||Feb 1, 2011
He told her to let go, she did and his world changed forever...Eric Stiles has everything to lose and no matter how hard he fights he can feel his life slipping away.
Eric Stiles has everything to lose and no matter how hard he fights he can feel his life slipping away.
Rebecca Gailen thinks that the love of her life is dead and only the vigor of revenge keeps her fighting to survive.
When a secret reveals more than anyone expected, it changes Eric and Rebecca’s lives forever. The devastating truth puts the couple at odds. Can they overcome their clashing conclusions and learn to trust each other again? Or will they let it rip them apart?
His conscious lifted out of the cocoon of sleep. Eric opened his eyes to find her still within his arms. The light in the room had changed, shining an orange glow against the walls. He guessed it was early morning. He glanced at the clock, and saw it was a little after six a.m. He watched her sleep. His thumb stroked her temple. He was worried about her.
Beccs is used to taking care of herself and everyone else. She’s not used to anyone taking care of her. She thinks it makes her weak…
He remembered the night Donna had told him that. Little did he know how accurate the statement would be. He didn’t know how to show her that her leaning on him was not a sign of weakness. It was a sign of being human. He wanted her to lean on him. He wanted her to need him, even if it was just a little.
It terrified him that in an effort to be strong, she was going to do more damage than good. He’d seen her try to suppress her anxiety, and pain before, not liking the results. She sighed, and he focused on her eyes. They fluttered open before looking up at him with a smile.
“Good morning,” she reached up, caressing his cheek.
“Morning,” Her face became contemplative as she studied him. “I missed you last night.”
“I’m sorry.” He brushed a lingering kiss over her soft lips.
“That’s okay, you can make it up to me today,” she said, curling her fingers into his hair.
“No, I can’t.”
“Why?” She looked back to him in confusion.
“I need to go to the station and take care of a few loose ends.”
“You didn’t take care of them last night?”
“Yes and no.” His arm wrapped around her in an unconscious need to keep her close.
“What’s going on?”
“Nothing for you to worry about.” She shifted from beneath him in obvious irritation. “Beccs.”
“You have enough—” She lifted the blankets off her legs and got out of bed.
“Don’t what? Don’t dump a lot of unneeded crap in your lap?”
“That’s not what I meant.”
“Then what?” His frustration with the conversation was confusing. He didn’t understand what they were arguing about but, he was glad they were arguing.
“When did you start censoring what we can and cannot talk about?”
“Yes you do.” The lack of emotion in her voice evident and frustrating him even more.
“I’m not censoring anything.”
“Fine.” She disappeared into the bathroom and he followed.
“Beccs,” seeing her putting toothpaste on her toothbrush. “I didn’t think it was anything you needed to be worried about.”
“You know part of being honest is not holding back, Eric!”
“Forgive me for trying to protect you!”
“I don’t need your protection!”
“I know that. I never said…” The fire in her eyes grew as she defended herself to him.
She was fighting him.
His Beccs was coming back.
“I’m not some fragile flower you have to treat with kid gloves! I can handle your life, my life, and everything that comes with it or I wouldn’t be here!”
“Okay, I’m sorry. I know you can handle whatever it is that comes into our lives,” he admitted with a deep breath, understanding why she was upset. “I didn’t mean to become a hovering, overprotective guy, I swear.”
“Well you did.” Her expression change as if surprised by her own sudden passion.
“I’m sorry. I just don’t want you to get overwhelmed. You’re still recovering, sweetheart.”
“Okay, fine…fine I’ll stop. I know that you can handle it. I forgot that you are my tough as nails, fiery redhead.”
“Don’t do it again.” He lessened the gap between them, and her eyes softened. “It’s annoying, and I don’t like being mad at you.”
“I don’t like it when you’re mad at me.” His hands enveloped her waist, he pulled her close, and her arms looping around his chest.
“How are you feeling?”
“Fine, a little sore.” he replied before planting a tender kiss on her lips.
“You know you’re supposed to be resting,” she whispered into his lips before pressing her lips back to his. He walked her back and she sat against the bathroom counter.
“Intriguing, and what would resting include exactly?” Eric leaned, breathing against her neck before trailing a line up to just behind her ear. Kissing the tender area, he savored her, his hands caressing the lines of her back.
