Saturday, August 5, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Perilous Trust by Barbara Freethy


Welcome to the Blog Tour for Barbara Freethy's Perilous Trust, the first standalone title in the Off The Grid: FBI trilogy! This is primarily an Excepts & Reviews Tour. On our tour stop today, I have an excerpt and a review to share! Check it out and grab your copy today!

Genre:
Adult
Romantic Suspense
Series:
Off The Grid: FBI, #1
Publish Date:
August 1, 2017
Publisher:
Fog City Publishing, LLC

Synopsis:
In Perilous Trust, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy brings you the first book in a new romantic suspense series! OFF THE GRID: An FBI Trilogy offers three breath-stealing books filled with action-packed plot, heart-stopping romance, and page-turning suspense. 

It was one dark night that brought Damon Wolfe and Sophie Parker together. They were two tortured souls, looking for escape, and they weren't supposed to see each other ever again… 

Four years later, Sophie's FBI father, who is also Damon's mentor, is killed in a suspicious car crash after leaving Sophie a cryptic message to trust no one from the agency. When Damon shows up looking for her, she isn't sure if he's friend or enemy, but she knows he could easily rip apart what is left of her heart. 

The last thing Damon wants is to get involved with Sophie again. It was hard enough to walk away the first time. But she's in trouble, her father's reputation is under attack, and the lives of his fellow agents are at stake if there's a traitor in their midst. 

When someone starts shooting at them, they have no choice but to go on the run and off the grid. Everyone in their world becomes a suspect. They want to uncover the truth, but will it turn out to be the last thing they expect? Proving her father's innocence might just cost them their hearts…and their lives…


       

*Excerpt*
"Why did you run away from your apartment, your friends, your father's coworkers? Why did you just disappear, Sophie?" Damon asked.
"Because someone killed my dad."
"It's possible it was an accident."
"You don't believe that any more than I do."
"Maybe not, but I think something specific spooked you."
"You mean like the two men I saw going into my apartment building?"
"You saw the men who broke into your apartment?" he asked in surprise.
"I don't know if they were the ones, but they could have been."
"What did they look like?"
"Law enforcement, maybe—I don't know."
Damon stared back at her, and she could see him running through her words in his head. "Why would you be afraid of law enforcement when your father is FBI?"
"Gut instinct," she lied, knowing she wouldn't have been afraid at all if her father hadn't told her to be. "And it looks like I was right to run. If I'd gone to my apartment, who knows what would have happened?"
His lips drew into a hard line. "Look, Sophie, I want to help you."  
"Why? Why on earth would you want to help me?"
His gaze darkened, and the air sizzled between them as they found themselves back in a place probably neither of them wanted to revisit, but they were there all the same.
"We're not friends," she said quickly, needing to break the tension. "We're not anything. We haven't seen each other in four years. Why do you care where I am, what I'm doing? Is it because of loyalty to my dad? That has to be it, right? Nothing else could have made you drive all the way up here."
"I should have called you after that night," he said.
"I'm not looking for an apology."
"Aren't you?"
"No. Maybe. No," she said, hating to sound so uncertain. "None of that is important now. I have bigger problems."
"Then let's talk about now," he said, relief in his eyes as he changed the subject. "I respected your father. He was a mentor to me. I owe him for that, and I know that he would want me to help you. He trusted me, and I hope you can trust me, too."
"I don't know if my father trusted you," she said, shaking her head.
Surprise and anger flared in his eyes. "Why would you say that?"
"Because he told me not to trust anyone from the bureau, and since you're an agent, that includes you. Please, just go. Just leave me alone," she pleaded, desperate to get him out of the cabin before she did something even more stupid—like start to trust him. "I'll disappear. I'll go somewhere no one else knows about. You don't have to worry about me. You've done your duty. You came after me. You did that for my dad. Now do something for me—leave me alone. You've managed it for four years. You can keep going."
His mouth tightened. "I'm not leaving you alone. You won't be safe. You can't get help from a friend, because you'll put them in danger, and even if you are very careful, you'll make a mistake. You don't know how to stay off the radar, but I do. You're going to have to trust someone at some point. You're going to have to put your anger aside and let it be me."
Before she could answer, she was suddenly hit with a shower of glass from the nearby window.
What the hell had just happened?
Another pane blew out, and something whizzed by her ear.
Damon grabbed her arm and pulled down as a third window exploded.
Someone was shooting at her!


