Monday, November 7, 2011

Risking Trust by Adrienne Giordano

Title:  Risking Trust
Author: Adrienne Giordano
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Suspense
Series: - Private Protectors #3
Main Characters:  Roxann & Michael
Release Date: November 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Roxann Thorgesson's world is out of control. After her father suffers a fatal heart attack, she must take over as publisher of Chicago's second-largest newspaper. Then her ex-boyfriend Michael Taylor, CEO of his own security company, shows up needing a favor. The last thing Roxann needs is Michael around causing trouble—and potential heartbreak—but he's involved in a scandalous story she can't pass up.
Twelve years ago, Michael walked out on Roxann without explanation. Now he needs her help. Michael's estranged wife has been murdered and he is the prime suspect. He offers something no newspaperwoman could refuse: exclusive access to his headline-making murder accusation, in exchange for her help in uncovering the true killer. When their investigation leads them to a city hall conspiracy, both their lives and their newly reignited flame could be permanently extinguished...
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My Review:
Wow! So many twists and turns that I did NOT see coming. This was simply a fantastic novel. Great romance! Great suspense! A mystery that I could NOT figure out! Wow! 

The history between Michael and Roxann was so heart-breaking, but it just added to the suspense because it wasn't until almost the very end before you find out why their relationship fell apart 12 years ago and they both ended up in this awful place. 

And this awful place is really, truly horrible. Michael is being accused of murdering his ex-wife...the girl he married instead of Roxann. Quickly after getting married, he realized that he had made a mistake, but then there was no going back. He has spent the last two years going through a horribly vicious divorce from this woman who tromped on his heart and their vows over and over again. Roxann has never recovered from the heartbreak of Michael leaving her. She now tries to control every aspect of her life so she is never blindsided like that again. But life has been throwing her too many loops lately for that to be the case.... starting with watching her father suddenly die of a heart attack just a few weeks ago.

The build-up between these two is sizzling. There is no debating that the chemistry from 12 years ago is still there for both of them, but Roxann refuses to trust Michael with her heart again, but as they get to know each other again, the lure is definitely there and so hard to resist.

This was a book that definitely touched me emotionally. There is so much angst with the history between these two, but there is also the fact that Roxann is dealing with the debilitating grief of losing her father and having to suddenly take over the second largest newspaper in Chicago... and all the stress involved with that. Then there is Michael who is obviously getting railroaded by the police department and the very real terrifying fear that he may be sent off to jail for a VERY LONG time. Adrienne handled these very real, heart-wrenching emotions so expertly. Your heart truly goes out to both of these characters. Love can be hard enough and their 12 year separation was a tough one. It was a really moving book!

This is book #3 in the series, but it actually falls as #1 in the timeline of the series. It was interesting to see glimpses of Vic & Gina (the actual book #1) in reverse...before they became involved. I wasn't sure how it was going to feel to go backwards in the timeline, but it worked. It was nice to get a bit more insight into the other characters and how they were dealing before they discovered each other.

I have loved this series, but I honestly think that this has been the best book so far! Really just an excellent read!


Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I loved book 1 and we all know what I thought of book 2---so which one does this resemble more?

Christi Snow said...

hmmm, honestly, I wouldn't say either. There is a lot going on emotionally for both of them and they are both very self-sufficient, capable people. I think that you will like it, Felicia. It doesn't have the amount of humor/snark that the other two have, but it has tons of depth. Vague enough for you?? LOL! I don't think you will have an issue with this one. smiles...

Anonymous said...

Fantastic review Christi! I have book 1 on my TBR list already from your awesome review and I hope to get around to it sometime. It is interesting about the time line going in reverse. Is it supposed to be like that the whole series or just with this book?

Christi Snow said...

Deanna, I think that this is the only one that Adrienne plans to have out of order. She didn't write them that way. This was her first book, and as such, it needed heavier editing than the other two to make it a strong novel. BUT it was worth the's a very good, deep novel and I was surprised that it doesn't hurt the flow to go back in time in the series. smiles...