Finding Trust

Finding Trust

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by Natalie Gayle
     
 

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Finding Trust - Book 1 Centre Games Series

Brayden and Rihanna

He's hot, sexy, and leads a double life. Sometimes in the limelight, mostly in the shadows. Brayden James holds fast to a secret that's more than his to share.

She's a singularly focused veterinarian out for a rare night of fun with friends, at a New Year's Eve rock concert. Going home with the lead

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Finding Trust - Book 1 Centre Games Series

Brayden and Rihanna

He's hot, sexy, and leads a double life. Sometimes in the limelight, mostly in the shadows. Brayden James holds fast to a secret that's more than his to share.

She's a singularly focused veterinarian out for a rare night of fun with friends, at a New Year's Eve rock concert. Going home with the lead guitarist was furthest thing from Rihanna Mason's mind when the night began.

When Rihanna inadvertently becomes the target of a deadly terrorist plot using the Hendra virus as a biological weapon, Brayden is forced to reveal his other life. His job is to keep her safe and together they must stop the terrorists before it's too late. But what happens when she becomes more to him than just the assignment?

Will the secret he cannot disclose ultimately prove too much for Rihanna's fragile trust in relationships? Or will he finally break through the double brick walls around her heart, where every other man has failed?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780987514202
Publisher:
Natalie Gayle
Publication date:
02/27/2013
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

I recently discovered those school vocational assessments are really interesting and probably correct! Who would have thought, hey? You see, I clearly remember taking one of those in Year 11 (for my US friends, I think that equates to junior year in high school). Anyway, semantics. Well, the results came back indicating that I should pursue a career in writing and something else. What that something else was I can't remember but the writing thing stuck in my mind.

Sure, I'd always liked English and had already developed a ravenous appetite for romance novels by the age of sixteen-but who becomes a writer straight out of school? So to cut a long story short, I went to Uni and studied Business and ended up managing large-scale IT projects shortly after.

I can't complain: it's been a great career. I've done some awesome projects and met some incredible people and I won't be giving it up anytime soon. Anyway, I've messed around with a couple of "secret" novels over the years and I finally decided to get serious and finish one. Hence "Finding Trust" came about. And about twenty years later, I've finally proved a vocational assessment correct, because I love writing!

As to some other stuff about me: I live on the Gold Coast, Australia. I love spending time with my family and friends. When I'm not sitting behind a screen playing with IT or writing, you might find me down the beach playing in the waves on a Jet Ski or a bogey board (both are uber cool). When the weather turns a bit cooler (doesn't really happen on the Gold Coast), we like to head for the snow. I've discovered I have two kids who are kamikaze skiers-they must take after their father. He's always at me to "release the handbrake." Apparently I'd ski so much better. I call it a healthy understanding of self-preservation and gravity!

I like to think I can fit in a few workouts and martial arts classes each week. This tends to be a figment of my imagination more than reality, unfortunately. I am trying to remedy this, but those damn characters just keep demanding to have their stories told and, well, there's always another good book to read!
I hope you enjoy mine.

Please drop me a line. I'm active on Facebook, Twitter, and via email Natalie@nataliegayle.com.au. I'd love to know what you think of my books and well, let's be truthful-I love talking about books, whether they're mine or someone else's. Fiction is just so much more fun than reality!!!