“Well there would be steamy showers, hours of languidly laying in bed, hot oil massages…”
“Of course, didn’t you know I took a masseur class in college?” He grazed at her ribs with his fingertips. His lips pressed against her collar bone. “I’ve been told my hands are ethereal and demonic at the same time.”
“Sounds exotic,” Her nails skimmed the back of his neck, sending chills up his spine, her legs trapping his waist.
“Exotic enough for you to stay home?”
“Maybe.” He met her eyes, before devouring her lips.
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©Amy Romine All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.
Katrina - Goodreads
** spoiler alert ** Rebecca Galin thinks the love of her life is dead, and the only thing keeping her going is her revenge for him and to get through the living hell she has been in - To escape and survive.
Eric is alive and wandering where his life is going, his new life is crumbling beneath him, will it get swept away, amongst the turmoil and destruction in his path to be able to live the life he never knew he wanted.
A secret is revealed, a mind blowing discovery that will change Rebecca and Eric’s life forever. Who can she trust, where can she go and who can she turn to ? Is blood thicker than water ?
Rebecca is kidnapped by the men who want the mysterious locket, the men behind the phsco that made her life hell- her life is in danger, she is beaten and tortured and abused she stands her ground and her will is to survive.
Eric her knight in shining amour is out to find his love of his life, no matter where she is he will find her and save her from this hell she has been through. Rebecca struggles on; to find out who wants her dead and why- and why- this mysterious necklace is ruining her life.
Wow!! Is all I can say, Jaded Promises is a fantastic ending to the trust series. It is filled with mystery, murder, family, trust, luscious sex and lies and keeps you gripping your seat to the very end. It’s filled with twists and turns you would never have imagined and keeps you guessing the whole time. I was blown away by the revelations that became about. Gob smacked I might say you would call it!! I was kept intrigued throughout the entire story, rapt and drawn into this whirlwind of events. The twists and turns I never expected, the suspense almost killed me... I was taken aback by the dramatic disclosure and events that became about - thinking oh my gosh!!!! NO !!!! I did not expect this- I enjoyed this book not being predictable as it defiantly was not!
I was still mesmerized by the love in which Eric and Rebecca still held onto through all there dilemmas. The love was sensual, lustful and magical. The sex was hot yet classy and their feelings well described. They went to the end of the earth and back and love still conquered and found its way!!
Eric ** heart throb** was definitely my ideal knight in shining amour, always there for Becca , the emotions realistic as in every day life. I found the emotions realistic and very genuine... I enjoyed the way in which Amy showed the feelings, it was like poetry.
Rebecca’s character I enjoyed she had her moments but still stuck to her kick arse red head attitude ** FIREY AND STRAIGHT FORWARD AND INDEPENDANT ** I enjoyed her tough exterior immensely but also liked the fact that she was only human and had her moments, very real and emotional, I felt I was there at certain parts, I was feeling torn with her. One can only take so much -This being Realistic in everyday life once again.
Overall the storyline was fluent, face paced, and smooth, the dialogue flowing and the storyline consistent and never lacking a dull moment. I could just not put the book down! New characters were introduced and past books and information all flowed from book one through to book 3. Mild sex scenes very beautiful and sensual - the sex does not overtake the storyline, just gives it that little bit of excitement very sensual and thrilling.
Overall a powerful thriller with that lush and sensual romance entwined......
I am sad to see this series end but I did not feel the story was left hanging Amy ended it with everything concluded and not that feeling that you thought something was missing.
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Reader Reviews for "Trust Me Book 3 - Jaded Promises"
|Reviewed by Jeanie Fisher-Ritchie
|book 3 - Here is where it all counts, right? Here is where it all matters, if you can't finish it to the readers expectations you will fail. In my humble opinion, not only does Romine, summarily and effectively wrap up the trilogy, she surpasses the thought with an amazing twist NO ONE saw coming! By far the best trilogy I have read in years! Buy them all and get ready for a great ride! Brilliant, cannot wait to see your next release, Amy. You have a devout fan. A review I saw of the book (which made me read it) was that it brought the author back to the roots of why she loves to read! Can't give any high praise than that! (I think I saw it on Readers Recommends)|