Feb 27

Miss Trust by Aubrey Bondurant Review


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Chance Maxwell is the most arrogant man I’ve ever known – and he’s my boss.

Worse, he’s incredibly sexy. At least until he opens his condescending mouth. I hate being indebted to him for this job, but I have more important priorities to worry about.

My attraction to him is growing despite my better judgment.
But I sure as hell won’t ever reveal it to him.

Tory Larson is the most stubborn woman I’ve ever met – and I’ve hired her as my new assistant.

She’s different from my usual women, and my plan to leave her alone is failing miserably.
Maybe the best way to rid her from my system is to address this inexplicable spark between us.
Only, I’m in over my head.

I’m a man who always gets what I want.
She may be the exception.

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I’m such a big fan of Aubrey Bondurant’s, and I’ve read everything she has written. I swear, each of her books is better than the last, which is truly saying something since they have all been fantastic. The author describes her writing style as adult contemporary erotic romantic comedy—think smutty chick-lit—but make no mistake, however she coins it, her readers will get an engaging, smart, passionate and witty story. She writes the kind of romances that draw the reader right in with well written prose, a seriously sexy love story and endearing characters. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, if Aubrey Bondurant’s name isn’t already on your TBR, it needs to be. She is a not-to-be-missed indie author that every contemporary romance fan needs to experience.

Miss Trust is fourth book in the Miss series, and while it reads as a standalone, I highly encourage other readers to read the rest of the series simply because it’s just that good. Technically a workplace romance—my favorite trope from Bondurant because they are her jam and she does them well—this was an emotional, hard fought love story between two big personalities. Chance Maxwell was a man in command of his empire, his surroundings and himself. He was demanding, used to getting his way and a bit too direct at times, all necessary traits for a man who owns a string of very successful, very posh nightclubs all over the world. He’s all business all the time, and his demeanor seems to be set to brusque and serious bordering on cold. Victoria Larson, or Tory, is a single mom to her adorable four-year-old warrior, Penelope, and she is facing down every mother’s worst nightmare. She has not had an easy life, and her past has marked her. She wields her sarcasm like a sword and has built up the kind of steel reinforced, solid concrete, barbed wire topped protective walls an average man couldn’t even begin to scale. It’s a good thing there is nothing average about Chance Maxwell.

Chance and Tory were fire from the first word. Their sizzling chemistry literally leapt off the page and smacked me upside the head. The banter between these two was magnificent, and I gobbled it up like Pez from a Kindle shaped dispenser. When these two finally gave into the heat blazing between them, it was an inferno. But watching these two incredibly stubborn, commitment-averse, relationship first-timers work through their issues and fall in love, with the backdrop of a child battling for her life, was incredible. Oh, how I loved this story. Everything about this story spoke to romance reader in me. The hero and heroine, the wonderful side characters, especially sweet little Penny. The storyline, or storylines I should say, and the bumbling, backtalking, beautiful build-up of their relationship. Every single thing.

Miss Trust was everything I love about contemporary romance. It was full of genuine emotion that made me feel, hurt, laugh and love for and with these characters. Their circumstances may have made my heart ache, but their romance made me positively giddy. While Chance wasn’t always easy to root for, I was doing precisely that in the end. This poignant and passionate love story grabbed my attention from the first page, and I devoured this absolutely addictive love story in a single sitting. I want more of these characters, more of this world, and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book in the series. A new favorite from this author and a favorite read of 2021, Miss Trust by Aubrey Bondurant gets five smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo




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