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Evidence of Trust
By Stacy Joy Netzel
Colorado Trust Series, Book 1
Publisher: Stacy Joy Netzel
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 276 Pages
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About the book:
Sparks fly when a headstrong wrangler and an alpha park ranger are thrown together while he searches for evidence to stop the poacher killing animals in RMNP. When the monster turns his sights on Brittany, Joel discovers he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her—even give his own life.
Trust makes all the difference when love and danger collide.
EXCERPTHe snagged her hand and lifted her arm above her head in a fluid motion, maneuvering her into a dance spin that landed her in his arms. Her dress whirled against his thighs, and she found herself aligned with solid muscle from chest to hip.“Bad enough you left me on the trail, walking away on the dance floor is just plain rude.”A push on his chest proved ineffective, so she leaned back. “I prefer to choose my own dance partners.”“I prefer to choose the way I get down a mountain,” he countered.“A gentleman would accept my apology and let it go.”“I never claimed to be a gentleman.”Something in his tone reminded her of that kiss in her tent. Her gaze shifted to his lips. As she stared, his head lowered. Her breath caught and her pulse skipped, but he bypassed her mouth to rest his cheek against hers. She barely contained a sigh of disappointment as the scent of cedar boughs and citrus assaulted her senses.“I knew it. You enjoyed that kiss as much as I did,” he taunted softly.His breath—or was it his lips?—brushed the sensitive skin under her ear. With a conscious effort to gather her raging emotions, she pushed harder against his chest. He only allowed her a few inches and kept their bodies swaying to the music.“What are you doing?” she whispered. “You don’t even like me.”“I’m just trying to get an honest response,” he explained.“You want honest? You took advantage of me. I was still half-asleep and—”He laughed, a low, deep chuckle that stirred something in the pit of her stomach.“If that’s what you need to believe.”“I don’t need to believe anything.”“And just a minute ago, when you thought I was going to kiss you—”“I did not—”“—you weren’t the least bit disappointed?”“No.”“So you did think I was going to kiss you.”“I didn’t say that!” Exasperation raised her voice. “If you’d just let me finish.”A hint of a smile played on his sensual lips. “By all means.”“No, I did not think you were going…to…”He’d lowered his head again. She pulled back; he followed, until their lips were a mere inch apart. “Do you now?”“I…no.”“Do you want me to?”The seductive whisper made her shiver. Yes. “No.”But she’d hesitated a fraction too long.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel is an avid reader and loves all movies with a happily ever after. She lives in Wisconsin with her family, a couple horses and some barn cats. In her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North), at the family cabin on the lake.
Website and Blog: http://www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com
COLORADO TRUST SERIES
Trust makes all the difference when love and danger collide.
Evidence of Trust, Book 1 - Special Sale price $0.99 (regular $3.99)
Trust by Design, Book 2
Trust in the Lawe, Book 3
Shattered Trust, Book 4
Dare to Trust, Book 5
A fan of suspense and mystery novels, I jumped at the chance to read and review Evidence of Trust by Stacy Joy Netzel. Not only would I get a chance to check out an author I’d never read before, but I’d also get the addition of a contemporary romance. Filled with well-developed characters, good dialogue, plenty of emotional angst and a solid mystery, Ms. Netzel’s story kept me engaged from the very first page. Set in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, with plenty of wildlife and scenery, this is a strong start to Ms. Netzel’s new series.The daughter of a wealthy Chicago businessman, Brittany Lucas has spent her whole life trying to please her father. Having just graduated with a double degree, she finds herself betrayed by her fiancée and her father and questioning her choices. Taking the summer to work at her former boss’s ranch, Brittany will get the chance to choose between what she thought she wanted and what her heart tells her she needs.An experienced investigator, Ranger Joel Morgan is assigned to a park in the Rocky Mountains where large animals are being targeted by a poacher. Stumbling across Brittany Lucas and her temporary camp, Joel makes the assumption she’s involved in the poaching. Discovering she’s working for a local rancher is a surprise, she’s definitely a city girl, learning to trust her will require he risks his heart.Ms. Netzel does a good job developing both characters; they both have past relationship issues which make it difficult for them to trust and unwilling to take emotional risks. Ms. Netzel makes them take a look at the choices they’ve made in the past and face their issues in a real way. Brittany will have to deal with both her “daddy” issues and her “ex-fiancée” issues, while Joel will have to deal with his “mommy” issues and his “ex-two-timing girlfriend” issues. They’ll also have to deal with their smoking hot attraction to each other.The secondary characters are well developed; especially the poacher and villain of the story – who’s viewpoint we get to read. The mystery aspect is well done and the suspense and pacing is good. I found myself turning the pages to see what would happen next.Will Brittany and Joel give their relationship a real chance to succeed? Will they catch the poacher before he makes them his next target? You’ll have to read Evidence of Trust to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in this series.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.