Reluctant Trust - (Book 3 of 6 in the dark and chilling Jewels Trust M.U.R.D.E.R. Series)

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Perverse Needs. Unrelenting Pursuit. Savage Murders.
He looks like your husband. Dresses and acts like your husband.
But he’s definitely not your husband.

A sadistic rapist turned murderer is a dead ringer for Jewels’ hero husband and decides to “become” him. Jewels is forced to accept her new counterfeit husband or suffer grave consequences. More

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About Shirley Spain

An animal lover, fitness instructor, and author of dark and chilling thrillers...

Shirley strives for what she calls, "plausible realism" in her books and garners critical details from her "police ride along" experiences as well as educating herself by attending and graduating from the West Jordan Citizen's Police Academy and receiving training as a CERT member (Community Emergency Response Team). She is currently a West Jordan Police Department VIPS (Volunteer In Police Service).

When researching Ultimate Trust (book 2 in the Jewels Trust M.U.R.D.E.R. series) her antagonist built a bomb and consequently blew up a house. To ensure the scene was "plausible" she met with the fire chief and a SWAT arson investigator who helped her "build a better bomb" for her story!

"Thinking up and plotting the dastardly deeds of demented killers is a challenge," Shirley says. "However the real fun begins when figuring out how my heroine--and her studly hero, of course--will turn the tables, outsmart the twisted murderer, and survive."

In real life, Shirley has been a victim of human predators more than once, yet lives by the motto: No matter what horrible circumstance life hurls at you, choose to survive and become stronger because of it. She uses that maxim as a guide when writing her novels.

Shirley often wrangles friends into "role playing" when researching scenes and admits she "experiments" on herself and has done so with some of the tools her bad guys use, including duct tape, a variety of rope, and handcuffs. She even locked herself in the trunk of her car and attempted to escape. Hmmm. Knowing this, you may wonder how many of the stunts described in her books she tried on herself ... but she'll never tell!

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About the Series: Jewels Trust
Kidnapping. Torture. Murder.

The smart and sexy heroine, Jewels, along with her herculean hero counterparts, engage in life and death struggles with psychotic killers in this six-book series that spells MURDER.

Be prepared to hold your breath, gasp, and cringe as Jewels battles to survive the sadistic and murderous intentions of demented criminals ... and on the lighter side, perhaps even swoon during her romantic interludes.

FAIR WARNING: Not for the easily offended or faint of heart. The author strives for "plausible realism" thus sometimes strong language and detailed scenes of criminal acts are depicted.

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Straight Shooter reviewed on on Sep. 10, 2015

Reluctant Trust is out of this world intense. "The Dentist" is totally twisted and the intrigue of the "Vanishing Strip" kept the pages turning for me.

I have to admit (don't tell my wife) I'm falling in love, well maybe infatuation, with Jewels. That babe is a fighter!

As I'm reading this story, I've concluded Spain has a knack for making you think it's over, only to hit you with another gruesome situation, almost more terrifying than the first.

If you can handle delving into the some of the most heinous deeds men can do, this book is for you.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
MisterMagoo reviewed on on Sep. 4, 2015

The Dentist is downright evil, the darkest character of the first three novels, yet again the entire plot is believable. If you follow the news, you will understand just how well Spain delivers on her greatest strength...telling a tight realistic story. As I reader I HAD to see how Jewels made it out her semmingly impossible situation. The main characters continue to grow with each novel, but their relationships are not smooth, creating a dynamic that at times is troubled, yet they never fail to support each other in times of need! Another fast paced read.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
CJ reviewed on on July 26, 2015

Gee, talk about an intense, action-packed thriller!!! Spain continues to weave a tales of terror and triumph in her third book in the Jewels Trust Series. The demented acts of the author's villains are super creepy. I mean SUPER creepy. Literally made me cringe at times, but I couldn't wait to see what the wackos did next, so I HAD to keep reading!

Besides the suspense and action in the plot, I enjoy how Spain brings realism to her characters by giving them flaws so the good guys are not always "good" and the bad guys have a hint of goodness about them, even if it is only a hint.

I'm off to start book four, "Deadly Trust" and can't wait.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

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