Book Review | Trust in You by Julia Firlotte

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this blog tour.

Book Description

From the moment she met him, Ella Peterson had questions. As always, though, she’s too shy to ask.

Older and sexy as hell, mysterious Adam Brook soon sweeps sheltered Ella off her feet; but is he as perfect as he appears to be, or is there more to him than he’s telling her?

Ella’s world has already turned upside down after moving from England to rural Kansas. She and her sisters were hoping for a more secure future, but instead find that life can be tough when jobs are scarce and the stakes often higher than anticipated.

When events spiral out of Ella’s control, she learns the person she needs to rely on most is herself and her instincts on who to trust in the future.

It’s just that her instincts are screaming at her to trust Adam; it’s what he tells her that makes that a problem.

My Review

Trust in You is the beginning of a suspenseful tale about an innocent English girl’s journey to make a new life for herself and her sisters in America. Set in current times, Ella Peterson manages to find more than her fair share of precarious and even dangerous situations. Luckily Adam Brooks comes to her rescue time and time again. But is it luck, fate, or is Adam the actual danger?

What I Liked

The suspense in this book is the most prominent aspect that I enjoyed. Trying to figure out where Adam stands and what his other work is. Everyone says that he is dangerous, but he shows a side that is anything but. He shows a side to him when around Ella, that is kind and caring – not at all the ruthless man he is made out to be. And, the plot reads quickly as Ella finds herself in one scrape after another as she tries to figure out this new place and these new people that now make up her community.

I liked the story of Ella’s journey to independence also. She is only eighteen, but when her dad and uncle perished in a boating accident, she and her sisters had no choice but to move to America and the farm her uncle left them in his will. Unfortunately, they have no money and finding a job has proven to be a big challenge but her and her sisters are creative and they keep coming up with ideas that will help get them on their feet and allow them to pay off the loan shark that preys on their dire needs without mercy.

The romance comes off, at times, as Beauty-and-the-Beast like and, at other times, as a cringy relationship with too large of an age and experience gap. Overall, the passion is not my favorite part of the story. I was too intrigued by Adam and his story to be swept away by Ella and Adam’s on-again-off-again relationship. And the fact that he kept calling her “Baby” drove me a bit nutty at times.

The ending left me a bit confused. I reread it because I thought I must have missed something. It turned out that I didn’t, but it was a bit out of the right field and not in any way conclusive. I am not partial to cliffhanger endings, and this one left me unsatisfied on many fronts.

To Read or Not to Read

Mystery lovers will enjoy Adam’s story and trying to figure out the many mysteries that make up his character. Everyone will enjoy the suspense that keeps the pages turning.

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Julia is an avid reader of all things romance, and she has read hundreds of books across a variety of sub-genres and began writing her own novels in 2018. Four books are currently in various stages of editing and completion, the first of which is finished and will be on sale in spring 2020.

Julia has always been passionate about languages and fiction and has a degree in Languages And Trade and an A-Level in English Literature. When Julia is not writing or editing her own novels, she usually has her nose in books by other authors and is otherwise kept busy caring for her family, going to the gym and carrying out her day job. Julia lives on the South Coast of England with her two children, husband and cats.

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