Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review of "Trust Again" by Christy Newton

Ellie Oliver manages to escape her abusive, controlling boyfriend in New York to move back home and take over her dad's toy store so he can retire. She has some big plans for making changes to the toy store, which brings her face to face with Jacob Jones. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but there's just something about Jacob that makes her want more than a platonic relationship. Will he break through her barriers and teach her to trust again?

After his wife cheated on him and his mother passed away, Jacob thought it was time for a fresh start in a new place, so he moved to Indiana where his best friend lives. A long time construction worker, he gets a job remodeling a toy store, not exactly what he was hoping for, but it pays the bills at least temporarily. He's not looking for a relationship, especially not with his boss, but there's just something about Ellie Oliver that pulls him in. Will he be able to forget the pain of his past and make a fresh start?

This book pulled me in from the beginning. It started out immediately suspenseful, with Ellie preparing to flee her abusive boyfriend. The suspense quickly passes though when she arrives back in her sleepy little home town in Indiana. It's one of those places where you know nothing really exciting ever happens. But that's just what Ellie needs after seven years in the big city with an abusive boyfriend, a place where she can finally relax and start to let her guard down.

While "Trust Again" was incredibly engaging, I flew through it in just a few hours, I found it really hard to believe how quickly Ellie and Jacob got together. Obviously I knew going in that they were supposed to get together, that's kind of the point of a romance novel, but they moved incredibly fast considering their pasts. Too fast for believability, even in the predestined context of a romance novel.

In spite of that pretty big flaw, in my opinion, the book did have me squealing a little, and hoping for certain outcomes to other issues that arose, and I was anxious to get to the end to see how it all pulled together. Overall I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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