Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How Well Do You Trust?

Congratulations to Bn100., the winner in Cathy's giveaway on JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE!

First, I want to thank JRS for having me back!  This is one of my favorite places!

In Imminent Danger, trust is a big issue for Abbey Washington. Abbey went through a traumatic event as a young teenager and has been struggling to live life like a “normal” person ever since. Although she’s a talented dancer, her fears have kept her from having the life she truly wants.

Enter Blake St. John, a man who’s had to battle his own demons because of a vicious kidnapping years earlier. Though Blake is attracted to Abbey, he knows that she’s the only person who can ultimately decide how and when to come out of her shell, but he’ll do just about anything to gain her trust, even face his biggest fears.

It takes an attempt on Abbey’s life to make her see that if she doesn’t live every day to the fullest, she might lose the chance completely. Abbey realizes she has to let go of the past and if she truly wants to change, to grow into a woman she wants to be, she’ll have to trust that Blake can help her.

Trust can be a very difficult thing to earn if someone’s been hurt the way Abbey has, but I loved Blake’s patience in showing her how to trust, how to love. He never pushes her… he gives her time and space, but manages to give her attention at the same time. One other thing and maybe most important – he respects what she’s been through and empathizes with her feelings. It’s only a matter of time before Abbey realizes what she has in Blake.

Okay… I’ll admit it… I love these two, but I digress!

How well do you trust? Did someone ever do something to you and it changed the way you lived your life or felt about people? 

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“You’re in a good mood,” Abbey said, coming out of her bedroom.

Blake turned and nearly dropped to the ground in supplication. It took a concerted effort to keep his jaw from hitting the floor.

Abbey canted her head. “What?”

What? Was she kidding? What was that in thirty minutes she’d transformed herself from stunning girl to absolute Miss Universe perfection. He didn’t often see her wearing makeup and the effect it had on her already smooth skin and clear green eyes nearly brought him to his knees. Her dirty blond hair hung smooth and long around her shoulders, and the form-fitting strappy neon pink top and black leggings with a matching pink stripe down the side showed off her toned dancer’s body. He pegged her at five foot eight and she was all legs. The girl had legs to her neck. Legs he wanted wrapped around his waist as he pushed inside of her and sent them both—

“Hello.” Abbey snapped her fingers in the air. “Blake. Yo.”

He snapped out of his daydream.

“What’s got you on another planet?” She headed to the sofa and left the smell of citrus in her wake. She rifled through her bag for something.

“Uh…nothing.” He backed up toward the door. “You ready to go?” If he stayed in her apartment much longer, she might end up out of those clothes she wore. Man, he could imagine stripping everything off her. Slowly and surely exposing every inch of smooth, soft skin.

“I don’t know.” She put a hand on her hip and cocked a stance. “You ready to stop looking at me like I’m your next meal?”

His gaze flashed to hers and he smiled. “Was I doing that?”

She nodded with one eyebrow arched high.

“Sorry. I couldn’t help myself. I’ll work on it.”

“Good. You need to.” She swung a large bag over her shoulder. “C’mon. I don’t want to be late,” she said, passing him to open the front door.


For Abbey Washington, dancing is more than a dream, it’s a way to forget her past. But being at the wrong place at the wrong time makes her the sole witness to a stabbing and brings back horrible memories. Since the killers saw her just as clearly as she saw them, Abbey is now a loose end that needs to be tied up.

Blake St. John is working toward his PI license and hopes to find the man who hurt his brother in a kidnapping. He quit chasing his quiet co-worker, Abbey, months ago. But now that she needs protection, he takes on the role of bodyguard and all the feelings he tried to bury for her come back with a vengeance.

Abbey’s past makes it hard to trust and an attempt on her life forces her to realize that time is running out as the killers get closer. Now, she must risk it all or face a life without the one man who showed her how to love.

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  1. Unfortunately, I have had a few situations where someone did something to make me less trusting. The worst was where I fought hard to get a person hired and once she was, she campaigned to get me gone. It's had an effect and it's a lesson I learned the hard way.

    Thanks for the post! The book sounds great.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

    1. Hi Jonetta,
      Oh, man!! That is a pisser! People like that definitely make it hard to trust! So sorry that happened. Thanks for stopping in!

