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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Shadowed Trust by Stacey Joy Netzel

Shadowed Trust by Stacey Joy Netzel
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (260 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed By Dianthus

Ad-Man Jordan Blake believed image was everything—until his parents were convicted of murder, the family company went bankrupt, and his excessive drinking and arrest fueled the tabloids. When lawyer David Barnes offers representation in exchange for assistance in reopening his Colorado mountain resort, Jordan has no choice. It’s help or jail.

Hollywood wild child Lexie Sinclair disappeared by changing her name, joining the army, and marrying a soldier. One night, her husband wrapped their car around a tree, killed himself, and left her permanently injured. For the past few years she’s been content to live in peaceful obscurity as caretaker of David’s defunct resort.

Jordan’s arrival exposes Lexie’s true identity and brings her dead husband’s ‘friends’ calling. Jordan offers to help, but the shadow of his drinking leaves Lexie reluctant to trust. Can they conquer their fears and find the courage to face the criminals—and the world—together?

Hiding from the past and fearing the future, Lexie Sinclair has closed herself off from the world for years. With the help of David Barnes, her world starts to resemble "normal" until Jordan Blake saunters into her life. With his black moods, chip on his shoulder and bottle of booze he is so completely wrong for her and yet she can’t seem to stay away. Maybe with the help of Sass and Rocky, Lexie can show Jordan there is life outside of the amber liquid and maybe one that includes her at his side. When a blast from Lexie’s past comes in demanding things she can’t willing give, will Jordan stay by her side or will the alcohol’s call be stronger than his resolve?

How Jordan got into this mess, he would never understand. He owed a lot to David Barnes, but coming out to this desolate camp and having to work for a spitfire like Lexie Sinclair wasn’t at all what he was thinking of for retribution repayment. There is something about her that calls to him, but she is a complication he definitely does not need in his life right now. When trouble comes knocking at his door, Jordan will have to decide if he wants the life he had or the chance to be the man he sees reflected in Lexie's beautiful eyes.

With a merry band of wild animals, a deserted resort, and armed men gunning for a shoot out, Hades, Colorado will probably never be the same again. Shadowed Trust is the third book in Ms. Netzel's Colorado Trust series. Each book is full of suspense and romance cleverly woven together to keep a reader on their toes.

This was a great story and it drew me in as a reader from the first pages. Lexie and Jordan’s characters had chemistry from the very beginning, but Ms. Netzel made sure that they had to work for the HEA in the end. The conflicts, suspense and subtle romance thrown into this story truly made this not only an enjoyable read but had me hating to see it end. The story flowed really well and kept me turning pages until the very end. Stacey Joy Netzel is a new-to-me author, and I wasn’t sure what to expect from merely looking at the cover, but in the end I was enthralled and wanted to get to know these characters more. If all her stories are as well developed and clever as Shadowed Trust I'll being adding her stories to my ever growing TBR list. I recommend you give her a chance as well.