Praise for Barbara Freethy Books
"Powerful and absorbing...sheer hold-your-breath suspense."-- NYT Bestselling Author Karen Robards on Don’t Say A Word

"A fabulous, page-turning combination of romance and intrigue. Fans of Nora Roberts and Elizabeth Lowell will love this book." NYT Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah on Golden Lies

"In the tradition of LaVyrle Spencer, gifted author Barbara Freethy creates an irresistible tale of family secrets, riveting adventure and heart- touching romance." -- NYT Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs on Summer Secrets

"This book has it all: heart, community, and characters who will remain with you long after the book has ended. A wonderful story." -- NYT Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber on Suddenly One Summer 

"Freethy has a gift for creating complex characters."-- Library Journal 

"Barbara Freethy is a master storyteller with a gift for spinning tales about ordinary people in extraordinary situations and drawing readers into their lives." -- Romance Reviews Today 

"Freethy’s skillful plotting and gift for creating sympathetic characters will ensure that few dry eyes will be left at the end of the story." -- Publishers Weekly on The Way Back Home 

"Freethy skillfully keeps the reader on the hook, and her tantalizing and believable tale has it all– romance, adventure, and mystery."-- Booklist on Summer Secrets 

"A page-turner that engages your mind while it tugs at your heartstrings...Don’t Say A Word has made me a Barbara Freethy fan for life!" -- NYT Bestselling Author Diane Chamberlain on Don’t Say a Word


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**About the Author**
Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 60 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened Fog City Publishing in 2011 and has since sold over 7 million books! Twenty-three of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists, including one title, Summer Secrets, which hit #1 on the NYT. In 2014, Barbara was named the Amazon KDP Bestselling Author of all time! She was also the first indie writer to sell over a million books on Barnes & Noble.

Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, romance and suspense, Barbara is a six-time finalist and two-time winner in the Romance Writers of America acclaiimed RITA contest for her novels Daniel's Gift and The Way Back Home.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers


Let's see... First, I would like to note that I don't read many crime/drama romance novels; however, the synopsis for this book got me all curious and interested. Well, I would have to say that I liked the "implied" plot stated in the synopsis. Plus, I have not read any books written by Barbara Freethy, so I was going in blind"... hahaha!!! So... Let's begin.

Perilous Trust is the first in a new romantic suspense series, Off The Grid: FBI Trilogy. As stated in the synopsis, a tragic events brings two main characters, namely Sophie and Damon, together. But, nothing is what is seems: a cryptic message, coded chat, secrets on top of secrets, AND plenty of government agents. So, Sophie and Damon are on run, not just from those shooting at them, but also from a past that they shared together.

The character development and world building was fantastic and detailed. With each turn of the page, I was with them as they evaded mysterious shooters and law enforcement while searching for the truth. From beginning to end, there was an ample amount of mystery, action, plot-twists that kept me guessing as to who to trust...haha!!! All the while, the romance/chemistry between Sophie and Damon was reignited and slowly developed as they got closer to the truth; moreover, the romance was subtle, not overwhelming which did not take away from the suspense and mystery. There was a lot of memory flashbacks in which helped glue the story/plot together and pieced the puzzle together. I was definitely at "the edge of my seat" with the mystery and secrets being revealed.

However, I found that some chapters throughout the book tended to drag. It definitely deterred from the fast-pace of the story. But then again, much of the history of these characters had to be told in order to set up this first book, and to introduce readers to all these other characters that the following books will center on. Moreover, it did not deter from the flow and consistency of the story in which it worked to set up this series. So... I guess, the slow down in parts of the book really wasn't a bad thing...haha!

So, after reading this first book in the Off The Grid: FBI Trilogy, I am a fan! Therefore, Perilous Trust is a romantic suspense filled with action, mystery, and twists that will keep readers guessing all the way to the end! I am definitely looking forward to the next books in this series!

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