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Evidence of Trust (Colorado Trust Series Book 1) by [Netzel, Stacey Joy]
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Resort wrangler Brittany Lucas was looking forward to one last summer of freedom before returning to Chicago to work for her demanding CEO father. Instead, her independence is stripped when a new ranger restricts park access while he searches for a poacher killing animals in Rocky Mountain National Park. She understands Tall, Dark, and Sexy has a job to do, but his cocky, my-way-or-the-highway authority fuels her resentment.

Ranger Joel Morgan is used to having the upper hand in all his cases, so he’s thoroughly frustrated by the beautiful, stubborn blond complicating the hell out of his investigation. The constant desire to kiss her smart mouth shut isn’t helping matters.

Sparks fly as the two fight each other for the upper hand while doing their best to resist a sizzling chemistry that refuses to be ignored. Then the stalker turns his sights on Brittany, and Joel discovers he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her—even give his own life.


“Find anything interesting up there?” Randy Gifford asked.

“Just a camper in a restricted area.”

“You think it could be the guy you’re looking for?”

“It’s a woman. Camping where she shouldn’t be. I’m going to make sure she leaves in the morning, then return to my original route.”

“You may want to reconsider. That storm front I mentioned earlier is moving a lot faster than expected. It’s over the Never Summer Mountain Range and will reach your area tonight. Temperature’s dropping, too, so be prepared.”

Joel surveyed the heavy, gray clouds he’d noticed earlier. “What are they forecasting?”

“If it keeps moving, a couple inches. If it stalls, up to a foot.”

He muttered a curse. That would be a problem. “If that happens, we could be up here for a few days, so yeah, scrap the original route. The closest trailhead is Longs Peak, can you get someone to drop off my truck and trailer over there in the morning?”

“Will do.”

Five minutes later, he rode back into Brittany Lucas’s camp as she threw a couple pieces of wood on the campfire that’d been nothing but banked coals when he left. She brushed off her hands before bracing them on her hips.

“Now what?”

He dismounted to unpack his gear. “I’ll be camping here with you tonight.”

“Ranger Morgan, let me assure you, I have every intention of leaving in the morning.”

“And until then, I’ll make sure you stay safe.”

“I don’t need you to babysit me,” she insisted, irritation flooding her voice as she sat by the fire.

Ignoring the fact she’d heard him earlier, he met her stare over the top of Nobel’s saddle. “You got a gun?”

Her gaze faltered. “No.”

“Well, the poacher does, so I’m staying.” That shut her up, until he tossed his sleeping bag inside her tent.

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

Other Romantic Suspense by Stacey Joy Netzel
BETRAYED, book 2
CONNED, book 3

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Romancing Wisconsin Series
Welcome to Redemption Series

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497309891
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stacey Joy Netzel; 1 edition (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Interesting reading, very good description of the scenery, felt as if you where there with them. Plus a lots of nice romantic episodes, I would recommend this book to anyone.
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By bluebird TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 January 2016
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This was quite dramatic & suspenseful. A love/hate thing going on with the H & h. I didn't quite connect with the characters but it wasn't too bad.
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By Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 July 2015
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Loved this book, romance, mystery, intrigue, suspense a little of everything all set in the west can not ask for more,
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loved this story line, really had you guessing who did it, look forward to the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 18 August 2014
By Bea Lester - Published on
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Amazingly perfect romantic suspense. I did not put this book down once I started it. Story line very well developed and the characters will make you fall in love. Truly enjoyed this author's writing style and am looking forward to reading more. I love that it is a series but also appreciated the fact that it had NO cliffhanger. Perfect amount of suspense and romance . Love it and highly recommend.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I'm debating on whether to continue... 25 October 2015
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I'm on page 98 which is the beginning of chapter 13 and it's getting harder and harder to stomach the male main character of this novel, notice I didn't say hero? I've never encountered a more boorish, conceited, hot-headed and judgmental lead.

I happen to agree with another review in regards to his manhandling of the heroine. I don't find it sexy at all. I think I've made up my mind not to go any further reading this one even with the mystery (which really isn't one) of who is illegally killing animals in the park unsolved. I don't see how this guy could ever redeem himself or how the heroine should ever find it in her heart to forgive him for manhandling her but I know the author will allow it, and this won't give me my HEA.

I can't recommend this one and will delete it from my kindle. I'm glad it was free!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Evidence of Trust 3 April 2015
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The story moved way too slowly for me; I did not finish the book. Ranger Joel Morgan decides that he needs to protect Brittany Lucas, a young woman who is camping out in the park. He believes her to be a rich, spoiled city girl; in fact, she is the daughter of a rich man, CEO of Lucas Technologies. She is taking some time away to soothe her hurts; rejection of her father and breakup with her boyfriend, who has just received a promotion at her father's company. Brittany is helping a friend, Mark Jennings, at his ranch in Colorado; she is training some of his horses.; so she considers this an opportunity to pull away from her hurt. The parts of the book that I read were so predictable; it just did not hold my interest. Actually the word hopeful doesn't describe the mood of the book; but I kept trying to feel hopeful that the book would eventually draw my interest-didn't happen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A time-travel romance set in the Rocky Mountains 27 February 2015
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This book is a romantic mystery and the story of Brittany Lucas and Ranger Joel Morgan.

