First Instinct - Suzie O'Connell

First Instinct

By Suzie O'Connell

  • Release Date: 2014-10-24
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 456 Ratings


Life-long friends Beth Carlyle and Nick Hammond haven’t ever pushed the limits of their relationship. But when her boyfriend turns violent and Nick jumps in to protect her, everything changes.

In the chaos following that horrible night, Nick becomes Beth’s anchor as she pulls the pieces of herself together. She never imagined he’d be anything more than her best friend, but with her trust shattered, there’s only one place she feels safe—in his arms. Boundaries crumble and new desires ignite. With her heart a tangled mess, how can she know what’s real?

Nick is willing to 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?

Find out why readers are saying that "picking up a new book in the Northstar series is like coming home”… check out the rest of the books in this deeply felt, heartwarming small town romance series:

First Instinct
Mountain Angel
Summer Angel
Twice Shy
Once Burned
Mistletoe Kisses
Starlight Magic
Wild Angel
Forgotten Angel
Last Surrender

A NOTE ON THE CONTENT: The Northstar books are contemporary romances and contain some profanity and sensual scenes that may not be suitable for sensitive readers.


  • Boring and annoying

    By MCNikko
    Don’t waste your time on this book. I skip pages and pages because it was too boring and slow. It is a sensitive theme but I was not able to sympathize with the characters.
  • Slow and predictable

    By sj fly
    Quit. It just dragged on with a repeating conversation.
  • Booooo

    By Leafsister
    I did not like this book. If you love a simpering fool being lead around by a man and letting him DO everything for her. Well, this book is for you. Come on...... you mean to tell me her family cares SO little for her that they don’t really look into what happened? Anyone with any imagination would realize he raped her. ANYONE would than take action. Nope, not in this book. In this book everyone just lets her slouch around behind her “best friend” and do nothing.
  • So Sweet

    By KarinaQueen
    Even though this book deals with such a sad topic it’s a really sweet love story! I loved that Beth grew stronger overtime. I also liked that Nick was emotional and had true feelings. This book came with a warning so you should read that first but I liked reading the prospective from Beth and Nick
  • First instinct

    By Books 1 - 3
    You can almost feel the pain that Beth was feeling and the agony Nick felt for her trauma.
  • Wow!

    By Aedriftboy
    Tough topic but very well written. Loved the characters, their strength and loyalty. Definitely recommend!
  • First Instinct is a good read

    By enj0yl!f3
    I enjoyed First Instinct, as well as the other books in this series. Good friends are hard to find but Beth and Nick hold on to each other through difficult situations which end in a happy outcome.
  • Suspense through the innocent eyes of Beth...

    By Toccoakate
    I was amazed at the human touch this story showed and the depth to which the characters feelings were displayed. This is one of the “can’t put this down” books and am anxious to read the next one in the Northstar series!
  • First Instinct

    By mkbible
    Handling a difficult story with the delicacy it deserves. Also very honestly portraying the very real struggles and emotions faced and the possibility for hope for a happy future in spite of the past.
  • Page turning

    By Suz Clark
    This is a very well written book. 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 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 scence described is explicit and hard to read through. But Beth discovers that she is stronger than she realized. A very powerful story..