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Evidence of Trust (Colorado Trust Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
Joel Morgan is a top special investigator in the National Parks system - because he never gets distracted and always gets his guy. On the hunt for a poacher in the Rocky Mountain National Park, he finds himself thoroughly frustrated when sexy, head-strong Brittany Lucas complicates the hell out of his investigation. The constant desire to kiss her smart mouth shut has him missing details that put them both in danger.
Sparks fly as they battle for the upper hand, but he'll have to put his growing feelings aside and do his job when the killer upgrades from murdering animals to targeting Britt.
COLORADO TRUST SERIES
Trust makes all the difference when love and danger collide.
Evidence of Trust, book 1
Trust by Design, book 2
Trust in the Lawe, book 3
Shattered Trust, book 4
Dare to Trust, book 5
Vow of Trust, book 6
Illusion of Trust, book 7
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00IZMQJXM
- Publisher : Stacey Joy Netzel; 1st edition (1 April 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 962 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 276 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1497309891
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,018 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Brittany has been badly betrayed by the men in her life and distrusts nearly all of them.
A cruel predator lurks in the hills and on the tracks, maiming and killing animals for their horns and antlers. Lately, his actions have become more bloody, as if the thrill of the kill has overtaken the motivation of monetary gain.
Park Ranger, Joel has been appointed special investigator to track and apprehend the killer.
He's a loner, travelling the country on assignments. He has no reason to trust any woman after his life experiences.
When he encounters Brittany at a campsite, he doesn't know whether to send her packing, tell her off or kiss her. Seems he might do all three!
Their relationship has a rocky start and gets even worse as Joel needs to assess everyone as the possible poacher.
But, when threats start to centre on Brittany, the two will have to trust one another or risk ultimate danger.
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Brittney is a rich girl from Chicago who’s graduated from university & set to work in her father’s company. Before she does, she decides to spend one last summer training horses & leading trails on a holiday farm. She’s done it for the past few summers & has made lots of friends, although she does have 2 rules: she doesn’t do summer flings or one night stands. Out camping, she catches a stranger going through her bags. A tall, dark & handsome stranger with golden flecks in his eyes.
Turns out he is Ranger Joel Morgan, called in to help catch the poacher who’s been killing animals. He thinks she’s a spoilt rich girl who doesn’t know anything, with her long blond hair & brand new top-of-the-range equipment. He warns her of the dangers of camping alone with a poacher loose, & orders her back to civilisation. Bad weather means they end up sharing her tent & a kiss so sizzling hot that neither can forget. When her pack horse & his stallion run off, she chases after them, but instead of tying his horse for him to find, she leads it back to the Rangers’ Station, making him walk 9 miles! He’s furious, but he can’t forget her or their kiss, even though she’s a suspect & he doesn’t do relationships.
Joel doesn’t trust anyone & he suspects everyone. When the poacher starts upping his game - no longer killing for money, but for the thrill - he starts to target Brittney. Joel sticks close to her, acting as her personal bodyguard, even putting his life on the line, even though she’s going back to Chicago after the summer, & he’s leaving the area once the poacher’s been caught. Can they trust their feelings, be more than just friends, & see where things will lead them?
This book ends with excerpts of the next 3 books in the series, all of which sounds good. Brittney & Joel also feature in the next book, which is good as I would like to find out what happens after their HEA.
Anyway, onto the review. This isn't a particularly long book, but the story is actually really cute and quite addictive! The romance builds up nicely and unusually we don't get a single sex scene (and even then, that's all we get!) until about 70% of the way through. As much as I'd have thought that would feel a bit teasing, it actually made the relationship between the Hero and Heroine that much stronger - I thought the author did really well to keep us waiting that long without it getting boring and repetitive! Also, the action/suspense was good too, the suspect is revealed at the end and I truly didn't see it coming!
The plot features Brittney, a young woman from Chicago who is reassessing her future in her wealthy father's business following a humiliating break-up with her fiance. She temporarily returns to the ranch in Colorado where she's spent the last few summers, training horses and helping to prepare for the upcoming tourist season. While there she meets a new Park Ranger, Joel Morgan, who has been drafted in to investigate a recent spate of illegal poachings. He's a rude, abrasive jerk who suspects everyone and has no qualms about telling them so. Despite their initial hatred of one another and their claims that neither 'do' relationships, both Brittney and Joel end up falling for each other... But they don't realise it until it's nearly too late.
I did have a few issues - Firstly with the believability: What basis did Joel/Aaron have to suspect that the poacher was the same person who was stalking/threatening Brittney? I'm still not quite sure I ever got the link there. Other than the suspect's psychopathic comment at the end that he'd done it all for Brittney - why/how did Joel make that connection so early on with no evidence? And then, why was a Park Ranger providing security detail for Brittney - I mean, I get that at first he was sort of doing a personal favour when the police wouldn't help, but later on after she'd received the threatening note and after the barn fire - surely she should've been granted some proper police protection when they thought a murderer was hot on her heels?
My second issue was with the writing. While it was generally very good - it flowed well and the characters were consistent. I did have one issue - the author kept using the word 'couple' which is obviously fine in itself, but whenever I usually read the word 'couple', it always gets followed by the word 'of' - i.e. couple of socks, couple of cats, couple of mugs, couple of months. In this book however, there were 60 mentions of the word 'couple' and every single time the 'of' was missing... 'couple years', 'couple hours', 'couple times', 'couple ibuprofen', 'couple kisses', 'couple pictures' and every single character did it so it wasn't even a character quirk - is it some sort of Colorado speak that I just don't know about? Possibly I guess (although google doesn't seem to think so) but it was irritating.
All in all, a decent free Kindle read. I'd be interested to continue with this series!