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4.0 out of 5 starsTRUST ME: The Last Stand Book #1 by Brenda Novak - 4.5 Stars!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 11, 2021
Original Publication: 2008
Wow, what another thrilling and addicting tale of romantic suspense by the incomparable Ms. Novak. I normally don't like stories with love triangles, especially when the "other woman" is an ex, and for that reason I was prepared to dislike David almost from the beginning. However, the reason why he wants to make it work with his twice divorced former wife was not what I was expecting and like Skye, I ended up falling head over heels in love with him too.
They were both so well fleshed and life-like that I couldn't help but adore them. I felt their fears, hopes, and desires as if they were my own. Then there was their chemistry and sexual tension which was practically palpable. For all that though the romance portion of this story always took a definite backseat to the mystery and suspense. If I recall correctly there was only one sex scene which was unexpected for everybody I think and over with almost before it began.
As for the story itself it's told from multiple points of view, including Oliver (Skye's would-be rapist) and his wife. And while there is a lot going on in this story, I never found any of it to be too overwhelming. I liked the pacing, the many twists and turns, and I loved the ending which had a surprise that I wasn't expecting. My only issue would be with a sub-plot surrounding another individual besides Oliver who has it out for Skye, which I completely saw coming.
If not for that though I would have definitely given this book five stars. I had such a hard time putting it down and literally read it in every spare second I could find. There was a great cast, plenty of chills and thrills, a wonderful love story, and some sobering subject matter that made me want to cry. This is the fourth novel I've read by Novak and she has yet to disappoint me. Now I can hardly wait for Jasmine's book and would highly recommend this story 😊
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