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    Loved this sexy and emotional romance!

    Trust Me by Laura Florand is the third book in her Paris Nights series, centered around a group of female chefs who are long time friends and have experienced all the challenges of being taken seriously in a male centric world. They can all be read as standalones, though the previous story, Chase Me, directly details some events whose fallout is important to the plot of Trust Me. If you're a stickler for reading series in order, you might want to pick that one up first, though everything is explained in this one. That being said, this review will have some spoilers for Chase Me in it as a consequence. Lina Farah is an accomplished pastry chef who loves her work. As a woman of Algerian heritage who grew up in a poorer area of Paris, she overcame a lot to get the position she has today. But her life has been thrown into chaos with a terrorist attack on the restaurant where she works, putting her best friend in the hospital and the ties to the attacker devastating her family. Her friend Vi's partner Chase is also hospitalized, and his team of elite operatives are still working with French counter-terrorism units to investigate what happened and prevent future events. Jake Adams, one of Chase's teammates has made it his personal mission to protect Lina from the threats she's been reviewing from the public due to her Muslim background and connection to the attacker. He's a hard man to ignore, a sexy, attractive presence who Lina decides could be the perfect way to get over what happened with a sex-only fling. The problem? Jake wants more. Can they build a real relationship from the ashes of a tragedy? It's no secret that I love everything this author writes. She consistently impresses me with her intriguing characters, timely plots, sexy love scenes and emotional story arcs. She's stated publicly that the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015 affected the way Chase Me was written, and that obviously influenced this story as well. Lina's emotional state is understandable and heart-rending. Her place of work, her friends, her personal safety have all been affected by this tragedy, and her life will never be the same again. Adjusting to this is difficult. She has emotional and physical injuries from the attack. But she is resilient. She's overcome a lot of challenges to become a a successful pastry chef and she's determined to go on with her life, even if she doesn't quite know how to go about it except to throw herself into her work in her kitchens. And if the only way to sleep at night is to exhaust herself with some good old fashioned sex, she'll do that too, if the man she wants will play along. Jake is used to women wanting him for sex, but he's the first to admit that he's tired of it. The last several years have seen him move from one mission to the next, never lingering long enough anywhere to build a relationship, not to mention that his undercover work precludes him from getting seriously involved with anyone. Lina knows who he is though, at least some of his secrets, since he's been involved in the fallout from the attack. He wants to date her, to take some of the fiery passion he sees in her and have her direct it at him. When she comes to him with an offer for sex, he's disappointed, but he'll oblige her – on his terms. The result is some very sexy scenes between them, but Jake makes it clear to Lina that he's offering more if she'll just take the risk. I loved seeing them come together to build something meaningful. A future together will take compromises as they have careers that are important to them both and they have to decide if being together for the long haul is what they really want. The scenes with the counter-terrorism team are quite fun to read with lots of banter between the French and the Americans. There are definitely some guys here whose stories I'm hoping to read! Lina and her two best friends Celie and Vi get some page time as well. The city of Paris makes an excellent backdrop for this series with its romantic influence and glittering night life. Jake and Lina get a lovely happy ending. I'm very pleased with how this series is progressing and look forward to reading more.
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    Disapointing

    Disapointing, does not compare with Armour et Chocolat series or even the Rose series. Miss the leading up to, the longing.
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