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Monday, June 8, 2009

A Trust Earned by Diana Castilleja

A Trust Earned by Diana Castilleja
Publisher: Tease Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (104 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Selene Aiza is a very compassionate woman by nature, and fiercely protective of those she cares for. A renowned doctor with gentle patient skills, she prefers the wild country of western Oregon and the secluded hospital where she can help the people who truly need her assistance. And in the depths of those wooded wilds she can keep her secrets well hidden.

She is safe until the man she encounters by pure chance becomes the hospital's first choice as co-administrator. Her secrets and her very life fall into jeopardy, and only he can save her. He could also destroy her.

When running late to catch a plane or train you've rushed to the book-stand for something to read to pass away the time, and grabbed the wrong book? When I discovered I'd chosen I book I would not normally read I didn't expect to have my interest caught in the opening sentence. With A Trust Earned, Diana Castilleja does just that.

In this compact story she manages to pack in plenty of action and emotion. In the first page we learn why Bram has taken a series of disastrous decisions. Diana's blend of reality and shape shifting segues seamlessly together, and I don't think I'll ever look at a doctor in the same way again.

Her capacity for description carries the reader into the heart of the forest along-side Bram; experiencing his sense of unease, and feeling the loss of the boy and the man. I just love her phrase, "...the welcome death of a silent line."

She forwards several years to skilfully give the reader important back-fill and in so doing introduces Bram's ex, and in a few words the reader has her measure. That Bram is 'big' enough to share the blame for the break-up of his marriage gives the reader more insight into his character.

She foreshadows events that will impact the Bram and Selene's lives with understated skill.

Ms. Castilleja portrays her characters with sensitivity and precision, and the reader happily follows as she leads them through their trials to the HEA. Her secondary characters enhance her hero and heroine and yet have their place in this series.

That I missed the opening book has not detracted from my enjoyment and involvement with Bram, Selene and the rest of her cast. All it had achieved is my desire to find and read Diana's first book.

For anyone who enjoys the paranormal and shape-shifting stories this one is a must.

I give this 4.5 books.