I had been anticipating the sequel to Deadly Devotion for awhile so I was very pleased to read more about Kate's amateur sleuthing adventure. Even though the story didn't grab my full attention right away, I was eager to see what happened with Kate and Tom.
The mystery and focus of the book takes off right away. Kate is shopping for her elderly neighbor when the clerk discovers the bills paid with are counterfeit ones, leading immediately to Kate getting into trouble. Tom shows up for the case and they begin their investigating.
I really wanted to find out how Verna, Kate's neighbor, is involved this time. I knew there was no way she was guilty with the counterfeiting, but as always there's more to the story than we initially see.
My favorite parts of the book were scenes with Verna, Verna's sweet cat, Tom, Tom's family, and especially Tom's dad.
Kate now has a lab assistant that I suspected from the beginning, but even she was helpful getting Kate to work on time.
I could NOT believe how many people want to sabotage Kate! Wasn't it enough that her best friend was killed in the first book? This woman just can't get a break. Even though the main plot of the story was finding who was responsible for the counterfeiting money, there were many twists and turns that I didn't see coming, whoa! It's amusing reading how Kate tries to follow Tom's instructions on safety, but somehow gets around those instructions. His patience and devotion to her is another reason I love this series.
Tom is such an amazing character and only wants to do the right thing. The right thing for him is asking God to help him, doing his job by the book, and of course protecting Kate_..she is able to get into trouble faster than you can say, "Indiana Jones." (that line is from the movie Notting Hill, let me know if you remember what scene it comes from) I was surprised she didn't listen to Tom better (he really is only out for her best interest and her protection) and I was even more surprised that it takes more than half of the book for her to really trust him. On the other hand, she has been through a lot and regardless of their chemistry, she is also just trying to do what's right.
The movie this book slightly resembles to me is The Firm. There's a company in the story that has caused so much death and destruction and seemingly has gotten away with it for the time being. If you get in their way or don't follow along, your character disappears from the picture quickly. Even the police have been killed or are unable to gather enough evidence to prosecute this company. So not cool_.
An overall GREAT book that I did get into and had no idea which characters were guilty, even though I had my own suspects in mind. It would be so nice if these people would just let Kate live her life without the element of danger, but at the same time Kate gets to discover who really loves her in the midst in investigating. Minor spoiler___.it was wonderful reading Tom and Kate's first kiss. It's obvious that he's a goner for her and it's a treat watching their relationship develop. They have both had a close friend die and trauma because of that, but it's a treat seeing them rely on one another and slowly heal.
I want to thank the author and Revell for sending me a review copy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Sandra Orchard really stepped up the suspense with this second book in the Port Aster series. The first in the series, "Deadly Devotion," was a great, well-developed beginning to the series that laid the foundation for the three books so well that I cracked open "Blind Trust" and jumped right into the excitement without a moment of delay.
Kate Adams, amateur sleuth is caught in the middle of a case again that has nothing to do with her_or does it? She's about to find out. "Blind Trust" ends with a great cliffhanger leading into the third and final book. The back of the book gives the reader a taste of what's to come, but it's not enough, I say. Looking forward to it, Sandra!
Stand-alone titles in a fiction series seem to be all the rage. I must admit I like them but I also miss the cliff-hanger endings that leave you anxiously anticipating the next book in the series. Sandra Orchard's Port Aster Secrets has revived that tradition of waiting with baited breath on the next book to come out.
Last year, Deadly Devotion debuted and gave us a thrill ride. There was a murder. There were suspects. The chase was on. The suspect was caught, jailed, tried and convicted. Everything was tied up with a nice big bow . . . well not so fast.
From the opening pages of Blind Trust we see that what we thought was tied up has come unraveled. Charges have been dropped against the murderer. Kate Adams is livid, but she's also afraid that she will become the target again. What she doesn't suspect is the other looming threats that are surrounding her. She finds out that the people she thought that she could trust were lying to her. Her life is once again in danger but from a different source (maybe).
Detective Tom Parker continues to have his hands full keeping Kate out of harms way. The biggest obstacle to Kate's safety seems to be Kate herself. When he solves one part of the mystery it seems to only open up more questions about the crime spree that is plaguing Port Aster.
Once again we are left with more questions than answers. Usually that would drive me crazy but in this instance, the anticipation for the next novel is just delicious. The bad news . . . it doesn't come out until next year. The good news . . . we do have some answers to the questions in Deadly Devotion. But I wonder if everything is as it appears?!!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
We met Kate Adams in the first book, Deadly Devotion, and now her story continues in Blind Trust. I was really impressed by this sequel! It's been awhile since I've read a series where you stay with the primary characters from the first book. That being said, Orchard's series feels fresh.
If one thing about Kate has been made crystal clear it's this: you don't mess with her friends. As we saw in the book prior to Blind Trust, Kate's dear friend's death was ruled as suicide. Refusing this verdict, Kate set out to discover the truth. In Blind Trust, her kind neighbor, Verna, is accused of counterfeiting. We can all probably guess how Kate reacts to that. This loyalty to people close to her is really admirable, yet is odd when you consider she has problems trusting others. I love how well Orchard has developed Kate this far, and I'm curious to get to know her even better in Book 3.
Detective Parker, or Tom, strives to balance his developing relationship with Kate and his job. Despite his flaws and his imperfections, Tom is a dependable guy for the most part. I loved getting to know his character better in Blind Trust.
Orchard has written a series that leaves you wanting more. There's suspense, mystery, uncertainty, and a slight amount of romance weaved in. I am ever so eager for Book 3's release! June 2015 seems so far away. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy the suspense/mystery genre ages fifteen and up for readability.
I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!
Beginning one month after Deadly Devotion leaves us, Kate Adams lands right in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker's cases when she discovers the money her elderly neighbor gave her to buy groceries is counterfeit. Determined to prove her sweet neighbor's innocence, Kate starts poking around...and stumbles into something far more deadly than she ever imagined. Tom is equally determined to protect Kate. But can he protect her from such powerful enemies?
Wow! Blind Trust was even better than the first book in this series. The mystery had me on the edge of my seat, the budding romance made me smile, and the story was so intriguing I read it in record time.
The mystery was extremely fascinating! I found myself questioning everything multiple times. I loved the fact that it was a continuation of the first book. Everything you think are separate occurrences are really connected and the author has you feverishly trying to put the puzzle pieces together. I love books that challenge me and this is definitely one of those! I am freaking out that I have to wait to see what happens next. I also loved watching Tom and Kate grow closer in this book. The romance is very sweet. The dialogue made me smile. There is a lot of character growth that keeps it really interesting and adds a lot of depth to the story.
Blind Trust is a heart pounding, romantic, and intriguing mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat! If you enjoy mysteries, suspense, and romance then I definitely recommend you check out the Port Aster series. I for one anxiously await the next book in this suspenseful series.
**I received this book free from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own.