Review: Trust in Us

TRUST IN US - AlTonya Washington
Harlequin Kimani Romancee
PRINT | EBOOK
April 2014
CATEGORY ROMANCE
REVIEWER:
Shirley Fleming |  RATING: B 
SYNOPSIS: With a successful boutique in Charlotte and plans to open another exclusive one in Aspen, Alythia Duffy feels as if she's finally arrived. Then a wild week in the Caribbean at her best friend's bachelorette celebration threatens to ruin everything, though Alythia doesn't regret her passionate idyll with a sensual stranger.

REVIEW: Alythia, Orchid, Myrna and Jeena have been friends since middle school.  When Orchid decides to get married her friends fly to the Caribbean for a pre-wedding celebration.  Alythia loves her friends and would do anything for them but she has made a point of distancing herself from the drama that is their lives.  The groom’s friends are a part of the wedding party and when the two sets of friends’ pair up; confusion, deception and chaos follow.  What was supposed to be a joyous occasion turns disastrous and everything spins out of control.  The one positive thing that happens during the entire trip for Alythia is meeting Gage Vincent.  The two of them are attracted to each other but their time together is marred by their friends’ issues.
  
Alythia Duffy has worked hard to make a success of her boutique and has plans to open another one.  She is a business woman first and foremost.  All of her effort and energy are poured into making her business the best it can be.  Some have described her as being a goody two-shoes, very ambitious and one who has zero room in her life for anything or anybody else, including a man.  Alythia is not looking for “Mr. Right,” nor does she have the inclination to indulge in romantic entanglements or waste valuable time in high-maintenance relationships headed nowhere.  She has a set course for her life and no immediate plans to deviate from it.

Gage Vincent is a self-made man; who over the years has built Vincent Industries and Development into the billion dollar conglomerate it is today.  Because of his success he is well-respected and admired in the industry with perhaps a touch of envy when it comes to his success with the opposite sex.  Gage likes to play as well as the next man.  However, when it comes to business, he is very serious and doesn’t like wasting time.  He knows that nothing great is accomplished without hard work so he employs a hands-on approach to getting things done.     

TRUST IN US is set in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Caribbean.  This novel has a good plot and premise. The pacing is a little slow in the beginning but it moves along purposely.  The story seems to be focused more on the diverse secondary characters and their separate issues during a good portion of the book.  The two main characters appear to be on the peripheral observing the disastrous situations unfolding with their friends.  But the story gets better towards the end of the book because more emphasis is placed on the relationship developing between Alythia and Gage without all the extra drama.  I do consider the drama to be useful though.  It serves to demonstrate what can happen between virtual strangers when they engage in one-night stands and hurt feelings are involved.

Overall, TRUST IN US is a good novel.  I like Ms. Washington’s writing style and I have read several of her books.  I’m certain I’ll read more in the future.

12th June 2014 | romcol@caribsurf.com