Mary Elizabeth

It’s hard living on the wrong side of the tracks.

Lowen Seely has a criminal record to prove it. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he fights instinct and tries honesty. But hunger becomes painful, and bills are due. Forced to choose between what is right and wrong, the boy from the hood learns abiding by the rules is nearly impossible when corruption is in your blood.

Falling for an outlaw has changed everything.

Poesy Ashby is the definition of ride or die, even when it means turning her back on freedom. The girl from the suburbs gives conformity the middle finger. Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on her love story.

On the run with consequences in the rearview mirror, Lowen and Poesy accept the truth: they are the bad guys.

But can they get away with their crimes?


★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

I never fail to fall in love with Mary Elizabeth’s characters, and Low & Poesy were no exception. I feel this book in my heart and I won’t ever forget it, it’s ingrained into me and even now, whilst I am writing my review, I am tearing up thinking about it. This is a unique story and one that makes you root for the bad guys simply because they are good people, deep down.

Low grew up on the poverty line, with a convict for a father and his mum and little sister to look after, he always felt like he needed to be the one to put food in their bellies and keep a roof over their heads. When middle class Poesy fell for his charms when he was the lawn boy for her parents, he always knew she was way too good for the likes of him.

Poesy never felt truly loved by her parents, they weren’t bad people but she always knew she was different, seeking excitement in her otherwise mundane life.

Now in their early twenties, Low & Poesy embark on a life of constant struggle, trying to pay the bills and living a semblance of a life that is good, that is until they are left with no choice but to fight.

I adored the relationship between Low & Poesy, it was a special and beautiful love that made this story so solid and wonderful to me. No matter what, Poesy would always be by Low’s side and she was proud to be there, she loved him even though he had made bad choices in the past and she was not about to let anything ruin their life together.

“Just like before, Low.
You can’t get rid of me, you son of a bitch.
Even if you try, I’m here.”

All Low wanted in life was to be able to give the people he loved a decent life, he loved so fiercely and beneath his criminal mind was a good and kind-hearted soul.

The writing was memorising and written in Mary Elizabeth’s unique style that I have come to love so much. I spent a good portion of the book on the edge of my seat with wide eyes, just waiting to see how things were going to play out for the pair.

“We did this together, and anything we do together is right, Low.”

The ending was as memorable as you are going to get, my heart was breaking into pieces, hoping that things were going to work out, even in such desperate and dire circumstances I felt like I was living in this book.

This is an extended version of the original short story in the Bad Boys Anthology

Low is a standalone told in the male POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author

Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets. Known as The Realist, Mary was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.”–Jeremiah 17:9
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