by Jayne Ann Krentz
Genres: Romantic Suspense
It's no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying--and deliberate--reminder of the horrors of her past. Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she's learned about positive thinking into practice--a process that is seriously challenged on the world's worst blind date. Awkward doesn't begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright. She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense ex-Marine does have some skills that Grace can use--and he's the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked. As Witherspoon's financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her...
Jayne Ann Krentz is a go to author for me, from her paranormal to romantic suspense she delivers regardless of the name she uses. Trust No One is a standalone romantic suspense that held me spellbound, made me laugh and allowed me to settle in and lose myself within the story.
In Trust No One, we met Grace Elland who finds a vodka bottle next to the body of her murdered boss, a motivational speaker, that she helped reach stardom. Ironically, the bottle of vodka scares her more having her retreating to her hometown after finding herself jobless.
Here she tries to regroup and come up with a career strategy. Grace is a little flighty career wise, but she really enjoyed her job writing positive affirmations. Her best friend decides that a surprise blind date is in order. Enter, Julius Arkwright, a venture capitalist who is no more interested in a relationship than Grace. The two have an awkward start, but as an ex-Marine and out of the box thinker Julius may be just the man Grace needs. Krentz made both characters realistic, with flaws and quirks that I found charming. I could see the slow-burning chemistry beginning between them and enjoyed their banter. They played off each other well each highlighted the other’s strength.
The suspense angle in Trust No One was my favorite aspect. We have murder, a stalker, and an intermixing of Grace’s past and Witherspoon’s murder. We had plenty of suspects, red herrings and twists to keep me guessing. Krentz kept thing realistic and allowed me to enjoy the events as they unfolded. I loved how vivid the secondary characters were from the over the top daughter of the deceased to the husband of Grace’s best friend.
Perfectly paced, blending romance and suspense Trust No One was a delightful tale with fleshed out characters that kept me immersed until the last page was read.
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