Perilous Trust

Perilous Trust

by Barbara Freethy


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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…

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Perilous Trust #1

Reckless Whisper #2

Desperate Play #3


"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944417321
Publisher: Fog City Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: Off the Grid: FBI Series , #1
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 102,575
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of more than sixty-five books ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Barbara delights in writing about ordinary characters caught up in extraordinary stories. Suspense fans will love her Off the Grid: FBI Series that begins with Perilous Trust. Contemporary romance readers will want to jump into The Callaways with On A Night Like This. Her bestselling standalone novels include Summer Secrets and Don't Say A Word, both of which spent multiple weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. In the past seven years, Barbara has sold over 7.2 million books. Join the fun!

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Perilous Trust 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. I loved the characters, the story kept me guessing and it was an enjoyable story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first found out about this series when I read the Lightning Strikes series by Barbara Freethy. I loaded the series on my Nook as a TBR. But when Barnes & Noble put this one on the serial read for December, I just had to read it. Wow! This is a fantastic read that is so well written. Full of mystery, suspense, a plot loaded with twists and a wonderful romance. I was so caught up in it, that I couldn’t wait to finish it. I finished it up by reading the one on my reader. Planning on finishing the rest of the series now. Well done Barabara!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Barbara Freethy always writes well, with an original story line and wonderful romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving story, can't wait for the others!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read a good book in a long time. This kept me wanting to read more every night! I couldn’t get through the book fast enough to see who’s who! Highly recommend!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intense fight, flight, and romance.
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ledLD More than 1 year ago
First in this new series. Very good read. Intrigue, romance a little steam. The story flowed and held my interest. I figured the bad agent out but had a problem picking out the "friend" angle. Good read, well worth the time spent.
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Renee25 More than 1 year ago
Oh my!!! This was a great book and I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I really like this author's books and she is a go to for me but this book is my absolute favorite of hers. This one had me on the edge of my seat and read it in one night. Sophie and Damon have a past and are brought together again after 4 years. Who can they trust? Can Sophie trust Damon? Loved the side characters and hope they get their own books. Not only a romance but a mystery. Great cover and title. Highly recommend. It is a book I will read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was ok....proofreading before publishing would have been nice.
kittykittybowwow More than 1 year ago
Love the story line. First book that I read of hers. Will read more..
Talkingt77 More than 1 year ago
This is a great story with suspense, mystery and twist and turns. Not sure who to trust Sophie takes a chance on Damon with her safety and her heart. Trying to figure out if they are two steps ahead or five steps behind will keep you turning the pages. I could not put this book down. Trying to figure out who to trust and who not to trust will have you suspicious of everyone. A suspenseful romance that will not disappoint. Looking forward to more books in this series.
BrandyLyons More than 1 year ago
Mpomper514 More than 1 year ago
Wow! This newest series by Barbara Freethy starts out with a bang! Fast paced story that keeps you guessing along the way to try to figure out which direction the story is going - who can be trusted. Sophie is the daughter of an FBI agent who is head of the Crime Division in NYC. She is now a professor during the school year, and takes students on archaeological digs during the summer. She and her father are close, so Sophie is confused when she gets notified by the FBI that her father was killed in an auto accident, but that they are investigating whether it was accident or if he was killed on purpose. Imagine her surprise to get mysterious messages on her voicemail from her father shortly after hearing he was killed. That is the start of her adventure to get to the truth. Enter Damon - who was mentored by Sophie's dad while he was an instructor at Quantico. Damon and Sophie had a one-night fling to get over a shared grief over a close friend. At the time neither knew of the connection with Sophie's dad. Each avoided the other for over 4 years. However, upon learning about his mentor's death and Sophie's disappearance, he feels he has to go to try to find and help her. With twists and turns, this book will keep you hooked until you finish. Even with the passage of time, the feelings they have for each other are obvious to both of them. Loved the interaction with fellow Quantico agents, and can't wait to see what their stories bring as this series unfolds. You can never go wrong with a Barbara Freethy Book!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This book has a great premise and a solid start--it had me hooked from the very first page, and I was on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next for Damon and Sophie and to a lesser degree, Bree and Wyatt. Damon and Sophie had a (brief) history as well, which also piqued my interest, and kept me turning pages, wanting to see what they would do with it. The suspense part of the story was solid, I honestly didn't know who did what and exactly why until the end, when all was revealed. (Quick question--do real-life antagonists really tell all in the end to the heroes, even if they think they've already won? It really seems more like convenient fictional exposition than realism...still, at least we get to know the truth.) Somewhere in the second half of the story, though, the suspense became more real than the romance. It felt like Sophie and Damon went from "let's try and forget about that awkwardly-ending night four years ago" to love a little too fast, skipping some crucial steps in between along the way. Don't get me wrong, I wanted to believe in their relationship, but it didn't feel like there was enough foundation laid down for what it was supposed to be becoming. Still, I did like them together and their epilogue was darn cute. The next two books will be Bree and Wyatt's, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for them. Even though this story wasn't perfect, Ms. Freethy definitely grabbed my interest with her characters and I'm looking forward to more gotta-find-out-the-truth suspense. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
XstitcherKansas More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book! I was hooked from the first page. I enjoyed the characters, the intrigue, and the fast pace of the book. The action was constant; many times I wanted to peek at the end of the book. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
arubaqueen More than 1 year ago
Sophie's dad FBI agent Alan Parker leaves messages somewhat cryptic messages for his daughter before he's killed and she is surprised when she receives them and the news that he's had an accident. She and Damon, an FBI agent trained by her dad have a brief history and have vowed to stay away from each other and been successful for 4 yrs until now. When Sophie comes up missing after her dad's death and his friend and undercover agent is in danger, Damon sets out to find answers and Sophie. The past between them isn't over and they only have each other and possible Damon's 2 friends they can trust to get them out of a bad situation. The attraction between them is still strong and so is the danger they're in. Together and with the help of Damon's friends they work to get to the bottom of their mentor's (Sophie's Dad) death. Wonderful start to a new series! I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.
Melissa_D More than 1 year ago
This Romantic Suspense book from Barbara Freethy was amazing! A little more suspenseful then romantic but none the less, it had my heart racing at times. The characters and descriptions were well spelled out. I felt like I was right with Sophie and Damon through every twist and turn in their hunt for the friend and the foe! Each page had me guessing and wondering what was coming next, and it was never expected what actually happened! Looking forward to the next books in the series and hope Damon and Sophie make an appearance!
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
A Romantic Suspense filled with action, mystery, and a bunch of twists. I received a complementary copy from the author / publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 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!
BrandyJB More than 1 year ago
Perilous Trust this new Trilogy by author Barbara Freethy is a bit different from her other books. Yes as other reviews say cryptic messages, who to trust and believe me you will not know till the very end of this Romantic Suspense. I am hoping the characters introduced in this first book will be repeated in both other books. The beginning I found a bit hard to keep track of who was who. In between suspense romance is introduced as a one night stand years ago begins again. Then back on the track of who to trust. Is there no one? There must be someone but who? Highly recommend this book for those who love suspense and romance. Honest review as ARC member. Jan B.