Whatever It Takes: A Trust No One Novel [NOOK Book]

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All three parts in one volume!

Fans of Cindy Gerard and Jaci Burton will love the next thrilling novel in Dixie Lee Brown's suspenseful Trust No One series…

Assassin Alex Morgan will do anything to save an innocent life—especially if it means rescuing a child from a hell like the one she endured.

But going undercover as husband and wife, with none other than the disarmingly sexy Detective Nate Sanders, may be ...

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Whatever It Takes: A Trust No One Novel

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Overview

All three parts in one volume!

Fans of Cindy Gerard and Jaci Burton will love the next thrilling novel in Dixie Lee Brown's suspenseful Trust No One series…

Assassin Alex Morgan will do anything to save an innocent life—especially if it means rescuing a child from a hell like the one she endured.

But going undercover as husband and wife, with none other than the disarmingly sexy Detective Nate Sanders, may be a little more togetherness than she can handle. She's used to working alone, and no man is going to change that—not even a man who makes her heart pound and her defenses crumble with just a touch

Nate has dodged more than a few bullets over the years, but fighting his attraction for Alex may be the bullet that does him in. Still, Nate's determined to help her find the missing kid. There's no doubt in his mind that they're walking straight into danger, but Nate's willing to face anything if it means protecting Alex. She might have been on her own once, but Nate has one more mission: to stay by her side—forever.

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Editorial Reviews

Linda Castillo
Dixie Lee Brown delivers all the goods in high style: romance, adventure and suspense-with a generous helping of sexy that will leave readers clamoring for more. The talented Ms. Brown writes the kind story of romance readers crave: sexy, fun and filled with adventure and suspense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062328304
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/12/2014
  • Series: Trust No One
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 12,621
  • File size: 560 KB

Meet the Author

Dixie Lee Brown lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by what she believes is the most gorgeous scenery anywhere. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who make sure she never takes herself too seriously. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, movies, and trips to the beach.

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    Ever since I read Dixie Lee Brown's previous book, If You Only K

    Ever since I read Dixie Lee Brown's previous book, If You Only Knew, I was itching to get my hands on Nate's book. For those of you that know me, I have a slight thing for men in uniform-specifically cops since I have one of my own at home. Oh! And let's not forget the man has one of my FAVORITE cars...a classic Ford Mustang. Loved those cars since I was a kid. (Thank you Daddy!) I would pant after Nate just for his car alone! Lol. Anyway, Ms. Dixie had me really intrigued with Nate and had my wheels turning when it came to Alex. I really couldn't be happier with their book!

    We felt the immediate push and pull of Nate and Alex's feelings, sexual energy, intrigue...or whatever it is you want to call what zipped between the two of them in If You Only Knew. I knew the possibilities were endless on where it could go. We find out that some really messed up (when I say messed up, it's more like some serious f-ed up stuff) happened to Alex in the past, so she is slightly awkward at times but she is a force to be reckoned with. Suffering from a serious case of PTSD, (and not the military type we are used to reading which was very refreshing and a nice reminder that not everyone who has PTSD was previously in the military) she has flashbacks and sometimes hears the voice of her tormentor. And if an innocent is in a dangerous situation that they seem to have no way out of, Alex gets crazy dangerous...at least for the bad guys. But under that layer of insecurities and warped sense of right and wrong, she has a giant heart of gold. She fights for the underdog with everything she has. There is no half-way with her. This doesn't happen very often, but I think I was more in love with Alex than with Nate. For her to go through what she did and come out the other side of it with a tainted view of some things but still fighting the good fight, this is one strong chick. I loved everything about her. Everything.

    And Nate was pretty much right up there in my character loving. Even without the Mustang boost, he was such a great hero. I'm so used to reading alpha males who can be such giant jerks at times with all their my way or the highway attitude and it gets old real quick when that's all you seem to be reading. I loved that Nate knew when to push Alex and when to let her have the space she needed to feel comfortable. And he completely melted my heart with how open and honest he made his feelings known. That takes a lot of guts and confidence with yourself to do that. There are some heroes that are written like this but we don't see it all that often. I know I'm used to reading the guy who keeps how he's really feeling inside or just lets known a few things but otherwise plays his cards close to his chest. But not Nate. He just seemed that much stronger in my eyes because he wasn't second guessing himself and was still a tough when it came down to it. Sexy, sexy man. Yum!!

    The action in the story was really great. At one point I was trying to figure out which bad guy was gun them down (and not in a confusing way but more of a trying to play detective and figure it out sort of way). We had three players vying for that spot. In the end, it was a crazy, crazy situation that had me wanting to punch through the pages to stab one of the bad guys myself. (Yes, him more than the others. Read it and you'll probably know which one I wanted to take down.) And the possibilities of the next book are just screaming that it's going to be a great book. I don't know where I'm going to find the patience to wait for the next one. It's going to be so good!

