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Trust Me by Nora LeDuc
Ela Danforth seeks sanctuary in the small town of Rockypoint, New Hampshire, where she believes her days will return to normal, until a mysterious stalker threatens her refuge, just as a charming lawyer, Nash McCain, enters her life.
Lanie tugged on his sleeve. “Dad. Dad. Look at those cars!”
She pointed behind her. Her fingers tightened with urgency on his arm. Four advancing headlights side by side sped up the hill.
“They’re headed for Dead Man’s Curve. They’re going too fast and going to crash.”
“I’ve gotta go, Mother.” Nash dropped the phone in the cup holder.
The two vehicles flew towards them, neck and neck on the two-way road. Micro inches separated them. They shot past Nash. Their red rear lights burned through the dark, slashing rain. He narrowed his eyes and distinguished the shape of a pickup’s bed on one vehicle, now attempting to pass the other.
Sure enough, it smacked against the driver’s side of what looked like an early sixties car. The screech of metal against metal broke through the rain pounding on his sports car’s roof. The vintage car swerved onto the shoulder, and for a split second, it balanced on the edge of the winding pavement before it plummeted over the side of the nine-hundred-foot drop.
With a shot of backfire, the white truck roared off.
“Dad! Can you believe that? He drove someone off the road and left! What’s going to happen?
Are they dead?”
Lanie’s hoarse whisper broke the silence. She unsnapped her seatbelt and bent forward to wipe the fog off the window with the cuff of her aqua fleece jacket and stared after the pinpoint of crimson taillight disappearing around the peak’s curve.
“We’ll get the driver help.”
Romantic suspense is my favorite romance sub-genre. I was initially drawn to this book by the cover. It has an eerie yet romantic feel, right? Is that guy in the woods friend or foe?
The first chapter of Trust Me starts with a bang... or rather a crash. Nash McCain (widower and local lawyer) and his daughter Lanie witness a truck forcing a car over the side of Dead Man’s Curve. The driver of the car turns out to be the sister of Ela Danforth.
Ela and her sister recently moved into their aunt's house in search of a new start. As the investigation of the "accident" progresses and new incidents occur, Ela realizes that these events are more than likely related to the very problems that led her to seek refuge in Rockypoint. With her back against the wall and nowhere to turn, she is forced to accept help from Nash despite her misgivings.
Everything really comes down to answering two questions.
Who is stalking Ela? Who can she trust?
About the Romance
Betrayed by loved ones in the past, Ela is determined to keep Nash at a distance from the start. Fortunately/unfortunately, Nash is a patient charmer that is hard resist. I really enjoyed the slow build up of the romance between Nash and Ela. There are no graphic sex scenes (or sex scenes at all for that matter). Just a little kissing on the side.
About the Suspense
I am usually pretty good at figuring out the plot twists early on in a story. I was pleasantly surprised that I hadn't figured out everything when I finished the book. There are no graphic scenes of violence. Some violent things happen to a few of the sub-characters, but they are not described in detail.
At just 128 pages, I read Trust Me in one sitting. The plot is fast-paced and the major characters are well-developed. The characters have a mix of redeeming qualities and flaws that add to the believability of the story. No too perfect billionaires or annoyingly meek heroines here.
I would definitely read the author's other books.
About the Author
Nora LeDuc lives in New England with her family. TRUST ME is her 12th published book. She loves to watch the daily Headline News Channel with all the latest on crimes. Currently she is working away on her next novel of murder and love. Please visit her website http://noraleduc.com/ or visit her on Facebook. She loves to meet new friends.
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Trust-ME-Nora-LeDuc-ebook/dp/B00JDN9V6O
NOTE: This post is part of the Trust Me book review tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.