Olivia Grayson fled abroad to get over her heartbreak after discovering her lover’s infidelity, but now she’s back, a business student with a plan for her future, ready to start her first internship. When she starts working closely with Sam, a wealthy, handsome entrepreneur, sparks fly immediately. But he has secrets –and a stalker–in his past. Will their new relationship put her life in danger?
TRUST ME is aimed at the romance reader who’s more into the romance part of things than the novel part. The attraction between Olivia and Sam is immediate and intense, and they’re both quite eager to take advantage of it, quickly turning the book’s heat levels up to high. Their relationship mostly proceeds in a healthy and satisfying fashion, without any of the childish misunderstandings or failures of communication that plague a lot of romance novels in the name of adding suspense and romantic tension. That’s not to say that things are entirely smooth, but for once, it’s nice to see a couple in a romance novel talk things through like mature adults, rather than brooding over a simple misunderstanding for chapters and chapters.
The main tension and suspense in TRUST ME comes from outside the couple, and while that plot is somewhat slow to get started, there are a couple of intriguing plot twists near the end that make things a good deal more exciting. The bedroom action is hot, spicy, and very enthusiastic, and the emotional connection between the couple adds sweetness to that spice, making for a delicious result. The characters are nicely designed – Olivia’s intelligence, business acumen, and good sense make her a heroine able to stand on her own feet, a woman worth falling for in her own right rather than a damsel needing rescue. Meanwhile, Sam is charming and suave, warm and open at the same time, without ever coming across as creepy or condescending. He comes across as a real, honest human being who happened to make a lot of money doing something he loved, a more appealing romantic image than the usual wealthy hero who was either born with a silver spoon in his mouth or lost his soul chasing the almighty dollar and needs the heroine to win it back for him. Their trust issues are given enough explanation to be natural, without shoving in enough backstory to be dull, and the solace they find in each other is sweet and believable. Readers who care more about the relationship and its fantasy potential will enjoy this story more than those looking for intense drama or suspense, as most of the action and plot twists are bunched towards the ending, after the relationship has been securely established (though there are hints dropped throughout for the astute reader).
A sweet-hot love story with passionate action and some intriguing plot twists, TRUST ME is a satisfying read for a romance-lover.
~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader