Trust Me

Trust Me

by Laura Florand

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BN ID: 2940157524302
Publisher: Laura Florand
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Paris Nights , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 210,397
File size: 854 KB

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Trust Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
Lina Farah fought her way up in a male dominated field to be a top Parisian Pastry chef in a two star Michelin restaurant. Now she has a new battle after a recent traumatic event. Because of that violent attack, she meets Jake, a special ops team member assigned to her, who has spent his adult life putting himself in harm’s way while doing the necessary but sometimes awful actions that are part of his job. In the first week after the shocking occurrence which happened in the previous book of the Paris Nights series, CHASE ME, Lina has to rely on all her training to overcome the fear and devastation she feels. Lina knows that if she gives into the temptation to hide away from her life, then evil has truly won. She understands that courage is being afraid, but going on anyway despite that fear. And now Lina has the added challenge of being judged by “color of her skin and not the content of her character” on a world stage to paraphrase MLK. Lina’s job as a top pastry chef means she makes desserts which look so beautiful and tastes so divine that they should be accompanied by an angel choir. She specializes in the ephemeral that can only be enjoyed and appreciated in the now for a fleeting moment. Spun from sugar and her dreams, each creation is designed to bring joy and delight in appearance and taste, but how does such a sensitive artist continue to create this kind of beauty after her whole carefully fought for and tightly controlled world shatters apart? Lina’s heritage and family background as well as the incident puts her in the spotlight which only intensifies her initial anxieties. Lina fights back with determination not to be brought down with the only way she knows how which is by going back to her kitchen and continuing to produce her special desserts despite everything she and people she cares for have endured. While protecting Lina, Jake is very drawn to her trying for a cautious flirtation as he is trained to make no sudden moves, but she surprises him by suggesting a casual affair. He understands that type of relationship all too well after having had such meaningless encounters to blot out the darkness from his missions in the Middle East. However, Jake decides he wants to be more to Lina than an antidote to the world’s madness. After the time they spend together with some very intense encounters, they both realize only true deep emotions and real feelings can satisfy the longings of the heart. Love is the answer to hate and those like Lina and Jake who are fiercely protective people do not give up trying to slay the emotional and physical dragons that would take them down. The recent terrorism both on and off the page in Paris has irrevocably changed lives. Lina and Jake exemplify the spirit of those who would fight back not with terror and bombs, but all the personal skills they have to show the world beauty and love instead of the hate and fear evil strives to engender. Laura Florand once again demonstrates her talent at writing beautiful stories that tug at readers’ hearts and engage all their senses. Her skill of taking simple words like freckles and turning them into something sensuous adds dimension and depth to the romance. Descriptions of mouthwatering desserts as well as the Lina and Jake’s relationship will leave the reader longing to eat one of Lina’s creations while falling in love someone very like Jake. Ms. Florand is a master at prose that is so piercing and evocative that each tale engages the reader fully
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, I loved it. Reads quick, and kept me going the whole way through. It's part of a series, but stands well on its own.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Lina Farah is an accomplished pastry chef who loves her work. As a woman of Algerian heritage who grew up in a poorer area of Paris, she overcame a lot to get the position she has today. But her life has been thrown into chaos with a terrorist attack on the restaurant where she works, putting her best friend in the hospital and the ties to the attacker devastating her family. Her friend Vi's partner Chase is also hospitalized, and his team of elite operatives are still working with French counter-terrorism units to investigate what happened and prevent future events. Jake Adams, one of Chase's teammates has made it his personal mission to protect Lina from the threats she's been reviewing from the public due to her Muslim background and connection to the attacker. He's a hard man to ignore, a sexy, attractive presence who Lina decides could be the perfect way to get over what happened with a sex-only fling. The problem? Jake wants more. Can they build a real relationship from the ashes of a tragedy? It's no secret that I love everything this author writes. She consistently impresses me with her intriguing characters, timely plots, sexy love scenes and emotional story arcs. She's stated publicly that the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015 affected the way Chase Me was written, and that obviously influenced this story as well. Lina's emotional state is understandable and heart-rending. Her place of work, her friends, her personal safety have all been affected by this tragedy, and her life will never be the same again. Adjusting to this is difficult. She has emotional and physical injuries from the attack. But she is resilient. She's overcome a lot of challenges to become a a successful pastry chef and she's determined to go on with her life, even if she doesn't quite know how to go about it except to throw herself into her work in her kitchens. And if the only way to sleep at night is to exhaust herself with some good old fashioned sex, she'll do that too, if the man she wants will play along. Jake is used to women wanting him for sex, but he's the first to admit that he's tired of it. The last several years have seen him move from one mission to the next, never lingering long enough anywhere to build a relationship, not to mention that his undercover work precludes him from getting seriously involved with anyone. Lina knows who he is though, at least some of his secrets, since he's been involved in the fallout from the attack. He wants to date her, to take some of the fiery passion he sees in her and have her direct it at him. When she comes to him with an offer for sex, he's disappointed, but he'll oblige her – on his terms. The result is some very sexy scenes between them, but Jake makes it clear to Lina that he's offering more if she'll just take the risk. A future together will take compromises as they have careers that are important to them both and they have to decide if being together for the long haul is what they really want. The scenes with the counter-terrorism team are quite fun to read with lots of banter between the French and the Americans. There are definitely some guys here whose stories I'm hoping to read! Lina and her two best friends Celie and Vi get some page time as well. The city of Paris makes an excellent backdrop for this series with its romantic influence and glittering night life. Jake and Lina get a lovely happy ending. I'm very pleased with how this series is progressing and look forward to reading more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trust Me is a smidge of a departure in tone from most of Laura Florand's earlier books, probably because the roles are reversed with an American hero and a French heroine. That said, there is still the fill-your-heart-up, about-to-burst romance that I've come to expect from this author's writing. As this takes place after the events in Chase Me, and I don't want to bring out any spoilers, I'll just say it was so refreshing to see a hero who was supportive, present, and actively engaging with the heroine without a come-in-and-love-saves-the-day vibe that sometimes comes in romances where one or both of the main characters goes through something difficult. I loved how Lina started out as a kick-butt, independent woman, and she ended the story the same way! I also loved how she showed her bravery by being open to emotions and channeled her anger into picking herself and her team up by carrying on with their work. I loved Jake - love, love love! Oh Jake, so swoony! He knew from the very beginning that Lina had to find her way back to a new normal on her own strength, but he offered a quiet, supportive presence to help her feel comfortable while she got there. Plus, there just aren't enough redheaded and freckled heroes - more please! Once again, this was another delightful read from Laura Florand from start to finish. I eagerly anticipate each new release, and this one was just as wonderful a tale as I've come to expect from this author. I would recommend starting at the beginning of this series for maximum enjoyment (especially as this book builds directly on the plot of the previous book), but I think there is enough background provided that this book could also stand on its own if you just had to jump in here. *I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Trust Me*
Debaus More than 1 year ago
How I love these strong amazing women that Laura Florand creates. I have to say I also love the strong, sweet, sexy men that love them. The emotional recovery after a traumatic event is so intense and challenging. I loved Lina's way of creating something beautiful over and over again and sharing it with Vi and Chase and his team. I absolutely adored strong and steady Jake. He was so sweet to Lina. I loved his reaction to Lina's unusual request (don't want to spoil it) and how he stuck with her and helped support her yet wouldn't let himself be used except on his own terms. Add dragons and freckles and you have an amazing, fabulous book once again. I can't wait for the rest of this series!
SW57 More than 1 year ago
I was lucky to get an arc from the author. I am a huge fan of Laura Florand's! This is the 3rd book in the series. I would recommend reading book 2, Chase Me, before this one, as the hero & heroine in that book play a part in this one, and Lina's background from that book plays into this one. Besides, Chase Me was a fabulous book! So was this one! Lina had been in the middle of a terrorist attack by her cousin, in the restaurant she co-owns & is a pastry chef in. Although she was brave enough to stop the attack, and her cousin was arrested, Lina was understandably not sleeping. Our hero, Jake, has been watching her and falling for her. He is Special Ops, US military, cooperating with France. He is starting to think he would like to retire and build a life outside the military. Lina, meanwhile, is afraid to plan anything for the future, and wants to have sex with Jake to get her mind off the terror. He is upset that she wants to use him, but he also doesn't want her to be with anyone else. This was a slow burn romance. I got a little upset with Lin for not realizing Jake's feelings, but it is understandable due to her constant fear. I was interested to see how these two would finally reconcile their relationship. Excellent story! Can't wait to get stories about Jake's military buddies. They each show their personalities in this book.