Thursday, December 15, 2011

Risking Trust - Adrienne Giordano

Book Blurb:
Roxann Thorgesson's world is out of control. After her father suffers a fatal heart attack, she must take over as publisher of Chicago's second-largest newspaper. Then her ex-boyfriend Michael Taylor, CEO of his own security company, shows up needing a favor. The last thing Roxann needs is Michael around causing trouble—and potential heartbreak—but he's involved in a scandalous story she can't pass up.

Twelve years ago, Michael walked out on Roxann without explanation. Now he needs her help. Michael's estranged wife has been murdered and he is the prime suspect. He offers something no newspaperwoman could refuse: exclusive access to his headline-making murder accusation, in exchange for her help in uncovering the true killer. When their investigation leads them to a city hall conspiracy, both their lives and their newly reignited flame could be permanently extinguished...

In My Own Words:
The well organized life of Roxann Thorgesson, has been turned upside down.  Her father dies suddenly in front of her...she inherits the newspaper her father spent his life building...her old flame comes to her to clear his name...and her press is sabotaged all in a matter of weeks.  The former Olympian just want organization back, but can't help the thought of what Michael Taylor's story might do for her paper, but being so close to Michael poses problems of its own.

When Michael's soon-to-be ex-wife is found murdered, he is the prime and only suspect the police are looking for.  When he teams up with his old love, things start to point to corruption at City Hall.  When the pressure is mounting and Roxann starts publishing articles about the case and the corruption, all hell breaks loose.  When the puzzle pieces are finally revealed, the game is just that much more confusing...and hurtful.

This is the first book in the Private Protectors series.  And before I begin with my thoughts on the book, this book was released 3rd in the series, but is the actual start.  If I would have read the other two first, I can't say my thoughts on the book would be all that good.  Key players were introduced in this book, and it would be weird to read out of order and not know the story of the leader of the private protection agency.

That being said...I really liked this book.  The banter between Roxann and Michael was refreshing.  The hurt seemed very real and the pain Roxann was going through about losing her father was heartbreaking.  You could tell the author had her own personal experience to lean on and it showed in the writing.  I really enjoyed meeting some of the secondary characters such as Vic and Gina and the kids.  I was a little upset there wasn't more with Gina's oldest son, it seemed that Michael was a mentor of sorts for him, but after one run away, there wasn't much more said.  I felt if the kid was dealing with the loss of his father, Michael would have been more front and center for him.  I found this book to be very fast to read, probably because I couldn't put it down.  I thought I knew who-done-it early on, but I was very surprised with the ending, which was a bonus for me.  Finding out the villain early on in a book is a real turn off for me.  Adrienne is a new author to me, but I can honestly say, I can't wait for Vic's book.  I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.

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