Monday, February 3, 2014

TRUST ME by Kristin Mayer (Review)


A difficult year filled with loss and heartache leaves Allison Scott withdrawn and emotionally disconnected. When she is finally ready to move forward with her life, she embarks on a getaway vacation to Miami, determined to find healing from the painful memories in her past.

Damien Wales also has a tragic past that has left him a cold and distant person. However, the moment he sees Allison, he’s inexplicably drawn to her, and he is a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

A sunset stroll brings the two together. Allison feels an undeniable attraction to Damien, but she’s hesitant to get close to anyone. Damien will do everything he can to keep Allison in his life, but his overprotective and domineering demeanor might just push her away. When Damien’s dark past begins to collide with his present, Allison’s life is put in danger. Damien must keep her safe, but some things are just out of his control.

Trust Me is the first book in the Trust Series.


Let me introduce you to DAMIEN WALES. Where shall I begin.  Let’s start with how SEXY he is.  Damien is a total ALPHA male with his piercing blue eyes, dark hair and a body that will stop your heart.  When Damien is in the room, you feel his presence. 

Allie is strong willed, beautiful and not afraid to speak her mind.  Alli lost her parents a year ago in a car accident and pretty much has withdrew from the world.  She has been going through the motions with finishing out her junior year in college, but she has not been living.  Alli has taken the death of her parents hard and needs to take some time for herself to get her life into perspective.  Alli has a fear of letting anyone in because she is terrified of losing someone again.  She is hoping a week away from home in Miami will help her have the courage to move on with her life.

Alli has a love for photography.  She decides a walk on the beach at sunset will do her some good and she could get some great pictures.  Alli stumbles upon Damien while snapping away with her camera.  Her heart immediately begins to flutter and she is at a complete loss for words.  This has never happened to her before. Alli is definitely attracted to Damien and when he asks her to join him for dinner, her mouth can’t form the words to accept.  Finally after the huge lump in her throat clears, she manages to accept his invitation to dinner.

During dinner it’s evident that the two of them are attracted to each other.  Is it possible to feel this way after only knowing the person for a few short hours?  Did fate bring these two together?  Damien is very confident in himself and he wants to get to know Alli more, so he invites her to spend some time with him the next day. 

"You take my breath away.  I can feel your need for me.  My need is just as bad as yours.  I don’t want to rush this, Alli, because I want you to get to know me.  I won’t be a one-night stand for you.” ~ Damien.

Damien and Alli begin to spend time together when they return home, since they don’t live too far from each other.  Over time, their feelings begin to grow stronger for each other and Damien becomes were very protective of Alli.  Damien feels the need to make sure Alli is protected and sometimes it appears that he is being controlling, or possessive.  Alli will not be bossed around and told what to do.  Are Damien’s actions justified?

“Alli, you’re mine.  No one else is ever going to have you.” ~ Damien

Alli needs to know why Damien is always trying to protect her. She needs answers to her questions.  Damien has a past, one that he is not sure he wants to share.  Will sharing his past with Alli, push her away or bring them closer together?  Will Damien be honest with Alli?  Will Alli accept his reasons? Can Alli trust Damien? 

“You’ve got to relax baby, and stop fighting me.  Breathe Alli.  Trust me.” ~ Damien

Damien and Alli’s relationship is not easy.  They face many obstacles throughout their relationship.  But trusting each other is what got them through it… together.  Communication was a key factor in Damien and Alli’s relationship.  By communicating how they felt about things, and about situations that arose, they were able to trust one another.  Trust is KEY is a relationship.  If you don’t have trust, your relationship does not have a stable foundation.  

Being with Damien has made Alli feel things that she hasn’t felt in a long time.  She feels alive again.  When Alli looks in the mirror, she sees a totally different person than she was when she arrived in Miami.

“Damien Wales has possessed me in a way I never knew was possible.” ~ Alli

Alli begins to receive notes, texts and flowers from an anonymous sender.  Someone is trying to tell Alli something about Damien’s past, but she can’t seem to put the pieces together.  Will Alli tell Damien about the things she’s been receiving?  Will Damien know why she is getting them?  Is this the act of a jealous ex-lover?  Is someone trying to tell Alli something?  Is Alli in danger?  Will Alli trust Damien to keep her safe?

Damien lost someone very close to him and he was not about to lose someone else he loved.  When Damien opened up to Alli, she understood him better.  She knew first hand what it was like to lose people you love.  Damien will stop at nothing to keel Alli safe.

I felt horrible seeing what Damien and Alli went through.  Damien loved Alli unconditionally and he vowed to protect her.  Things begin to get crazy for Damien and Alli, but as long as Alli listened to and trusted Damien, she would be safe.  Damien was not going to lose another person he loved.  I have to say I wasn’t sure what to think of Damien at first. I struggled to agree with some of his actions.  But after getting his back story, I completely understood why he acted the way he did, why he was so protective of Allie, and why he seemed to be a little possessive. Damien won my heart over !! I was in complete awe over him.

There are plenty of twists and turns in TRUST ME and you will be on the edge of your seat the entire time.  In the beginning of the book, I felt as though Damien came on a little too strong and moved a little too fast for my liking.  I loved how Alli was feeling the exact same way I was.  Alli spoke what was on her mind and told Damien exactly what she was feeling.  It was refreshing to see a female lead character hold her own, and not be weak.  I think this was one of my favorite things about the book. 

I am looking forward to see what the future holds for Damien and Alli.  I am anxious to get all the answers to all of my questions regarding Damien’s past. 

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