Author: Peiri Ann
Release Date: September 2015
Book Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Loving someone has never been so deadly.
Valerie Harper has one assignment, one mission. Assassinate her mark and everyone he loves. But what happens when she finds that she loves him too?
Her instructions are simple; do not fraternize with your target, observe at a distance, and never engage with the enemy. However, as things take an unexpected turn in Val's world, these simple instructions begin to change.
Refusing to be a puppet, Kyle Shultz walks away from his old life and settles into the college routine. But the life of a student is more difficult than he imagined. Making friends and attending parties are as foreign a concept as showing a target mercy.
The lines between the state of the job and the affairs of the heart are blurred as Valerie and Kyle’s worlds collide.
With a maze of enemies and hit lists to navigate, will these two young adversaries proceed wide-eyed and alone into the fray? Or will they blindly trust the feelings they can no longer ignore?
Author's note - Blind Trust is a full-length standalone. Due to strong language and sexual content, this novel is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
BLIND TRUST by Peiri Ann is a contemporary romantic suspense that is centered around young adults. It took me some time to get through this title as the story was not as I expected. Based on the synopsis I was expecting that this would be a gripping read. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
BLIND TRUST tells the story of Valerie Harper and Kyle Shultz. Valerie, an assassin, was assigned the task of terminating Kyle and his family. She was instructed not to get close to her target, however, this proved easier said than done. Valerie found herself in a precarious position when she inadvertently fell in love with her target. Will she be able to carry out her assignment?
The pacing in my opinion was adequately balanced. There were some aspects of the story that moved quickly and just when things appear to be heating up, the story slows down. I found this frustrating at times. As stated earlier, the premise was good, but I believe that the storyline could have been better developed. I found the story to be disjointed, which made it difficult to follow at times. Nevertheless, this story was unique, which for me was a plus.
My views of the characters were mixed. I enjoyed my encounter with Kyle. He was a ladies' man, which was evident from the way women threw themselves at him. One would expect that for an assassin he would be cold and unfeeling. However, he proved to be the opposite, when it came to his family and friends. He would do anything to protect those he loves. He is motivated by a sense of honour and love.
"At your weakest point… whenever you think you can't move forward… or you feel like it's not worth it… like anything is not worth it… remember, I'm here. You don't have to feel alone, you don't have to feel broken. I'm here to mend you, okay. I'm here to stitch you up. I'm by your side to catch you regardless of the direction you fall."
Initially, I enjoyed meeting Val but as the story progressed, I started to like her less and less. She was whiny and annoying. She was described as a badass assassin, but based on her actions I had doubts about her abilities to carry out her assignment.
I like the fact that the story was told from alternate POVs as this provided insight into the characters' thoughts and feelings. Although the story did not flow flawlessly, the author did a good job when it came to building suspense. The story had a few twists that I never saw coming. There was one particular event that left me scratching my head. There were action, violence, and some very steamy sex scenes.
The themes that stood out in the story are betrayal and greed. We see where friends and family are willing to betray each other for personal gratification. The story depicts that when we love someone it means that we have to have faith that the person will stick with us through the good and bad times.
"Kyle, if you love her…" She paused long before she continued, "It's a blind trust that's required of you. Where you believe beyond any doubt, beyond her flaws, beyond your insecurities, beyond what's present. You trust her—blindly—because there is no living proof that she will stick with you and no way for you to know. But you believe she will."
Overall, I found this to be an average read. It was not my favourite, but I would still recommend to readers who enjoy romance, action, and suspense. -
I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was not offered an incentive nor was I compensated in any size, shape or form. This review represents my honest opinion of this title.