3 out of 4 stars
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“Never underestimate a woman. You may think that she is small and weak, but remember this, there is nothing more dangerous than a woman who is protecting her home, her heart, or her young.”
Alex and Jen appear to be opposites. Alex is a high-ranking military woman through and through, who follows orders without hesitation and gives them without compassion. Jen is a hot-tempered police officer with a penchant for marching to her own beat. Both of them have suffered and built walls around them. But when a mysterious assignment unites them, their stubborn temper and irresistible attraction for each other will give place to a battle beyond the turf of war. Will they let their guard down and let themselves fall in love? Will they be able to separate love from duty? Can they survive a mission so secret that they’re sent to it completely blind?
Trust by Aprille Canniff is a perfectly developed novel. The meet-cute is tantalizing and, surprisingly, not corny; the author finds a perfect balance between romance and action, the characters are realistic and dynamic, the dialogues are authentic, and the pacing is perfect.
My favorite asset is how subtly the erotic content seeps through almost every scene. I never thought grueling military training could be sexy until I read Trust. The recreation of military life was accurate and fascinating, enriched by the fact that the author belongs to the Air Force. My country doesn’t have a strong military culture, so all my military knowledge came from movies like GI Jane , and reading Trust was very enlightening. It is outstanding the level of training, not only physical but psychological, the planning, and the equipment needed to complete what appears in movies to be so simple and fluid. The depiction of military life the author presents is realistic, full of hardship, and I discovered a newfound admiration for the men and women who devote their lives to such honorable professions. The perfect structural construction of the novel stands out. Namely, the book has a strong start, an exciting incident in the middle, and a perfectly developed climax. My heart was pounding all the way through the last chapters. I applaud the author didn’t leave loose ends but still opened the possibility of a second installment.
Except for the fact that there are over ten editing mistakes, Trust is a flawless novel. These mistakes are minor, and not so many considering the length of the novel. I would love to give this book a perfect rating because it takes a talented author to write a romance that’s not a cliché, erotic content that’s not vulgar, and an adventure that’s not so action-packed that it overlooks other aspects of the novel. The book has an original plot, unforgettable characters, and perfect pacing. Unfortunately, due to the editing mistakes, I rate Trust by Aprille Canniff 3 out of 4 stars.
Trust by Aprille Canniff is a perfect pick for readers interested in the intricacies of military and law enforcement lives, readers who enjoy adventure, mystery, romance, or erotica. This is not the best pick for readers who dislike violence or erotic content. Because of these subjects, I recommend this novel to a mature audience. Members of the military or veterans who struggle with PTSD could find some parts of this book triggering. Of course, this is not a suitable novel for readers who do not approve of same-sex relationships.
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