Sunday, March 23, 2014

Trust Me (Regency Risks #2) by Natasha Blackthorne

"Blackthorne wowed me once again with a sensual and erotic historical romance that gripped my heart and had me falling even more for Jon and Anne as they fought to keep their happily ever after..." ~herding cats & burning soup
Is she insane?

All of Mayfair is whispering the question.

Anne Lloyd, the new Countess of Ruel, thought she'd finally begun to heal from having witnessed the terrible death of her first husband. But, from her new husband's grandmother to his ex-mistresses, it is all that is on everyone's lips. What scares her more than the potential social ruin is that even she isn't sure they aren't right.

Jonathon Lloyd, the Earl of Ruel, has commanded men on the battlefield and women in the ballrooms and bedchambers with his dominant personality. It tears him apart that he can't command his wife's terrors to go away. To top it off, he has to battle his grandmother, for Anne's acceptance as the new Countess. There are times when it seems that the bloody battlefields of Europe were easier to navigate than the so-called civilized graces of Society.

There are those who will stop at nothing to tear apart the fragile bond between the newlyweds. Can Lady and Lord Ruel learn to trust each enough to keep their love, and her sanity, intact?

Type: Erotic Historical
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Trust Me was one of those books that pulled me in so completely I just wasn't ready to see end. Blackthorne wowed me, once again, with a sensual and erotic historical romance that gripped my heart and had me falling even more for Jon and Anne as they fought to keep their happily ever after while faced with gossip and so many set to tear their young marriage apart.

The quick of it is that Anne and Jon are newly weds and have pretty much been in seclusion as Jon helped Anne work through the horrible loss of her husband and the PTSD she suffered as a result. Life has been good. They're in love, she's getting stronger and experiencing life again and, well, they're having lots of kinky delicious sex too. But the real world calls and they're forced to return to Society to deal with not only his family but ex-mistresses and fiances and catty women everywhere who see a bit of salacious gossip--that Anne may be insane from her experiences--and are ready to pounce.
He wrapped his hand about her throat, gently. "Behave yourself, wench."

Her heart pounded from the exertion and her mouth was dry now from anticipation. The fluttery, tickling sensation in her stomach made her giggle.

"You know the terrible things that can happen to a wench in the stables," he said, pressing his erection against her stomach, "when she finds herself alone with the master."

She caught her breath and tried to pantomime dismay, but another wave of excitment threw her into breathless giggles.

A masculine cough sounded, distantly. But close enough that Jon released her and stepped back. "Do you think you can behave for the sake of the servants?"

She swallowed her laughter. "I'll try."
I loved how Jon and Anne were with each other. The chemistry between them was once again just through the roof and seriously lip-biting-toe-curling good. The two are intense and passionate but also have a good spot of teasing between them which is so fun to see. They're just good people and interesting to watch together. They're not always perfect--far from--but they are perfect for each other even if they struggle now and again with their trust in that and each other because of outside forces.

That could be a bit frustrating seeing their doubts but overall it made sense that up against such difficult things a new and fragile romance would be tested. Lord knows Society does not make it easy for them. These two really did have to fight for their happily ever after something fierce. My blood was just boiling over some of the secondary women in the book who tried to cause trouble or looked down at Anne. I was totally ready to throw down and go all girly pulling hair and biting people. lol

And that's part of what makes Blackthorne's writing so amazing. She bought a story and characters to life and made everything feel so...real. The panic and fears Anne experiences during flashbacks, her discomfort being in Society, the frustrations Jon endures, the delight and joy when things are going right and the two are having fun and teasing each other. Blacktorne really created a vivid world you could practically taste and feel and I loved the emotional journey it took me through.

Trust Me was just an incredible and emotional read. Some parts were really difficult to watch unfold but it was worth the struggles and heartache to see Jon and Anne come through their trials not only stronger individually but stronger in their love for one another. Even with a couple frustrations now and again with how they handled situations (all very understandable given the circumstances) I loved every second of my time with them and can't wait to see what Blackthorne will create next.

**Note--This is the second book focused on Anne and Jon but both are complete stories (no cliffhangers) and HEAs. I was actually surprised when I started this one that it was Anne and Jon again because of how book one ended. It totally worked though and was a great addition to their journey together.

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Review--A Measured Risk (Regency Risks #1)

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