabeth
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only the Pretty Ones by Karen M. Bryson is a suspense crime mystery. This book caught me off guard! Reading the synopsis, it sounded interesting, but I did not expect it to be this good!! This book has 5 stars for a reason, it is really good! I agree with a 5 star rating, and am glad it is a sequel, so I can read more. It can be read as a stand alone though, because it is a complete story in itself. I will be seeking out more of Bryson's books in the future. The characters were so real, and beli ...more
Amelia Carr
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only The Pretty Ones is a fast paced, harrowing thriller that I read in one sitting.

Maxie has a had a horrific and traumatic past and, when it seems like history is going to repeat itself with her sister, she is hell bent on stopping it. Maxie is even prepared to team up with the most unsavoury people to save her sister.

This book is a truly real, raw and harrowing tale that is gripping from start to finish. The subject matter is very dark and deals with rape, high up people thinking they are ab
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Martha
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
FAST PACED AND VERY UNEXPECTED!! A MUST READ!
Only the Pretty Ones Angry Girl Crime Story is book one in these stories. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
This is a dark romance full of crime and corruption. Maxie Ford has never fit in anywhere. She has always felt out of place even when she was supposed to be there. Maxie has only one friend and he is as messed up as she is. College left Maxie with nothing but hurt, despair and anger. She will never trust a man again
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Jessica Bronder
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maxie Ford has gone through hell and has the scars to prove it. Because of her past she lives as a recluse and telephone crisis counselor. But one night her younger sister Ella disappears from a local club. Maxie is insistent about the police looking into Ella’s disappearance but for some reason they won’t. So Maxie takes the investigation into her own hands. She partners up with local drug dealer Mickey Finn Donovan. They have a connection and it throws Maxie off since she is very distrustful. ...more
Sunday
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Only the Pretty Ones by Karen M. Bryson
Four Stars

Only the Pretty Ones is the first book in the Angry Girl Crime Stories Series by Karen M. Bryson. This book is a crime thriller with a bunch of suspense and a little romance added in. This book can be read as a stand alone or as part of the series as the stories interconnect. This is the first book I have read by Karen M. Bryson, but definitely won't be the last I can't wait to read the next book in the series. This book is a fast read with a roll
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Julie
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only the Pretty Ones by Karen M Bryson is a five star novel and the first in the Angry Girl Crime series. Maxie Ford is a twenty something who is caring for her little sister. Ever since their mom passed away, she has been responsible for her and in the rearing of her little sister. She went to Big State for college and tried to stay way from as much drama as she could. But now that her little sister is there, she might have to do things a little different. At least that is what she thinks. But ...more
Emma Morreale
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**MASSIVE TRIGGER WARNING FOR THIS BOOK**
Maxie Ford’s little sister Ella is the kind of gorgeous every man falls for, so when a rich college guy starts to show interest in Ella, Maxie is a little cautious but not overly. Then Ella disappears. The police won’t do anything because Ella sounds like just another drunk co-ed and refuse to listen to Maxie’s statement that her sister isn’t like that. With no other choice available to her, Maxie teams up with her best friend and the local drug dealer to
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April Amey
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Only the Pretty Ones is the first book in the Angry Girl Crime Stories series. It is written by author Karen M. Bryson. It is part of an interconnecting series but can be read as a standalone novel. Suspenseful thrillers with a little romance intertwined into the story are probably my favorite genre ever so I was very happy to read this book and let me tell you it did not disappoint.
In this book you meet Maxie Ford. She is all alone in the world except her little sister, Ella. Not long into the
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Elizabeth Patch
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a story that I could not put down. It was intriguing and fast-paced. there was never a dull moment The author did a great job creating complex but likable characters. I strongly recommend this book and cannot wait to read more of these stories.

Maxie Ford is trying to find her sister Ella after she goes missing from a club one night. Maxie has a dark history that has scarred and left her very untrusting. But when her sister goes missing Maxie is forced to involve the police but she doesn
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Danielle Marlowe
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only The Pretty Ones (Angry Girl Crime Stories Book 1) is written by Karen M. Bryson.
This is my first read by this Author. Karen M. Bryson did a great job on this book. The story is well written. This book contains twists and turns. It is full of suspense, drama, and mystery. The story is filled with many emotions. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. There is great characters and a good story plot in this book. Maxie Ford is a strong and smart woman that is searching for her missing sist
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Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only The Pretty Ones ~Angry Girl Crime Stories written by Karen M. Bryson
5 stars

This book was such a surprise to me. It was so much more than what I was expecting. After the first chapter I knew it would have so much more depth and emotion than what I had first thought. It was hard to wrap my mind around some of the struggles Maxie was having, but I tried to keep an open mind and see things from her perspective and what her past experiences lead her to think and feel. Maxie is used to not trusti
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Jazmine Cabrera
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only the Pretty Ones by Karen Bryson, is book one in her Angry Girl Crome Stories series. This book was pretty intense and very eye opening. I read it in one sitting. It was that good!
Maxie Ford is beautiful but she just doesn't see it. Nobody does, and that has started to affect her way of seeing things in life. Tired of going unnoticed, Maxie only sticks to work and that's it. The one night she does go out, it's to accompany her younger sister Ella. She's the beautiful one, the one everyone n
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