Book #31 of 2016: Trust Me by Margaret Watson

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Raine Taylor has one goal – justice for her murdered sister. She knows Genie’s husband strangled her and left her in an alley – Peter had been threatening to kill his wife for years. The police said there was no proof Peter Northrup killed Genie. So it was up to Raine to make him pay.

When Detective Connor Donovan answers a call about a trespasser outside Northrup’s house, he finds a woman running down the street. When he tries to stop her, he’s left holding her hoodie as she strikes out like a ninja then vanishes like smoke.

Connor quickly realizes Raine is his mysterious trespasser. Now he has to figure out why she was outside Northrup’s house at three A.M. Raine isn’t his usual criminal – she’s a schoolteacher who coaches a tae-kwon-do team of under-privileged girls. And he’s wildly attracted to her.

Raine needs to stay away from Connor. She has a plan to deal with Northrup, and she can’t get involved with a cop. But like two magnets drawing together, she can’t resist him. Can Connor help her find justice for Genie? Or will her sister’s killer claim another victim before they can stop him?

I received a copy of this book from the author, Margaret Watson, for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

Trust Me is a suspense police romance. It has a strong willed kickass female lead and a male lead who has trouble trusting, until he meets his match.

Let me start with the story. The writing is easy to get into and easy to disappear from reality. There is no heavy wording and the story had a good balance of steam and actual story. I got in very fast, but I found the middle to be slightly boring. I’m not sure if that was because I was sick at the time or the writing, but it took me a while to get through. About 75% in, I was back in the flow.

If you are expecting a female lead who needs saving in the end, you’re not going to get that. Raine is everything her character is supposed to be. She has an inner drive and physical strength that puts men to their knees. She has a sharp tongue, sharp brain, and possibly a sharper kick. I loved how it ended with her. I was hoping that she was going to shine brighter than she had in the middle, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Connor is an acceptable male lead. He has a complex where he thinks he’s an alpha, but there’s an undercurrent of a scared puppy. That isn’t to say he doesn’t show his own chops. He does, it’s just that Raine makes him putty (even when they are angry). I found him attractive enough and the perfect match for Raine’s own emotional issues. Together, they work well.

There is plenty of arguing and plenty of sexual tension to keep you reading their romance. I wanted a bit more tension centered on her sister’s death, but the overall story wasn’t bad.

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