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    Fun, sexy, and fast paced! I can't get enough of Dixie Lee Brown

    Fun, sexy, and fast paced! I can't get enough of Dixie Lee Brown's thrilling romances. Her heroes are super sexy and totally alpha and the heroines are women you can really cheer on. I especially love this newest novel: Alex is a fantastically complex heroine - capable of anything but hiding some serious damage. All in all, this is another win for Ms. Brown. Alex + Nate = awesome!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

    Even though WHATEVER IT TAKES is the 4th book in the Trust No On

    Even though WHATEVER IT TAKES is the 4th book in the Trust No One series, and I have not read any of the previous books, this novel had me hooked from the very beginning. It did a great job of quickly rehashing Alex and Nate's first run in, which occurred in the previous novel, and introducing us to the the rest of the team in a way that provided just the right amount of information without slowing down the action. 




    Alex is an incredibly brave and resilient woman. Having been taken from her home as a child and subjected to drugging, brainwashing and other barbarities, Alex somehow comes out the other side vowing to help and protect others. Her PTSD and violent outbursts make her, and sometimes those around her, feel as if she doesn't always have full control of her mind or actions. But Nate Sanders is somehow able to calm her and quiet the awful voice of her tormentor. In his arms her awful nightmares are kept at bay and she finally experiences desires which she never thought could possibly interest her.




    Nate is able to look beyond the damage that Alex sees at irreparable, to the core of strength inside of her. He sticks with her, even when her defenses are up or when her mind goes to that quiet place, fueled by instinct and violence. And for the first time, she wants more than the life filled with savagery and self-recrimination that she's always known. She's never relied on anyone before and it's definitely not something that comes easy to her. But as the lines between their faux-marriage and their real romance start to blur, Alex finds herself trusting Nate to have her back. 




    The road to love is definitely not smooth for Alex and Nate. Between her feelings of unworthiness, fears which cause her to push Nate away and the bevy of criminals that want them both dead, these two hardly get a moment to relax. But they definitely find time to have some sweet and sexy moments together, as much as they try to resist each other.




    This was such an emotionally turbulent story. WHATEVER IT TAKES does not have flat, cookie-cutter characters or a simple, straightforward romance. Nate and Alex have experienced horrible, life-changing trauma, the kind that leaves an indelible imprint on the soul. Thanks to the Dixie Lee Brown, we get to watch Alex and Nate work their way through their own emotional labyrinths to get to a place where they value themselves and can no longer deny their rightness for each other. This was my first experience with the series and the author but I would definitely be interested in reading some more books in the series!








    Disclaimer: As an Avon Addict, I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Must read

    This is the 4th story in Dixie Lee Browns Trust series this is Nate ans Alex's story.Alex and Nate are trying to fins a kidnapped child in Mexico,Nate and and Ty were partners in Oregon Police Department,Ty works for an elite operatives group and they all pull together to find the child.Itsca great story great supporting cast from the other books,romance action what more can you want from a book? Everyone needs to read Dixie Lee a brown she brings you in the story and you won't leave till you read it all!! Love it you will too!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Romantic suspense

    Love this series. Love the characters. Love the story lines

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  • Posted August 27, 2014

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    If you read the third book in this series, If Only You Knew, lik

    If you read the third book in this series, If Only You Knew, like me, you probably have been looking forward to Nate and Alex’s story because they don’t seem to get off on the right footing when they meet in the latter part of the book, and the sparks between them have already started to fly! Now, in this fourth installment that extends the plot from book three, Whatever It Takes features the continuation of Nate and Alex’s relationship. And I’ll go ahead and say right now Brown does not disappoint. Whatever it Takes has all the excitement, thrills and an amorous romance that I’ve come to expect in this series. 

    The book picks up the plot several months later in the story’s timeline. A five-year-old boy, Marco, was kidnapped in the last book and used as leverage by a rogue FBI agent to manipulate the boy’s mother into cooperating with him in his illicit schemes. Now, after months of searching, Joe’s team has a strong lead on the human trafficker who has him, and time is of the essence in getting the boy out of the hands of Diego Vasquez. As the team prepares a plan to get Marco back to his mother, Alex is sent to locate undercover detective, Nate Sanders to assist in the rescue mission. 

