Release Date: April 1, 2014
Having grown up under the excessive expectations of her CEO father, Brittany Lucas is as resistant to authority as the mustang she’s training for her boss. It’s a fault that lands her in more danger than she bargains for while camping in the back-country of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Ranger Joel Morgan is used to having the upper hand in all his cases—until he runs into the headstrong blond while investigating disturbing incidents of poaching in the park. Brittany’s imprudent lie of omission awakens ghosts in his past, making the sizzling attraction between them unwelcome.
As he searches for evidence he can trust her, the monster mutilating wildlife turns his sights on Brittany, and Joel discovers he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her—even give his own life.
Two opposite personalities drawn together by grizzly circumstances and dangerous situations? Yes please! Evidence of Trust kept me on the edge of my seat from the moment the first poaching took place, all the way to the end.
Author Stacey Joy Netzel has made a habit of brightening my days with her books. I’ve now read five of them and each one delivered something different but the end result was still the same: I was left with a smile on my face at the end of the book.
To begin with, the imagery the author creates is breathtaking. I could clearly picture Rocky Mountain National Park, I could see the wildlife, the people, the land and I swear I could even smell the trees. I have a fondness for romances that take place outside of a city. There's an additional untamed, unpredictable element whenever the wilderness is involved.
Joel and Brittany are an interesting couple, they're quite ironic really. Brittany has trouble with authority and Joel is the authority. Naturally their personalities clash, upping the level of sexual tension and attraction between the two. I loved how Brittany was, at times the comedic foil to Joel's sometimes too serious demeanor.
Even with the suspense and mystery, Evidence of Trust doesn't take itself too seriously, there's plenty of humor between characters, which is common in one of Stacey Joy Netzel's novels. It's a lovely mood lightener when things get too dark and dangerous, giving the overall book a nice balance of both dark and light moments.
Not to be outdone are the secondary characters. I'm hoping one or more of Joel and Brittany's friends will get their own stories since Evidence of Trust is the first book in a series and I do love the setting of this book so I hope that's where the series will stay.
Final Verdict: I'm always in for a good time with a Stacey Joy Netzel book, I'm just never sure where that good time will take place. With Evidence of Trust I got to spend time in Colorado with a group of fun, passionate characters and got to tag along as they work to catch a dangerous poacher.
Once again, I have to say a serious "Thank You" to Danielle from Book Whore Blog who introduced me to Stacey's work (among others).