Happy Reading

Natalie Gayle

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Finding Trust 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book.
Anonymous 6 months ago
A few words caught me unaware (American english is not the author's first language), however, more knowlege means additional creases in the brain. A little proofreading needed. Romance, action, humor, and of course...HOT scenes...whew...well done!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the story with the DNA enhanced men. Very likeable heros. They put up with some women that were a bit whiny at times. But i still liked the book.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star The story has laughs, secrets, suspense, and heartbreak. The “Centre” is a group of 12 operatives in a top secret organization who were genetically altered as part of a scientific experiment. They were created and born via in-vitro fertilization so they have DNA that also consists of the animals of the Chinese zodiac signs. With that altered DNA he has special abilities like super hearing, smelling, and sight. Each of the 12 members 6 male and 6 female have more of one animal’s DNA then another. This is Rhianna and Braydon’s story. Braydon needs Rhianna’s help in uncovering and stopping terrorists. Braydon needs to keep his altered DNA a secret. He also needs to hide is animal tendencies. Will he be able to hide ever thing and still get the job done? What happens when he starts to fall for Rhianna? Can he tell her his secrets and she will be okay with him or will she run as fast as she can away from him? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I had a great mix of action and romance. sometimes the author kept repeating things but other than that it was great
SheBookBlogs More than 1 year ago
3.5 out of 5 Stars; This is a romantic suspense novel surrounding a fictional virus. The first part of this book focuses on the two main characters, Brayden and Rihanna and their romance that develops between them. Things between them heat up pretty quickly. Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes. I really liked Brayden. He never had that “smirky” attitude that I hate in these romantic suspense novels. Like he is better than others. I liked Rihanna too. She was not whinny like I would expect a heroine to be in a situation like hers. I could see how someone as great of a man like Bray could fall for Rihanna. Pace of the story: Okay. Positives: Brayden was pretty honest about why he had to protect Rihanna pretty quickly. I thought that part of the story was going to drag, but it did not. I understood why he had the hide who he really was from her because of his experience of being rejected. Negatives: It took me awhile to get used to the writing. Do I recommend? It has a nice mix of romance and suspense. Book Format Read: A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Genaeve1 More than 1 year ago
A new twist on the human/animal hybrid. RATING: A+ COVER DESIGN: The cover has beautiful colors. A man’s back never looks more sexy than when a gun is sticking out of his waistband. The addition of the tagline and the fact that his other hand is a fist only add to the mystery of the cover. Love it. WHAT I LIKED: Everything. I was drawn in from the very first page and the connection I felt to the characters was intense. Instead of feeling like I was the reader, I felt like I was every characters; I loved when they did, cried when they did, jumped in surprise when they did, etc. I felt like these characters and the story were pouring out of the pages and into my apartment. The author is very talented and has gained a new fan… Me. WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: Nothing!
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
So when I read the overview of this book I was thinking western romance, but yowza this one is so much more than that. There is mystery, intrigue, romance, hot steamy love scenes, a bit of the paranormal for those who prefer the fantasy, and true love (insert happy sigh here). I love that she gets a nickname because … nope not telling. You’ll have to read why her nickname is Minky for yourself. Anyway the good doctor is in danger, but it may not just be from the people who want to kipnap or kill her. The real danger might be to her heart and she’s not sure it’s worth the risk. Love, love, love the story. Can’t wait to read more from the series. This is definitely a keeper. I give this story 4.5 out of 5 clouds. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a cool concept. I can honestly say that I’ve never read a book like this one before. Not only was it completely and utterly unique but it was also totally captivating and unendingly entertaining. Gayle takes a phenomenal concept and runs with it, creating a world and lives that you want to immerse yourself into, regardless of the danger. Fundamentally, this story is very well written. It has a brilliant flow, and has been very well edited. As a reader you can lose yourself in the pages for hours on end. I never once put the book down. It was brilliant. Gayle’s descriptions and narrative are beyond compare. Everything is set out in vivid clarity, allowing you to walk into the pages of the book. She also switches perspective between the two main characters to give her readers a better sense of the entire story, rather than having it become one sided. This is very tactfully and clearly done, avoiding any possible confusion.  I really appreciate that the equine information and characteristics in this novel are correct. It is such a large basis for the story that you can’t help but be drawn to it. The biochemical aspect of this novel also adds another level to the story. Not only does it compliment the storyline but the fact that a situation such as this is a real possibility in the world makes you cringe.  I like that the characters are (mostly) real with each other. They don’t feel the need to be all ‘made up’ all the time, but rather feel able to act and dress as themselves with each other. Sure, they have secrets. I mean, who doesn’t. But essentially they are true to each other right from the get-go, building a brilliant foundation for a full relationship. This goes not only for the main characters, but for the cast as a whole. They are open and friendly with one another and act the way that true friends would. Not only are the relationships between the characters well developed and realistic, but the characters themselves are as well. Each and every character that plays an important role in this novel is individually developed. Everyone has their own set of characteristics and their own personality. It becomes very easy to relate to some of them. Others, not so much, but that doesn’t stem from lack of character development. Rather, it stems from the fact that the characters are so diverse that even if you can see where they are coming from you won’t necessarily agree with everyone. Above all, this novel was intense. It has an intensity that is rarely found in a novel. This intensity comes from the storyline as whole, not just select scenes here and there. It was brilliant. I cannot wait to read more from this author (and I think I see another couple or two brewing in this novel, so here’s hoping). Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
Mommasez More than 1 year ago
With the plethora of current dystopian novels based on deadly viral outbreaks, you would think that ANOTHER book  with a deadly virus plaguing humanity would be ho-hum, boring. Finding Trust by Natalie Gayle is anything but dull. The bare bones premise of this novel is a young female veterinarian, Rihanna, who is pressed into service by a secretive governmental group, the Centre, in order to stop the deadly Hendra Virus from being spread from horses to humans. In the process of working closely with several of the twelve elite members of this group, Rihanna falls in love with Brayden, the man in charge of her safety. And is it ever some HOT love! Unfortunately, Rihanna's mother died when she was fifteen and Rihanna has watched her father pine for his lost love for the fifteen years since. His deep-rooted pain has caused Rihanna to shy away from love because, inevitably, it leads to loss. Her new love, Brayden, must win her love and trust--thus the name of the book. I had to disagree with Rihanna's reluctance to give her heart to wealthy, sexy Brayden only because I tend to fall in love quite easily and quite often, lol. My heart broke for Rihanna, though, because the fear of loss is truly the greatest fear of all. Besides being a scientific thriller and romance, Finding Trust was also an endearing and emotional story. The members of the Centre are all the same age and have known each other since college when they were presented with the horrible truth of their existence. This secret colors their lives and ultimately their relationships, causing them all to shy away from love. Brayden is the first of the twelve to attempt to have a real life. This blind leap of faith for Brayden is also another aspect of finding trust--trust that someone else can love him for what he really is. The fear that he feels and the incredible compassion and support from his comrades plucks at the heartstrings. Brayden's best buds, Rory and Quade, not only cheer him on but also add comical relief. Throwing each other in the pool, calling each other names, and ribbing Brayden over his new love had me grinning and laughing as I saw the same goofy camaraderie between them as I've witnessed many times between my own two brothers. Gayle should be lauded for writing a novel that is sexy, intriguing, humorous and real, all at the same time. Definitely a four star read!!
hez1972 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this first book from Natalie Gayle. I thought the plot of this book was excellent. I really enjoyed the paranormal extras without being thrown into a book that was completely unbelievable. The author was able to take things that are happening today and integrate it into a that little extra something. Rihanna and Brayden were a great couple but I found myself really wanting more of Jazz, Quade and Rory! This to me is a sign that you have created a great world if I love the secondary characters as much as the H/h. There were a couple of things that I wished she would have explored more, but I can honestly say that I still found it hard to put down. I am looking forward to the second book. This book was given to me by the author for an honest review.