Monday, May 9, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Shattered Trust by Stacey Joy Netzel

Shattered Trust
Stacey Joy Netzel

Release Date: March 3rd, 2011
Publisher: Crimson Rose (The Wild Rose Press)
Page Count: 280
Source:Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)

Sweet twenty-seven and never been kissed. Well... no one's ever accused Marley Wade of being sweet. Raised in the world of construction by her rough-and-tumble father, Marley knows what it takes to succeed as a general contractor in a man's world. The last thing she needs is an employee who makes her feel soft and feminine.

New co-owner of Hunter Construction Justin Blake goes undercover on Marley's crew to discover the truth behind his grandfather's death. But he didn't count on an instant attraction to his boss—or for it to develop into deeper emotions. When a blackmailer threatens to expose the twenty-five-year-old secrets that link his family and Marley's, Justin realizes the truth could not only destroy a future with Marley, but his entire family as well.

In a world where nothing is as it seems, can Justin and Marley trust a love that appears as elusive as a mirage?
What Stephanie Thought: I'm truly beginning to enjoy the romantic suspense more and more. When I first started reviewing, I tried to stay away from the genre because it made me think too much, and quite frankly, too much thinking makes a book more difficult to enjoy. However, I find that I'm the kind of person who thinks too much to begin with, so whether I'm reading a steely thriller, or just some sweet fluff, in the end, my reviews tend to pen out the same way.

In Shattered Trust, placid, everyday life twists into the revelation of unimaginable secrets, as well as long-masked lies that are so irregular, they start clouding up the once-clear lines of reality. What would you do if everything you knew, everything you've been told, became one big fabrication? That's how Marley Wade's life is beginning to unravel, thanks to the suspicions of her new (sexy) co-worker, Justin Blake. Secrets about her past and her family are beginning to surface, and soon, it becomes hard to determine whether Justin is trying to help her, or if he's been the enemy all along. The fact that she just might be falling in love with him doesn't help either.

The sexual tension between Marley and Justin is explosive. Throughout the book, they each begin to discover a little more—maybe a little too much—about the other's identity, making it certain that their relationship should not have worked out from the start. But sometimes, one time, you see a person, and you automatically know you're going to spend the rest of your life with them; it just takes a while to dawn on you, though.

I appreciate how there's
definite chemistry, but no emancipated sex scene until the very end, after I'm desperate for Marley and Justin to just get together. Stacey Joy Netzel's way of composing honest, amiable characters, but not consummating their love for each other until the final pages, keeps my heart, as a reader, skipping beats.

The electrifying action is a whole nother story in its entirety. Marley risks her own life to find the criminal who's attempted to take her brother, Nate's, life and in the process, discovers those she trusts the most can be the ones who betrays her the worst as well.

Packed with climactic anticipation, and heartfelt,
head-over-heels emotions, Shattered Trust is my kind of story. One that I think too much about, even after finishing, and one I look forward to reading all over again.

Stephanie Loves: "She nodded as his thumb skimmed the pulse at the base of her throat. When his touch returned to rest over the throbbing point, she felt a steady increase and knew he did too.
Curiosity killed the cat, Marley.
Cats have nine lives."

Radical Rating: 9 hearts: Loved it! This book has a spot on my favorites shelf. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