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Trust Me (Book 4)
Overall Rating: 4
Quick & Dirty summary: Raine Taylor knows who killed her sister. The problem is the police aren’t willing to investigate. With a black belt in tae kwon do, Raine has a plan to catch the killer and doesn’t need a homicide detective getting in her way. Detective Connor Donovan is surprised when a female trespasser he’s caught disappears like a ninja, but he’s not thinking about that when he meets Raine, the coach of the police department’s community outreach program. The petite high school teacher isn’t a likely suspect for a stalker, but Connor can’t seem to get her off his mind.
This novel is a lot of fun. It is very suspenseful, but without falling into the normal plot patterns. There are obvious turns, which the characters follow, and when the climax of the novel happens, it’s really a surprise because all of the different plot lines come together in an interesting way.
That being said, what I really liked about this novel is the way Margaret Watson dealt with a very touchy subject for me within the romance genre. The first sex scene is one driven out of anger and frustration. Raine says “I’m not interested” and Connor calls her a “liar” and goes about proving her wrong. The problem with this scene for me is consent. While everything in the description of the sex scene screams, I want you, I want you, what Raine says is clear. At no point in the scene does she change her mind and say yes, despite her participation in the act.
This is a very common scene with the alpha male hero. While the heroine may protest verbally, the hero knows what she really wants even if she won’t admit it. Does this legally mean it is rape? I don’t know and while for some people it’s an important point, to me the issue isn’t legal but psychological. There is nothing worse than your mind and body being in conflict. And there is nothing more demeaning to me, than someone you should trust not trusting you to know your own mind and body in return. It doesn’t really matter that the heroine secretly wants the hero—sex should be an act of mutual trust and intimacy.
So, with this being the first sex scene of the novel, I did not want to continue the novel. I have to tell you right now that I am so glad I finished it. Watson actually goes into the effects of such an interaction. Both Connor and Raine have negative reactions to this, which continues into their relationship. Raine thinks to herself that Connor “made her helpless. She’d been furious with him, and he’d made her want him. That was the most terrifying part of the fight.” That sex scene was not the kind of intimacy to build a relationship, and Connor and Raine had to make conscious decisions to move away from that kind of engagement. Connor, likewise, feels regret and shame. Watson makes it clear that there is a psychological impact with sex and while the first sex scene is full of chemistry, it may not be enough to drive a relationship forward. Watson handled this common romance scene with nuance and it won me over.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.99)
This is a full-length novel romantic suspense. The quality writing and character development make it worth the slightly odd price.
This story centers on Connor Donovan and similar to the rest of his family, he’s involved in law enforcement.
A detective, Connor usually doesn’t take the type of phone call about people trespassing. It’s below his jurisdiction, but that fateful call is going to change his life.
Arriving at the scene, he encounters a woman running and when he engages her, all he’s left with is an item of clothing and a bruised chest from the kick she delivers before vanishing. Not one to be deterred, Connor is determined to uncover the mysterious woman.
Raine Taylor is a martial arts sensei, training underprivileged girls. Her goal, however, is to find the evidence to prove her brother-in-law murdered her sister. This may take her to the edge and over legal channels. The last thing she wants is to get involved with a cop.
If you like romantic suspense, this was a great story with twists and turns along the way. The tension between the two leads was palpable.
Raine is a force to be reckoned with and sometimes, I found her trying. She’s still likable and heroic though.
Connor’s relationship with his family was fantastic. They support each other and they’re the type of family we all want.
I can’t wait to read more from this author and am about to pick up earlier works in the series. I’m a big fan now of the Donovan family.
With thanks to Shy vs. The Writer.
Convincing Raine to even have a meal with him was a herculean effort but once she did a bigger problem erupted with their inability to keep a comfortable, professional distance. To say there is chemistry between them would be an understatement since they just light up the night with a soul searching kiss. Both know they need to keep a clear head and when an agreement between them to work on resolving Raine’s sisters murder together becomes the best resolution Connor starts to question his judgment. Connor knows Raine wants revenge not justice but he feels teamwork is the only way to keep her safe is if he is right by her side on the street and in the bedroom nonstop. A relationship may freak they both out, and adjusting to something akin to an emotion neither wants to claim is an issue but two great minds can solve a murder or so they hope.
Raine and Connor battle each other as much as they do together but one thing is for sure they can take care of the bad guys during the day and draw strength in each other’s arms every night. No matter what tries to come between them life is so much better when they are together.
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