Britt just graduated from college with a double degree and has plans to work in her father’s company in Chicago, but she accepts a summer job at a ranch in Colorado. One that she has worked for during the summers while she was in college as a wrangler in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Clean fresh air is what she loves, not the stuffy city life that she is bound too at Lucas Technology’s in Chicago, her father’s company. This summer will be her last at the ranch and just the break she needs before she heads to the windy city and her over bearing, manipulating father.

Britt is a pretty young woman with a mass of blond curls and beautiful eyes, but she’s also sassy, bossy, and bold and speaks her own mind. She’s her own woman and has always had a strict rule when working at the ranch. No flings, no attachments, just friends with the men that she works with and there are a whole lot of them at this ranch.

Upon her arrival at the ranch she goes alone on a camping trip to clear her mind of the fog from graduation and her fathers, in her mind betrayal. But here in this part of the Rocky Mountain National Park there is a poacher on the loose killing the big horn sheep for their heads. Little does she know she is going to be pulled into the drama that is beginning to unfold in this beautiful country?

Then comes National Park Ranger Joel Morgan. He thinks she is just a rich girl out for a camping trip with no permit to do so in a restricted area, especially with the trouble in the area. So naturally he gets all manly doing his job and his smart remarks does nothing but fire the flames in Britt. So she conveniently doesn’t tell him that she is actually employed at the Highland’s Ranch and doesn’t need a permit. With the approach of a snow storm they end up having to share a tent that night and the next morning they slowly start making their way back to the ranch and ranger station when opportunity strikes and of course Britt seizes the moment, ends up taking Joel’s horse making him have to walk the nine miles to get out. This is where the sparks really begin to fly and both of them are throwing them.

This was a really good book in my opinion. I loved the mystery part that the author tells about and the characters are fabulous. The way the author introduces them, you will relate too right from the first page. Britt is funny but also holds very tight to her rule of no flings while at the ranch. Joel moves around a lot and is only at the Park due to the poacher which he has been brought into catch and put behind bars.
There are a good many secondary characters in this book and the author briefly touches on them with their own history which I liked. It makes them actual people instead of just names in the story. And Joel, all muscle, dark haired and sexy sounds like is dream come true.

The author keeps this book moving, but you won’t find any historical facts about the area in this book. Which I kinda wish she would maybe have added some as that are parts of a book that I like. You can tell throughout that the characters opened themselves up to the author as she writes their story. It was easy to read and follow; with only a couple boo boos in the writing itself which could be overlooked as this is a full version book not a short story.

There is really only one love scene which you know is coming, expected in romance books, and it was written very tastefully making is sensual, sexy and full of lovin’. I enjoyed the author’s style of storytelling and I didn’t want to put this book down. There is a little action in the book, some mishaps that the characters get themselves into especially Britt. She’s just not one that likes to take orders very well, even when it’s for her own well being. But you know us women like to do things on our own sometimes.

They mystery in the story line, well you just won’t know who the bad guy is. There are just too many suspects and the poacher begins to enjoy his nasty deeds which throw the mystery into even deeper water so to speak. When the author does start unraveling the mystery for you she moves with it and it will all come together in your mind. You see, the poacher not only loves the thrill of the kill but he also has a deep vendetta against Britt and Joel is bound and determined to keep her safe, whatever the cost.

I have to say that I will read the other books in this series because I thoroughly enjoyed the refreshing way this author tells her stories and I loved the Rocky Mountain setting and country way of life even though there are modern conveniences, restaurants and of course the Highlands Ranch itself.

So the questions while reading this book? Well the first and foremost in your mind is going to be who the poacher is? Does Britt give up her little rule of no flings and finally get it on with Joel? If you take the time to read this book I think you’ll like it very much and I highly recommend it as a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story-line... 11 January 2016
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What a great find! I got a new book to read and met a new author. This is the first book I've read by this author and I loved it. It is sort of a modern western outdoorsy story-line. Brittany Lucas works in a high-powered office in Chicago while going to college; summers find her with ranger duties in Colorado. She works for her father and enjoys the freedom of the ranger life. Ranger Joel Morgan is working at this particular park doing investigations of a local crime. She being independent and he being used to everyone following his directions, sets off sparks and flames. The story is excellent and I enjoyed every minute of this book. I like the way this author writes and find myself looking at her other books. The sensual scenes are written with just the right amount of intensity. Thanks for a great book.