    When Alex does find Nate, their encounter is anything but typical, and it is one of the best scenes in the book because of its intense action and suspense. In the follow-up scene it’s evident their overt antagonism toward each other is really just a façade to mask the sexual tension brimming between them. Nate has been warned about Alex’s instability, “…she was lethal, unpredictable, and apt to respond with violent intent at the first sign of perceived danger.” Yet, even knowing this about her and finally seeing her in action, Nate’s attraction only increases. He is drawn to the fiery, tough-as-nails, smart-mouthed beauty, and although Alex is perfectly capable of taking care of herself, ironically Nate has a need to protect her. Even though he doesn’t know her very well, he can immediately sense the scared, vulnerable woman hidden behind the hardened mercenary who is exceptional and impressive in her knife wielding skills. 

    Alex has had a traumatic past and her emotional growth has been stunted by the abuse she has suffered.  She’s aloof and distrustful of others, except for Joe and her teammates. Alex is still haunted by her captivity and Nate has to work hard for every step he takes to get close to her. The title of the book, Whatever It Takes is fitting for the progression of their relationship. Their constant verbal sparring which eventually leads to a tender but sensual romance is well-worth the read. 

    The title also connects to Alex and her unwavering attempt to save Marco from the ugly future that awaits him if the team fails to rescue him. Because of what happened to her, she is personally invested in seeing this boy freed, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him back, even knowing her role in the rescue places her in imminent danger and has the potential to take her right back to the torment she vowed never to suffer again. Brown does a really good job in getting into the mindset of someone who has suffered severe emotional damage, and I’m impressed with how well she helps us understand what it’s like to carry this baggage around with her every single day. 

    Although the rescue mission is well-planned, the events that follow are unpredictable and suspenseful, and just when you thing the worst is over, the stakes for this couple’s survival become even higher. 

    I’ll admit at times, I became frustrated with Alex’s behavior. Nate tries to prove over and over to her that he cares about her and he’s in for the duration, even though Alex pushes him away every time they begin to make progress. Nate’s character is wonderful and even though Alex tells him to stay away because she’s crazy and fears that she’ll hurt him, Nate believes and trusts her. His feelings are always transparent:

    “If you’re going to spend more time around me, and I hope you will, you should be prepared because I look for the good in people and I’m likely to say something nice at any moment. I’m a complete sap,and I get all emotional at the drop of a hat. I want you to know how I feel.” 

    Nate is irresistible, and his openness is refreshing. I just wish it didn’t take so long for Alex to realize he is willing to accept her just as she is. When she tells him she wishes she were normal, I love his reply that “normal is overrated.” 

    Now I’m ready for Jimmy’s story. He’s one of Alex’s teammates and one of the few she connects with because both suffer from PTSD. In the next mission, Jimmy will be taking the lead and most likely working solo since as a former SEAL, he’s a deadly weapon, without or without a gun. The plot continues as Jimmy sets out to find Marco’s mother, who has mysteriously disappeared.

    Although Whatever it Takes can be read as a stand-alone since Brown provides enough detail to explain how Marco and his mother came to be separated, I recommend reading the third installment first. While others may be fine with reading a summary of past events connected to the ongoing plot, I prefer to experience the entirety of a story rather than relying on a re-cap of the what happened before. All in all,  Whatever It Takes is a very good romantic suspense.

    Source: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher to provide an honest review. Note: The quotes used in this review were taken from a pre-released version of the book and may have changed or been omitted in the final released edition. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Wonderful Suspense!

    This forth book in the series was worth waiting for. Loved it, a strong hero and heroine you can admire and love. Nate and Alex are wonderful together and I loved their story. I loved little Marco and hope he is in the next book to continue to see what happens with him and his mother. Wonderful cast of returning characters from the past books that I enjoyed meeting again. Lots of suspense along with the romance. I am looking forward to the next and I think I know who the hero will be or at least hoping for. Some sexual content. JudyE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Loved it!

    I loved every minute of this book! Non-stop action. Strong romance thread. THIS BOOK IS THE BEST OF ITS KIND!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    Ah, I get all excited when I read an excellent story and get rea

    Ah, I get all excited when I read an excellent story and get ready to write the review!
    I wish I had caught this series before, I absolutely love the tone of this author. The whole story is a perfect blend of action, love, tragedy, and humor. I truly enjoyed it!
    Nate and Alex's love story is such beautiful tale. The tragedy and horror of Alex's past, and nearly constant reminder of the inhumane treatment Alex suffered is in between them, but their fight for the chance for a relationship. The way Nate handles Alex's brokenness, his understanding towards her wounds, it is heartbreaking and so adorable. There are so many *swoon worthy* scenes in this story, but the fishing trip must be one of my favorites.
    The action is explosive and fiery. It is drizzled through the story, and kept me on my toes. With several unexpected surprises in the plot, there's no possibility that I could have lost interest in the story at any point.
    Absolutely exhilarating action packed romance ~ Five spoons!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Ok

    Not as good as first books. Little boring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Me

    Lost of romance and one HUGE pity party (even with pretty good reason), still too much of it.

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