  2. I have had people hurt me in the past so I don't put myself out there any more.

    1. Hi Debbie,
      I totally understand that. I'm pretty selective these days myself. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. Trust has always been an issue for me - goes back to my father. But I married a man who redefined trust for me - thank goodness! Now I'm working on patience! LOL
    love Alley and Blake's relationship. Good luck with this book and with your boxed set. Such a deal!

    1. Hi Lynne,
      Thanks! Glad you got the trust thing down. I think we all deal with the patience issue. Haha. Thanks for coming by!

  4. Hi Dee J.,

    I started Imminent Danger last night and I'm loving it--a thrill ride from the word "go"! Now I find out you're past of an awesome box set. You're keeping me busy.

    For me, being a parent is one big exercise in trust. God or fate or whatever gifts you with this little person, and you fall so hard for him, and want to do the very best for him, but nobody can manage it alone. Eventually you have to trust the pediatrician, the Kindergarten teacher, the neighbor, the kid himself...and maybe someday yourself!

    1. Hi Samanthe,
      Yay! So glad you're enjoying Imminent Danger! The box set is amazing too. Even if you've read a few of the books in it, it's still an amazing deal! And I totally agree about raising our kids. We have to put our trust in the people who care for them when we're not there. Thanks for making so many stops in the tour! You're a champ!

  5. There have been times when trust was broken in the past... I try to give people a chance, but sometimes I get a feeling about them right away... and wait for them to show their true colors.

    1. Hi Colleen,
      I hear that. I hold back sometimes until I have more of a sense of someone. And of course whatever the situation warrants. In general, I'll admit, I give most people the benefit of the doubt to begin with. Thanks for coming by!

  6. A loss of trust normally happens when someone does something TO me. changes everything. ~Angi

    1. Hi Angi,
      I totally understand. It does change everything and it IS sad. We don't want to doubt people and yet we can't seem to help ourselves. Thanks for dropping in.

  7. I have had a few people do things that totally changed my level of trust. It definitely takes a bit longer now to trust new people.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

    1. Hi donnas,
      It's totally understandable too. And very aggravating! I guess most of us have had something happen that affects how we trust others. Thanks for dropping by!

  8. well enough

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. I've been lucky enough to only have been burned once by an old boyfriend. It did take me a while to trust again but now I've decided to give at least once chance not shaded by the past. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Erin,
      Good for you for giving people a shot. I give the benefit of the doubt myself for first timers. Thanks for stopping in.

  10. In certain situations I think I trust a little too easily, and in others, not at all. Does that makes sense? I've luckily never really had my trust broken, so the uncertainty comes in when usually when I'm dealing with something new and am hoping for the best. Congrats again on Imminent Danger, Dee! And woot! on the boxed set! What an amazing group of authors, and the cover is awesome! Congratulations! Can't wait!

    1. Hi Robin,
      I totally understand what you mean. I'm probably the same. I try to trust, but sometimes I might get a weird vibe and my cynic meter goes off. And thanks! It's been a busy few weeks. LOL. Danger & Desire is awesome! I hope everyone loves it. Thanks for coming by!

  11. I've been burned very badly in the past - so it takes a lot for me to trust.


    1. Hi Mary,
      Aw... that stinks! Sorry to hear it. Hopefully that won't always be the case. Thanks for dropping in!

  12. I have been burned so badly that I shouldn't be trusting anyone. Yet I find myself wanting to trust again. It takes me more effort just to remind myself why I shouldn't trust these particular people. I guess that a part of me really, want to believe the good in people.


    1. Hi Kai,
      I think most of us want to believe the good in people, so you're not alone. It sucks to get burned so I understand your hesitation to trust. Thanks for coming by.

  13. Jan is my name and romantic suspense is my "game." :-) I'm sad to say you are a new-to-me author, Dee J., but you won't be for long. I have none of your books yet and it sounds like this "dangerous" series of yours is right up my alley. So I'm sure glad this blog introduced you to me. As for my "trust" in people...I'm a lot more cautious now than I used to be due to all the violence out there, but I'm probably still a gullible schmuck. :-) Thanks for the post.

    1. Hi Janice,
      You made me laugh. But, yes, I'm cautious too. Although I'm not nearly as gullible as I used to be. Glad my books sound up your alley. Hope you'll give one (or two) a shot! Thanks for dropping in!


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